Here’s a quick quiz while you drink your afternoon latte’. Name the top three shopping months. Do you start with December? That’s kind of a “duh.” You get no points. Okay, a half point. Your next guess is November? We’ll award you a point for that one. But, what’s next? If you guessed that September is next, you get full credit. Last minute school shopping and pre-need holiday buying make September the third-ranked shopping month in the year. Today, Gildshire Magazines offers some pointers about what to (and what not to) buy in September. We like to call it “Say yes or say no.”
Say Yes to Any iPhone Besides the Latest One:
September is the annual iPhone discount month from Apple, who announce the next iPhone and then place a major price drop on their older versions. Two years ago, Apple introduced the iPhone 8, only to slash by $100 the price for iPhone 6 and 7! This month, expect similar action on iPhone 8 (regular and plus, both pictured left), and X.
Say Yes to Textbooks:
While you may not have a great deal of choice here, there are intelligent ways to handle this major collegiate expense. Shop online early, and at your college’s bookstore early, as well, for used books. That’s how you get the best early-in-the-school-year deals. Cut costs further by sharing an expensive textbook with one or more friends while making plans to study as a team or group. There’s an added bonus to this plan. Lasting relationships have been known to start this way.
Also, check for textbooks via Kindle. Amazon is discounting the new Kindle by up to 25 percent and offering $25 gift cards if you trade in an older Kindle for a new one.
Say Yes to Airfare:
January or October are normally the best times to find the best airfare deals but look for off-season and shoulder season fares this month. In September of 2016, Gildshire traveled for less than half the price we paid for a 2016 mid-summer flight.
Say Yes to Grills:
Smart shoppers know the deal. Buy what you just needed. That’s why, post-Christmas, mall stores are loaded with people carrying armloads of gift wrapping paper. This month, both Walmart and Lowe’s will be giving away (well, almost giving away) outdoor cooking supplies.
Say Yes to Coffee:
Sept. 29 is this year’s National Coffee Day. Expect a free gratis cuppa Joe (hot or iced) at 7-Eleven, Cinnabon, and Tim Hortons. McDonald’s isn’t fully on board, but they’ll play along in their own way. Expect McCafe’ specialty drinks to be discounted. Look beyond fast-food java, though. Your best buys for coffee may be a coffee retailer’s website. Peet’s is cutting prices 25-30% on that day only.
Say Yes to Pizza:
September 20 is National Pepperoni Pizza Day! (That makes some people loosely connected to Gildshire very excited!) In celebration, Gildshire expects some cheap and greasy goodness out of Pizza Hut. They certainly did right by us last year. Watch their ads for great sales! Plus, don’t forget that last year Domino’s one-upped Pizza Hut and went BOGO.
Say No to Lining Up for a New iPhone:
We’re on our knees begging you on this one! We heard that the next shiny new iPhone will cost $1,299 retail! My first car cost less than that. Re-read the first suggestion we listed, print it out, and place it under your pillow so it shows up in your dreams. Your iPhone X is fine, and so is your iPhone 8.
Say No to Computers:
Hear us out. Deny your retail impulse muscle. Despite so-called back-to-school sales on computers, wait a month. Many more deals and many better deals are coming up in October and please make us think about Black Friday, at least not yet.
Say No to Fall Fashion
They are always front and center as you walk in from the main mall aisle, but avoid that fancy “new arrivals” display. This is true for all stores, but especially clothing retailers. Stay clear of “fall fashion.” Those styles will be significantly discounted two months from now, and even bigger discounts will come next spring.
That’s Gildshire’s advice when it comes to September shopping. We’ll come back in a month to talk about October.