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The Best Things to Buy in August

5 of the Best Things to Buy in August :: Mint.com/blog

Ah, August. This hectic month is jam-packed with back-to-school obligations and last-minute barbecue invitations. But did you know it’s also a great time to save some cash?

Sure, school supplies are on sale this month, but August is full of awesome deals for the home, too!

Here are five things you can buy on the cheap this month:

Outdoor gear.

Stores make it a high priority to get rid of outdoor gear before the temperatures drop, and this includes everything from patio furniture to grills to lawn mowers.

Tip: It’s best to wait until the end of August to purchase outdoor furniture. Retailers like Sears and Home Depot will discount patio sets by as much as 90 percent!

Storage containers.

Stores tend to cater to the new college crowd during August. That means they’ll mark down the value of dorm supplies, especially storage containers and organizers.

In the market for some new under-the-bed storage drawers or maybe some space-saving bins for your bathroom? Now is the time to buy.

Linens.

If you’re looking to restock your linen closet, August is the best time to do it!

Not only are college kids shopping for new bed linens, many shops are also trying to purge their summer sheets to make room for heavier fall and winter gear.

You can expect to find linens, duvets, pillows and blankets at a discount price.

Kids clothing.

If your little one’s jeans have seen one-too-many grass stains this summer, jump on the back-to-school bandwagon!

Clothing retailers have widespread sales on kids clothing during August with markdowns as much as 40-70 percent off!

Office supplies.

They may be under the label of “school supplies,” but don’t be fooled! Grown-ups need pens and pencils, too.

If you have a home office (or just need some new envelopes) stock up on these supplies while you can.

Tip: Need a new desk for your home office? Computer desks often fall into the “dorm items” category, so they’ll be cheaper this month, too.

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