When it comes to best things to buy in August, it’s truly all about back-to-school. So, expect to see rock-bottom prices on school supplies, of course. But also plan to stock your pantry with lunchbox foods like granola bars, fruit snacks and more.

Also, watch for deals on dorm bedding for your college student (or simply plan to use these sales to buy new twin-size sheets for your kids).

You’ll absolutely need to download the KCL app in order to find out about these deals, but also to get your hands on the manufacturer coupons necessary to get a lot of these prices.

And then bookmark KCL’s Back-to-School deals page to follow B2S deals specifically.


1. Stock up on school supplies when they reach their lowest point.

School supplies go on sale like crazy through August, making it the best time to stock up on everything on your child’s school supply list, using back-to-school sales.

Plan to shop often and at a few different stores in order to get the lowest price possible. Use the KCL back-to-school stock-up list to double check that you’re getting the lowest price possible.

Some stores, like Walmart, offer great sale prices that don’t require coupons. But if you have a Crayola coupon, or an Elmer’s coupon for example, you can use it to bring the price down even lower. Also watch for Ibotta rebates that you can stack with a sale price and a manufacturer coupon!

Here’s what I saw in 2019:


RELATED: CDC Back-to-School Guidelines: Buy These Supplies Yesterday


2. Make sure you stay caffeinated — load up on K-Cups when prices drop.

In August, Costco usually offers instant savings on K-Cups, like $5 off, bringing them to about $0.27 per K-Cup — a stock-up price. The limit is five, so you can buy up to 600 K-Cups and still get this price. Drink up!

Buy 1 Kirkland Signature Organic K-Cup Pods, 120-count $36.99, regular price
Instant savings – $5/1 – Kirkland Signature Organic K-Cup Pods 120-count, limit 5
Final Price: $31.99 ($0.27 per K-Cup)


3. Buy dorm room bedding (or new sheets for your kids’ twin beds).

Watch for an opportunity to stack coupon codes at Kohl’s and get twin-size sheet sets, mattress pads and entire bedding sets for dirt cheap.

Here’s what I saw at Kohl’s in 2019:



4. Buy and freeze corn on the cob.

Corn on the cob is in-season during August and that’s when it reaches its lowest price of the year.

Look for prices between $0.25-$0.33 each at Walmart and buy a six-month supply! You can freeze it and use it during the winter.

Check out our produce coupons page to see current deals.


RELATED: The Ultimate How-to-Freeze Guide


5. Use a coupon to buy strawberries super cheap.

This is officially the cheapest you’ll find strawberries for the rest of the year, so stock up before the price skyrockets again (and we’re back to flavorless, out-of-season strawberries).

In August, stores are working hard to get their surplus of strawberries moved off the shelves before they go bad, so I see strawberries as low as $1.74 per one pound container.

Buy 1 Driscoll’s Strawberries. (reg. $2.69) sale price $1.77
Use one $0.50/1 – Driscoll’s product (driscolls.com)
Final Price: $1.27

Check out our Driscoll’s deal page.



6. Shop swimsuit sales for next summer — size up for kids!

Despite temperatures still being in the 90s throughout most of the country, swimsuits go on deep clearance in August. Stores are making room for back-to-school seasonal items.

So, grab swimsuits on clearance in next year’s sizes for your kids (and maybe a couple extra for yourself).

Here’s what I saw in 2019:


7. Fill your pantry with healthy snacks like granola bars.

In August 2019, I saw a couple of Ibotta deals on healthy granola bar brands like Kind and MadeGood. For the deal on Kind bars, you could redeem it up to five times, making it possible to get a few boxes into the pantry before school starts. Kind bars were on sale at Target, so when combined with an Ibotta rebate, savings hit 57%!

Buy 1 Kind Kids granola bars, 6-count (reg. $3.49) $3, sale price
Submit one $1.50/1 – Kind Kids Granola Bars, Ibotta Rebate (Ibotta.com)
Pay $3, submit for $1.50 Ibotta credit
Final Price: $1.50
Buy 2 MadeGood Organic Granola Bars, 6-count $3.50 each, when you buy 2
Use one $1/1 – MadeGood Organic Granola Bar or Granola Mini Product, CVS L2C Coupon (cvs.com)
And submit two $1/1 – MadeGood Granola Bars Box 6 count, Ibotta Rebate (Ibotta.com)
Pay $6, submit for $2 in Ibotta credits
Final Price: $2 each, when you buy 2



8. Buy cereal on sale and stack a manufacturer coupon to get big savings.

Cereal is another breakfast item we see hit deep discounts in August, right before kids go back to school. And since cereal is shelf-stable, I recommend stocking up for a full six months.

The best strategy for finding discounts on cereal is to look for a sale price you stack with a manufacturer’s coupon.

Here’s what I saw in 2019:

Check out our Kellogg’s deal page.


RELATED: The Ultimate Guide to Stacking Coupons


9. Get fruit snacks for $1.

Now is the time to stock up on fruit snacks before you reach for that last bag and realize you need to hit the grocery store on a busy school night. (You know it’ll happen.)

Look for coupons you can stack with a sale.

Here’s what I saw in 2019:

Target Annie’s organic fruit snacks (reg. $2.99) Sale price 2 for $4.
Use $1.00/1 Annies Snack Coupon
Final Price $1 each


RELATED: Amazing Lunchbox Hacks and School Lunch Ideas


10. Watch for Kroger’s Mega Sale to stock up on crackers.

Get ready to see non-perishable snack items like crackers on sale, and use coupons to bring the price down even lower. Like you did with fruit snacks, plan to shop Kroger for crackers during the Mega Sale.

Here’s what I saw in 2019:


Don’t scroll up! Here are the linked articles from above:

CDC Back-to-School Guidelines: Buy These Supplies Yesterday
The Ultimate How-to-Freeze Guide
Amazing Lunchbox Hacks and School Lunch Ideas


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