Every month of the year, certain items are discounted due to overstock, holiday sales, or transitions from one season to the next. Here are the shopping highlights for August in Seattle stores.
Families with school-age kids (or those headed off to college) are thinking about clothes, shoes, and school supplies. While sales started in July, you’ll generally find the best prices in the latter part of August as the school year draws near, including school supplies and clothes for kids.
Tips: plan your back-to-school shopping list with the kids, but don’t bring them along as you’ll tend to spend more on impulse items and major brands rather than the best buy. But here are a couple other strategies: band together with other moms—some who stay behind to sit, while the rest go shopping. Or for older kids, take them along, but have them stick to a budget and let them make the hard choices! It’s a great opportunity for them to handle money and learn about needs versus wants. And that’s priceless.
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Computers (laptops and tablets)
While Black Friday in November is considered the best time of the year to buy a computer, that’s not always the case. In fact, the four best months to buy computers are August, September, November, and December. But it depends on your goals: price or features.
In August and September, the best deals are on the outgoing models. I’ve always found great deals on outgoing models, which are fine for most of us. You don’t get the latest and greatest features, but unless you are a programmer or gamer, you will find the recent models more than adequate for computing and internet surfing tasks.
Another option for the truly frugal is InterConnection. The non-profit organization refurbishes and sells low-cost computers, with FREE shipping to continental U.S. addresses:
- Anyone can visit the retail store or shop in the interconnection.org online retail store. The retail store is located in Seattle, WA. You’ll find refurbished laptops, desktop computers, and peripherals (mice, keyboards, monitors, etc.). Prices vary, but at last check began around $300. A refurbished computer is generally 30 percent less than a comparable new one. Plus, a refurbished computer helps the environment by reusing electronics and keeping them out of the landfill.
- If you qualify as an individual with low income or you are a U.S. non-profit organization, computers are as low as $109, come with a 12-month warranty, and include Microsoft Office pre-installed. Plus, you can get high-speed wireless Internet access for $140 a year. Registration is free and only takes a few minutes. For more information or to register, visit: http://connectall.org/.
But, if you are into gaming or programming, then you usually want the latest, greatest computer with the highest speed, maximum storage capability, and latest cutting-edge features. If you can wait just a bit, prices will drop for November Black Friday or December Christmas gift shopping deals.
Finally, if you are getting rid of an old computer, consider donating your used computer to InterConnection. They accept all computers for free, regardless of whether or not it is in working condition. And, your donation is tax-deductible. If you live in the Seattle area, there are drop-off location throughout the Puget Sound region. Find out more about how to donate or recycle your old computer and other electronics here: http://interconnection.org/donate-personal.php?id=dropOff.
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Outdoor and gardening supplies, summer clothes and gear
Anything outdoor from picnic supplies to outdoor furniture, fire pits, lawn mowers and gardening tools goes on sale to make way for fall and winter merchandise and holiday items. Scope out items you might need for late summer fun or next year’s spring gardening chores.
Like outdoor supplies, summer clothing and related warm weather gear (swim suits, sun glasses, hats, sandals) are on sale. Think ahead to Christmas, holidays, or a mid-winter vacation and stock up on anything you might need before next May. (As always, we caution you not to over-buy.)
Yes, we said the W-word in August. But the SkiBonkers sale every Labor Day Weekend in Bellevue is a great pre-winter sale of new skis, snowboards, and winter sport accessories.
Seattle’s major appliances stores have some deals in August. Be sure to ask about delivery and installation on items you plan to buy. Here are some of our places to shop for appliances in the region:
- Albert Lee Appliance is the sponsor of Seafair Weekend Festival. They’re having an appliance sales event August 11-12 at all five locations on items for the kitchen, laundry, and entertainment.
- Costco has some nice prices on kitchen pacages, (contents vary, but may include refrigerator, range, exhaust hood, dishwasher, microwave), some with rebates and some available only in the first week.
- Metropolitan Appliance in Seattle also has rebates and closeout prices on appliances through mid-month.
Keep your eye out for closeout prices in anticipation of new fall releases. It’s a good time to pick up wine for holiday entertaining. Esquin Wine & Spirits in SODO has Washington Wine events on August 4 and 18. Wine tastings are a great way to try-before-you-buy and get a discount on your purchase.
New & Used Cars
Late summer and early fall can be a good time to buy a new car as showrooms make way for new automobile models soon to come. Of course, if you are in the market for a used car, then it can be a good time to find someone’s trade-in as well.
National Garage Sale Day in the second Saturday in August. Capitol Hill Garage Sale is August 19, 2018. This community-wide event centers around Cal Anderson Park and into the surrounding neighborhoods. For more sales, check our Map of Seattle garage sales or Craigslist garage & moving sales.
Or maybe it’s time to clean out and host your own sale?
Labor Day Sales
Keep in mind that Labor Day is coming up the first Monday in September and you’ll find the steepest discounts on anything summer related, from clothes to outdoor gear.
Washington grown produce in season includes:
- Fresh fruit at peak season in August include stone fruits (esp. nectarines, peaches, plums) purple berries (esp. blackberries, blueberries), grapes, and melons.
- Vegetables and herbs peaking August include corn, eggplants, peppers, tomatillos, and tomatoes plus green vegetables, cabbages, artichokes, summer squashes, and carrots.
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Many Seattle live performance seasons run fall through spring, making summer a good time to think about entertainment for the next year. Season tickets are a great way to save money on a night out. You often have a choice in the numbers of productions, as well as substantial savings over single ticket purchase, lower ticket fees, ticket exchanges, and other benefits. Season tickets can be a great entertainment option, even for those on a budget. Check these out (adult prices listed, discounts may apply for students, seniors, etc.):
- ArtsWest (provocative theater as a powerful agent of change): 2018/2019 season: Tskeleton Crew (September 20 – October 14, 2018), Jane Eyre (November 15 – December 23, 2018), M. Butterfly (January 24 – February 17, 2019), John (March 14 – April 7, 2019), Office Hour (May 2 – May 26, 2019), The Last World Octopus Wrestling Champion (June 20 – July 28, 2019). See all six plays beginning at $190 for the season.
- Edmonds Driftwood Players (mystery, drama, comedy, musicals). Something’s Afoot (September 14 – 30, 2018), Peter and the Starcatcher (November 30 – December 23, 2018), Silent Sky (February 8 – 24, 2019), The Addams Family – A New Musical (April 12 – May 5, 2019), See five plays at $115 for the season.
- Meany Center at UW Seattle. Choose your own package of four or more performances from a variety of programs.
- Pacific Northwest Ballet (classics, new, and innovative productions). 2018/2019 season: Jerome Robbins Festival (September 21 – 29, 2018), All Premiere (November 2 – 11, 2018), The Sleeping Beauty (February 1 – 10, 2019), Director’s Choice (March 15 – 24, 2019), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (April 12 – 21, 2019), Themes & Variations (May 31 – June 9, 2019). See all six ballets beginning at $166 for the season. Plus, save 20% on George Balanchine’s The Nutcracker for the holidays.
- Seattle Opera (classics, new, and innovative productions). 2018/2019 season: Porgy And Bess (Aug. 11–25), 2018, The Turn Of The Screw (Oct. 13–27, 2018), Il Trovatore (Jan. 12–26, 2019), The (R)Evolution Of Steve Jobs (Feb. 23–Mar. 9, 2019), Carmen (May 4–18, 2019). See all five operas beginning at $199 for the season. Opera goers ages 21–39 are invited to join the BRAVO! young professionals group with still lower pricing, beginning at $172.
- Seattle Repertory Theatre (diverse perspectives, classic and new works). 2018/2019 season: A Thousand Splendid Suns (October 5 – November 10, 2018), A People’s History (October 17 – November 25, 2018), In the Heights (November 23 – December 30, 2018), Last of the Boys (January 18 – February 10, 2019), The Woman in Black (February 22 – March 24, 2019), A Doll’s House, Part 2′ (March 15 – April 28, 2019), Nina Simone: Four Women (April 26 – June 2, 2019), Lydia and the Troll (May 17 – June 23, 2019). See all eight plays beginning at $197 for the season.
- Seattle Symphony (various series, classics to pop). Many choices, such as 5-performance of classic masterworks beginning at $225, or up to 22-concerts beginning at $660. Pops series of 6 concerts beginning at $186. Family series of 4 concerts at $72/adult, $52/student or senior. Many other choices available.
- The 5th Avenue Theatre (musicals). 2018/2019 season: Come From Away (Oct 9 – Nov 4, 2018), Annie (Nov 23 – Dec 30, 2018), Rock of Ages (Feb 1 – Feb 24, 2019), Little Dancer (Mar 22 – Apr 14, 2019), Urinetown (Apr 6 – Jun 9, 2019), The Lightning Thief (Apr 23 – Apr 28, 2019), West Side Story (May 31 – Jun 23, 2019). See all six plays beginning at $225 for the season.
- Village Theater (classics, new, and innovative productions): 2018/2019 season: – The Noteworthy Life Of Howard Barnes: September 13 – October 21, 2018 (Issaquah) And October 26 – November 18, 2018 (Everett). Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical: November 8 – December 30, 2018 (Issaquah) And January 4 – February 3, 2019 (Everett). I Do! I Do! A Musical About Marriage: January 17 – February 24, 2019 (Issaquah) And March 1 – 24, 2019 (Everett). The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time: March 14 – April 21, 2019 (Issaquah) And April 26 – May 19, 2019 (Everett). Million Dollar Quartet: May 9 – June 23, 2019 (Issaquah) And June 28 – July 28, 2019 (Everett). See all five plays beginning at $190/Issaquah ($150 for preview) and $170/Everett for the season.
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