The 5 Best Things to Buy in August, According to Retail Experts
Score major deals on grills, patio furniture, office set ups, and more.
Though the beginning of August is still technically summer, it’s also a time when many of us start thinking about back-to-school shopping, fall activities, seasonal decorating, and more. You might be prepping for a fall camping trip, daydreaming about cooler weather, or eagerly awaiting the return of Home Depot’s cult-favorite 12-foot skeleton for Halloween.
August is also famously a month of great deals. During the change of seasons and ahead of Labor Day, retailers start slashing prices on a number of summer items, from air conditioners and fans to grills and patio furniture. They also look to move out last year’s fall-focused products with major sales on things like office furniture and school supplies.
Below, we’ve rounded up the best things to buy in August, according to experts at Offers.com. Keep scrolling for a popular Dyson air purifier that also keeps you cool, a new office set-up to keep you motivated, and super discounted patio furniture to enjoy the warm weather throughout August and into autumn.
1. Air Conditioners and Indoor Fans
Retailers banked on many people acting early in the season to buy air conditioners and fans. To keep products moving before fall hits, brands including Dyson and Midea are offering big discounts. Take advantage by purchasing a new AC unit or tower now during end-of-season sales.
- Airmate Air Circulator Fan with Remote on Amazon for $119.99 (Save $30)
- Tornado 20-Inch Heavy Duty Industrial Pedestal Stand Fan on Amazon for $159.99 (Save $20)
- Black + Decker 14,000 BTU Portable Air Conditioner on Amazon for $455 (Save $214.99)
- Midea 8,000 BTU EasyCool Window Air Conditioner and Fan on Amazon for $279.97 (Save $59.03)
- Dyson Purifier Cool at Dyson for $449.99 (Save $100)
2. Home and Office Furniture
With back-to-school shopping already underway, retailers are running excellent sales on office furniture and other must-haves for the home. Scoop up a new work-from-home setup now to avoid the spike of shoppers searching mid- to late-August for desks, futons, bookcases, and storage units.
- Wicker Papasan Chair with 360-Degree Swivel on Amazon for $183.99 (Save $266.01)
- Trent Austin Design Metal Etagere Bookcase at Wayfair for $319.99 (Save $185.01)
- Brittany Armless Futon at Bed Bath & Beyond for $321.99 (Save $138)
- Upper Square Burnett 2-Piece Rectangular Computer Desk Office Set at Wayfair for $669.99 (Save $379.01)
3. Computers and Laptops
Retailers offer special prices on computers and laptops come August. Now is the time to upgrade remote work life with a new device from brands like Apple, HP, and Samsung. And if you’re a parent, you’ll be especially pleased you can send your kids back to school or off to college with a great deal.
- Gateway 15.6-Inch Ultra Slim Notebook at Walmart for $229 (Save $216)
- HP 17.3-Inch FHD Display Laptop on Amazon for $669.99 (Save $530)
- Apple 21.5-Inch iMac with Retina 4K Display at Best Buy for $974.99 (Save $325)
- Apple MacBook Pro 13.3-Inch Laptop at Best Buy for $999.99 (Save $300)
- Samsung Galaxy Book Odyssey Intel Laptop on Amazon for $1,199.99 (Save $300)
4. Patio Furniture and Grills
With autumn around the corner, it’s time to move out summer essentials like patio furniture and grills. Retailers offer major price drops as a result. But with plenty of time left to enjoy the great outdoors, now is the best time to pick up a new grill or patio set for cheap. Even the popular Weber Spirit grill is currently discounted.
- Foshee 108-Inch Market Umbrella at Wayfair for $44.99 (Save $85)
- Char-Broil Patio Bistro 1-Burner Liquid Propane Grill at Ace Hardware for $129.99 (Save $120)
- Weber Spirit II E-210 2-Burner Propane Grill on Amazon for $499 (Save $51.80)
- Leisha Outdoor Wicker Patio Sofa at Wayfair for $906.95 (Save $603.34)
- Harbison Rectangular 7-Person Dining Set at Wayfair for $1,059.99 (Save $1,264.01)
5. Office and School Supplies
Back-to-school sales have already started, especially for those who go back in just a few weeks. Pick up deals on spiral notebooks, backpacks, calculators, and more right now. Even if you aren’t a parent, you can grab some things for your home office or work desk.
- Mead Spiral Notebooks (6-Pack) on Amazon for $11.66 (Save $10.13)
- Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils (24-Pack) at Target for $17.59 (Save $4.40)
- Insulated Lunch Bag on Amazon for $18.99 (Save $21)
- Swiss Gear Energie Max Backpack at Target for $80.99 (Save $19)
- Texas Instruments TI-84 Plus CE Color Graphing Calculator on Amazon for $99.99 (Save $50.01)