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10 Things That Always Go on Sale in August

The waning days of summer are the perfect time to go shopping for these must-haves.

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Why shop in August?

If it’s just too hot right now to do anything but cyber-shop, you’re in luck. During the dog days of summer, certain retail categories always hit the “sale” rack. “August is in this interesting period where we’re in between other sales,” says Courtney Jespersen, a consumer savings expert at NerdWallet. “We’re coming off Prime Day in July and it’s not quite Black Friday. It’s considered a changeover time so there’s lots of savings to be had.” Read on as Jespersen walks us down the hottest items on sale in August, including back to school, summer clothing, and outdoor sales aisles. Find out the online shopping mistake you need to stop making right now.

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Whatever you do, don’t wait until September to replace your kid’s worn-out backpacks—now’s the time to pick up a snazzy new one. You can get this adorable rosy one for a total steal!

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A must for any successful student: Colorful pens and sharpened pencils. Get ready for fall with this 7-pack of Pilot FriXion gel pens that right now come with an additional 20 percent savings.

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General office supplies

Staying organized is a cinch when your favorite office supplies, including reams of paper, file folders, and Post-its are on sale in August. It’s easy to get organized with this cheery polka-dotted box of push pins, binder clips and paper clips. These are the 15 Amazon shopping hacks everyone needs to know to save money right now.

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While Apple generally debuts new products in September and adjusts pricing on older products then, other manufacturers drop prices on their laptops now. This 2018 Dell laptop, which features an 8th Gen Intel Core Processor and 15.6-inch touchscreen, is listed at almost half of its original price!

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You might not be completely on-trend next summer if you purchase a current season swimsuit but it’s a small tradeoff if you can save big bucks. “Think ahead you can stock up and be ready for next year,” Jespersen says. And even if you’re not a competitive swimmer, you can’t go wrong with a racerback swimsuit, especially at this price.

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If your kids wear a uniform or just like the look of chinos, these shorts are one awesome go-to. There are millions of items to choose from on Amazon––check out 18 of the weirdest things you can buy.

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Short-sleeve shirts

Soon enough we’ll be layering but, for the rest of the month, and for next season, too, be sure to pick up this adorable short-sleeved gingham shirt for your guy.

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These cute Crocs sandals are as perfect for a day at the beach as they are for dinner by the lake. They come in a wide range of colors.

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Lawn and gardening items are some of the most deeply discounted items on sale in August. Pick up this lime green lawn mower with a powerful 12-amp motor, 20-inch steel deck, and foldable handles for compact storage for a steep discount.

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Outdoor furniture

It’s still hot out but retailers are already focusing on cold-weather items. “You’ll get a better price if you buy patio furniture for next year—right now,” Jespersen says. This snazzy nine-piece outdoor dining set is pretty much all you’ll need for fab outdoor barbecues this summer and every summer afterward. Don’t miss these 29 strategies for getting deals on almost everything.

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