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What to Buy and What to Skip in August

Independence Day sales are over and Labor Day is a month away, but you can still find great deals in August. Here’s what to buy and what to skip this month. 

Buy: Back-to-School Supplies
Look for weekly deals on school and office supplies at big-box stores, pharmacies and e-tailers this month. Think beyond school—you can stock up on a year’s worth of pens and paper for your home printer at a bargain price this August by shopping back-to-school sales. 

Skip: iPhones
Word on the street is that the iPhone 14 will drop in late 2022. If you’re looking to replace your phone with a newer model, you’re best off waiting before you make your purchase. When the new models hit the market, retailers will slash prices on older models to make room for new ones. 

Skip: Major Household Appliances and Other Items
Need a new fridge or another major household appliance? Hold off until Labor Day, when you can find prices on brand-name appliances slashed by as much as 30%. Similarly, if you’re shopping for new mattresses, you’re best off waiting until Labor Day sales for more savings. This year, Labor Day is on Sept. 5, but sales can start up to a full week before the actual date. 

Buy: Wedding Items
According to the wedding magazine The Knot, the months of June, September and October are the most popular for weddings. With August right in the middle of these months but not as popular for weddings, it can be the perfect time to pick up discounted wedding decor, gifts, and even wedding wear. 

Skip: Amazon Devices
Amazon just hosted its Prime Day sale, so don’t expect to find any great prices on Amazon devices this month. Wait for Black Friday to shop for a new Kindle, Echo device and more. 

Buy: Storage Supplies
You can find deals on all kinds of storage supplies this month, such as shelving units, large containers, decorative bins and more. Shop stores like Office Depot, Target and Walmart, or check out online sources, like Overstock and Wayfair, for similar offers. 

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