In August, you can expect to see rock-bottom prices on back-to-school supplies, of course. Plus, it’s a great time 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-sized sheets for your kids).

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

 

1. Stock up on back-to-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 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 2020:

Before you read on, be sure to bookmark the KCL Back to School Deals page to stay informed about all the deals.

 

2. 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 2020:

 

3. Shop clearance 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 2020:

 

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

In August, Costco usually offers instant savings on K-Cups, like $6 off, bringing them to about $0.24 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 $37.99, regular price
Instant savings – $6/1 – Kirkland Signature Organic K-Cup Pods 120-count, limit 5
Final Price: $31.99 ($0.27 per K-Cup)

 

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

Cereal is another breakfast item I 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 2020:

Check out the KCL Kellogg’s Deals page.

 

 

6. Buy and freeze in-season 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 the KCL produce coupons page to see current deals.

 

7. Shop Kroger’s Mega Sale to stock up on non-perishable food items like 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 2020:

 

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

In August 2020, I saw a couple of Ibotta deals on healthy Kind granola bars. For the deal, 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

 

9. Get healthy 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 like I did at Target.

Here’s what I saw in 2020:

Buy 1 Annie’s Homegrown Organic Snacks (reg. $2.89-$3.19) $2.50 sale price.
Use 20% Off – Annie’s Snacks, Target Circle Offer
Use $1.00/1 Annies Snack Coupon
Final Price $1 each

 

10. 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 lower than $1.80 per one-pound container. Here’s a deal I found in 2020:

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 the KCL Driscoll’s Deals page.

Best Back-to-School Supplies and Groceries to Stock Up on in August