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What to Buy August 2015

July 30th, 2015

August 2015 calendarWhat to But and Not to Buy This Month

July flew by faster than June did. August is a great month for deals. It’s heralding the end of the summer season, which means clearance sales galore. Kids start back at school which means even better back to school bargains. And it ends with a holiday weekend that will bring in big department store sales.

We didn’t find any freebies during our research. However, follow us on Facebook. If we find a freebie, we post it there.

Super Clearance Items

If there’s anything left from Spring, it should be on the buy one get six free rack (we kid, we kid). But you should be able to find amazing deals on anything left from Spring which can be used for the transitional weather in the autumn.

And as we near the end of the summer season, even retailers who don’t cater to back-to-school crowds will begin to get even more aggressive with their clothing discounts as they try to make room for autumn apparel. Look for base sales that take 40% to 70% off.

Back to school clothing should drop quite a bit. Last year retailers like American Eagle Outfitters and Levi’s slashed an extra 40% to 50% off sale items.

With back to school sales also comes a drop in the price of laptops. To date, the Microsoft Store is having the most aggressive deals with prices at or around $350 for a very capable 15″ laptop with Intel’s latest Core i5 Broadwell CPU, at least 4GB of RAM, and at least a 500GB hard drive.

Don’t buy the new iPhone yet. If Apple sticks to its usual schedule, September and early October could see new models of the iPhone, iPad, and iPad mini.  Although Apple finally kicked off it back-to-school sale, we recommend Mac fans instead turn to stores like Best Buy for their Apple shopping. There you’ll find the 2015 MacBook Air 11″ Laptop for around $749 or oftentimes, Micro Center slashes the 2014 model to $700 with in-store pickup.

Also, look for dorm room furniture. It can update a tween or teenager’s room at a lower cost. You can also find some great storage solutions for getting those rooms organized.

If you’re looking for an upgraded television, the 42″ LCD TV will have the best price. But generally speaking, November through January is the best time of the year to buy a new set, so you might want to hold off for the time being.

Fun In the Sun

Now is the time to look into buying patio furniture, grills, smokers, barbecues, outdoor ovens, and just about anything to do with outdoor fun.

Look for the best deals during the Labor Day weekend. Some places start early and offer discounts as well as offering to pay the sales tax.

For patio furniture, look to stores like Home Depot, Sears, Walmart, and Target for discounts of up to 75% off.  Also if you’re looking at Target, their Visa gives you an additional 5% off the price, and they have an app where you can get even more coupons that could be used towards the purchase.

For grills, check stores like Sears, Lowe’s, Target, and Walmart for discounts that knock up to 50% off. Also keep an eye out for coupons that slash an extra 10% to 15% off, as department stores are prone to releasing these codes around Labor Day weekend.

Also, now is the time to buy summer sporting goods like tennis rackets and camping equipment. Check out different stores for their prices and sales.

Food

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.

Just about everything you could want, right?  Try cooking the fruit and vegetables on the new grill you bought.

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