August is here and that means back-to-school and a busy schedule to come. There are plenty of opportunities for last-minute summer fun, back-to-school shopping and preparation, as well as finishing up on home projects before the turning of the seasons.
With the ‘tax-free’ weekend coming upon us, you’ll want to be prepared to fill out your shopping list accordingly to make the most of the savings that the month of August is known for.
Use our insider tips for planning your purchases and projects for the month of August…
Tax-Free Goods (August 4-6)
Back again! This weekend marks the ever-popular ‘tax-free holiday’ here in Ohio. Be sure to stock up on qualifying items! Check all of your school supplies off your list if they are valued at $20 or more. Load your cart up with clothes, which is inclusive of coats, jackets, rain wear, sweaters, pants, uniforms and other clothing accessories valued at $75 or over. Even many baby items are part of the holiday, so stock up on qualifying baby clothes, diapers, and receiving blankets. For more details about what does and does not qualify for the tax-free holiday, visit tax.ohio.gov.
Consider the types of fruits and vegetables that are in season when you head to the grocery store this month. Some of these include blueberries, cherries, strawberries, tomatoes, corn, bell peppers, cucumbers, and zucchini. If you shop these items in August, you can feel good that you’ve gotten good quality produce at some of their best prices of the year.
This time of year, there will be a push to move the summer items off the racks to make room for colder weather clothing. Take advantage of the end of season sales on summer clothes, sandal shoes, and swimsuits.
August is the time of year when college kids will begin to prepare to head back to campus. There are likely to be sales focused around these dorm-dwellers, which includes great deals on bedding. Even if you are not a college kid, still take advantage of these sales if it’s time for your linens to be upgraded.
Seasonal Furniture & Equipment
If you visit your local home improvement or furniture store this month, you may start to notice prices starting to drop on patio furniture and outdoor equipment, such as lawnmowers and grills. Just like summer clothing, the time to sell these outdoor items is running out for retailers, so they are likely to begin to adjust their prices accordingly.
Additionally so, now is a great time to take advantage of ‘end of season’ promotions and rebates offered on items, like air conditioners. If you are thinking about AC replacement, or you know someone who is, August is a great time to get a free in-home estimate to learn about the limit-time offers that are available before we transition to the heating season. You can also take advantage of our clearance sale right now. View our promotions page for more details »