What to Buy in August

A&W Root Beer - Atlantic City, Wyoming
By Raechel Conover

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 buy it now. Cheapism.com identified a variety of items you'll find at cut-rate prices this month.

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, and binders. Now's the time for small business owners or anyone with a home office to stock up, as well. Even items such as chairs, 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 doorbuster 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 clothes for the low-down on the retailers with the best prices on quality apparel.

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, look now for discounts on dorm essentials and decor sold by 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 for the 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. Cheapism's 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 merchandise as vendors look to clear the racks for fall inventory. This is the best time and probably your last chance until next summer to buy a truly cheap swimsuit. If you have young ones at home, buy that kiddie pool now for next year. Outdoor grills will also be deeply discounted this month.

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 decorative yard items are more likely to display greater price cuts (think up to 90 percent off) in September and October.

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 tents, sleeping bags, cooking stoves, and the like. 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 this month 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.

Root Beer Floats and Supplies.National Root Beer Float Day surfaces on Aug. 6. In past years A&W Restaurants have celebrated by offering a free root beer float to customers. We anticipate the same will be true this year. In addition, those root beer float supplies in the aisles of your local grocery store may see sales leading up to this sweet food holiday.
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