Best Things to Buy in August

I’m so sorry it’s been so long.  My cheapskatery has had to take a back seat to comedy and work (how’s about that?)

My wonderful bf, Matt, sent along a great article from lifehacker about how sleeping in on the weekend is good for you (is he trying to get out of our morning run?) – that is besides the point.  I went to the site and what caught my eye was the article on “Best Thing to Buy in August” :

Older computers: John Morris of CNET tells MSN Money that July and August can sometimes yield savings on slightly older computer models, as AMD and Intel’s release schedules see computer makers ramping up to release new gear around this time of year.

Laptops: Per Gizmodo’s post, and the knowledge that this is when big-box retailers and direct-sale makers start piling on with the back-to-school deals.

Outdoor Toys and Camping Equipment: CNN’s Money site quotes’s Sheliah Gilliland as stating that retailers are eager to move the space-hogging pools, playgrounds, squirt guns, and other summer toys for as much as 65 percent off as the pre-holiday season approaches. Yahoo! Finance suggests it’s also a good time to pick up your camping gear.

Kid’s Clothing: Because even if you don’t have a kid going back to school, you might have a kid you can buy gifts for now. If you do have kids, think beyond the immediate fall needs.

Wines: Somewhat obvious, sure, but you can also lock down some hard-to-find, small-run wines in the early fall harvest season, according to

Linens and Storage Containers: They’re aimed at the incoming college crowd this time of year, as AOL Shopping suggests, but you don’t need to show a college ID to pick up some things you almost always find yourself in need of.”

So, run to your local Target and find some deals!  The article also links to a nifty year round “What to Buy and When Guide.”  But buyer beware, just because it’s on sale doesn’t mean you need it.  Always keep a list!


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