If back-to-school shopping has taken a bite out of your family budget, you're probably looking for ways to save money this September. And thanks to great weather and Labor Day deals, this really is a great month to save your pennies and score deep discounts on family necessities.

Shop Post-Labor Day Sales

Labor Day arrived early this year (right on September 1), which is good news for consumers as Labor Day sales on household items like mattresses and bedding and early fall clothing continue through the first weeks of September. 

Stock up on post-Labor Day deals at the grocery store too, where retailers need to move end-of-summer staples like hot dogs, chips and condiments to make room for seasonal (think Halloween and Thanksgiving) products.

Shop Older Models of Both Automobiles and Appliances

Need a new car or maybe a new dishwasher? Next year's models are starting to be released, which means that last year's models can be purchased at a discount. And while there may not be much wiggle room when negotiating appliance prices, be sure to bring your A-game to the dealership when shopping for a car.

(Translation: don't accept a first offer, negotiate for a better deal).

Plan Plenty of Free, Fall Fun

September weather is beautiful across much of the country, which mean that free outdoor adventure can fill your family's calendar. Pack a picnic and play in the local parks, take a family camping trip or enjoy one last outdoor movie night before the weather turns cold.

Plan Ahead for Holiday Travel

According to Lifehacker.com, "the best airfare deals come eight weeks before you travel." So if you'll be flying to your Thanksgiving destination, book at the end of September to save money and get the best rates.

Stock Up on Wine

For some of us, raising kids means that wine is a necessity — not a luxury. And since winemakers are in the middle of harvest season, September is considered the best time to buy. Check local wineries to find good deals, since many offer discounts on bottles left over from the busy summer season.

How do you save money during September? Do you book holiday travel this far in advance?