It’s the last full month of summer, and though the days are getting shorter, the sales are getting bigger. Consumers can look forward to discounts on Back to School supplies, backpacks, and laptops, in addition to sales on summer furniture and gear as retailers start stocking up for fall.
We’ve compiled a list of the best deals out there, along with some tips from retail experts.
“Parents will find basic school supplies including pens, pencils, notebooks, and more — for just a few cents in some cases,” said Kendal Perez, savings expert for CouponSherpa.com. “Last year, I found pocket folders, spiral notebooks and hole-punched folders from Walmart for $0.17 each; composition notebooks, colored pencils and glue sticks for $0.50 each; and loose-leaf paper, paper towels, dividers, highlighters, pencil pouches and 1” binders for less than $1 each and expect similar deals from Staples and Office Depot/Office Max this August.”
Through RetailMeNot, shoppers can save up to 15 percent off select school supplies at Target through August 30. A Kmart spokesperson said that from August 7-13, you can find more than a dozen school supplies — including packs of Elmer’s glue sticks and Crayola crayons and colored pencils — for under a dollar. A Staples spokesperson said that it is currently hosting “season-long lowest prices on back-to-school essentials such as composition books, two-pocket folders, pens, scissors, crayons and technology like calculators, USB drives, ear buds, batteries and more.” The spokesperson also confirmed that through August 13, Staples shoppers can take 25 percent off school supplies with the purchase of a backpack.
“If you’re in the market for a new backpack for [school or] work, or a discounted laptop bag, there’s no better time to find a deal than in August,” said Brent Shelton, online shopping expert at Fatwallet. Sara Skirboll, shopping & trends expert at RetailMeNot added that shoppers can expect to find “deals up to 25 percent off on backpacks at various retailers,” and recommends looking for promo codes, rebates, and discounted gift cards to pile on the savings.
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“A new [Back to School] survey from FatWallet reports that parents rank August as the best time to find deals for their kids' school needs,”said Shelton. “Especially on student laptops, where parents rank August deals better than Black Friday.”
Prices on laptops can fluctuate drastically from one day to the next, so Shelton recommends monitoring prices by setting up alerts at various deal sites, so that you’ll be notified when a hot new deal pops up.
“Retailers’ focus is already shifting to fall, [so] savvy shoppers can use the end of summer to get major price breaks on outdoor products, including patio furniture, camping gear and more,” said Jespersen. “You may not get much use out of the items this year, but these end-of-season sales are a good opportunity to buy things you’ll want for next year.”
After all that back-to-school and summer clearance shopping, you deserve a nice glass of wine.
“You can expect to see discounts on last year’s wine to make way for the new harvest, so now is a great time to stock up,” said Skirboll. Through August 31, via RetailMeNot, you can save 10 percent on your first order of $75 or more of products from wine.com.
If you’re looking for booze-free refreshments, keep in mind that there are a few frozen treat holidays on the horizon.
“August 6 is National Root Beer Float Day and A&W is giving away free root beer floats from 2pm to close and participating locations,” said Perez. “August 8 is National Frozen Custard Day and Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers is offering a single cone or dish for $1, plus they donate half the proceeds to your choice of two kids charities,” said Perez. “Last year, select Rita’s Italian Ice locations offered a free kid’s cone with any large treat purchase from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. on August 8.”