The Best Deals of August, and What Not to Buy

It may be the dog days of summer, but it’s also prime time for some shopping deals. Check it out.


This post came from Louis Ramirez at partner site DealNews.com.

Although August lacks a major commercial holiday, it’s still a busy month for retailers and deal hunters alike. Back-to-school sales are at their prime this month, and in the coming weeks consumers will be inundated with end-of-summer clearance sales.

As an added perk, select states will offer tax-free holidays, which are ideal for big purchases. So before you dismiss the dog days of summer, you’ll want to read our buying guide to see what sales you should take advantage of this month.

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Make a big tax-free purchase

Seventeen states will offer sales tax holidays this month starting on the first of August. On each state’s designated days, shoppers will be able to purchase select products, such as computers, back-to-school supplies and clothing, without incurring any sales tax. Among the states participating in tax-free shopping are Florida (Aug. 7-16), Texas (Aug. 7-9), Connecticut (Aug. 16-22) and Georgia (July 31-Aug. 1). Click here for a rundown of all participating states and their corresponding dates.

Don’t upgrade your iPhone or iPad yet

This month, retailers will try everything to get you to upgrade your iPhone or iPad. However, August is a horrible time to upgrade your Apple gear, because Apple traditionally unveils new iPhones and iPads in September and October, respectively. That means any Apple handheld you buy today, regardless of its current price, will be significantly cheaper in the weeks to come. Based on deals we saw last September and October, an iPhone 6 can drop as low as $50, whereas an iPad Air 2 could fall to less than $359. Look for bargains from Apple resellers like Walmart, Best Buy and eBay.

Stock up on summer apparel

Summer may be on its way out, but the first half of September traditionally still has warm weather. That means you can take advantage of August’s summer clearance sales to stock up on some last-minute summer gear. Expect to see summer sales from the likes of adidas, REI and Moosejaw, which last year took 50 to 85 percent off summer apparel and shoes. Also expect to see summer dresses and swimsuits on sale from Victoria’s Secret and Last Call by Neiman Marcus, with prices slashed by as much as 50 percent.

Upgrade your patio furniture

While it may seem odd to upgrade your patio furniture so far into the summer, August is actually a great month for buying new outdoor furniture because prices are at their lowest of the season and any furniture you buy today you’ll still be able to use throughout August and most of September, when weather is less humid. Last August, we saw major clearance sales from Target, Pottery Barn and Sears with discounts that ranged from 50 to 75 percent off.

Now is the time to buy a new grill

In addition to patio furniture, August also boasts the most outdoor grill deals, with sitewide sales from Sears and Target that take from 25 to 60 percent off various charcoal- and gas-based grills. Deals will include brands like Kenmore, Weber, Char-Broil and La Hacienda. To complement your grill, also look for accessory sales from Target and Sur La Table, which last year slashed prices on grilling equipment by up to 75 percent. If you don’t find a deal on the right grill, many of these sales will spill over into September, particularly around Labor Day.

Labor Day begins in August

Every major holiday experiences a sales creep, and Labor Day is no exception. Last year Labor Day deals began Aug. 7 with sitewide sales from travel sites Hotels.com and Orbitz. Each site discounted stays at select hotels throughout the country and combined that with stackable coupons that took an extra 5 to 15 percent off. With some children heading back to school in late August, this time is also an opportune moment to find cheap airfare deals.

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