What to Buy in August
August is all about back-to-school deals. Even frugal shoppers without school-age kids know they can find big discounts this month on items such as laptop bundles and home office supplies. This is also the beginning of the end of summer, so August bargains include seasonal products. If your lawn mower has mowed its last, for example, add a new one to your list -- and check out our guide to the best cheap lawn mowers before heading out in search of August deals. Here are some other items consumers can find for cheap this month.
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School Supplies.Almost any school supply you can think of will be discounted or promoted with a coupon in the coming weeks. Look for August deals on common items such as paper, notebooks, pens, pencils, glue, rulers, calculators, folders, binders, and more. Now's the time for small business owners or anyone with a home office to stock up as well. Even items like desks and filing cabinets will be discounted, so take advantage. Backpacks should be included in the mix. Look for deep discounts, coupons from major retailers, and even door buster sales to get unbeatable buys on backpacks.
Kids Clothes.This is the perfect time to jump-start your kids' fall wardrobes. Check out our buying guide to cheap kids shoes for shopping tips and several styles we like, as well as our guide to cheap kids clothes.
Dorm Decor.The back-to-school rush is hardly limited to grade school and high school. College campuses are gearing up to usher in a new crop of freshmen. If you have a college-bound student at home, now's the time to look for discounts on dorm essentials and decor from retailers such as Walmart, Target, and the local dollar store. Even if no one in your family is near college age, take advantage of August deals on storage containers, linens, and other items you need at home.
Laptops.In addition to all the typical supplies, a new laptop is on many college students' shopping lists. Most laptops will be on sale this month and many retailers will be offering discounted bundle packages that will be hard to ignore. And don't forget, these savings can benefit anyone, not just college-bound students. Our guide to cheap laptops includes a rundown of features to look for.
Summer Gear.Beyond the back-to-school sales, consumers will see August deals on summer items like clothing as retailers look to clear the racks for fall inventory. Now is the best time and probably your last chance until next summer to buy a truly cheap swimsuit (just try not to let your weight fluctuate too much before next season). Have young ones at home? Buy that kiddie pool now for next year. Grills will also be deeply discounted this month. (Keep an eye out for our recommended cheap grills.)
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Lawn Mowers.Homeowners in most parts of the country won't need lawn mowers for much longer, so watch for retailers to mark them down. Gardening tools and other landscaping implements, such as tillers and weed eaters, also go on sale this month. On the other hand outdoor furniture and yard decor items are more likely to display better price cuts (think up to 90 percent off) in September and October than in August.
Camping Gear.Camping is a popular summer activity, but with the end of summer drawing near many retailers will begin to discount this year's camping gear. Snag the August discounts and you might have just enough time to fit in one last camping trip before school starts.
Luggage.By August most people have already finished their summer travels and are setting their sights on fall getaways and holiday travel. The lull makes August a good time to buy new luggage to replace that ancient piece held together with duct tape.
Seasonal Produce.The late summer harvest yields fruits such as apricots, blueberries, grapes, mangos, melons, nectarines, kiwi, peaches, plums, raspberries, strawberries, and watermelon, all of which will be ripe and cheap. Readily available vegetables include corn, cucumbers, bell peppers, beets, eggplant, green beans, green onions, lettuce, okra, radishes, summer squash, and tomatoes.