BEST August Sales & What We’re Planning to Buy This Month (+ Lots of Freebies, Too!)

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August sales are here, and we’ve rounded up what to buy in August!

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August has deals AND plenty of FREEBIES to score! 🤩

We’re sharing the latest August sales! Download our convenient and FREE calendar printable to know what to buy in August before the best sales end!

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Keep in mind these National Holidays and other free things to do in August:

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August 10th is National Lazy Day which means you should take the opportunity to relax this month. 

We typically have a handful of national holidays and major sales to share each month, but what we discovered is that August is pretty quiet!

With semi-annual sales and other large retailer sales like Amazon Prime Day behind us, we believe August is a month to relax and enjoy the last days of summer. That said, we’re thankful August 10th is National Lazy Day so we have a special day to take a breather! While we’re sure you’ll do some shopping this month, don’t forget to relax and enjoy the quiet when you can.

In the meantime, here are some free things to do in August if you’re looking to stay busy:

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Visit a National Park for FREE on August 4th.

On August 4th, the National Park Service will be offering FREE entrance to U.S. National Parks in celebration of the Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act – no special park pass is needed!

This free entrance pass provides a great opportunity to visit a park that normally charges an entrance fee like Yellowstone National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, and more. There are over 400 National Parks in the United States and you can check out the full list of participating sites here.

Read more about the FREE National Park Day over here!

Home Depot Kids Workshop

Register to do a free DIY project with your child at The Home Depot on August 5th.

The Home Depot Kids Workshops are offered the first Saturday of every month with fun crafts and activities for your kiddos! The next workshop will take place on August 5th from 9 AM to 12 PM local where kids can build their own treasure chest!

To get in on this fun event, you will want to register online. Spots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis so make sure to get ahead of the game. Just scroll down to the “In-Store Kids Workshops” and click “Sign-Up” to register at your local store to see if they still have spots available.

Bookmark our post about The Home Depot Kids Workshops and never miss a future project!

Kids in aisle at Lowes

On August 12th, Lowe’s will be offering their FREE monthly kid’s activity.

If The Home Depot freebie wasn’t enough to fill your cup, Lowe’s FREE Build & Grow Kids Workshops offer free DIY craft kits for your kids each month, too! It’s the perfect opportunity for trying a new skill and spending a little screen-free, quality time!

Through August 11th or while spots are available, you can register for the August Lowe’s Kids Workshop. This event will take place on August 12th, from 10 AM – 1 PM local time, kids will be able to build a fun rolling toy pickup truck! This is an entertaining and budget-friendly way to get out of the house on a weekend – and your kiddo will love learning to build their very own toy!

Bookmark our post about the Lowe’s Build & Grow Kids Workshops to see what future projects are in store!

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Kids can do a free activity at JCPenney on August 12th and parents will score a stackable coupon too.

Get your kiddo involved in another free monthly activity. Just stop by a JCPenney store on the second Saturday of every month where they host a Kids Zone area with FREE craft kits for kids! On August 12th, from 11AM – 12PM local time, visit a participating locations where kiddos will be able to color their own adorable pencil pouch featuring cute woodland animals!

Even sweeter, parents can have their own fun with a 10% off in-store coupon. This special coupon can be stacked with other offers or coupons to further maximize your savings – awesome!

Read more about the JCPenney Kids Zone this way –>>

teens at Planet Fitness

Teens can work out at Planet Fitness for FREE until August 31st. 

Planet Fitness has brought back its popular Planet Fitness Summer Pass program for 2023! In case you missed it, Planet Fitness allows high schoolers (ages 14 – 19) to work out for free at any of its 2,400+ locations all summer long. It ends on Thursday, August 31st, so be sure to use the gym time while you can.

High schoolers can visit to register for the program. Teens under 18 must register with a parent or guardian either online or in-club.

Head here to find out more about the Planet Fitness Summer Pass program.

Here are other notable August sales and products you may want to shop this month:

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Pay as little as $1.50 per ticket for a kid-friendly movie before summer’s over. 

Regal Cinemas is offering its annual Regal Summer Movie Express 2023 event! The full event runs through September 6th, 2023. During this time, the whole family can score $2 movie tickets to select family-friendly shows every Tuesday and Wednesday. Availability varies by location so visit Regal’s website to find a showtime near you! Head to our Regal Cinemas post to learn more.

Cinemark theatres are showing summer movies for kids with tickets priced at just $1.50 each during the Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse. Every Wednesday morning through August 10th you’ll be able to enjoy a new movie. And participating theatres will also offer additional showtimes throughout the week, so check your local theatre for their Summer Movie Clubhouse schedule! Be sure to check out how to save on movie theater snacks too!

AMC Theatres nationwide are showing a new family-friendly movie every week for the entire summer as part of their AMC Summer Movie Camp 2023. Availability and show times do vary by location, but most AMC Theatres will have Movie Camp titles showing for $3 on Wednesdays and $5 on Saturdays throughout the end of August. Best of all, everyone in the family qualifies for the discount tickets – not just the kids! Head to our full AMC Theaters post to find out more!

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Join the Kids Bowl Free Program for another way to beat the heat.

The Kids Bowl Free program is an excellent program to keep you and the kids busy in August – especially if you’re looking for another way to beat the heat. The annual Kids Bowl Free Program offers kids (whose age does not exceed the limit set by the participating bowling center) the opportunity to bowl absolutely free throughout the entire summer – that’s a $200+ value per kiddo!

The program is offered at over 1,500 bowling centers in the US and Canada, so there is a good chance you’ll have this program at a bowling alley near you!

To register your kids, head over here and select a bowling center near you or read more about this program on our full review!

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Beauty Brands Annual Liter Sale offers huge discounts on shampoo & conditioner and it ends on August 6th.

There’s no reason not to participate in the Beauty Brands Liter Sale if you need to stock up on shampoo and conditioner. Right now you can score up to 70% off hair care and beauty products on brands like Kenra, Joico, Hempz, and many more! Don’t miss your opportunity to score your favorite brands!

Check out our Beauty Brands Annual Liter Sale post for the deals we’re loving right now!

hand holding crayola crayons

Shop for school supplies during tax-free weekends. 

Select states offer Sales Tax “Holiday” weekends during the summer, which allows shoppers to save money on their back-to-school shopping for clothing, footwear, school supplies, computers, and other items by not having to pay sales tax. While some states had their sales last month, the majority are held in August.

Find out when your state is having tax-free shopping and don’t forget to download our best prices on school supplies printable!

AmazonWalmartTarget, and many other large online retailers participate in Tax-Free Holidays too. That means that you can do your shopping from home without adding sales tax too! 👏🏻

HIP TIP: Walmart is offering sensory-friendly shopping hours in August! Head to our full review to find out more about this unique shopping experience.

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Grab deep discounts on summer essentials before they’re gone.

With the hot season coming to a close, summer items will be majorly discounted and are the perfect items if you’re still wondering what to buy in August. Expect to see rock-bottom prices on summer essentials such as sunscreen, insect repellent, gardening supplies, pool toys, and more. Check your favorite retailers and browse online for the best August sales on your must-have summer items before they’re gone until next year!

Shop the latest deals on clothing now!

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Looking for what to buy during your market trips? Shop August’s seasonal produce to score the best prices.

When you shop seasonally, you’ll likely get the best prices on produce. Especially if you’re shopping at your local farmer’s market. This time of year, farmer’s markets are in full swing so don’t hesitate to scoop up your favorites! Be sure to check out our ways to keep your strawberries fresher for longer if you’re planning to start adding them to your shopping cart!

Here’s a list of some seasonal produce to shop for in August:

  • Apples
  • Avocados
  • Bananas
  • Beets
  • Bell peppers
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Bok choy
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Cherries
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Grapes
  • Green beans
  • Leek
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Mango
  • Melon
  • Mushrooms
  • Okra
  • Papaya
  • Pears
  • Potatoes
  • Raspberries
  • Strawberries
  • Summer squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Zucchini

Already know what to buy in August? Know the best time to buy EVERYTHING ELSE year-round!

About the writer:

Sara is a self-taught blogger & photographer and brings 9+ years of experience to her craft. Her work has been featured in numerous esteemed publications, spanning building, travel, and fashion. Beyond her creative pursuits, Sara’s primary mission is to empower others to embrace a toxic-free & sustainable lifestyle.

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