The Best Things to Buy in August


Back to school sales are in full force and while it’s certainly a good time to stock up on new shoes and pencil bags, it’s also time to score end-of-season clearance items. If you’re not quite ready to say goodbye to summer, treat yourself to a fun bargain and enjoy your final days of sunshine and freedom.

Young girl on Backyard Water Slide

Kiddie outdoor oasis: It will be a while before winter weather sends us all inside. Still,  water toys, slides, sandboxes, and anything else that encourages outdoor play will likely go on sale this month. Save up to 30% on trampolines and swing sets at Kmart.

Summer-scented anything: Retailers are ready to roll out pumpkin spice candles and apple body wash, so scents that conjure up summer memories are headed to clearance. Bath & Body Works already has candles like Summertime S’Mores and Seaside Escape marked down 50%. down essentials: Now that the hot weather will be winding down soon, it’s a great time to shop for an AC unit or ceiling fan. Ceiling fans are in the sale section and ship free from Lamps Plus.

Swimwear swag: Swim gear markdowns started last month, but now those suits really must go. Use code SWIM and save 30% off swimwear at Aeropostale or shop the sale section at Dress Barn and get 50% off.

SPF beauty loot: You should protect your skin year-round, so now’s a great time to stock up. Look for low prices on your basic sunscreen as well as moisturizers, face powders, and lip balm with SPF. Shop for sale cosmetics at Ulta and save additional dollars with a coupon code.

Final tip: It’s peak season for tomatoes, so look for great prices and variety on the year’s tastiest tomatoes. If you are a home gardener, canning supplies will go on sale this month, so get ready to deal with your end-of-season crop.