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Items worth and not worth buying in American stores in August

August is not only a traditional time to shop for school supplies, but also a great time to purchase many other things. Money Talks News.

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With tax-free days, end-of-season discounts, and pre-Labor Day sales, you'll have plenty of chances to find great shopping this month. What to buy and what should you refrain from purchasing in August?

Worth buying

1. Back to school products

Students, parents, office workers, and stationery enthusiasts can (and should) seize the moment to purchase such items at great prices. On many things, they will fall so much that you should not be surprised at the price tag of less than a dollar.

A lot of discounts are expected at Target and Walmart chains, as well as stores such as Staples, Office Depot and OfficeMax... You will find cheap markers, pencils, scissors, notepads, napkins, and more.

The good news is that many retailers will be offering discounts online as well as in stores, as they do every year. Keep in mind that when purchasing a product online, discounts can often be less than if you choose the “pick up from the store” option.

2. Duty free goods

While some states have tax holidays in late July, most of the best shopping experiences take place in August. Whether you have kids or not, this tax-free weekend (or weeks) is a great opportunity to stock up on clothing, office supplies, and computer hardware.

However, you will still want to do your research and weigh your options, be aware that a tax-free product does not always mean the best deal.

3. Summer clothes (possibly)

August is usually a great time to find discounted clothing that matches the season. During sales in August, you can see discounts of up to 70% or 75% in various stores. However, 2020 has turned out to be an unusual year - and some retailers are changing their sales methods at the end of the season.

For example, The Gap does not sell clothes and plans to sell them next year instead of offering discounts now. A number of other clothing retailers have filed for bankruptcy, including Brooks Brothers, Lucky Brand, JC Penney, Neiman Marcus, J. Crew, and True Religion.

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What does this mean for summer clothing sales in 2020? Up to 75% off sales are still expected. For example, Nordstrom Anniversary Sale should begin on August 19 for the general public, and even earlier for retailer cardholders. But overall, these sales are likely to be less than usual.

If last year's trend returns, you should be able to find shorts for women for as little as $ 4 in stores and for men for $ 6. Most likely, dresses will cost from $ 10, men's T-shirts - up to $ 4, women's T-shirts with a print - from $ 6.

Looking for new swimwear? Their price can be as low as $ 11, and in stores such as Macy's, it is possible to buy 70% discount swimwear for men from major brands such as Nike.

Planning to buy jeans? Men's jeans can cost as little as $ 11, two pairs of women's jeans are as low as $ 17.

Whether you're sending your kids to a traditional school or relying on homeschooling, August is a good time to look for new kids' clothes. Children's T-shirts will be available for as little as $ 2, leggings for $ 5 and pants for $ 10. Be aware that retailers such as The children's placeoffer discounts up to 60%, while Walmart can sell baby clothes up to 75% off, and Amazon - up to 30% on school uniforms.

4. Laptops

As with every year, it's advised to wait until Black Friday to buy laptops as that's when the best deals can be found. But if you can't wait that long, the abundant sales in August are the right time.

Currently, buyers can take advantage of Apple promotionwhich offers free AirPods with matching Mac or iPad purchases. With this offering, customers can even upgrade to AirPods Pro for an additional fee.

If you prefer a PC over an Apple computer, expect basic builds from brands like Dell to start at just $ 127, while Samsung Chromebook can cost around $ 129. Look for 15-inch laptops from Lenovo below $ 300, basic 230-in-400 assemblies from the brand can cost as little as $ XNUMX; more reliable XNUMX-in-XNUMX models will likely start at $ XNUMX.

Looking forward to sales? Dell is offering up to 40% off and Lenovo is offering 75% off during its promotional events.

5. Patio furniture

Even if you're not hosting a backyard barbecue this summer, that doesn't mean you should skip buying furniture. August tends to be a good month to buy new patio furniture, and you will have plenty of time to enjoy the warm weather before the temperature drops.

Amazon is expected to offer up to 25% discounts on private label furniture AmazonBasics for outdoor use, and Walmart will discount a ton of patio furniture during the Season Sale.

Keep an eye on individual items to find decent prices. Last year, portable hammocks sold for $ 30, Adirondack chairs cost just $ 33, and umbrellas under $ 17.

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6. Early sales before Labor Day

Labor Day is celebrated on September 7, but sales are expected to start well before that.

Last year, the first Labor Day sale opened on August 20, and the holiday itself fell on September 2. This year, the first sales are expected at least two weeks before the holiday, that is, around August 24.

In 2019, the first sale before Labor Day took place at Overstock.combut Home Depot, REI, Sam's club и Columbia started their sales over the next few days. A week later, more stores followed, including HP, Walmart, The North Face, Lowe's и Dick's Sporting Goods.

Some of these early sales may offer modest discounts, but this does not apply to all.

The North Face may offer a maximum of 25%, but Overstock.com should be one that offers much larger discounts: up to 70% off furniture, bedding, décor and outdoor items, as it has in the past two years.

7. Seasonal fruits and vegetables

Fresh seasonal produce will continue to be available at the best prices this month.

Enjoy great prices for sweet fruits including apples, apricots, blueberries, melons, figs, kiwis, mangoes, peaches, plums, raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes, and watermelons.

In terms of vegetables, this is the perfect month to buy pumpkin, corn, cucumber, eggplant, green beans, kohlrabi, lettuce, okra, pepper, chard, and courgettes.

And if you want to shop at your local store, visit this siteto find products that sell in season near you. You can select your state and search by early or late months, or by a specific product type.

5 things you shouldn't buy in August

  • Latest iPhone Model: Apple usually cuts prices on older models when new iPhones are released in September. Prices will also drop on Black Friday.
  • Samsung Galaxy Note20: The expected launch date of the new model is August 5, so prices will be higher this month. Wait at least until Black Friday, even longer if you can.
  • Fall Clothing: The items will hit shelves in August, so don't expect sales. The first discounts will start in October, but the best time is still Black Friday.
  • Large home appliances. While Labor Day sales will include some promotions on home appliances, better discounts and more assortment await you on Black Friday.
  • TVs: There will be more deals on Black Friday with significantly better discounts.
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