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Did you know that there are certain things you’ll want to stock up on in September? It’s true! Every month of the year has its seasonal specials, and September is the best time for certain deals.
What are they, you’re probably wondering? I’ve got them right here. Whether it’s seasonal produce, snacks, or camping gear essentials, check out the details on getting these items at stock-up prices.
For money-saving deals, tips, and coupons, download the KCL app.
1. Buy seasonal produce — like apples — cheap during September.
Apples are the seasonal produce you’ll want to stock up on in September. Of course, apples will go bad on their own, but you can make applesauce, freeze it, or can a few jars. They’re also a nice little back-to-school deal for lunches.
We see apple deals every year at this time, and we expect the same for September 2022. Last year, ALDI had 2-pound bags of Honeycrisp apples for just $2.49 (regularly $3.49), for a savings of $1 or 29%.
TIP: Prepare and freeze apple pies for the holiday season. Just prep the pie as normal and freeze, then thaw and bake when needed.
2. Stock up on canned soup for the winter months.
Soup is a cold weather staple, and I love stocking up on it because it’s shelf-stable and lasts for a year on average. In September, stores know we’re gearing up for fall and chilly weather food — like soup.
In 2021, Walmart had Campbell’s condensed soup for $0.98 a can, CVS had Campbell’s for $1.11 a can, and Meijer had them for $1.25 ($1.13 when you bought four).
Make sure you watch out for soup coupons and rebates from apps like Ibotta.
When you see a price for chunkier name-brand soups under $0.75 per can, stock up for six months. If the price reaches less than $1 per can, stock up for three months. For more basic soups, the price can go as low as $0.50.
Tip: Sign up with this Ibotta link to receive up to $20 in bonuses.
3. Pick up back-to-school snacks.
Lunch box snacks are some of those back-to-school deals that are big in September. Look for things like peanut butter, jelly and jam, cereal, and granola bars.
Not only will you find tons of coupons and deals on rebate apps, but stores run great sales, too.
Last year, you could pick up Dannon yogurt at Walmart and Target for free, super healthy Garden of Eatin blue chips for $1.49 (regularly $4.39) at Kroger, and a 40-count of Cheez-It snack bags for $8.50 (regularly $13.79) on Amazon.
Tip: Be sure to follow the KCL deals page to get the best deals.
4. Grab gardening supplies on clearance.
In September, most stores are hard-core clearing out the season’s outdoor and gardening supplies to make room for fall seasonal items.
Keep your eyes open for gardening clearance up to 75% off items like adult and kid gardening tools, garden hoses, seed packets, potting soil, and pots at big-box stores like Target and Walmart.
This is also the time for Lowe’s summer clearance, which will offer huge savings on everything from backyard grilling to kids’ gardening tools.
5. Buy camping gear in September and save.
Being outdoorsy can get expensive, so anytime I have a shot at discount camping gear, I take it.
In 2022, you could score a pair of Kodiak all-weather men’s boots for $85.83 (regularly $180) at REI and The North Face hiking rain pants for $132.27 (regularly $188.95) at Backcountry.
Shop early for Christmas or just plan for next camping season.
6. Grab shampoo and conditioner for KCL stock-up prices (or even less).
September is the month to stock up on shampoo and conditioner. Last year, you could snag four Tresemme shampoos for $0.14 each from Target and Garnier Whole Blends shampoo and conditioner at Walgreens for $0.50 each when you bought three. These prices meet and far exceed the KCL stock-up price of $0.50.
7. Save on kids’ clothes with summer and back-to-school clearance.
Kids’ clothes are a hot item to buy in September because you can hit the tail end of summer clearance and back-to-school clearance.
Stores run great promotions on cooler-temperature basics as well as sales on the outgoing season’s items. In 2021, Target T-shirts for kids were only $3.04, while kids’ Nike running shoes at Zulily were up to 50% off at $27.51.
If you missed back-to-school deals in July and August, then now is a great time to take advantage of prices. Take a look at our Back-to-School page and we’ll help you get the best deals.
8. Watch for stock-up deals for razors and shaving gel.
Razors are at stock-up-price lows during the month of September.
Last year, you could shop brands like Schick and Bic with rebate apps to get them for free or even make $1.01 at Kroger.
Watch for razor coupons, and when deals like these hit, stock up for a full six months, heck — even a year if you have space!
9. Save on grilling gear and meats in September.
Labor day is Monday, Sept. 5, and it’s the last big grilling holiday of the year. Stores go all out trying to sell their hot dog, hamburger, and steak stuff. Now is the time to stock up on meat products and freeze them for future use.
For example, in 2021, Kroger offered a buy one, get one free deal on packs of four Oscar Mayer beef hot dogs ($0.62 per hot dog).
Note: You’ll need the Kroger app or at least a Kroger account to get most of their deals.