FatWallet: Forecasting September shopping trends

School’s in session and so still are laptop deals, but summer fashion makes way for fall clothing and holiday travel pricing is best this month.

September Shopping Trends 2012 Forecast:

Labor Day: The back to school hangover trends for laptops, bicycles and lunchbox foods. Ex[etc summer clearance to start showing during this holiday sale for lawnmowers, summer fabrics, summer clothing and fall fashion online. — FatWallet will feature a Labor Day Deals promotion from AUG 28-SEP 3.

Fall Travel: It’s the best time to find discounts for pre-holiday travel booking, especially airfare and packages. And, with hotel deals at record low pricing and travel discount sites competing for these early planners, this is the best time to book ahead for the lowest package deal savings on Thanksgiving and Christmas trips. It’s also traditionally a great time to shop for new cars (making room for 2013 models), auto accessories and insurance. — FatWallet will feature a Fall Travel Deals promotion from SEP 4-13.

Fall Fashion: Summer clearance makes room for autumn’s new fashion trends mid-month with sales at full tilt. Expect deep discounts on jeans/pants, jackets/hoodies, long sleeve tops and footwear. — FatWallet will feature a Fall Fashion Deals promotion from SEP 14-23.

Sports/Outdoors: Traditionally, outdoor apparel like hoodies, jackets and work boots will be discounted. Expect sports apparel (pro and college) and school sporting equipment to show significant savings, along with outdoor sports gear for cycling, hunting and fishing. Also a great time to buy shrub/trees/bulbs on clearance. — FatWallet will feature a Sports and Outdoor Deals promotion from SEP 24-OCT 1.

Other September Trends: Good wine, hot tubs, big appliances, glassware, hardware, bed and bath/linens.