Fall Into Savings

Leaves aren't the only things falling in autumn. The lull between the summer rush and holiday preparations prompt price drops on a range of items, from Broadway tickets to pricey wines. Kelli Grant, Senior Consumer Reporter for gives advice on how to save money by shopping in the fall.

This is a good time to take in a broadway show if you're looking to pay less for tickets. September and October form a shoulder season between summer and holiday demand. So prices are lower, and tickets are more available. Theatergoers will still need to buy in advance for a chance at hot shows like "Wicked."

If you're in the market for a new car head to the dealership. Manufacturers and dealerships are focused on clearing lots to make room for the latest models. Shoppers who wait until October may see better prices, but selection will be more limited.

Look into getting airfare for the holidays. Travelers who want an aisle or window seat, a convenient departure time or a direct flight - or some combination of the above - should book during September. With airlines' scaled-back schedules, desirable seats are unlikely to be available for any price as the holidays approach.

September yields great deals on falls clothing staple - jeans. Retailers use jeans as a loss leader to pull consumers into stores. American Eagle currently has a deal for buy one pair, get the second pair half off.

Nurseries and garden centers don't have the indoor space to care for so many plants over the winter, so you'll see discounts of up to 50%. Gardeners benefit too, because fall is a great time to plant trees, shrubs and other perennials. Some plants may have lingered at the nursery since spring, so check their condition carefully.

Consider buying wine for the holidays now. During harvest time in September and October, wineries are switching out vintages and heavily promoting their latest releases. Winery visitors will see bigger case discounts. Expect better prices in wine stores, too, especially on bottles that usually price in the $50 to $100 range.

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Kelli Grant & Erika Wortham