What to Buy in September (and What NOT to Buy!)

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September is one of those months that is packed with deals, but be prepared – early in the month will be the best time to shop, so make your list now!

We’ll see amazing sales on mattresses, outdoor gear, and even Back to School – and the discounts will be impressive.

Labor Day Deals

Labor Day will be packed with deals across several categories. One of the more interesting is in the mattress category.

We have come to expect mattress deals over Memorial Day, and it’s looking like Labor Day will present a great opportunity to save on mattresses, too!

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Mattress Deals for Labor Day

Nest Bedding: Through 9/10, get $25-$200 off select mattresses + a free sheet set. Also, by one pillow, get one 50% off + $25 off all pet beds

Nectar Sleep: Through Labor Day, receive $125 off mattresses, plus get two free Nectar pillows.

DreamCloud Sleep: Through Labor Day, receive $200 off a DreamCloud mattress.

Sears: Get up to 60% off top brand mattresses + 24 months special financing, free delivery on $599 or more and Get $300 Sears cash back in points on select mattresses. Plus, a free box spring on select mattresses.

Tempurpedic: Labor Day sale through September 10. Purchase any size Tempur Breeze, Elite, or Luxe mattress and save $550, or save $100 off any TEMPUR-ProAdapt™ Series mattresses.

General Labor Day Deals

Lowe’s: Labor Day Deals

Home Depot: Labor Day Savings

Walmart: Up to 70% Off All Categories

Sears: Labor Day Sale: Up to 40% Off Appliances + Extra 10% off with code APPLIANCE10 + Free Delivery on Appliances $399+

Best Buy: Labor Day Sale (until 9/12) + Deal of the Day

Camping, Hiking and Outdoor Equipment Deals

Labor Day and September in general is a popular time for camping, but it’s also a great time for outdoor enthusiasts to stock up for their next adventure. Over Labor Day and across the rest of the month, look for clearance-level sales on outdoor gear, clothing and footwear from your favorite outdoor retailers. 

Best Deals on Outdoor Equipment

REI: Labor Day Sale + Clearance Up to 40% Off (until 9/3)

Big 5 Sporting Goods: Up to 30% Off Backpacks

Alpine Swiss: Midterm Backpack with 1-Year Warranty (various colors) on sale for $22.99. Extra $11.50 with coupon code BACKPACK

Patagonia: Semi-Annual Summer Sale up to 50% Past Season Products (until 9/3)

REI: Summer Clearance Up to 50% Off

Paragon Sports: Get up to 50% off – or even more in-store at The Summer Sale

Burton: Up to 30% Off Spring/Summer & Winter products

Al’s: 25% off past season sales. Get 20% off regular priced Items with code SUMMER. Free shipping for orders over $45.

Eastern Mountain Sports: End-Of-Season Sale Up To 70% Off

End-of-Season Clothing & Accessories Deals

From early- to mid-September, score deep discounts on summer clothing, shoes, swimwear and summery accessories. Retailers will be anxious to clear space for fall and winter merchandise, and we’ll see a lot of sitewide and category-specific discounts at up to 60% off.

Best Deals on Clothing and Accessories

Champion: Clearance up to 50% off. Free shipping on orders $60+

QuikSilver: Extra 30% off 3 or more OR 20% off 2 or More Sale Styles with code STACKED. Students get an extra 15% off with Student Beans sign up.

Finishline: Up to 60% Off New Markdowns.

Eddie Bauer: End-of-Summer Clearance Items

PacSun: 50% Off Markdowns

Nautica: Extra 40% Off Sale

J.Crew: Summer styles from $9.99 to $29.99

DC Shoes: Sale on Men’s/Women’s Apparel, Shoes, Accessories & More

Hollister: All Clearance Up To 60% Off

Kohl’s: Men’s End-of-Season Sale, through until 9/11

Brooks Brothers: Up to 50% Off Summer Clearance, Up to 70% Off Online Clearance, 25% Off Uniform Shop


Back-to-School Deals

Perfect for procrastinators, Back to School sales are still going strong and the discounts are deep.  We’re seeing plentiful deals from the retailers that you rely on for Back to School, like Target, Walmart, Kohl’s and others.

Also, very important to note that if you need electronics, like laptops, tablets and printers for your kids (or for yourself), this could be the last time you’ll see sales in this category until Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Staples will have spectacular deals on printers and we’re even seeing deals from Apple, which is rare.

Best Deals on Back to School

Staples: Save up to 85% on Back To School Items

Hollar.com: Back to School Deals starting at $1

H&M: Back-to-School Sale

Walmart: Kids’ Supplies Back-to-School Sale.

Dick’s Sporting Goods: Up to 50% off Back to School deals

Target: Back to School Sale: writing supplies and essentials Starting at $0.25 and save 15% college dorm essentials

Kohl’s: Back-to-School Sale: 25% off backpacks and Up to 35% off school uniforms and shoes until 9/2

Kipling: School styles under $50 through 9/4

Amazon: 10% off textbook purchases of $100+ or More + Free 2-Day Shipping with code TEXT10 through 9/29.


What Not to Buy in September

Winter apparel

Retailers may start to whet your whistle by putting new cold weather trends on display. Look, but don’t leap, as these items will likely be full price.


You might see some deals in this category, but if you can wait, hold off until the big discounts around Black Friday & Cyber Monday.


September is packed with deals – early in the month will be the best time to shop. See amazing sales on mattresses, outdoor gear, and even Back to School.

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