What Should You Buy in September? My Local CBS News Morning Segment

WCCO News September Deals

As we move into fall, it’s time to take a look ahead to the changing seasons AND to the deals autumn will bring. There are certain items that are great to buy in September, saving you money and helping you to plan ahead.

If you’re wondering “What Should You Buy in September?” that was our topic today when I appeared on WCCO, our local CBS news station in Minneapolis. You can read my recap here and see the video itself at the very bottom of this post!

What Should You Buy in September?



Labor Day weekend is considered to be one of the best times to buy a car, but the entire month of September brings us price discounts and financing offers. Dealerships need to clear out their current inventory to make room for the new 2019 models. That means you can get an extra good deal on a current model car.



For the past six years in a row, Apple has introduced a new model in September and had it available to purchase by the end of the month – with the exception of last years slight delay. That means there will be big discounts on the current iPhone models – usually around the $100 mark. If you really want or need that new model, look into selling your current iPhone through eBay or an online site like Gazelle where you can get a much better deal than trading it in with your phone carrier.



Just like cars, you can score a great deal when retailers need to move out old bicycle models to make room for the new ones and for bikes new models are typically released between September and November. It’s also a good time to look for a used bike as many people ride less once the summer is over and are looking to sell their bikes or their kids’ bikes before storing them over the winter.

You can also find deals on bike accessories, especially at stores that don’t specialize in bikes, like Target, since they don’t tend to carry many of those items in the winter, so they clearance them out in the fall.


Airline Tickets

The best deals on plane tickets are usually about eight weeks prior to the departure date, so for Thanksgiving travel that means the last couple of weeks of September. If you want to travel NOW, it’s considered “shoulder season” when overall traveling is less active so you can find travel deals on hotels, car rentals and travel packages for as much as 50% less than in the peak summer season.


Lawn Mowers and Lawn Tools

After Labor Day you can find the best deals of the year on lawn mowers. Retailers are looking to move these out to make space for snowblowers. You can expect to find at least $50-$150 off the prices of most push mowers and much more off riding mowers. Lawn tools will also be at a discount with the percentage off reaching as high as 50% at some locations by the end of the month.


National Coffee Day – September 29th

Last year we saw coffee deals at both coffee shops and online retailers like Cross Country Cafe, as well as free cups of coffee at Pilot J, KwikTrip, McDonald’s and others. Keep your eyes open for the deals as the end of the month approaches and we’ll also have a full list here at ThriftyJinxy.com.


What Should You Buy in September

About Chrysa

Chrysa is the founder and owner of ThriftyJinxy.com, a site dedicated to living a fabulous life on a frugal budget. Her approach is that by spending less on the boring everyday stuff, you can have more money to splurge on the things you REALLY want, whether it’s travel, fashion, electronics – you name it! Chrysa is married, has a 9-year old nephew she dotes on, as well as three lovable cats and a big sweetie of a German Shepherd.


  1. I never considered it but September is a great time to find deals on holiday travel. Personally I’ve always gotten the majority of my holiday shopping done in September!

  2. A: How awesome is it that you made the news?! You are FAMOUS! That’s exciting.
    B: This is excellent info to know. I’m all about saving.
    This is so fun all the way around!

  3. I really never thought about it, but you are right on cars for sure. We bought our car in September and we got a smoking deal! I am going to check out flights today because we need tickets!

  4. Great tips on what to buy in September! If I could have waited on a lawnmower, I would have waited until this month!

  5. Clothing also. A lit of store have the summer clothing clearanced also.

  6. I’m actually in the market for a new phone! Good to know September is a good time to buy!

  7. I’ll have to keep this in mind when it comes time to buy a new car. There are so many great deals this month.

  8. Ah this is good advice! I am actually going to have to pick up a new phone soon so this is really good timing for me to get an older model.

  9. I never knew that September was a good time to buy a car. I need to get out there and take advantage of some great prices this month.

  10. Amy Desrosiers says:

    Funny because we just bought a lawnmower! I had no idea I made the right move to buy one during this time either.

  11. This is all great to know. I never knew that this would be the perfect time to buy a car. I’ll keep that in mind for the future. I learned a lot from this post!

  12. Oo, my husband was looking at getting a new bike! I’ll have to tell him that this is the month to do it! A new car would be nice too.

  13. Claudia Krusch says:

    I had no idea Labor Day weekend one of the best times to buy a car. I will have to see what kind of deals I can find this September.

  14. Oh, that’s a great list! I’m actually in the market for a new care and wasn’t sure if I should wait or not. So, car shopping I will go!

  15. Great list. I definitely agree about the car and the iPhone.

  16. Congrats! This is very cool, also great tips!! 🙂

  17. Wow, I had no clue that a car and phone were good buys in September. I’m going to have to keep this in mind when we do need new items during the month of September.

  18. Oh thank goodness. My husband’s phone is dying and we need to replace it. Glad to know we may be able to get a good deal.

  19. we looking at cars right now. thanks for the tips. didn’t really think about cell phones, but makes sense.

  20. katrina gehman says:

    I always try and get my airline tickets early, but not always the case. great tips though.

  21. I didn’t know any of this. Thanks for the tips. Basically a time to buy the important things/essentials. Congrats on your segment.

  22. Bernie Wallace says:

    It’s very interesting to see the science of pricing. I definitely will have to make my flight plans.

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