The Best Things To Buy In August

August is a great time for shopping, especially with all the end-of-summer clearance sales, tax-free weekends, and back-to-school deals. To help you this shopping month, here is a list of the best discounts and deals.

Tax-free goods

Although tax-free weekends started in July, most states hold theirs during the first week of August. During these weekends, you can purchase items like school supplies, clothing, and electronics without having to pay the sales tax. However, it is advisable to compare these decreased prices to those offered online, especially when buying something expensive like a mobile phone.


The prices of stilettos, sandals, and sneakers will drop drastically this month. The best Editor’s Choice discounts of the season are offered by Clarks, Famous Footwear, and DSW, so make sure you check out these stores if you’re looking for leather shoes and sneakers. PUMA adult sneakers are also expected to be priced around $25, while Adidas kicks will be available for only $24 in stores like Tillys.

If you’re looking for budget-friendly shoes, be sure to check out Charlotte Russe and Academy Sports & Outdoors for $3 sandals. Remember that you won’t see shoe deals like these until November during Black Friday season.

Summer Apparel

Whether you’re shopping for low-cost T-shirts or summer shorts, you can expect the prices of summer apparel to drop dramatically in August. Last August, the best-of-the-year sales were hosted by Gap, Kohl’s, The Children’s Place, and Hanes, and they are expected to have similar sales this year as well. Stores like JCPenney and Walmart will also be hosting clearance sales, where you can find $4 T-shirts, $2 shorts, and sleepwear for only $3 apiece.   

School Supplies

Whether you’re an office manager, student, or just a stationery lover, you should always take advantage of back-to-school deals this August. Visit Walmart and Target and shop for scissors, pencil cases, and markers in less than a buck. Make sure you also avail the discounts on notebooks, Sharpies, and tissues, offered by OfficeMax, Staples, and Office Depot.


If you can’t wait till Black Friday to purchase a laptop, then August’s back-to-school sales are the next best opportunity for you. Last year, prices of laptops at Dell and Lenovo dropped by at least 11% between July and August. This year, entry-level 11.6” laptops are also expected to be priced around $130 while 15.6” models should be priced around $280 in sales.


Most vineyards harvest their grapes in September, so they need to clear out old stock to make space before the new harvest arrives, resulting in cheaper wine. Last year, eBay offered wine bottles costing more than $25 at a 20% discount and is expected to have similar discounts this year as well. You can also check out for bundle deals, cost-cutting coupons, or a seasonal sale.

Patio Furniture

The best patio furniture prices and deals are available in May. However, if you missed the season, August is the next best month to shop for patio tables, hammocks, and deck chairs. Last year, almost twice as many Editor’s Choice patio deals were offered in August, rather than in July by stores like Walmart and Home Depot. Last August, fire pits were priced as low as $56, 3-piece patio sets were available for less than $70, and patio umbrellas were sold for only $20.

Free Root Beer and Waffles

National Root Beer Float Day and National Waffle Day, both fall in August. To celebrate these sweet events, many restaurants will give out freebies or discounts. A&W usually gives a free root beer float to its customers on August 6, and be sure to check out your favorite waffle restaurant for deals or coupons on August 24.