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What to Buy This Labor Day

Summer is nearly over and a few short days from now September will be upon us. With the change of seasons comes the opportunity to score some really great deals. Before you head to the mall or begin your online shopping spree you may want to devise a plan. Where can you find the best bargains this Labor Day and what you should buy? You’ll find the best discounts on the following categories:

Men and Women’s Apparel

Get the biggest bang for your buck by searching for discounts on summer apparel including swimsuits, shorts, sundresses, skirts, t-shirts and tank tops. Clothing stores need to clear out warm weather items and apparel may be marked down by as much as 75 to 80%. If you aren’t used to bargain shopping it may feel a little strange to purchase clothes that won’t be worn for at least six months, but end-of-season shopping is a great way to save. Just make certain you inspect clothing very carefully. Most stores offer limited return policies, so it’s important to look for holes or loose seams before you buy. You aren’t saving yourself any money if you find the flaw six months from now.

Apparel for Kids

If you want to save on children’s apparel make sure to search the sale and clearance sections at Old Navy, Gap and Gymboree. Some children go through large growth spurts, but most of the time you can expect kids to wear one size larger next year. Stick with clothing staples like solid colored shorts and t-shirts that can be easily mixed and matched. Search for the deepest discounts and aim to save at least 60%.

Sandals & Open Toed Shoes

The change of season brings colder weather, so now is a great time to find deep discounts on sandals and open toed shoes that cannot be worn in fall and winter. Begin your search at shoe stores like Nicole Miller, Timberland and Kenneth Cole, but keep your eye out for bargains at large department stores like Macy’s, JCPenney’s and Lord & Taylor.

Tablets, Computers and Accessories

Electronics like computers, cell phones and tablets are on the wish list of just about every college student. Take advantage of back-to-school sales that coincide with the Labor Day holiday and snatch up a brand new laptop from Best Buy or Dell. This is also a great time to compare prices on smart phones and tablets. You will also find discounts on Bluetooth speakers, keyboards and other wireless accessories.

Water Gear

If you want to upgrade your windsurfing or surfing gear check out local surf shops that offer discounted prices on excess gear. You may also find bargains on boats, kayaks and fishing equipment this time of year. Of course, major mark downs can also be found on swimsuits, floats and pool toys. Check out the clearance sections of Target and Dick’s Sporting Goods for deals.