This time of year is all about back to school and the start of football — which means it’s time to retire those barbecues and break out the crockpots. Retailers offer a number of Labor Day discounts and sales throughout the month, but what really are the best things to buy in the month of September?

Labor Day Sales

Still in the market for summer apparel? Planning a warm vacation this winter? Now is the time to stock up on everything summer. Retailers will be slashing prices in hopes to make room for all the fall inventory. All set on summer clothing? Major retailers such as Gap are offering deep discounts even on their warmer clothing this weekend.

Even high-end stores join the Labor Day sale party. For example, Bloomingdale’s

 will be offering major sales this weekend and discounting sale items even further.

Appliances

Are you in the market for a new washer and dryer? According to experts, now is the time to buy, with the exception of refrigerators (those prices go south in May). New appliance models start to hit the market this month, so your best bet is to snag last year’s version for a fraction of the price. Not in the budget this month? Appliance sales will continue through October and, of course, on Black Friday.

Holiday Airfare

If you are planning to travel during the holidays, leave room in your budget to buy tickets this month. When it comes to holiday travel, there is no such thing as a last-minute deal. Aside from airfare, here are a number of ways to keep holiday travel affordable.

Lawnmowers and Barbecues

Prices tend to drop for outdoor items as the seasons change — not many people want to be mowing their lawn in the snow. Retailers will discount prices to create room for more cold weather inventory such as snow blowers and shovels.

Laptops

If you have yet to purchase that back-to-school laptop, do so prior to Labor Day to take advantage of the back-to-school sales

. Also make sure to buy any last-minute school supplies, as retailers are wrapping up these sales. As the month wears on, prices tend to creep back up. If you are buying a laptop, make sure you ask for a student discount. Several major retailers offer at least a 10 percent discount to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Apple Products

With the promise of new iPhones and iPads around the corner, retailers will be slashing the prices of last year’s models. Companies such as Verizon

and AT&T

will also be competing for your cell phone business, especially once the new iPhone becomes available.

Cars

Next year’s models have already started to roll out, which means car dealerships are clearing out last year’s inventory. If you don’t mind last year’s model, you could save big, Experts also recommend buying at the end of the month for even deeper discounts.

Happy shopping (and saving)!