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Best Consumer Deals in August 2018

You don’t have to go back to school to save big this month

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As we savor the last days of summer, we can also enjoy some significant savings. From wine and bikes to office supplies and eye exams, August does not disappoint!

You don’t have to be going back to school to take advantage of the deep discounts office supply stores will be offering. I always stock up on everything I need for my office.

At Office Depot, you can find composition books (regularly $1.99) for 50 cents, and markers that usually sell for $3.49 marked down to a buck! With prices this low, you can grab extras to donate to a local school. You can also find deals on high-end items. For example, Staples has the HP Pavilion laptop on sale for $599.99 (regularly $809.99). If you need office furniture, desk chairs (regularly $229.99) are now $125.99, a 45 percent savings. Check back weekly as deals may change and new items are added to back-to-school sales.

Many of the larger office supply stores offer teacher discounts and rewards, so be sure to ask. Even Apple offers an educational and student discount on a range of items, including Apple Care.

Many states have tax-free weekends in August. These are specific dates when back-to-school items — clothes, shoes, supplies and even electronics — are sold tax-free. Check out the Federation of Tax Administrators and Sales Tax Institute to explore what's happening in your state. 

There are a couple of times throughout the year when you can find good deals on bicycles, and August is one of them. Just like cars, new designs will start coming in around September so stores offer deep discounts starting in August to make room. Unlike cars, the new models often have only minor cosmetic changes, while the mechanics of the bike remain the same. This means you can get a previous year’s model that may be very similar to the latest design. To save even more, ask for a floor sample or a returned bike with a full warranty.

Vino! Many vineyards begin harvesting at the end of August, so now is a good time to find deals on wine. Bevmo offers five-cent deals: buy one bottle, get the second bottle for a nickel. Other promotions include bottles under $10 when you buy two. Many grocery stores and wine shops offer a 10 percent discount if you buy a case of wine.

It’s National Eye Exam Month, which means deals that help keep your eyes healthy. Sears Optical offers an AARP discount as well as other promotions. Check with EyeCare America to see if you qualify for a no-cost eye exam. And if you live near a college of optometry, you may be able to find really great deals on eye exams.

Finally, if you didn’t get your swimsuit and summer clothing during the Fourth of July sales, it’s OK! By the end of this month, prices will be about as low as they will get on everything summer. J.C. Penney has its Red Zone Clearance, with clothing marked down as much as 70 percent. For example, some men's Claiborne T-shirts are selling for as little as $4. Check for coupon codes and site promos for additional savings.

Jeanette Pavini is the savings expert for Coupons.com.

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