BRIGHAM COLUMN: What to buy in September
Knowing what time of year is best to buy certain items can save us hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars every year. According to freeshipping.org's Best Time to Buy Guide, there are a few things we can get great deals on this month. See below:
Seasonal produce: With fall harvests making for tasty, inexpensive meals, this month is an opportune time to become a locavore. Join a Community Supported Agriculture program, Produce is harvested and distributed to pickup points in the Lowcountry weekly. Learn how to become a member of one at http://ourlocalfoods.com, Find recipes and more at www.stonofarmmarket.com or order local produce online at www.limehouseproduce.com.
Lawn mowers: Stores need room for fall products, which means big sales on lawn mowers to make way for more inventory.
SAVE ON IPHONE 4
I keep hearing rumors that the iPhone 5 will be out Sept. 21, with preorders being taken beginning Sept 12. As reported by Josh Lowensohn, a writer at CNET News, and others, Apple retail stores secretly have been given the OK to price match with some third-party authorized sellers and carrier partner prices on new iPhone 4S models and iPhone 4. I contacted Apple for confirmation, and will update the column online when I know more.
Bicycles: Stores usually offer huge discounts this time of year on older bicycle models because the new models are released by manufacturers this month. Make sure you do your research. The National Bicycle Dealers Association (http://nbda.com) offers a search of local professional bicycle retailers near you.
Swimsuits: Among the sales, Bloomingdale's and Macy's have theirs discounted as much as 75 percent off.
Wine: Many wine retailers are trying to keep a low inventory and are marking down prices to sell off overstock.
Patio furniture: Buy your patio furniture the week after summer ends. Stores offer deep discounts to make room for holiday decorations.
Check out the Charleston Savvy Shopper blog at postandcourier.com/savvyshopper.
Email Shannon Brigham at charlestonsavvyshopper@postand courier.com.