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-Tacoma area stores.
August Holidays & Special Events
- August 2-4, 2019: Seafair Weekend
- August 6, 2019: Hiroshima Day aka peace ceremonies
- August 8, 2019: Seahawks pre-season opening game against Denver Broncos at CenturyLink Field
- August 12, 2019: Eid al-Adha is the second of two Islamic holidays celebrated worldwide each year.
Discounted seasonal items to buy in August
Wine: 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. 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.
Outdoor and gardening supplies: 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.
Summer clothes and gear: 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.)
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.
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Garage Sales: National Garage Sale Day in the second Saturday in August. Check our garage sale finder map and calendar to look for sales to hit near you. Or maybe it’s time to clean out and host your own sale? We’ve got plenty of tips:
Used computers: A great local 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/.
- 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.
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. So, check below for new computer buying tips in August.
New products to buy in August
New 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 the best computer buy also 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 outgoing models are more than adequate for computing and internet surfing tasks. However, if you are a gamer or programmer, you may want to wait for November Black Friday or December Christmas gift shopping deals, when prices on the latest, greatest computer models tend to be lowest.
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Back-to-school clothes and supplies: 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. Back-to-school shopping tips:
- Plan your back-to-school shopping list with the kids, but don’t bring them along because you’ll tend to spend more on impulse items and major brands rather than the best buy.
- 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.
- Band together with other moms—some who stay behind to sit, while the rest go shopping.
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Winter gear: 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.
Home appliances: 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 have an appliance sales event every items 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.
Seasonal produce: 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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