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The Budget Smart Girl’s Guide to Making the Most of August Sales

It’s that time again, shopping for back to school items. And while you might dread the bite it takes out of your budget, there are plenty of reasons for Budget Smart Girls to smile during August.

Sales, Sales and more Sales
Retailers know times are tough and that means more sales and more bargains for us as they try to compete for our money. I’ve seen back to school sales promoted in just about every place I’ve shopped…from the drug store to the supermarket.

Lunchtime Supplies
Other items I’m seeing deeply discounted are lunchbox related ones like thermos, etc. While you’re picking up a couple for the kids, why not pick up a few for the adults in the family. If you’re not already doing it, start taking your own brown bag lunch to work. And if you waste money buying bottled water each week, pick up a new bottle and fill your own each day before you head out the door.

Food
On my last couple of trips to the store, I’ve noticed lots of foods on sale and not just lunchbox favorites like tubs of applesauce and granola bars. Sale items have included lots of foods that kids love to eat when they get home from school. Quick meals like microwavable mac and cheese, etc. I think these are ideal items to have ‘on hand’ for those emergencies situations that always seem to happen, so if your budget will stretch to it, stock up now while prices are low.

Clothes
If you’re in the market for some new clothes or shoes, there are bargains galore out there right now. And if you have some extra money, it’s a great time to pick up some early Christmas gifts for everyone.

Office Supplies
I do most of the shopping for my home office during August. I stock up on typing paper, exercise books, pens and folders. I buy a good supply and usually don’t have to replenish them for at least another six months.

Furniture
Back to school sales aren’t just for the under 18 year olds. Lots of store’s target audience is the college bound student. And what does that mean for the Budget Smart Girl…sales on anything a student needs to furnish their dorm room. Bedding, towels, pillows, even furniture like tables, desks, alarm clocks, bathroom accessories, and yes, lots of organizing items.

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