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Coupon Lady: Back-To-School sales big in August

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Sales in August will revolve around a back-to-school theme. Look for sales on lunch items such as sandwich meats, pudding cups, pre-packaged ready-to-eat meals, waffles, cereal and bread. Also you will find specials on classroom supply items including tissue, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes and paper towels. Cleaning supplies such as Clorox and other disinfectants will also be on sale. Keep an eye out for special flyers at the store for back-to-school coupons, special offers and rebates.

For the past month, retailers have been offering sales on student needs. Retailers now have sales on backpacks, lunchboxes, paper, pencils, pens, crayons, markers, glue, scissors, notebooks and folders.

If you are not a frequent shopper of office supply stores, now is a great time to consider trying them out. They usually have a great selection and plenty of stock. Teachers, please don’t forget to sign up for rewards programs and start earning those deals and rebates. Several supply stores and bookstores also have special teacher appreciation days with extra discounts just for you. Some office supply stores and local bookstores allow home school parents to participate in a teacher’s discount so ask your local store for details.

Do not ignore drugstore ads this month. Each drugstore will have a few great deals each week this month on school supplies. If you don’t need the item, they make great donation items. Many places are having school supply drives this month, so this is an easy way to give back to your community while keeping your costs at a minimum.

Summer items continue to be put on clearance. Look for deals on summer clothing, beach towels, bar­becue grills and accessories, beach and pool equip­ment, patio furniture, sunscreen and insect repellant.

In a recent trip to Walmart, I noticed that patio sets are being marked down. Target has already begun markdowns on summer toys and should start marking down toys getting ready for new holiday merchandise.

According to All You magazine, August is the best month to buy fall clothing, school supplies, air conditioners, lawn mowers, yard equipment and camping equipment.

Computers are on sale this month, but deeper discounts were in June and coming up on Black Friday. Linens and bedding are on sale in August as a part of “off to college” savings.

August is Children’s Vision & Cataract awareness month, so shoppers should look for savings on kids’ glasses, contacts and accessories.

August is considered the best month to buy camping equipment, because camping is traditionally done in the spring and summer months, and stock needs to be thinned down to make way for other merchandise. However, the warm temperatures are still going strong, so it isn’t too late to plan a fun Labor Day camping adventure with your family. Some types of camping equipment can double as tailgating equipment, so if you need supplies for the upcoming football season, you might want to check out your local stores.

Vegetables and fruits in season this month include corn, okra, onions, tomatillos, peppers, eggplant, cucumber, green beans, summer squash, avocados, apples, berries, figs, grapes, peaches, pears, melons and plums. These should have the best sales.

Fresh fish is also at peak season this month. To save money, plan your meals to feature these items during sales.

Learn to coupon

Carol Gunter will hold two free coupon classes at the Columbia County Library, 7022 Evans Town Center Blvd. Couponing for Drugstores will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 9. To sign up, call the library at (706) 863-1946. Couponing for Beginners will be from
2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 11. To reserve a spot, log on to smartshopper811.eventbrite.com or call the library.


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