August is a great month for deals. 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. Here are a few tips:
While there is great demand for backpacks at this time of year, the average price has gone down instead of up. "Backpacks have been getting discounted over the last few years. Retailers have been using backpacks to lure shoppers into their stores," Di Vincenzo says.
Laptops 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 may also go on sale this month, as models come out in September and October in anticipation of Christmas, Di Vincenzo says.
Swimsuits, which are delivered to department stores in January, start getting discounted in July. By August, price cuts can reach 50 percent, Di Vincenzo says. The same goes for flip-flops and some sunglasses.
"Nurseries don't want to get stuck with them, and they realize after Labor Day there is very little planting going on," Di Vincenzo says.