5 Things to Buy Now that Summer is Over

by Miranda Marquit · 7 comments

Summer has come to an end. The kids are back in school (for many of us) and it’s time to do a little deal hunting. Indeed, with the end of summer, we start to think about ways we can spruce things up a little bit with some merchandise — bought on sale, of course. Here are 5 things you can expect to find great deals on now that summer has come to an end:

1. Cars


Car dealers will be getting in next year’s car models soon. As a result, they need to clear their lots of what’s already there. Even if you aren’t in the market for a new car, you might be able to find some good deals on lease returns. They should be trickling onto lots right about now. Both of my cars are lease returns. We got good deals, the remainder of warranties, and cars that were properly maintained and cared for. Start poking around for a car now.

2. Cooling Appliances

Now that summer is over, you should be able to find good deals on air conditioners, fans and dehumidifiers. If you are ready to pick up a good deal on cooling appliances consider shopping now. Look for markdowns on older models and display models if you want to save even more money on your cooling costs.

3. Landscaping Supplies

We bought our house new-built, so we had to do all the landscaping. We saved big money on plants and other landscaping needs by buying at the end of summer, and the beginning of fall. Now is the time that nurseries are trying to empty out ahead of winter. You can save 50% to 85% off on trees, shrubs and flowers. Buy now, and you’ll be able to get the plants in and established before the first frost. This holds true for landscaping tools. Our lawnmower cost a lot less when we bought it on sale at the end of September. Look for sales on gardening tools as well.

4. Patio Furniture

We’ve been considering buying some sort of sun shade to set up over our patio, and we want to (finally) outfit our patio with chairs and a table. Now is a perfect time to look for deals on these items. Large umbrellas and other sun shades are going on sale, and patio furniture is being marked down quite heavily. There is a very good chance that we will be able to find something we like being sold at a low price. We might finally have our home “finished” with the addition of patio furniture.

5. Camping Gear

I love to camp. It’s one of my favorite summer activities, and the best time to get camping gear is at the end of summer. Last year, I decided to upgrade the tent my son and I use. I suffered through last summer with our old tent, and then bought a new tent at the end of summer for 50% off. You can buy camp chairs, camp stoves, sleeping bags, dutch ovens, backpacks, fishing poles, inflatable rafts, kayaks and other outdoor equipment for less this time of year. We’ve been adding to our camping stores for years now, building up our “camping box” with items bought on sale.

With a little planning, you can get great deals on almost anything when you pay attention to seasonal sales. And now is a great time to buy “summery” things.

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Lynn September 6, 2011 at 7:22 am

Where do you find the cheap camping gear?

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Miranda September 6, 2011 at 7:44 am

You can find it on sale in a lot of places. Department stores like Shopko (where I got my tent last year) and Kmart often clear it out this time of year. You can also check sporting goods stores, where they often make room for ski equipment this time of year.

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Peter September 6, 2011 at 8:22 am

We often buy sports team jerseys at the end of the year when they go on sale or clearance to bring in the next season’s teams. right now the baseball jerseys are less, and the football jerseys are starting to come in. :)

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Rick September 6, 2011 at 8:53 am

I agree about the lease returns being a good choice. One my first cars was a lease return and it ran pretty good and reliably during the whole time that I had it.

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MoneyPerk September 6, 2011 at 11:17 am

Summer clothes will definitely be going on sale. I always buy my summer clothes now, and my warmer clothes around in the Spring.

I have never thought of buying anything of these items on sale! I love camping too, and I’m hoping Sports Authority has backpacking backpacks for sale right now!

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Jean September 6, 2011 at 11:14 pm

As far as cars are concerned, do you think it would still be a good time to buy one towards the end of the year? It looks like I will get the chance to purchase a car this year but financially I wont be able to do so until late December, or early January.

-Jean

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Lisa September 8, 2011 at 9:15 am

I have been waiting to grab new camping gear – and definitely… this is the best time to do so! Thanks for the great tips!

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