The best deals in August include back to school deals, home office sales, beauty sales and deals on clothing. Get out there and get the best deals & steals!

Best Deals in August 2019 (and What to Avoid!)

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We’re all trying to squeeze in more summer fun before school resumes. But, the reality is that you have that long back to school list to conquer.

If you haven’t started your back-to-school shopping, that’s ok! The best deals are this month, anyway.

And if you have no school-aged kids, use those back to school deals to spruce up the home office, your beauty routine and your wardrobe.

We’ll also see clearance pricing on summer items and of course, we have a 3-day weekend at the end of the month as icing on the cake!


Back to School

Those deep Back to School discounts are finally here, meaning deals on everything from binders to book bags from a multitude of retailers.

You’ll be able to check off all those items on your kids’ school supply lists but look for deals on anything you might need for yourself, too.

To save even more, look for last-minute deals on the Slickdeals Back to School page. Also, see if your state has a tax-free weekend and plan your shopping around that.

Amazon:  Students can enjoy a 6-month Prime Membership for free!


Apple Education Store: Get a 2019 MacBook Air + Beats Studio3 Headphones for $1000.  Other deals include MacBook Air from $999, 13″ MacBook Pro from $1199, 15″ MacBook Pro from $2249, iMac from $1049 and iMac Pro from $4599.

The Better Skin Co.: This clean, vegan and cruelty-free skincare brand is offering 20% off all products on Amazon. Valid August 15th – September 15th.


The Big One Chairs: Save $20 on The Big One chairs at Kohl’s, including the Inflatable Chair & Cat Cover, the Glitter & Pom Inflatable Chair and the Holographic Inflatable Chair.  Valid through the holidays.


Cariloha: Save 25% off sitewide during the Back to School sale. Cariloha offers bamboo bedding clothing and more! Valid August 9-11.


Carters: Save 50% off Back To School favorites including tees, leggings, casual dresses and more. Available in-store and online from August 6th – 22nd.


C’est Moi: Formulated with clean, vegan and dermatologist-tested ingredients, C’est Moi makeup and skincare products are specifically made for young, delicate skin types. Save 15% off all products on Amazon from August 15th – September 2nd.


CLOROX: Clorox is granting 15 prizes of $1,000 and a Grand Prize of $5,000 to help families create the ultimate clean space for their kids.

Enter for a chance to win, and you’ll receive a $0.75 Clorox Disinfecting Wipes coupon for participating. Enter and claim your coupon here: Valid through September 14th.


Dell:  Refurbished laptops sale! Dell Latitude E5450 Laptops Starting at $199 Back to School Sale (All priced under $299)


Del Sol: This color-changing apparel and accessories brand is offering 30% off sitewide from August 3rd – 4th.


Garnier: Save 25% off hair care, styling products, and SkinActive products! Valid through August 10th.


Goldfaden MD: Save 25% on the Radiant Skin Renewal Kit with code Trae25. This is the perfect starter kit for rejuvenating the skin for the Fall season. Valid August 1st – September 15th.


Learning Resources: This educational toy brand is offering 25% off full-priced items with code GEARS25. Valid through August 31.

Lenovo: Get the Ideapad Laptop for $680 (normally $1400).


Lilly Pulitzer: Receive a Lilly Pulitzer Pencil Pouch when you spend $75 or more and a Lilly Pulitzer Crossbody Lunch Bag when you spend $200+. Valid August 8th -11th.


Lilly Pulitzer (jewelry): Receive a pair of Lilly Pulitzer earrings with any purchase. Receive a Lilly Pulitzer Beaded Bracelet when you spend $100 or more, a Lilly Pulitzer Cheetah Bangle with $200+ and a Lilly Pulitzer Cuff Bracelet with $300+. Valid August 18th & 19th.


Milani Cosmetics: Save 25% off plus free shipping during the Friends and Family sale!  Use promo code FRIENDS19.  Valid August 15th – 19th.


OshKosh B’goshBuy one, get two free Denim, $5 Tees and 50% off Back to School favorites online and in-store from August 6th – 22nd.


SamsungStudents will receive a special 15% discount (up from the standard 8%) when they purchase their next PC, Tablet or Wearable by through September 30 on with a Samsung Student account (sign up here).

Also, buy a Galaxy S10 phone and receive 10% off the Galaxy Watch or Galaxy Watch Active (through October 26th). Receive a free pair of AKG Y500 headphones when you pre-order the new Samsung Notebook 7 or Samsung Notebook 7 Force (valid through August 4th.)


Skylight: The newest organizational tool for busy families, the Skylight Calendar, will be $10 off through September 2nd with code TRUETRAE. This digital calendar display sits on your kitchen counter or desk and seamlessly syncs events from everyone’s calendars.


Staples Store: Staples has a new line of Back to School products featuring the latest trends, colors, and patterns. All school supplies are 20% off with the purchase of a backpack. In-store only. Valid through August 3rd.


Urban Skin RX:  In preparation for back to school, save 20% off all kits when you sign up for auto-ship. Valid August 11th – 12th.  Also, to celebrate the launch of the 5-piece Teenage Acne Kit, get 20% off the $99 price.


End of Summer Clearance

Now is the time to take advantage of end-of-season clearance sales on summer apparel, outdoor furniture and more.

If you’re buying clothes for the kids, don’t spend your entire clothing budget. Save some money for once school starts, when your kids will have a better sense of the trends at school (if they care about that sort of thing!).

Ace Hardware: 20% off everything you can fit inside a 5 lb. blue Ace bucket in exchange for a $5 donation to the Children’s Miracle Network. Valid August 2nd – 4th.


Aventura Clothing: Aventura’s Annual Summer Sale is on now – save up to 40% off spring & summer styles. Valid through September 15th.


Feltman Brothers: This baby and toddler apparel line is offering 15% off the entire sailor collection with code SAIL15. Valid August 1st – 30th. Hundreds of swimwear styles for every shape and bra-size will be up to 40% off from August 6th –  26th.


GorjanaSummer jewelry sale! From July 25th – August 4th, save up to 70% off.  


Isabelle Grace Jewelry: Save 40% off sitewide with code SUMMERSALE. Valid for the month of August.


K-Carroll:  Save 50% off of select best-selling summer handbags. This sale is while supplies last, so get them while they’re hot!


Lorissa’s Kitchen: This collection of grass-fed meat snacks is 20% off on Amazon during the “100 Days of Summer” with promo code 20LKLOVEValid until 8/18.


Moosejaw:  Save up to 40% off during the Summer Clearance Sale.


Nordstrom: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale! Save up to 70% off on women’s, men’s, kids, home and beauty exclusives. Some sale items are new arrivals, rather than seasonal clearance items. Valid through August 4th.


Old Navy: Save 30% off all jeans, 40% off all dresses and 50% off all tees from August 22nd – 28th.


Of a Kind: This site carries works from emerging designers and products from brands its founders love. Save up to 80% from August 7th – 13th.


Playstation Store: Summer Sale!  List of price drops on games. Valid through August 20th.


Plum Pretty Sugar: Summer flash sale! Save up to 75% off apparel and accessories for brides.


Rebel Jane: Add pizazz to your shoes with code SUMMER40 and save 40% off all styles of footbands from August 15th – 31st!

: Perfect for summer travel, these FDA-cleared, clinically-proven, motion sickness wristbands are 15% off with code Reliefband15.


The Stationery Studio: Buy One Get One Free Stationery Sale!  Many Styles Available. Valid through August 31st.


Tucketts: Get Tucketts open-toe workout socks for $12.80 (originally $16) with code TUCKETTS20. Valid through September 8th.


Labor Day

Labor Day weekend is yet another 3-day weekend that will be loaded with deals. Looks for sales across multiple categories at your favorite big box and home improvement stores, including Walmart, Target, Lowe’s and Home Depot.

And if you’re a student, use that brand spanking new ID to shop with retailers who offer student discounts, like Apple, Sony and Microsoft.

Allswell:  This mattress and bedding line is offering 15% off sitewide from August 25th – September 8th with code LD15.


Beautystat: Enjoy the #SummerSale and receive 25% off the Universal C Skin Refiner or Universal Pro-Bio Moisture Boost Cream with code Summer19.


Bright Endeavors: This candle brand, which employs and provides job training for young moms and in a supportive, professional environment, is offering 50% off their 11oz. Vanilla Honey Candle. 100% of purchases support the organization’s mission. Valid August 30th – September 2nd.


Cariloha: This brand of bamboo bedding, clothing and more is offering 35% off sitewide during their Back to School sale. Valid August 31st – September 2nd.


Coway: This Korean tech company known for their health-minded, intelligent appliances, is offering 15% off several of their products, including the Airmega air purifier, the Aquamega water purifier, and the Bidetmega bidet. They are also offering 10% off all Coway products (filters are not included). Valid August 31st – September 2nd.


Dear Keaton: Save 15% off select resort wear and home items with code LABORDAY15. Valid September 2nd.


Decluttr: This site that buys and sells gently-used tech items is offering 15% off all tech with code labor15 (not to be combined with other offers). Now through September 2nd.


Del Sol: This color-changing apparel and accessories brand is offering 50% off sitewide from August 30th – September 3rd and a free tote with any purchase from August 30th – September 1st.


Dermasuri: This collection of exfoliating products based in ancient Eastern beauty rituals is offering 20% off sitewide during the End of Summer Sale with code DAUGUST20. Valid August 26th – September 2nd.

Dormify: Great for dorm essentials, Dormify is offering 25% off sitewide from September 1st – 3rd.


Fillerina: These no-needle, at-home dermo-cosmetic filler products are 25% sitewide with code LABORDAY25.


Fruit Bouquets: Save 20% on Labor Day desserts and gifts with promo code: TRUETRAE20. Valid through September 14th.


Gleamin: Buy a Vitamin C Clay Mask, get one free! Valid August 29th – September 5th.


Great Lakes Proud: Save 15% on decals, accessories, and apparel that support the Great Lakes, the world’s largest fresh-water supply, with code LaborDay15. Valid August 1st – September 7th.


Home Depot: Save big on appliances, grills, grilling gear and more during the Labor Day Sale.


IBKÜL: Labor Day Sale! This brand of UPF50+ & ICEFIL Cooling Tech Clothing is offering 25% off select styles for him and her. Valid August 26th – September 2nd.


Lifeshield: This home security company will be offering new customers $50 in smart home security savings with promo code LaborDay. Valid August 30th – September 2nd.


Nielsen-Massey Vanillas: This vanilla brand is having a rare sale on Amazon, offering $1 off their 4oz. Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract and 4oz. Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste (one of my faves!). Starting August 19th. One coupon per customer.


Old NavySave 50% off all jeans, dresses, and tees from August 29th – September 2nd.


P.volve: Save 25% off everything from this fitness platform developed by celebrity trainer, Stephen Pasterino, including equipment, streaming, bundles, DVDs, and more. Valid August 30th – September 2nd.


Rocketbook: During the Back To School Blow Out Sale, this reusable, digital notebook brand is offering 25% off everything. Labor Day weekend only.


Smocked Polkadot: This affordable children’s apparel brand is having a 40% off summer clearance sale from August 31st – September 2nd for Labor Day.


Toddlermonitor: This kid monitor alerts parents if kids leave their room! Save 20% off from September 1st – 7th.


VitaCup: This purveyor of functional coffee pods, coffee ground bags, teas and more is offering 30% off sitewide from August 22nd – September 2nd.


Wolferman’s: This site that specializes in delicious breakfast and brunch goodies is offering up to 40% off select products from August 29th – September 3rd.


Click here for even MORE Labor Day deals!!


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 is 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.


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    Do you have any video of that? I’d love to find out some
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    • Trae Bodge

      Yes, absolutely! Visit the home page at and scroll down to Smart Shopping Videos. The first 2 are all about Back to School. You can also use the search function and search “Back to School”. I hipe this helps!