In August, college shifts the back-to-school shopping into overdrive.
For the college crowd, discounts center on items to outfit a dorm room or apartment. But plenty of post-collegiate consumers use this as a time to score some good buys on housewares.
Towels and bedding will be "on sale for anywhere from 35 (percent) to 50 percent off" in August, says Daniel Butler, vice president of retail operations for the National Retail Federation.
Go online and see if you can find coupons to use in the store, says Hillary Mendelsohn, author of "thepurplebook" series of shopping guides and founder of thepurplebook.com. "You can get just an amazing deal on bedding that you would never splurge on."
Discounts of 25 percent to 50 percent can be found on small housewares such as coffee makers and toasters, Butler says. Containers and organizational gear will be 20 percent to 35 percent off, in August, while small personal care appliances (like electric toothbrushes, blow-dryers, and shavers), will be about 20 percent off, he says.
And, for those who have trouble rising and shining, alarm clocks are typically about 25 percent off, Butler says.