We wrap up our week of consumer-friendly tips by looking at ways to save money in the fall. While this is the time of year when greenery becomes a fading memory, there are still sales on shrubs and other plants. Some strategic planning can also help you save on things like holiday airfare, candy, and even new windows.
1. Shrubs, Trees, and Plants
By the time autumn rolls around, most people have already purchased trees and other plants for their homes. For most retailers, these items will be difficult to sell during the winter months, so fall finds stores dropping prices in the hopes they can sell off those last few items. (If you do buy plants or trees during these months but don’t plan on planting them until the following year, be sure to investigate how to safely store them over the winter.)
2. Wine and Candy
In reality, Halloween is probably every candy lover’s second favorite day of their year. Their top favorite? The day after Halloween. If you’re looking to stock up on candy at a good deal, the early days of November are home to some of the best discounts on sweets.
If your taste buds are craving something more complex, you might find that fall is the perfect time to save money on wine. Autumn usually marks the end of winemakers’ season, meaning they’re offering good deals on their wines before rolling out next year’s offerings.
Fall is a good time of year to save money on a wide range of appliances, from washers and dryers to smaller kitchen appliances like blenders and toasters. Many new models of appliances are released around October, so retailers need to make room and sell older models as quickly as possible.
Most people find themselves installing new windows during the spring or the summer when the weather is nicer. But if you’re willing to take a bit of a risk, you can usually save big money by buying and installing new windows later in the fall. The fact that many others take this task on earlier in the year usually means you’ll get quicker service by waiting until fall.
5. Holiday Airfare and Cars
Some people find early holiday preparation to be stressful, but booking your holiday airfare in September can help you in a variety of ways. Not only can you get access to lower fares, you usually have a wider option of flights and seats than you would by waiting until closer to the holidays.
The fall can also be a good time to think about purchasing a car. While there are great deals to be found in the winter, dealers often start making room for next year’s models as early as September. That means there’s a better chance of getting the car you want at the price you want in the fall.
Do you save money on holiday travel by booking in the fall? What other items do you purchase in the fall to save money?