School supply sales are abundant in August, so kindergartners and college students alike can get everything they need to go back to school in the fall. Expect to find the best deals on everything from school supplies to kids clothing this month. Many states even eliminate sales tax in August for some of the best deals of the year.
Additionally, the longer you can hold off buying things like pencils and folders the better, since prices will only go down in the coming weeks as retailers attempt to get rid of extra inventory by putting items on clearance. So, get what your child absolutely needs now and wait on the rest for even bigger deals at the end of the month.
“Warm weather clothing — like shorts and t-shirts — will see some of its lowest prices of the year, and these items will still be seasonally appropriate for a few more weeks,” said Benjamin Glaser, features editor with DealNews. “Even heavier clothes like jeans will see discounts during back-to-school sales.” Keep in mind, however, that while the sales are big, the selection usually isn’t the widest since shoppers have picked over most of the merchandise through June and July.
Linens and Dorm Essentials
Little kids aren’t the only ones who get a break on back-to-school gear this August. College students in need of dorm room decor can also expect to find sales, especially on linens. Everything from sheets to towels will be discounted in August as retailers jump on offering deals for back-to-school shopping right before fall semester.
“Laptops hit some of their best prices outside of Black Friday [in August],” said Glaser. With many newer models coming out this fall, most companies are trying to push out older models to make room for the new. Not to mention, many stores include laptops — and even some desktop computers — in back-to-school sales just before school begins.
“Students don’t need to pay more than $500, and as little as $350, for a laptop that will be fine for web surfing, streaming videos and word processing. Look for deals from … Dell, HP, Lenovo and Asus.”