What to Buy in August -- and What to Skip
August is all about back-to-school deals. Even frugal shoppers without school-age kids can find big discounts this month on items such as electronics and office supplies. This is also the beginning of the end of summer, so August bargains include seasonal products. Here's a shopping list filled with cut-rate prices this month.
Some states offer tax-free shopping on select days in August. In most cases these sales tax holidays apply only to select goods, such as clothing and school supplies. Check your state government's website for dates and restrictions. This could be a good time to make a big-ticket purchase such as a computer or energy-efficient appliance.
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 dollar stores. Even if no one in the family is near college age, take advantage of August deals on storage containers, linens, and other items for the home (the first week of the month is National Simplify Your Life Week).
The late summer harvest yields fruit such as apricots, blueberries, grapes, mangos, melons, nectarines, kiwis, 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. Make the most of August produce with these recipes.