NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The fun and sun of summer is coming to a close, but don’t be sad — shop!

August is prime-time for those end-of-summer sales.

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You can also find great deals on back to school supplies.

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But there are some things you’ll want to avoid buying this month.

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CBS2’s Alex Denis spoke with smart shopping expert Trae Bodge on what to look out for, and what to avoid. Below is a full list of what to keep an eye on.

Deals across all Back to School categories can be found in August. Pencil sharpeners, pens and washable markers were discounted at Walmart, The Children’s Place held a clearance sale with merchandise discounted up to 80% off, Target had a 10% off sitewide sale and Lenovo and Microsoft had sales on laptops. Food items, like KIND bars were on sale at Amazon for $10 with a $10 credit.

Save 20% off Jansport backpacks (one item per customer) with code SLICKDEALS20. Valid 8/1- 8/10
Office Depot has deals from 1 cent 
American Eagle:  50% off clearance apparel with items from $3 20% off sitewide – 8/1- 8/31 – $15 off $40 with code BEACH15 (8/2-8/7)  *water bottles for school
L.L.Bean: extra 20% off kids’ clothing, backpacks, and shoes during its Back to School Sale with coupon code KIDS20. Free shipping. Deal ends August 27.
Container Store: Customer Favorites Sale plus charity donation of up to 4% through Valid through 8/7
Poppin: Save 20% off school supplies with code 4SCHOOL.
Belk: Save up to 40% off Back to School styles
Burlington: Up to 65% off Back to School collections
Be sure to check out the Back to School page on for more up to the minute deals, and set deal alerts for “Back to School”.
Travel was another strong category last August, especially on one-way flights. Frontier airlines were $20, Southwest Airlines were $49, Jetblue were $29 and Virgin America were $39. Jetblue also had flash fares from $15.
Orbitz: Take 15% off select hotel stays with promotion code at through 8/20
Air BNB Host:  $200 cash bonus for users who create their first listing and get a booking. Through 8/31
Priceline: Up  to 40% off flights
JetBlue via Priceline:  select airfares from San Francisco (SFO) to/from Las Vegas (LAS) for ~$29 One-Way or~$58 Roundtrip. Flights may also be booked via OrbitzJetBlue Airways or Expedia.
United Airlines: 100% Bonus miles on purchase through 9/12
Cheapo Air: Get up to $26 off on top of regular discounts with code GSHOP26, plus $3.50-$13.50 donated to charity through
Pet Supplies
Petsmart had a coupon for $10 off $30 and Ebay had a coupon for $15 off $75 for home and garden, baby, crafts, pet supplies and sporting goods.
DEALS 20% off New Nutrish products with code NEWNUTRISH20 through 8/9
BJ’s: Printable coupon for $5 off $50 in-club. Through 8/4 (valid on Pet items and other categories)
Amazon: Wide range of deals on pet items, including food, grooming and toys
Pet Mountain: Save up to 50% off Save up to 25% off pet supplies
Entirely Pets: Save 20% off off select pet supplies with code AFF20
Pet Mountain: Save up to 50% off small pet supplies
End of Summer Clearance
Look for end of season clearance on summer apparel, grills, lawnmowers, etc., but wait until closer to the end of the month for those deals.
What Not to Buy
Fall Clothing – When you are shopping for your kids’ Back to School clothes, best to focus on warmer weather clothes and wait for September or even October for fall clothes. This is approach also allows your kids to check out the trends at school before committing to a full-year wardrobe.
Select Apple Products – Apple often launches a new device in September (this year, it’s the iPhone 8), so you can often find deals on the older iteration once the new one is on the shelves.