7 products on sale in September

By Amanda WalkerConsumer Reports

Hurry up and grab these discounts! We've found 7 products that are at their lowest prices in September. Our market research experts keep track of price fluctuations, and can spot what's on sale all year long. This month you'll be able to take advantage of some great sales for the whole family.

A couple of caveats: There will always be exceptions. Stores in your neighborhood could find they're overstocked on an item at any time and put it on sale, for example. So keep an eye on Sunday circulars, text alerts, and social media for price cuts in your area. And bear in mind that the best time to save money isn't always when you'll find the best selection. Sales on some items occur when a season is coming to an end and inventories are thin.

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Summer may be at an end–which explains why you're likely to see big sales on bikes–but there are still months to take spins in many parts of the country. When shopping for a new bike, we found that more money buys a lightweight frame made of carbon fiber, aluminum (or a combination of both materials), or high-strength steel and other high-quality components. But you can still buy a good bike for just a few hundred dollars. Follow our bike buying guide to find the best model for you.

Whether you're looking for a basic digital camera (simple point-and-shoots with just the features needed for routine shots), or an advanced model (feature-laden cameras that include sophisticated models that let you change lenses), now is a good time to shop. Our digital camera buying guide gives you the details on different models, as well as infomation on features, brands, and other shopping tips. (Subscribers can also check out our ratings.)

You don't need to spend a fortune to get great-tasting burgers, steaks, and chicken at your next barbecue–especially this month. Our tests have shown that many lower-priced gas grills now have at least some stainless-steel trim, side burners for side dishes, and other perks once found only on the priciest grills. Check out our gas grill buying guide to help you find the right model before you hit the stores, and if you're a subscriber, check out our ratings.

While you're checking out the great deals on mowers this month, be aware that our latest tests confirm that more horsepower doesn't necessarily mean higher-quality mowing. Mower manufacturers have swapped horsepower numbers for engine-size and torque specifications, but even those don't guarantee better results. Our advice: read our buying guide to decide which type of mower fits your needs; subscribers can find our recommended models in each category in our ratings.

Early fall is a good time to buy many small consumer electronics like MP3 players, DVD players, and Blu-ray players. As with many items you buy, deciding which ones are right for you depends on which type fit your needs and come with features that are important to you. Our buying guides can help; for example, we have one for MP3s, DVD players, and Blu-ray players, as well as a list of other electronics guides. (Subscribers can also access our ratings of MP3s and Blu-ray players.)

Many sales started on snow blowers last month, but prices will still be low in September. So if you couldn't bear to think about the white stuff piling up on your driveway in August, there's still time to get a great deal. You can pick up lots of shopping and safety tips in our buying guide, and subscribers can look for recommended models in our ratings.

September is a great time to fill in neglected parts of your yard. Trees, shrubs, flowers, and other plants will be discounted at your local garden centers. For tips on buying, planting, and caring for them, read our fall lawn and yard checklist.

Want to know what's on sale the rest of the year? See our calendar of deals.

Mandy Walker

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