Here’s What to Buy and Skip in August

Here’s What to Buy and Skip in August

If you’re looking to save some money this month, here’s a quick guide on what you should and shouldn’t buy in August . . .

1. Buy back-to-school supplies. Back-to-school supplies usually hit the shelves in July, but sales will be better this month as the beginning of school approaches.

(It’s also worth checking to see if your sate participates in a State Sales Tax Holiday this month, where you don’t pay tax on some back-to-school purchases.)

2. Skip major household items. Skip any major household purchases, since Labor Day sales are just around the corner.

3. Buy outdoor products. August is a good time to buy outdoor products like lawn mowers and patio furniture. Even if you won’t get much use out of them THIS summer, you’ll have them for next year.

4. Buy summer clothes. As stores try to clear out old inventory to make room for fall and winter clothes, you’ll be able to save some money on summer stuff and swimsuits.

5. Skip the iPhone. Apple is likely going to announce its new iPhone 8 in September, so if you buy an iPhone NOW, it’ll be out of date in a month. Plus, Apple and other retailers generally drop prices on previous iPhone models once the new phones come out, so you can score a better deal if you wait.

(USA Today / NerdWallet)

The Top Ten Songs Couples Don’t Want Played at Their Wedding

The Top Ten Songs Couples Don’t Want Played at Their Wedding

FiveThirtyEight.com recently talked to a bunch of wedding DJs, and came up with the top ten songs people HATE to hear at weddings. Here are the ten songs that couples specifically tell wedding DJs not to play . . .

  1.  “The Chicken Dance”.
  2.  “The Cha-Cha Slide” by DJ Casper.
  3.  “The Macarena” by Los Del Rio.
  4.  “The Cupid Shuffle” by Cupid.
  5.  “YMCA” by The Village People.
  6.  “The Electric Slide” by Marcia Griffiths.
  7.  “The Hokey Pokey”.
  8.  “Wobble” by V.I.C.
  9.  “Happy” by Pharrell Williams. Maybe because we’ve all heard it 7 BILLION times in the last four years.
  10.  “Shout” by the Isley Brothers.

Here are a few more honorable mentions: “Love Shack” at #11 . . . “Blurred Lines”, “Single Ladies”, and “Sweet Caroline”, which all tied at #13 . . . “Hot in Herre” by Nelly at #22 . . . and “Stayin’ Alive” by The Bee Gees at #24.

(Check out all 48 songs on the list at FiveThirtyEight.com.)