Best Deals in August – and What Not to Buy!

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We’re all trying to squeeze in more summer fun before school resumes and the temperatures drop.

But, the reality is that you have that looooong back to school list.  If you haven’t started your school shopping, that’s ok. The best deals are in August, anyway. No school-aged kids? Use those back to school deals to spruce up the home office!

If you have a couple of spare vacation days, you’ll find some interesting travel deals, particularly on travel packages and hotels.

And if you’d prefer a staycation to work on the house, you’ll find deals in the home décor and outdoor categories.

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Back to School and End of Summer Clearance

Now is a great time to take advantage of end of summer clearance sales and stock up on warmer weather apparel for your kids. Don’t spend your entire clothing budget, though.

Save some money for once school starts. Fall apparel will be on sale soon enough, and your kids will have a better sense of the trends at school (if they care about that sort of thing!).

It’s also a great time to stock up on other back to school essentials, like backpacks, lunch boxes and school supplies.

Where to save on school supplies, tech & dorm

Staples: Save up to 50% off printers. Plus, get $5 off your next order $25+ after Text Sign-Up. and $10 off your next order $50+ after email sign-up.

Big Lots: Summer Clearance Sale Up to 90% Off All Clearance Items

Target: Check out Target’s low priced all season school supplies.

Office Depot: Back to School Sale. Get a Five Star® Notebook, 8 1/2″ x 11″, 1 Subject, College Ruled, 100 Sheets, Assorted Colors for $2.85 each (limit 12), originally $5.49 each.

Best Buy: College Student Deals up to $150 off Laptops, TVs, and Electronics. Current deals valid until 8/4.

Bed Bath & Beyond: Extra 20% off sitewide and free standard shipping for college students (sign up with .edu email) every time you shop until Dec 31, 2019.

Where to save on clothing & shoes

JC Penney: Extra 60% off orders $100 or More + Free Shipping with code 7GOSHOP.

JCPenney: Get $10 Off $50 or More and Kids’ apparel and accessories with code UNIFORM6. Ends 9/15.

Gymboree: Up to 75% Off Markdowns. Sign up for emails and get 20% off your next purchase.

Forever 21: Back to School Deals Starting at $3. Valid until 8/14.

Gap: The Great Gap Sale (Up to 70% Off).

H&M:  Up to 80% off Kids’ Sale Items. Markdowns from $5.

Kohl’s: Back to School Sale

Levi’s: Up to 60% Off Sale Items. Sign up for emails and get 25% Off + Free Shipping.

Old Navy: Back to School Clothes and Outfits 2018.

Sears: Back to School Event. Free shipping on $35+.

Macy’s: Back to School sale

Ralph Lauren: Kids Uniform Promo Event: Buy 3 or More Uniform Styles, get 15% off. Ends 8/30.

Uniqlo: First-time users of the Uniqlo app can receive a $3 off $10 in-store coupon.

Nike: Up to 60% Kids Shoes and Clothing.

Finish Line: Up to 40% Off Nike Products

Where to save on travel

This category was exciting in June and it is again! Last year, we saw lots of one-way airfare deals, but this year, the deals are mostly in vacation packages and hotels.  airfare If you have a specific destination in mind, set deal alerts on Slickdeals so you don’t miss a thing.

Hotwire: Save up to 46% off hotel bookings in Atlanta or San Antonio through 8/8 and 40% off minivan rentals through 8/6. Save up to 65% off your next hotel booking. Through 8/13.

EasyClickTravel: Save $40 off your next hotel booking of $400 or more with code SUMMERFUN40. Through 8/31.

Clear: Free 3 Month membership with code SHARETHELOVE. CLEAR is the fastest, most predictable way through airport security. At participating airports, look for the CLEAR lane at TSA security checkpoints.

Costco has some great vacation packages, including:

Puerto Vallarta: The Westin Resort Package, 4 nights starting from $259 per person.

Riviera Nayarit: Villa del Palmar Flamingos Package, 4 nights starting from $259 per person. Includes $100 resort credit.

Hawaii Island: Westin Hapuna Beach Resort Buyer’s Choice Package, 6 nights in an Ocean-View Room from $899 per person. Includes $200 resort credit, room upgrade, daily breakfast buffet for two, two for one round of golf, two for one administration to Mauna Kea Luau, and hotel and car taxes.

StudentUniverse*: Use NEW2NA18 for a $20 discount on the purchase of one (1) one-way and roundtrip flights departing from China (including Hong Kong), South Korea, Japan and Vietnam and arriving in the United States or Canada. Valid for first-time purchasers only. Valid until 8/31. *Some deals on StudentUniverse can be booked by non-students between the ages of 18-25.

Where to save on home & outdoor

At last, patio furniture and grills will be on sale! You’ll also find deals on home décor and DIY. improvement, especially tools, and possible gardening items as well. Last year, the deals were at stores, like Walmart, Sears and Lowe’s.

Home Depot: $5 off Garden Orders of $50 with Home Depot Newsletter Sign-Up.  

JC Penney: Up to 70% off home Clearance Deals. Get the JCPenney Home Hillcrest Queen 4 piece Comforter Set for $64.99, originally $200.

Design Within Reach: Up to 80% off Semi Annual Sale.

Design Furnishings: 2 for 1 Special on select Outdoor Items.

Lowes:  Select grills up to 20% off.

Hobby Lobby: 40% off one item at regular price.

Michaels: In-Store Coupons Up to 50% off.

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.


If you haven’t started your school shopping, that’s ok. The best deals in August are right here, anyway. Use these back to school deals to your advantage!

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