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Last Chance: What To Buy In August

BY: Christopher Mahar | Dec 11, 2018

It's the last full week in August–have you shopped the best deals? Consumer Reports has done the math and found out when the prime month is to purchase everything from big-ticket items to pencils and notebooks. August heralds the end of summer despite the steamy weather, and so it offers the best bargains on appliances that will soon be out of season, like air conditioners and dehumidifiers, as well as equipment that is still a long way off the mental radar of most consumers, like snow blowers. Man operating a snow blower. August sales.

Air Conditioners & Dehumidifiers

Abt is an excellent place to look for the best deals in air quality and cooling appliances. This month, get $100 off a Frigidaire 14,000 BTU portable air conditioner. To survive the last weeks of hot, wet air, purchase a GE Light Cool 65 pint dehumidifier to save $40 and get free shipping.

Backpacks & Back To School Goods

Back to school savings are so hot right now! Whether you're shopping for backpacks, looking for the perfect pair of shoes, or gearing up to put that student ID to good use on some electronics, Groupon Coupons has you covered. Textbook sales are especially big at this time, so head over to Chegg or Barnes & Noble to save.

Outdoor Furniture

Late August is the best time to snag clearance sales for bulky seasonal items. Catch Lowe's 75% off seasonal clearance sale of patio furniture, or head over to Overstock, which is already running their epic Labor Day Sale.


The deal gods reward the ants who plan ahead, rather than the grasshoppers who wait for the last minute. Though currently not as vocal about it as they are about their Labor Day Sale, Sears is offering big deals on their extensive list of snow blowers in stock. Save over $300 on brands like Craftsman, Power Smart, and Snow Joe.