19 First Day of Fall 2016 Deals and Freebies

Check out these fall sales and coupons before you buy.

You might think that fall begins right after Labor Day. Maybe you think the first day of autumn is when the leaves change color or as soon as stores start selling Halloween costumes. But the first day of fall is actually Sept. 22, which is the 2016 fall equinox — the annual seasonal transition derives its name from the Latin word “aequinoctium,” which means “equal night.”

On the first day of fall, many stores, restaurants and retailers of all types celebrate with fall savings, sales and deals. Here are some of the best September sales.

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First Day of Fall Savings Deals

  • 1-800-CONTACTS: Save $50 or more on over 50 brands as part of their September Savings sale through Sept. 30.
  • Ace Hardware: Red Hot Buys are available at select stores on select items on AceHardware.com. No coupon code necessary. Good through the end of September.
  • Allheart: September to Remember sale. No coupon necessary for up to 40 percent off entire Allheart.com site.
  • Bridging the Gap: Check out the BTG social and native plant sale from Sept. 22 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 pm, in Kansas City, Mo.
  • CollegeBoard: Get $10 off CLEP exam through September with coupon code CLEPSEPT.
  • Cricut: Get a September Mystery Box for $29.99 through Sept. 29. No code needed.
  • Dollar Rental Car: Take 15 percent off a weekly rental through Nov. 15 with coupon code 101124.
  • Just Between Friends: Head to the Cedarburg All Seasons Sale on Sept. 22 to Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Ozaukee County Fairgrounds, Columbia St. Mary’s Building in Cedarburg, Wis. Get deals on everything from gently used clothing to video games.
  • Kay Jewelers: Take up to 40 percent off sapphire September birthstone jewelry with promo code SEPTPROMO until Sept. 30.
  • LOFT: Redeem $25 in LOFT cash for every $50 you spend until Sept. 25.
  • Master Gardeners of Central Georgia: Believe it or not, fall is the time to think about spring. Most trees, shrubs and perennials are planted in autumn, and this fall sale is all about things that are going to blossom when winter is over. This nonprofit is holding the sale from Sept. 22 to Sept. 24.
  • Motorcycle Superstore: Save up to 48 percent with September Monthly Deals through the end of the month. No coupon necessary.
  • Northern Tool and Equipment: September Heavy Duty Savings Event. Up to 50 percent off marked down items. No coupon code needed.
  • Peoples Jewelers: Take 20 percent off September sapphire birthstone purchases through the end of the month with coupon code SAPPHIRE20AFF.
  • Sears: Shop sales on September birthstone sapphire jewelry until Sept. 30. No coupon code needed.
  • Step2: Take 20 percent off select items with coupon code PLAYTIME20 through Sept. 27.
  • Stuart Weitzman: Shop the Big September Sale through Sept. 30. No coupon code needed.
  • Tommy Hilfiger: Use coupon code SEPT16 for 20 percent off orders of $100 or more through Oct. 4.
  • Tours4Fun: Take 5 to 15 percent off September Travel Guide packages. No coupon code necessary.

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Fun Facts About Fall

Whether you’re looking for September birthstones or fall travel deals, chances are good you can find what you need on or around the first day of fall. Celebrate the equinox with fall savings on the things you need before winter gets here. And while you’re in the mood for autumn, check out these fun fall facts.


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