6 On Your Side: Consumer Confidence, What to Buy in August 2022

(ABC 6 NEWS) – Summer feels like it’s flying by too fast! As the summer vacation season draws to a close, Consumer Reports says the month of August is jam packed with opportunities to save big on Labor Day and back-to-school sales.

Consumer Reports tracks the prices of many of its top tested products all year long, so it knows exactly when they go on deep discount. Here are top products to look out for in this month’s "Best Time to Buy."

"The back to school shopping season has already begun — we’re seeing plenty of discounts on everything your kids will need to head back to the classroom. That includes tech devices like laptops, tablets and headphones, as well as clothing, backpacks, notebooks, and everything else you’ll need," says Samantha Gordon, Consumer Reports Shopping Editor.

Send your kid off to school right with a speedy new laptop. The Microsoft Surface Laptop Go (64GB) is now on sale for $390 at Amazon.

CR says the affordable laptop has a touchscreen and comes with a fast, more efficient solid-state drive.

If you’re looking for something lighter you can find great deals on tablets. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 is now $565 at Amazon.

And as Labor Day marks the "unofficial" end to summer, CR says to look out for even more deals.

"Labor Day falls on September 5th this year, but you can find savings as early as mid-August. We tend to see discounts on big-ticket items like large appliances, mattresses and other summer seasonal products," said Gordon.

Host your Labor Day party with a Kamado-style grill. The Kamado Joe Classic II 18" Grill is now on sale for $915 at Amazon and Walmart.

CR says this is the best Kamado grill it’s tested.

And finally, whether it’s for cleaning your house or a college dorm — CR says August is a great month to score deals on vacuum cleaners.

The Shark Rotator Professional Lift-Away is a CR Best Buy and is now $250 at Amazon and The Home Depot

CR says this bagless upright vacuum excels at removing embedded dirt from carpets and performs well when cleaning bare floors.

Have a great end to the summer.