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The Coupon Lady: What to buy in September

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Can you believe it is September already? By now, parents and kids are falling into their new school-year routines and football season is getting under way for high school, college and pro fans alike. We are Alabama and Georgia supporters and can’t wait for the season to begin.

No season opener is complete without having a proper menu to celebrate the game. My husband has already requested some of our favorite snacks for the season, and I’ve already noticed several coupons for snacking items released in the past few weeks to help me stock up.

Also, now that most of our school needs have been met, I’m looking at fall and winter clothing for all of us. During the back-to-school sale in August, I was able to get some great coupons from The Children’s Place, so this month I will be purchasing a few fall items to round out the kids’ closets by combining the Labor Day sales with coupons.

The Labor Day weekend marks the last chance for 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, Pop Tarts and waffles. School and office supply sales will start to wind down on paper, pens, pencils, crayons, markers and glue.

September marks great sales on tomato products. Look for sales on anything with tomatoes, including soup, canned tomatoes and tomato, spaghetti and pizza sauces. Tomato products go on sale this month because this year’s tomato crops have been harvested and processed and manufacturers are making sure all older merchandise is discounted to make room on the shelves.

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 for Babies R Us and Toys R Us reward cards to receive e-mails with coupons and special sale 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. Bicycle sales begin this month and continue through autumn.

Labor Day weekend is traditionally the last weekend to buy summer items. If you need sunscreen or 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 this year or next spring, now is the time to purchase bathing suits, water shoes and floats. I also recommend stocking up on summer gear to have items for any early spring vacation opportunities. At Target, we were able to pick up a $200 swimming pool with removable ladder and filter system for 70 percent off, and I used a few $5 gift cards from previous deals to lower our out-of-pocket cost even further. My husband and I are looking forward to surprising the kids with the swimming pool next summer.

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

Other 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.

Vegetables and fruits in season in September include artichokes, beans, bell peppers, chili peppers, cucumber, eggplant, okra, onion, squash, tomatillos, tomatoes, winter squash, apples, Asian pears, Bartlett pears, grapes, pomegranates, quince and Valencia oranges.

NEXT COUPON CLASS

Carol Gunter will hold a free Couponing for Beginners class at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Kroc Center, 1833 Broad St., Augusta. Sign up for the class at the Kroc Center’s front desk or by calling The Augusta Chronicle at (706) 823-3318.

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dstewartsr 09/04/12 - 03:53 pm
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Coupons?

I usually find several dollars worth of coupons in the Sunday edition. As I usually shop at the commissary, most of the savings aren't realized because these are often introductory items; by the time it begins stocking the items, the coupon has expired. But it is impossible to save anything when like this past Sunday there are no coupons.

Sean Moores
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Sean Moores 09/04/12 - 05:15 pm
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@ dstewartsr

The coupon suppliers do not give us any coupons on holiday weekends. No newspaper has them. They work on a schedule and for some reason holidays are not included.

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