Best Deals in August 2020 (and What to Avoid!)

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We’re all trying to squeeze in more summer fun before school is back in session (whatever that’s going to look like). Your kids have grown like weeds and you need more school supplies, so shopping must be done.

If you haven’t started your school shopping, that’s ok. The best Back to School deals are this month, anyway, and August will be packed with end-of-season deals as well. No school-aged kids? Use these sales to spruce up the home office and your wardrobe.  


Back to School Deals

Those deep Back to School discounts we always count on are finally here! We’re seeing discounts on everything from binders to book bags from a multitude of retailers.  

Africa On My Back: This brand of backpacks for women passionate about fashion and social justice is offering 30 percent off select items with code DEAL30. Valid until August 30.

*All About Vibe LifeLike Pillows: Turn your favorite images into a double-sided, ultra-soft, custom-shaped, washable pillow. Great for the dorm! From August 1-31, save 40 percent off (originally $54.95 and up).  

Angel JacketsThis online clothing brand sells leather jackets inspired by fashion trends, movies, and TV shows. During the Friends and Family Sale, save up to 43 percent off the Women’s Collection. Save an additional $20 OFF with code “AJ20.” Valid – August 31st.    

Bamboozle: Perfect for cooking more at home or setting up a new apartment for your college student, this brand of eco-chic homewares products is offering 20 percent off sitewide with code WECARE.

Calm Strips: These reusable textured adhesive strips can help those with sensory needs feel calm. From August 1 – September 30, save 10 percent off sitewide with code BTS. 

Cheeky Chickadee Swan Raincoat: This Australian children’s wear brand that specializes in apparel with one-of-a-kind hand-drawn animal prints is offering 20 percent off their Swan Raincoat (originally $31.45). Valid through September 1.  

Circle: This little gadget helps keep kids safe online by allowing parents to manage screen time, filter inappropriate content, and more. From August 17-25, save 20 percent off with code BACK2SCHOOL. There are 1-year or lifestyle subscription options. 

Cuddle Clones Custom Face Masks: These protective, multi-layer cloth face masks feature paw prints, fun sayings, or they can be customized with a picture of your pet! A portion of each purchase goes to feed shelter pets. From August 1-31, save 20 percent off. Custom tees are also 20 percent off.  

Day by Daybook TEENThis planner and journal is designed to help teens process their feelings of anxiety or fear. Through September 30, buy one, get one free (a $29.95 value).   

Delta Children: From August 8-13 with code GEAR20, save 20 percent off two lightweight, multifunctional strollers; the Revolve 

Reversible Stroller (originally $299.99) and the Jeep Gemini Stroller (originally $219.99). 

ENOF: This nutritious powder that can be sprinkled onto foods is made using a technology that traps the phytonutrients in organic vegetables while they are freeze-dried. Through October 15, save 25 percent off with code SCHOOL25. 

FOCO: This site that specializes in sports and entertainment memorabilia and collectibles is offering 67 percent off select Men’s and Women’s items, While supplies last. 

Geniani Huron Top Fill Cool Mist Humidifier & Essential Oil Diffuser: This ultrasonic humidifier/essential oil diffuser combo helps to infuse the air with cool mist and your favorite scent. From August 15-31, save 20 percent off.  

Grand Fusion Housewares Kids’ Camo Face MasksThese super soft, polyester microfiber filtered masks are available in pink or blue camo and sized for children. From August 1-15, save 30 percent off (regular price, $19.99 for a 3-pack).

HÄNS: These clever products are designed to keep tech devices clean and germ-free. From August 15 – 31, save 15 percent off sitewide with code SWIPE15. Free shipping on all orders.

High Sierra: This manufacturer of outdoor adventure gear, functional backpacks, duffel bags, apparel, and luggage is offering the following deals on select items:

  • August 5-11: Buy a Back to School Backpack, get a lunch box for $9.99 (normally $14.99).
  • August 12- August 18: Buy one, get one 50 percent off on select backpacks.

Learning Resources: This award-winning educational toy company makes learning fun! During the Friends and Family sale, save 30 percent off sitewide with code BTS30. Valid August 15-21. 

Love Classic: Through August 31, save 40 percent off select styles of trendy socks. For every pair that is purchased, the company will donate a pair to a local women’s shelter.

made by Fressko: This line of stylish and sustainable tea and fruit infuser water bottles will be 30 percent off with code Sumer2020. Valid August 1-14.  

 ROKiT Phones, iO 3D: This unlocked smartphone features glasses-free built-in 3D, 4G, 16 GB memory, dual-SIM, and a fingerprint sensor. Also receive 6 free months of ROKiT Telemedicine, ROKiT Talk, and ROKiT FLiX 3D. Through August 31, get the ROKiT for $89.99 (regularly $129) with Free ROKiT earbuds ($49.99 value).

Samsung Back to School BundleCreate the perfect remote classroom or WFH station with this bundle, which includes a 128GB Galaxy Tab S6, a 27” Curved LED Monitor, and a Dex Cable for only $711.99 (originally $899.99). Valid through August 31.  

Staples: During their Back to School savings sale, Staples has the following deals:

STM Goods: This brand of stylish, innovative tech accessories is offering 20 percent off sitewide on backpacks, tech, and more using promo code BTS20 from August 7-9. 

TakeLessons – In case you need to beef up what your kids’ school is providing or if you want to learn something new, this interactive, instructor-led online learning platform for kids and adults offers more than 310 subjects. From August 1-31, buy 5 lessons, save $15, buy 10 lessons, save $30, buy 15 lessons, save $55, and buy 20 lessons, save $125. The average class price is $20. 

Vimco WellnessThis brand takes favorite drinks, like lemonade and coffee, and adds healthy ingredients to fight inflammation, boost your immune system, and more. For every bag purchased, they donate a meal to a child in need. Through August 31, save 30 percent off sitewide with code SUMMER. $14.99 and up.


End-of-Summer Clearance

Now is a great time to take advantage of the end-of-summer clearance sales and stock up on warmer weather items for the family. There are deals on everything from apparel to items for the home and yard.   

Academy Sports: This sporting goods retailer is offering the following deals this month:

  • Through August 8, save 25 percent off select Nike apparel & footwear. 
  • Through August 9, save 25 percent off select Under Armour apparel & footwear.
  • Through August 23, save 25 percent off select Adidas apparel & footwear.
  • Save up to 25 percent off Brooks, Asics, Puma footwear.
  • BCG athletic apparel for men, women, and kids, $9.99 and under

BeachsafeThis portable, water-resistant safe can be attached to your beach chair, keeping your valuables dry and secure. It also has a solar-powered battery pack and a cooling fan to protect your devices while keeping them charged. Save $20 for a limited time (originally $99.95). 

Cleah: This range of women’s apparel that focuses on flattering silhouettes, unique details, and quality fabrics is offering 50 percent off select items through August 31. 

Delyx LTD: This site specializes in luxurious and timeless accessories and apparel that can be worn more than one way. During the End of Summer Clearance sale, save 65 percent off select items with code AUGSALE.

Haven: This new mattress brand offers high-quality mattresses at an affordable price. Through the end of August, save 20 percent off sitewide, plus receive a free Sleep Bundle, which includes 2 pillows, sateen sheet set, mattress protector and mattress base (value up to $850) with any mattress purchase.  

MOLECULE: During their Hot Deals, Cool Nights Sale, this sleep brand designed for active and health-conscious people is offering 20 percent off sitewide with the code HOTDEAL. Also, receive free sheets ($219 value) with any size mattress purchase. Valid August 1-31.

NakeFitThese waterproof, anti-slip sole protectors conform to the bottom of your feet to protect them from germs and rough or hot surfaces. Through August 31, save 75 percent off sitewide. 

Nine SpaceThis minority women-owned brand offers items for the home that are high-quality, affordable, and well-designed. Get the Oversize Stripe Beach Tote starting at $10 (originally $30 and up), while supplies last. 

Nkatas London: This woman-owned brand that focuses on Afrocentric, eco-friendly and handmade items, including beach bags, indoor planters, wooden bowls and more, is offering 30 percent off select items during their 

End-of-summer sale.  

Overstock.comThis site that is known for its deeply discounted home items is having two sales. 

  • First Annual Rug Sale: From August 4-10 find discounts on everything from area rugs to stair treads in both modern and vintage styles. The biggest discounts will be on area rugs with an additional 20 percent off. Get free shipping on every order.
  • End of Summer Super Sale: From August 6-19, get last-minute deals on outdoor furniture and other summer inventory with up to 70 percent off thousands of items. Free shipping on every order.

RosePaulino: This swimwear and apparel made of recycled plastics is for women and men of all sizes. For the remainder of the summer, the brand is offering buy one, get one free on women’s swimwear, plus free shipping. $68 and up. 

SilcSkin: SilcSkin anti-aging pads help to eliminate wrinkles on targeted areas on the face and body. Through September 22, save 20 percent off sitewide with code WRINKLEFREESUMMER.

T-SUIT: This collection of swimwear and organic beauty products is offering 50 percent off sitewide during their Summer Fun Fit sale. Valid August 1 – September 1. 

VENUS: This stylish swimwear brand for “every body” is offering the following three end-of-summer sales:

  • August 24–26: Your choice of free shipping or save 10 percent off.
  • August 29 only: Save 15 percent off all Swimwear, including sale
  • items marked down up to 50 percent off.
  • August 30 only: Save 15 percent off all dresses, including sale styles priced at up to 70 percent off.

Walkee Paws: Keep your dog dry with these dog leggings and raincoats. From August 1-31, buy a pair of leggings and receive 25 percent off a raincoat (originally $24.99).


What Not to Buy

Fall Clothing

When you are shopping for your kids’ Back to School clothes, best to focus on warmer weather clothes and wait for September or even October for fall clothes. This approach also allows your kids to check out the trends at school before committing to a full-year wardrobe.

Cookware and Small Appliances

With all the kids moving into dorms this month, you’d think there would be some sales in the category, but the good deals don’t really pop up until October.

If you’re moving into a dorm (or have a child who is), it can be better to wait to purchase everything until they’re moved in and have a true sense of what they need. The prices will be better then, too.

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