ó August is a great month for deals, and not just
because it includes a weekend of tax-free shopping.
starts to pick up in August. There are quite a few good
deals," says Mark Di Vincenzo, author of "Buy
Shoes on Wednesday and Tweet at 4:00: More of the Best
Times to Buy This, Do That and Go There," (William
deals make more sense than others when viewed through
the law of supply and demand, he says.
there is a great demand for backpacks this time of year,
the average price has gone down instead of up.
have been getting discounted over the last few years.
Retailers have been using backpacks to lure shoppers
into their stores," Di Vincenzo says. Some
retailers offer backpacks with discounts of 40 percent
to 60 percent off, as well as other incentives.
follow a similar trend, he says. Laptops are a
back-to-school essential for college-bound students and
some high school students. You can find this must-have
for 10 percent to 20 percent off this month, along with
bundle deals such as free printers or free software.
Small electronics such as MP3 players and iPods may also
go on sale this month as models come out in September
and October in anticipation of Christmas, Di Vincenzo
more obvious items on sale this month include lawn
mowers, swimsuits and other summer accessories.
which are delivered to department stores in January,
start getting discounted in July. By August, price cuts
can reach 50 percent depending on when you shop, Di
Vincenzo says. The same goes for flip-flops and some
few weeks before Labor Day you should see good deals on
flowers and plants. "Nurseries donít want to get
stuck with them, and they realize after Labor Day there
is very little planting going on," Di Vincenzo
remember, August is a non-gift giving month, a month
with no holiday or special occasion. That means it is
the last month of the year to get true sales on jewelry,
says Di Vincenzo. In come cases you may find discounts
of 20 percent to 30 percent.
for the investors among us, Di Vincenzo says stocks are
another good thing to buy in August. "August is the
worst performing month of the year for stocks. If you
are serious about buying low and selling high, August is
a really good month."