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Best Deals: What's on Sale in August

The folks at have released their 2010 "Best Time to Buy" guide, which lists several items they say are best to purchase this month. You can snag major savings on items ranging from computers to lawn mowers to swimsuits. Here are 7 products off the full list, including FreeShipping's estimates of how much you can save.
From August through December is when you can expect to see the steepest deals on computers, as retailers compete for back to school business and, over the next few months, holiday shoppers. Savings for students range from $150 to $350, according to researchers at FreeShipping. For the general public the discounts are between 10% and 25%. If you're a student, remember to bring your school ID, which could get you even more discounts. Don't forget refurbished computers, too, which can save you 25%. Dell and Apple both have refurbished sections.
Once the humidity of July is past, merchants are quick to put dehumidifiers on their sale shelves. August average discount: 10% to 20% off. Look for one that is energy-efficient. Check out Consumer Reports' dehumidifier ratings.
As the summer season wraps, stores begin preparing for fall items and making room for new inventory. Expect to see major discounts on lawn mowers. FreeShipping says deals average 25% off.
This one's a no-brainer. It's easy to see why department stores and retailers place their swimsuits and swim trunks on sale this month. There's only a few weeks left for beach trips. Expect to see deals of 50% to 75% off.
Swing Sets
The kids are no longer interested in outdoor play and it's back to the Playstation. Swing sets take up a great deal of floor space and stores need to replace them and fill the area up with holiday merchandise. You can get anywhere from $100 to $150 off high-end swing sets; $25 to $50 off basic swing sets.
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