One of the easiest ways I know to cut costs is to buy at the right time. Every month offers sales on a variety of products and August is no different. Of course, much of the August focus will be on back to school supplies, but since this also takes in the college/university crowd the savings opportunities are tremendous.
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Now on to the sales – Back to School Supplies:
- There will be huge savings on paper (watch Walmart – in the past their three-ring notebook paper was almost a give-away), binders, pens, pencils, markers, and all other necessary supplies;
- Lunch boxes, Cold packs, Thermos and Reusable sandwich/snack containers;
- Jeans, jackets and other wardrobe basics (underwear, socks, etc.);
- Uniform requirements (shirts, ties, and more).
Sales on Dorm Supplies:
- There will be great sales on bedding, but mostly the twin size. You can expect to find savings on mattress protectors, sheets, blankets and pillows;
- You’ll also be able to find really good deals on towels, all sizes;
- Small appliances – Coffee makers, Kettles, Microwaves, Toasters/Toaster Ovens, all the kind of small stuff you expect to find in a dorm room;
You will be able to find some of the best buys of the year on computers, tablets and printers. It will definitely be worth your while to check Consumer Reports Computer Buying Guide before you head to the store or the online shop.
Here, however, are a couple of tips I can give you based on my own experience:
- If you need a laptop or other computer, why not check out a refurbished one? The savings can be in excess of 50% AND you help the environment through recycling.
- The above also holds true for printers. Used and refurbished are NOT the same thing. Refurbished products must meet certain standards. If you buy from an outlet with a good reputation you really can’t go wrong. Check to see if the product comes with a warranty. The other point to make about printers is: Do Not Buy Cheap. I have two printers, one I paid quite a lot for and the second one is a cheapie purchased just for convenience. The print cartridges for my good printer last a long time plus I can buy compatible print cartridges for it at Amazon for a very low price. The cheapie one uses up a pile of ink, the cartridges are very expensive and I can’t find compatible ones. Needless to say that one doesn’t get used very much. So be careful – where you may save on the cost of the unit, you will more than pay for through the price of the ink.
- The third tip: Don’t worry about buying a computer that doesn’t have Windows 10 installed on it yet. Microsoft will be offering upgrades to Windows 10 free of charge. Right now my name is on a waiting list and as soon as it is available, Microsoft will let me know.
Another area to look for savings is at the SPA. They could very well be offering back to school sales. They have come to realize that for many people stress is associated with the big change of leaving home for school. If your college-bound student is getting stressed out at leaving home, or you are at the thought of your student son/daughter leaving home, a visit to the Spa may be just what is needed. Get rid of that stress by getting pampered.
Other product sales include:
- Cold cereals
- Frozen waffles
- Granola bars
- Jam, Jelly and Peanut Butter
- Lunch box items
- Cleaning wipes and hand sanitizers
- Berries, Assorted Varieties
- Melons, Assorted Varieties
- Peaches, Pears and Plums
- Squash and Zucchini
- Sweet Corn
Tip: If you have access to a Farmers’ Market, visit one an hour or so before closing. If you’re flexible in what you want you’ll be surprised at the deals you can pick up. Vendors are looking towards going home and they really don’t want to take stuff home with them. This is especially true of any produce that doesn’t keep well, like berries, peaches, pears, plums and tomatoes.
You will also find good sales on the following items:
Summer Clearance of:
- Beach wear, swim gear, beach towels and umbrellas;
- Pool supplies, accessories and toys;
- Outdoor lighting lawn/patio furniture,
- Barbecues and grilling utensils;
- Camping equipment – tents, sleeping bags and other camping gear.
Start next year’s garden diary to pre-plan your needs to take advantage of the season’s clearance sales of: Lawn mowers, fertilizers, soil, perennials, shrubs, trees, gardening gloves – hats – boots, benches, fountains, birdbaths, and other lawn decor, hoses and sprinklers. For anyone who starts their own seeds early in the year, this is also a good time to pick up peat pots, mini-greenhouses, and possibly even packets of seeds, although there the choices may be limited.
A surprise sales item: Snowblowers. Don’t ask me what the reasoning is behind this but late August seems to be a good time to buy a snowblower. Check with consumers report to find their reviews of the various snowblowers and, if buying early, make sure you get the last date to return the item in writing since you won’t be able to really try the machine out until the snow flies.
Tip: A snowblower isn’t as easy to use as you would think. Before handing over any money make sure that you are able to handle the thing. We purchased one a few years ago that was lightweight which, according to the salesperson, is what we needed. The problem was that it had such small wheels that pushing it through the snow was impossible. It also did not have a reverse – a feature that is truly important. We returned that one and purchased a big machine, with big wheels, a reverse and electric starter – all features that made it much easier to manage.
A couple of other places to look for sales:
Dehumidifiers – find one that is energy efficient;
Cars – New models come out in November so dealers will be starting to clear their lots. Go towards the end of the month. If the salesman or dealership haven’t met their quota you will probably be able to negotiate a really terrific deal.
Good luck finding the very best sales during August. The savings are there, you just have to go and get them.
If you know of any great sales happening during August, please share. Other readers are always looking for money-saving information.
Talk to you again next week,