What to Buy in August

No matter where you shop, great deals abound in August. With stores trying to get you in the door with promises of back to school sales, August is the time to stock up on certain items. Here are a few things to buy now, if you’re in the market.

School Supplies

August is the obvious time to buy school supplies, but think beyond your back to school list. What ongoing office supply needs do you have throughout the year? Stock up on pencils and pens, glue sticks and construction paper, and folders and paper.

I try to buy enough office, craft, and organizing supplies to last an entire year, so I don’t have to pay full price later on.


As college students head back to campus, many stores are offering great deals on laptops. Even if you’re not a college student, now is a great time to buy a new laptop if you need one.


January is still the best time to buy linens, but if you will need linens before the holidays, you can find some good deals now, thanks to the back to college sales.

Most of the sales on linens are geared toward college students, so it’s a great time to buy sheet sets for kids, who are sure to appreciate the bright colors of linens geared toward college students.

Storage Containers

Like linens, January is still the best time to buy storage containers, especially clear or white containers. But if you prefer bright and wild colors, you can find great deals on storage tubs right now.

I’m in the midst of organizing our home, and I’ve assigned colors to each family member. I’ve picked up some great storage containers for each family member this month. If you’re into color coordinated organizing, it’s a good time to buy storage bins.

Summer Things

As stores move in the fall merchandise, the summer stuff has to move out. Start thinking ahead to next summer. Do you need a pool? Pool toys? Camping equipment? Patio furniture?

Depending on the store, summer things will start to go on clearance in August or September. So as you shop your favorite stores, make sure to hit the clearance aisles to give you a head start on next year.

Stocking up on things when they are at their lowest prices is the least expensive way to shop. If you foresee a need for any of the above items in the near future, now just might be the time to buy.


By , on Aug 1, 2013
Lynnae McCoy I'm Lynnae, wife of one and stay-at-home mom of two. I'm committed to getting out of debt by being frugal with my choices in life.


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  1. I love buying off season! Trying to score a swing for our backyard this year!

  2. I love buying things off-season when I can. Often times retailers will sell really cute coats/jackets for very good prices during spring or sometimes even summer and that’s when I always buy it because I get it for a really good deal. However, some things in season like what you mentioned above about buying laptops before a school season starts is better because they give better prices and deals.

  3. Great reminders. I need to start shopping for beach towels–bet I can find some good sales.

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