Best and Worst Buys of August

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If you have kids, this is the month to do your back-to-school shopping. You can find deals on school supplies, apparel and dorm furniture. And 16 states will have sales-tax holidays in August -- 12 are this weekend (see our sales-tax holiday guide ).

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In addition to deals on back-to-school items, you'll find discounts on several seasonal items. Here's what you can expect to find on sale in August -- and what you should wait a little longer to buy, according to dealnews.com , which analyzes deals from past years to predict what will be discounted this year.

Best buys

Laptop bundles. Some retailers may offer two-for-the-price-of-one deals on laptops and consoles or laptops and printers. Be aware that to get these back-to-school deals, you might have to have a .edu e-mail address. However, deals from Newegg.com, OfficeMax and the Sony Store don't require any credentials.

Grills. Look for retailers such as Ace Hardware, hhgregg, Home Depot, Lowe's, Sears and Walmart to slash prices on grills. As fall approaches and the temperatures drop, this could be the perfect time to buy a grill.

Summer apparel. Retailers will dramatically mark down summer apparel as they try to make room for fall clothes. Last year, the best deals came from Converse, Dickies, Eddie Bauer, French Connection, Kenneth Cole, Nautica, Old Navy and Patagonia.

Swimwear. Retailers will clear out their inventory this month, so expect retailers such as Kohl's, Land's End and Victoria's Secret to have discounts of up to 70% on swimwear.

Cruises. Carnival Cruises has been offering some of the lowest prices on Caribbean cruises. Expect discounts this month as the hurricane season hits it peak.

Purchases to avoid

Patio sets. You'll see sales on patio furniture this month, but the best deals will be in September and October -- at which time it might actually be cool enough to enjoy spending time outside.

Kindle Fire. There are rumors that Amazon will be releasing the Kindle Fire 2 soon, so dealnews.com expect the price on the Kindle Fire to drop to at least $169 (from $199) when the new version hits stores.

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