10 Expensive Items That Cost a Lot Less in the Fall
All hail October sales
Autumn is here, which means it’s the perfect time to stock up on some of the bigger-ticket items you’ve been saving for all year. Here’s why: The holidays (and, hello, the new year) are coming, and the pressure is on for stores to move their merch. Here, ten items to buy—and save big on—now.
A New Car
Make way for that Mini Cooper. Car dealerships tend to have a lot more wiggle room with discounts and savings on current-year models in early fall since they need to clear space for the next year’s lines. What does this mean? If you’re in the market for a new car, negotiate. The odds are in your favor that you can knock thousands off the sticker price.
A New House
It makes sense: People are much more likely to move during the summer months if their goal is to be completely settled in time for the new school year. That leaves Realtors lowering the asking prices for condos and houses because fewer people are in the market looking to buy.
A Washer and Dryer
Since most new appliances hit the sales floor in mid-October, retailers start marking down last year’s models as soon as September. Case in point: this promotion from Best Buy for up to 30 percent off select appliances.
No, it’s not because summer is over and outdoor time is waning. New bicycles typically come out just in time for back-to-school. But if you’re OK pedaling around town on an older model—which, to be frank, is probably nearly identical to the current version—buy now. You could score as much as 30 percent off.
A Lawn Mower
Winter is coming, which to home-improvement stores means so are the snow blowers. If you’ve got the room to store it, upgrade your lawn mower now—typically at a 30 to 40 percent savings—and reap the benefits next spring.
An Outdoor Grill
Same deal as the lawn mower. After-Labor Day, grill prices get marked big-time (sometimes as much as 50 percent off!).
Sure, snow can cast a glare, but for the most part, people are less inclined to splurge on sunglasses during colder (and non-beachy) months. This means there’s no better time of year to peep stores like Sunglass Hut—or other major retailers like J.Crew—for deals.
If that cute pair of flared jeans (or adorbs denim jacket) didn’t sell during the back-to-school rush, check back in October, when it will be majorly marked down.
Late summer is harvest time for the bulk of vineyards around the world, which means a case of last year's Cab Sauv you love the most will likely be discounted to make way for this year's varietal.