What To Stock Up On In August

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If you’re wondering what to stock up on in August, I have you covered. August is a great month to stock up on items we may need this time of year. Be sure and organize your pantry and make room for the food items you need that will be marked down.

Kids will be heading back to school and will probably need clothes, shoes, and school supplies. Have everyone organize their bedrooms before you go shopping and separate the items in their closets and dressers. 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! It’s a really good month to declutter.

What To Stock Up On In August

Corn On The Cob

What To Stock Up On In August

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 season time of the year.

Raspberries and Strawberries

Strawberries on Sale

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?

College Student Needs

College Student Supplies

Thank you, Lee. I remember my grandkids getting ready for college, they need sheets, blankets, pillows, detergent, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, razors, hand sanitizer, and containers for stocking their food. 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.

School Supplies-Backpacks

Backpacks on Sale

We all know August is the month to fill the backpacks with notebooks, pencils, tablets, lined paper, and erasures. Don’t forget the pencil sharpeners, scissors, markers, 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.

School Clothes-Shoes

Shoes on Sale

The stores just got their inventory 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

What To Stock Up On In August

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 will see many stores with discounts of 40-50% off this time of year on T-shirts, underpants, briefs, and boxers.

Paper For The Printer

Printer Paper on Sale

Not only do our kids need paper, but it’s a great time to stock up on paper for your home or office. You will see many stores with coupons, and offerings to buy one package and get one package free or at a great discount.

Laptops and Tablets

Laptops on Sale

You typically don’t see discounts on any Apple products, but I have seen a few here and there. My family picked up some Apple Air laptops (last years 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 and Hand Sanitizer-Cleaning Supplies-Bleach

Hand Sanitizer On Sale

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, however 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 into the building.

What To Stock Up On In August

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

Waffle and Pancakes

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 will 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

What To Stock Up On In August

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 kid’s friends come over you can hand out snacks you purchase at 30-40% off the regular price.

Pool Toys-Beach Towels

What To Stock Up On In August

August is the month to stock up on pool toys, beach towels, and goggles. The stores want to get the shelves ready for the fall apparel and decorations. You will see 65-80% markdowns off all swimming pool and beach items.

Summer Clothing

What To Stock Up On In August

This month, the stores need to get rid of all of the summer clothing because the fall clothing has hit the shelves. You will 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, this is the time to buy one.

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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

Final Word

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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26 thoughts on “What To Stock Up On In August

  • July 26, 2019 at 7:42 am
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    Back to school also includes college so look for good sales on detergent, deodorant, toothpaste, shampoo, bedding, small appliances. What else?

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      • July 26, 2019 at 7:54 am
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        One more thing Lee, I’m so glad you mentioned this because I have been there at my daughters’ homes and we are putting together all the stuff we think the students will need. I just added these, thanks again, Linda

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  • July 26, 2019 at 11:36 am
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    I have 4 grandchildren ages 8, 6 1/2, 5 and 8 months! There is no donating outgrown clothing!! Of course, my girlie 6 1/2 yo granddaughter doesn’t particularly like wearing the older boy’s outgrown clothing. However, she doesn’t have a whole lot of choice!! Her girlie clothes are cleaned and put away for the 8 month old baby girl for some time down the road.

    Also, my grands are homeschooled so there are not a lot of school supplies needed.

    This is a great post, though. I had not thought of back to school for my printer paper!!

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    • July 26, 2019 at 12:05 pm
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      Hi Leanne, I had 4 girlie girls, so I know what you mean!! Mark and I buy our printer paper this time of year. Almost all the stores have a buy one get one free box. It’s a lot of paper but it lasts a long time! Linda

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    • August 11, 2019 at 8:34 am
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      Why not sew some lace on the pockets of the jeans and maybe on the hem or just a few appliques to change the look a little bit? The lace is easily removed if the next one in line doesn’t like it or you want to make it different for that one. I home school as well and my grandson will be graduating this year! He just turned 18 and has autism but will get a diploma as he is not academically challenged at all, just socially challenged. I think homeschooling is wonderful if you can provide those same social situations that high schools provide.

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      • August 11, 2019 at 9:21 am
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        Hi Stephanie, great comment! I agree with you on the homeschooling. Linda

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      • August 11, 2019 at 3:28 pm
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        Good plan on the lace on the boyish clothing. So the line up is 8 year old boy, 6 1/2 year old girl, 5 year old boy and 8 month old girl. So being able to remove the lace or other girly things from the jeans/pants or t-shirts would be great.

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    • July 30, 2020 at 12:15 pm
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      I try to buy as neutral
      Of clothing and shoes as possible for them. We have a lot of tye dye, solid color tees and tanks, and plain denim. That way it can be boy’d up or girl’Ed up lol

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  • July 28, 2019 at 7:37 pm
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    In the school supply section, you should be able to find zippered pockets for the emergency binder. I’m going to get few and make binders for my young adult kids who are out on their own now so they can learn the importance of having information readily available should an emergency happen. I also stock up on notebooks, crayons, etc for the grandkids and also for school supply donation drives.

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    • July 28, 2019 at 9:38 pm
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      Hi Des Moines Daisy, thanks for the tip on the zippered pockets for our emergency binders! I love stocking up all those bargain items for the grandkids! Great comment! Linda

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  • August 11, 2019 at 3:30 pm
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    I was just at church this morning. My church supports an orphanage in Guatemala. One year we donate clothing for children infant to age 18 – both boys and girls. Another year it is backpacks with school supplies. Well, this year is the backpack drive and school supplies so this post is so good.

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    • August 11, 2019 at 4:27 pm
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      Hi Leanne, oh my gosh, I love hearing about what church groups do to support others, it makes the world a better place. I’m glad you can use these ideas!! Linda

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  • July 27, 2020 at 8:16 am
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    Linda,

    I really like your What To Stock Up On articles and almost always see something I’ve overlooked. But stock up on Bleach? I don’t know about where you live but I haven’t been able to find unscented, no dyes, Chlorox bleach in months. And as you know that’s the only kind to use to disinfect fouled water. To stretch my current stock, I’ve started buying and using the scented stuff when doing laundry. I wonder if anyone else has had problems finding any brand of unscented, no dyes, bleach?

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    • July 27, 2020 at 8:21 am
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      Hi Ray, it’s been very hard to find bleach. BUT, I took this picture a couple of days ago at Walmart. I was in shock when I saw like 20 cans of Lysol spray!! Linda

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    • August 3, 2020 at 8:41 am
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      You can order plain bleach from Walmart and if you order a case you get free shipping.

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  • July 27, 2020 at 10:53 am
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    Hi Linda, I am going to check and see if my favorite thrift store has re-opened. I lucked up there in December and January and was able to find some dress boots (2 Pairs), almost new for $1.99 and $3.99. My size (11) you don’t find many if any boots, but I lucked up. A lady in the store asked me if I was buying both pairs and I told her YES!!! I don’t find size 11 regularly, but when I do, I take advantage. Family Dollar has had unscented bleach and it is reasonably priced for a gallon.

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    • July 27, 2020 at 11:59 am
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      Hi Mildred, yay for the thrift stores having your size boots!! Woo hoo! Thanks for sharing the tip on the unscented bleach! Linda

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  • July 27, 2020 at 6:18 pm
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    Same difficulty hear in St. Petersburg. I can find scented, concentrated, and no splash (which doesn’t disinfect), but no plain unscented. I try to keep it for disinfect water if necessary.

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    • July 27, 2020 at 7:47 pm
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      HI Carolyn, it’s getting harder and harder to find the bleach we really want. Linda

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  • July 28, 2020 at 9:01 pm
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    Thanks for your post, Linda! I always enjoy reading them!
    I found bleach at the Dollar Tree, yes, for a dollar. Not a huge amount, but the right size for what I needed. Just keep looking at stores for it and other supplies. Also, bleach does not have to be Clorox. Read the label to be sure it has the same percent. Please note that when bleach is used on fabrics, it will take At Least 30 rinses to remove it from the fabrics.
    Our supply chains have been seriously strained with people going bananas and buying more than they can reasonably use in a reasonable time.
    Oh, and this is slightly off-topic, but I needed aspirin for a friend a few days ago. Looked at my first aid kits. None! They don’t put aspirin in first aid kits anymore. So now I am going to really look at them and their contents to see what else they are lacking. They were gifts, so I don’t look the gift horse in the mouth, but was astounded to find no aspirin!
    Going to go check out those zippered pockets, too. Now I know why they keep telling me I need a few! Lol
    Thank you for this lovely, upbeat site! God bless you and your family,
    Teddy

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    • July 29, 2020 at 1:06 pm
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      Hi Teddy, no aspirin, oh my gosh!! Yes, bleach is getting a little easier to get these days. Or at least right now. Thank you for your kind words, they mean a lot to me. Linda

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    • July 30, 2020 at 4:48 pm
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      I would suppose the no aspirin thing is due to allergies in some people. But, that is good that you received the kits as gifts! That being said, I have taken 2 fairly large first aid kits as well as a natural/herbal first aid kit and made a single kit, adding and subtracting as I felt the need. I am using a good sized tool box that I painted white and put red duct tape first aid crosses on front and back. It is so much nicer to have all the first aid together rather than in separate boxes!!

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