5 products are at their deepest discounts in August

By Amanda WalkerConsumer Reports

If you're wondering what products are typically at their lowest price this month, wonder no more. Consumer Reports product research experts, who track prices all year long, have compiled a list of items that are typically discounted most deeply in August.

Many items are discounted toward the end of a season. With fall on the horizon, you're likely to find great deals on outdoor furniture. Some well-made sets are resonably priced, but you do have to know what to look for.

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If you're still feeling summer's heat, you'll be relieved to hear that retailers also consider this the end of the season for air conditioners. Just keep in mind that while prices are low, inventories are likely to be thin, so you may not find a wide selection. Our air conditioner guide (Ratings available to subscribers) will help you spot the right model for you.

Just in time for back-to-school shopping, backpacks also tend to be on super-sale in August. When you're picking one out, keep comfort, convenience, and safety in mind. Features to look for include wide, padded, contoured shoulder straps, an abdominal strap, and reflectors or reflective fabrics on the pack to add visibility when kids travel to and from school at dusk or dawn. These additional shopping and fitting tips will help you find the right backpack for your child.

August is also the month when you can find great sales on dehumidifiers, which can take that sticky feeling out of a damp basement or crawl space. Humidity is not just uncomfortable; levels above 50 percent can breed dust mites, mildew, and mold, which may worsen allergies and asthma. Our dehumidifier buying guide (Ratings available to subscribers) show that the best ones aren't necessarily the highest priced.

If you like to plan ahead for winter's white stuff, you can find the best deals on snow blowers in August. There are many handy features to look for when you shop and saftey tips to keep in mind. For example, it's a good idea to check out floor samples. Make sure you're comfortable with the height of the handle and with the chute adjustment. Look for a critical safety feature that stops the spinning auger or impeller when you release the handlebar grips. For more, see our snow blower buying guide (subscribers will also find a link to our snow blower Ratings).

Want to know what's on sale the rest of the year? See our calendar of deals.

–Mandy Walker

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