If you’re wondering what to stock up on in August, I have you covered. Be sure and organize your pantry and make room for the food items you need that you can find marked down in price. I love to update my monthly “Stock Up On Series” every year.
Kids will be heading back to school and will probably need those back-to-school clothes, including shoes, and also school supplies. Have everyone organize their bedrooms before you go shopping and separate the items in their closets and dressers and take inventory to help determine what might be needed.
Take a weekend and donate the clothes that no longer fit the kids living at home. If you can trade clothes with neighbors, that’s awesome too! It’s a really good month to declutter.
What To Stock Up On In August
Corn On The Cob
If you have freezer space, you may want to buy several dozen ears of corn when they are at the lowest price of the year. If you need help on how to shuck and freeze it, check out my Freeze Corn On The Cob post. There is nothing better than steaming a bag of frozen corn in the middle of winter. It’s super sweet because it was picked at the peak of the season.
Grapes: Red and Green Seedless
You know how delicious it is when you bite into a grape that is sweet, oh my, oh my. These were so good. I’ve heard people will taste a grape in the store before buying them. I’ve never had the nerve to do it, and I like to wash fruits and veggies before they go in my mouth. But, hey, if it works for you!
I saw these pineapples today and I had to stop in my tracks to check them out. Of course, I bought two, the price was fair for today’s market. I love fresh pineapples. They were not cheap enough to dehydrate but we enjoy eating them.
I pick up some really good yellow flesh peaches this time of year. I’m not as fond of the white flesh peaches. Maybe it’s where I live, but these yellow peaches are easy to peel after blanching. To do that, you put the peaches in boiling water for 2-3 minutes and then plunge them into icy cold water.
These are really sweet and don’t need any sweetener at all. You may want to try making my Peach Glaze!
Raspberries and Strawberries
Mark and I just picked up some raspberries and strawberries from Costco, and boy, are they fabulous! They are picked at just the right time of the year. I’m hoping to make some freezer raspberry jam in the next day or two. Now, we need to make some strawberry shortcake with whipping cream, right? That is a family favorite dessert this time of year.
College Student Needs
Thank you, Lee, for reminding me that college students need stuff just like the younger students we buy for. I remember my grandkids getting ready for college. They need sheets, blankets, pillows, wash detergent, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, razors, hand sanitizer, and containers for stocking their food. College Student First Aid Kit: First Aid Kit-Hard Red Case
They are always on sale this time of year, just before we send the students off to school. Look for small appliances on sale, they may need those as well for that new apartment living. Don’t forget printer paper, they typically have it all on sale this time of year!
We all know August is the month to fill those backpacks with notebooks, pencils, tablets, lined paper, and erasures. Don’t forget the pencil sharpeners, scissors, markers, calculators, and rulers.
It really is a fun time to see the new notebook colors for the kids to gear up for another year of learning, whether you homeschool or send them to the public schools. You can see the smiles for days when they have that special notebook they need.
The stores just got their inventories for school, and the sales will be awesome for shirts, slacks, shorts, dress shirts, blouses, skirts, sweaters, jackets, and coats. They typically have 30-40% off the first two weeks of August. The closer it gets to September, the supply becomes low and the prices go up.
Back To School-Underwear-Socks
It’s a good time to refresh the underwear drawer when you pick up school clothes for the kids. You can save money and the kids have new socks that fit for the coming year. You’ll see many stores with discounts of 40-50% off this time of year on T-shirts, underpants, briefs, and boxers.
Paper For The Printer
Not only do our kids need paper, but it’s a great time to stock up on paper for your home or office. You’ll see many stores with coupons and offerings to buy one package and get one package free, or at a great discount.
Laptops and Tablets
You typically don’t see many discounts on any Apple products, but I have seen a few here and there. My family picked up some Apple Air laptops (last year’s model) for $250.00 off. That was a great buy!
Keep your eye on Best Buy, Amazon, or any other techy store near your city. It’s all about being ready for school. Before you shop, ask for the student discount, if you have a child going to college, it will save you another 20-30%.
Lysol and Clorox Wipes – Hand Sanitizer – Cleaning Supplies – Bleach
August is back-to-school and here come the germs, viruses, or bacteria in the air. If you can afford to buy a package or two for your child’s teacher, I bet they would love it! Let’s keep the sickness down, any way we can.
Grab a container of hand sanitizer for the kids and teachers. You can never have too many of those, right? The stores will have these right at eye level so you can see them when walking in the front door.
It’s a great month to stock up on cleaning supplies because they will be sold at reduced prices with coupons and mailers. We all get the cleaning bug when the kids go back to school, right?
Cereal-Frozen Waffles-Ready Made Breakfast Items
We all know how busy it is when school starts, particularly in the morning as you try and get the kids out the door on time. Cereal and many other breakfast items will be marked down big time.
All the major cold and hot cereal companies gear up with coupons and mailers for one of the largest markdowns of the year. If you have space, you can buy enough cereal for the entire year and you’ll save 30-40% off the regular price.
Be sure and walk past the freezer section because you will see frozen waffles, pancakes, and breakfast sandwiches marked down to help the school mornings go a little smoother. If the kids like granola bars, you will see those at reduced prices as well.
Snacks For School
Back to school means making lunches and having snacks in the backpacks. A few boxes in the pantry for after-school snacks is a real bonus. When the kids’ friends come over you can hand out snacks you purchased at 30-40% off the regular price.
Pool Toys-Beach Towels
August is the month to stock up on pool toys, beach towels, and swim goggles. The stores want to get the shelves ready for the fall apparel and decorations. You will see 65-80% markdowns off many swimming pool and beach items.
This month, the stores need to get rid of all of the summer clothing because fall clothing will be needed soon. You’ll see really good buys on swimsuits, summer pajamas, nightgowns, sandals, and flip-flops. Look for those light summer coverups and summer dresses with matching jewelry. If you need a summer hat for this year or next, this is the time to buy one.
What To Stock Up On In August
We often think of summer as the time our kids need sleeping bags for those fun summer outdoor sleepovers, but fun nighttime activities with friends and family can happen all year long for our kids. They also may need a sleeping bag for late summer sports camps, or for the more adventurous, those winter camps when it’s especially cold. Consider upgrading those old bags for new more heat-efficient versions.
Speaking of camps, as summer winds down, many stores try to clear out equipment and supplies used for outdoor activities. That would include those small propane canisters families use to run their camp stoves and propane lanterns.
Coolers like these aren’t just for camping. You may be going to a late summer family reunion or an early fall football game where you want to take your favorite snacks, drinks, or desserts. These new coolers are much more efficient and keep your goodies cool much longer.
What to Stock Up On Each Month:
- What to Stock Up On In January
- What to Stock Up On In February
- What to Stock Up On In March
- What to Stock Up On In April
- What to Stock Up On In May
- What to Stock Up On In June
- What to Stock Up On In July
- What to Stock Up On In August
- What to Stock Up On In September
- What to Stock Up On In October
- What to Stock Up On In November
- What to Stock Up On In December
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Unique August Holidays
- August 1: Friendship Day
- August 2: National Ice Cream Sandwich Day
- August 3: National Watermelon Day
- August 4: National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
- August 5: National Oyster Day
- August 6: National Fresh Breath Day
- August 7: National Lighthouse Day
- August 8: Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day
- August 9: Book Lover’s Day
- August 10 National S’mores Day
- August 11: Son and Daughter Day
- August 12: World Elephant Day
- August 13: Left Hander’s Day
- August 14: National Creamsicle Day
- August 15: Relaxation Day
- August 16: National Tell a Joke Day
- August 17: National Thriftshop Day
- August 18: World Daffodil Day
- August 19: Aviation Day
- August 20: World Mosquito Day
- August 21: National Honey Bee Awareness Day
- August 22: National Tooth Fairy Day
- August 23: Ride the Wind Day
- August 24: Iconic American Restaurants Day
- August 25: National Banana Split Day
- August 26: National Dog Day
- August 27: Just Because Day
- August 28: Stuffed Green Bell Peppers Day
- August 29: More Herbs, Less Salt Day
- August 30: Toasted Marshmallow Day
- August 31: National Trail Mix Day
I hope this post on what to stock up on in August helps you save money when you need something for your family. It’s really hard for me to pay full price for anything. When Mark and I eat out we use a coupon 99% of the time. It’s all about saving money, right? When I go into a store, I go to the clearance racks first, it’s a habit we have always had. Please stay well, and keep prepping. May God bless this world, Linda
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