It may be too hot to drag yourself around to stores, but August is a good time to shop online from the comfort of your air conditioned home. Read on to see what kinds of things are on sale this month and to find out if your state is having a tax holiday!
Outdoor Furniture & Grills
You won't get to enjoy it for too much longer this summer, but retailers don't want to store outdoor goods in their stores and warehouses until next spring so there will be lots of sales in August and into September to outfit your patio or yard.
Back-to-School Clothes & Supplies
Back-to-school sales break the mold for sales because they happen at the same time as the event rather than off-season or end-of season. And the sales are on new items not last season's castoffs. The best deals, naturally, are on items for kids—especially clothes and shoes—but adults can benefit from back-to-school sales on office supplies, lunch containers and computers. It's also a good time to take advantage of sales and buy things in bigger sizes for your kids for next year (if you have the space to store them).
In conjunction with back-to-school-season, many states waive state taxes on items like clothing, school supplies and computers for a few days or even a week in August. If you're doing a significant amount of shopping in these states at this time, the tax savings really add up.
List of states with tax holidays and exact dates: Federation of Tax Administrators
Storage & Organization Products
As college students head off to school, many retailers put their storage and organization products on sale aimed at this young demographic. So it's a good time for anyone to pick up boxes, bins and closet items.
Unless you have your heart set on the very latest model, the end of the summer is one of the best times of the year to buy a car as dealers are motivated to make a good deal in order to make room on the lot for new models which typically arrive in September and October. Dealers make a big marketing push when new models are on the way so pay attention to local radio and tv ads or, if you have a particular car in mind, call the dealership and ask when the new models arrive and make your visit soon before then.
More advice for when to buy a car: USAA
It seems as if swimwear gets more expensive every year. If your sizing stays pretty consistent, consider picking up a cute suit on sale or clearance now and having it all ready to go next summer when suits are back at full price.
Labor Day Sales - Heads Up!
Yes, I know, Labor Day isn't until September, but retailers often stretch out the holiday sales so if you have your eye on a particular item, start checking in on it online later in August and keep checking back for Labor Day sales to start. Many retailers already have their Labor Day Sale pages up and running (Overstock and Walmart, for example).