The Coupon Lady: Last chance for summer deals

It has been a busy month. My days have been packed with school classroom orientations, school volunteer orientation and training, party planning for my daughter’s birthday, reorganizing my children’s rooms, and we just finished renovating my master bathroom.


It seems like I’ve barely had time to eat or sleep this month – and just as I start breathing a sigh of relief, another month begins.

This weekend is Labor Day weekend, so kids have the day off on Monday. I plan on spending the extra time enjoying the outdoors and doing as little as possible. Labor Day weekend is traditionally the last weekend that summer items are put on sale. If you need summer products before next year, start purchasing items now. This is your last chance to build your stockpile on condiments, sunscreen and beach items. If you have children planning on taking swimming lessons before next summer, now is the time to purchase bathing suits, water shoes and floats.

I also recommend stocking up on summer gear to have items for early spring vacation opportunities. Last year, I was able to buy an above-ground pool for 70 percent off, and this year I’m keeping an eye out for new patio furniture.

Labor Day is also considered the last day of summer camping and the end of barbecue season. Markdowns of at least 50 percent should start for camping gear, barbecue grills and patio equipment.

This Labor Day weekend also marks the last chance for the back-to-school sales that have been going on for the past few weeks on lunch box and quick-fix items such as pudding cups, juice boxes, lunch meat, bread, cereals, toaster pastries and waffles. School supply and office supply sales will start to wind down on paper, pens, pencils, crayons, markers and glue.

Now that most of our school needs have been met, I’m looking at fall and winter clothing for our family. Although I purchased many new clothing items for the kids during the back-to-school sales, the weather was just too hot to purchase many long-sleeve and other winter items, so I will start looking for those items to round out the kids’ clothes.

Around mid-month, there should be some great deals on baby furniture, gear, safety products and supplies. If you have little ones or are expecting, be sure to register your Babies R Us and Toys R Us reward cards to receive e-mails with coupons and special sales items.

According to All You magazine, September is the best month to purchase a new car. New models are traditionally released this time of the year and older models are discounted. If you are interested in purchasing, make sure you do research on the current market value of the model you are interested in before you go. I also recommend getting at least one outside loan approval before arriving at the dealership in order to give yourself more bargaining power.

All You also recommends buying bicycles and shrubs this month. Bicycles go on sale beginning this month, and sales continue to Christmas. The All You month-by-month guide for finding the best monthly deals states that sales on shrubs, greenery and perennials are at rock-bottom prices.

Grocery promotions this month include Better Breakfast Month, National Chicken Month, National Coupon Month, National Potato Month, National Rice Month, National Organic Harvest Month, National Sewing Month, National Honey Month and National Dog Week.

September has great sales on tomato products. Look for sales on anything with tomatoes, such as soup, canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, spaghetti and pizza sauces. Tomato products go on sale this month because this year’s crops have been harvested and processed. Now retailers are making sure all older merchandise is marked down a bit so the new merchandise can be put out on the shelves.

Produce in season this month includes artichokes, beans, bell peppers, chili peppers, cucumber, eggplant, okra, onion, squash, tomatillos, tomatoes, varieties of winter squash, apples, Asian pears, Bartlett pears, grapes, pomegranates, quince and Valencia oranges.