Best and worst things to buy in August

(MoneyWatch) Back-to-school shopping season launches this month with sales on everything from swimwear to barbecue gear.  But there are also a handful of things you'd be crazy to buy in August, because they're sure to go on sale later in the year, according to bargain-hunting website DealNews. Here's a breakdown of the best and worst things to buy in August. Best buys Clothing: There are a dozen reasons to frequent retail stores in August, from end-of-the-season sales on hot-weather clothing to back-to-school sales and tax-holidays. For instance, Victoria's Secret is offering discounts of 25-50 percent on swimwear until August 7. J. Crew also has a sale on men's clothing and swimming apparel, according to Teen Vogue has designated August 11 as "Back to School Saturday," providing coupon codes to use that day (and sometimes longer) that offer discounts of as much as 50 percent. Gap is providing a 30 percent discount on both online and in-store purchases, while H&M, Kohls, and Guess are all offering 20 percent off and Quicksilver is giving a 25 percent discount. Express stores are offering $15 off a $30 purchase. (Check out Teen Vogue's BTSS page for details.) It's also worth noting that 17 states, including New York, Virginia, and Florida, offer sales tax holidays, most of which occur in early August, according to CCH, a publisher of tax research. The tax holidays can get complex because each state has slightly different rules about what products are exempted from tax and when, but most include clothing and computers in their tax holidays, allowing shoppers to save anywhere from 3-8 percent at checkout. (Here's a state-by-state listing of what qualifies for tax exemptions.) School supplies and dorm furniture: August is also a big month for sales on school supplies, from backpacks to composition notebooks. Need to outfit your dorm? Target (TGT) and PBTeen have promotions on everything from Continue Reading

Jarvis Landry on the trade block. Here’s why and what’s next:

The Miami Dolphins are trading receiver Jarvis Landry and there are good reasons for that and significant hurdles to clear before that happens, writes Armando Salguero. AL DIAZ [email protected] The Miami Dolphins are trading receiver Jarvis Landry and there are good reasons for that and significant hurdles to clear before that happens, writes Armando Salguero. AL DIAZ [email protected] Dolphins In Depth Armando Salguero brings you the latest about the Miami Dolphins Armando Salguero Jarvis Landry on the trade block. Here’s why and what’s next: By Armando Salguero [email protected] LinkedIn Google+ Pinterest Reddit Print Order Reprint of this Story March 02, 2018 12:23 PM The Miami Dolphins will be well into the process of contacting teams with which they would be willing to trade Jarvis Landry within the next week or so. The agent for Miami’s top receiver will be into that process in the next few days, as well. So what’s next? And why is this happening? Those are the top two questions asked for weeks as I’ve reported the Dolphins have significant concerns about Landry, as I’ve reported using the franchise tag only made sense if the Dolphins were planning to trade Landry, and finally as I reported earlier this week that the Dolphins indeed wanted to trade Landry. Never miss a local story. Sign up today for a free 30 day free trial of unlimited digital access. SUBSCRIBE NOW (Yeah, that’s a lot of Landry coverage, but so it goes when the Dolphins want to move on from their most productive offensive player of the past four seasons.) So what’s next? The Dolphins told Landry’s agent that if no acceptable trade can be found, they are perfectly willing to bring the player back at the $16.22 million franchise tag cost. There will be no long-term deal. There will be no future for Landry in Miami beyond that, folks. And, even if Landry is not Continue Reading

BOGO pizza, free RTD rides and other deals around Denver, Dec. 30-Jan. 5

Sunday sundae Celebrate New Year’s Eve on a sweet note, with this promo from Baskin-Robbins. The ice cream shop ends its year-long “Celebrate 31” promo on Dec. 31. Choose a single scoop of your choice of any ice cream flavor (in a cup or cone) for $1.50. The offer is good on the flavor-of-the-month, York Peppermint Pattie, as well. The deal continues in 2018 on the 31st of the every month, so mark your calendar for January, March, May, July, August, October and December. Fare deal RTD helps riders ring in the New Year with a special gift. Its bus and light rail service are complimentary from 7 p.m. on Dec. 31 until 7 a.m. on New Year’s Day. Both services will run on the Sunday/holiday schedule for the two days. That means you can leave your car at home, avoid any slick driving conditions and parking hassles, and even sip an extra glass of bubbly. If you are headed to downtown Denver, make note of some special scheduling because of the fireworks displays. From 8 p.m. to 1 a.m., the Free MallRide service on the 16th Street Mall will be limited and there will be no service on the D, F, and H light rail lines between the Theatre District/Convention Center and 18th & California/Stout stations. Lots of pizzazz Everyone loves pizza, even moreso when there’s a big slice of savings. There are so many deals it’s often difficult to know what’s truly a deal. However, free is always best. Through Jan. 28, Papa John’s is serving up a crowd-pleasing offer — get a free pizza when you buy a pizza at regular menu price. The offer is valid on any specialty pizza, as well as any size or toppings. No promo code or coupon necessary — just order online (under “Specials”). Maximize the offer by joining its loyalty program Papa Rewards to earn points toward more free food. Weight gain Gain a few extra bucks by losing a few extra pounds. Kaiser Permanente’s Continue Reading

These are the best Cyber Weekend and Cyber Monday deals right now

— Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY’s newsroom and any business incentives.  UPDATE: This article is no longer being updated. Jump to  the ultimate list of all the best Cyber Monday deals  now. Last updated: November 26 at 10 p.m. EST.Cyber Weekend 2017 is upon us, and the deals are going strong. We are firm believers that there is no such thing as a good deal on a bad product, so our editors and product experts have been scouring the web for over a month to find all the offers and discounts that are actually worth your time and money!Check out all the best deals on everything from TVs and laptops to cookware and home appliances to toys and games and everything in between: Amazon Best Buy Dell Target Walmart Amazon Dell Links may send you to a list of all Dell laptop sales instead of the specific laptop. If this happens, just do a search for the model name in the search bar at the top of Dell’s page.​ Microsoft Walmart Newegg Amazon B&H Photo eBay Amazon B&H Photo Best Buy eBay JBL Massdrop Puro Sound Labs Razer Sonos Anova All-Clad Amazon eBay Massdrop Amazon ​ eBay iRobot Target Amazon ​ Best Buy Washer and Dryer Deals Refrigerator Deals Dishwasher Deals Range and Oven Deals Amazon BirchboxBobbi Brown25% off sitewide and free shipping through November 25. This $27 under-eye corrector ($21.27 with the discount) erases dark circles and creates a smooth canvas for foundation or concealer.Clarisonic30% off on all devices and gift sets through November 27. Give the well-loved Mia 2 facial cleaning brush a spin ($109.70 with the discount, a $51 Continue Reading

Readers sound off on Bob Levinson, homelessness and Gary Johnson

An American still captive in Iran Manhattan: At the United Nations General Assembly this week, U.S. diplomats have an opportunity to press Iran again to aid in the search for and return of Bob Levinson, the longest-held American civilian in our nation’s history. He was detained in Iran over nine and a half years ago, and every day since has been an agonizing struggle for Bob’s family. A former FBI agent who served his country for 30 years, Bob is a husband, father of seven and now a grandfather of six, who should be reunited with his family immediately. The Iranian government has yet to provide any meaningful information despite repeated promises and has accepted less and less responsibility for his return. In 2007, days after his capture, Iranian state-run media spoke of Levinson’s arrest and reported that he would be shortly released. But seven years later, in 2014, Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif told CNN that “there was no evidence to prove that (Levinson) was ever in Iran.” Whether or not the current Iranian regime is responsible for his detention, it's in the best position to help find him and should be compelled to follow through on its many promises to do so. As Bob and his family’s representatives in Congress, we urge our representatives at the UN General Assembly to press Iran to finally cooperate in locating one of our citizens, who has been held against his will for nearly a decade. Sen. Chuck Schumer, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.), Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) Better angels, step up Bronx: The Daily News proposes letting “voluntary homeless” know they will not be first in line for vouchers or NYCHA housing (“Bill’s homeless homeless,” editorial, Sept. 22). What does that mean? People don’t want to lack permanent housing. Protesting citizens need to see that events in the past few decades have taught us you can Continue Reading

Black Friday shopping deals! NY Daily News guide has coupon codes and sales info for all the hottest holiday brands

The early bird gets the purse, and the savviest shoppers save big bucks. Whether you’re getting a jump-start on holiday presents or just treating yourself to a few must-haves, the secret to successful Black Friday buying is knowing what you want. Study our guide, chart your course and plot your purchases.   Scoop NYC 430 W. 14th St., (212) 929-1244 Take 25% off in-store purchases on Friday and 25% of online purchases on Monday Take 30% off regular-price items and an additional 20% off of sale items, excluding swimwear, Sunday and Monday only. Colleen wrap dress (see above), $350; Cyber Monday price, $182. H&M Street locations open at midnight; mall locations vary. Shop sweaters and dresses from $5; pants and kids jackets are $10, and outerwear is $15. Visit for store locations and hours. Cynthia Vincent 253 Elizabeth St., (646) 707-3830 From Wednesday through Monday, take 20% off full-price purchases and an extra 20% off sale merchandise. Enter code “THANKS” at for free shipping. Liebeskind Berlin 276 Lafayette St., (212) 993-7894 Shop between 8 and 10 a.m. and score 60% off select styles. “Madrid” bag (see above), $375; Black Friday price, $150 Thursday through Monday, enjoy free shipping, $10 off for all new customers when you sign up for the newsletter plus 75% off their Zodiac collection. Zodiac thong (shown above), $28 each. Black Friday price $5.70. Cynthia Rowley 376 Bleecker St. 212-242-3803. On Friday, select dresses are 40% off.  Blue button sleeve dress (shown above) $385. Black Friday price: $149.  Rebecca Taylor, 260 Mott St., (212) 966-0406, Fall merchandise is 30%-60% off and all accessories are 60% off. Shopping with Mom? It’s your lucky day. All mother- daughter duos get one of Taylor’s supersoft Continue Reading

How aggressive lawyers, costly lawsuits and runaway medical bills make Detroit car insurance unaffordable

It seemed about as minor as auto accidents can get.A car moving less than 5 m.p.h. bumped into a U-Haul van on a Detroit street. The driver of the car didn't even bother to stop. And none of the three men in the truck initially voiced any complaints of injury, according to deposition testimony.One filed a police report to show U-Haul, and within days, callers claiming to be lawyers contacted all three urging doctor visits and legal claims.The U-Haul’s driver said he wasn’t hurt and hung up. A passenger also hung up on his caller, even after he was offered $600-$800 to see the caller's doctor and file a claim.But the second passenger got connected with a Southfield-based law firm and sued U-Haul’s insurance company, claiming more than $25,000 in medical expenses under Michigan's no-fault auto insurance system. Those charges included $9,900 for MRIs and $3,200 for a transportation company to shuttle him to appointments.A Wayne County judge dismissed the case last year, after the man didn't show up for independent medical examinations of his alleged injuries.But the lawsuit — and thousands like it filed each year in Wayne County Circuit Court, involving over tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills and in-home benefits — helps explain why Detroit drivers face the highest average auto insurance rates in the country, often more than $3,000 a year for a single vehicle.Overall, Michigan residents pay the third-highest car insurance rates nationwide, according to the latest figures released by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.While carjackings, vehicle thefts, and even racist "redlining" are commonly discussed reasons for the high rates in Detroit, a Free Press investigation finds that runaway medical bills, disability benefits payouts and lawsuits under Michigan’s one-of-a-kind, no-fault insurance system Continue Reading

Airbnb users’ good and bad experiences

When I wrote about my first stay at an Airbnb in May, I asked readers to share their Airbnb experiences.The fast-growing vacation-rental company, which rents out rooms, apartments, condos, houses and other spaces, pitches its lodging as more welcoming and personalized than a hotel and a great way to feel like a local. I enjoyed my one-bedroom rental in the Pacific Beach section of San Diego and had few problems except with an extremely tight parking spot. The price ($885 for a week in late April) was significantly cheaper than hotels in the area.Here's a sampling of comments from other travelers who have tried Airbnb. Comments are edited and trimmed for space. Terry and Eldon D., Scottsdale:My first experience, in a Long Beach, Calif., high-rise, was good. The hotels that were recommended were all over $200 a night and just didn't fit the budget. After searching the Airbnb site a few times this condo came up that was just a couple blocks from the convention center, the ocean and restaurants. I wouldn't need a car. My host accepted me as a three-day guest. His condo association doesn't like short-term rentals so I became a family friend if anyone asked. He met me at the front door, showed me all around the complex and gave me the keys. I wasn't sure if he would be using the other bedroom, which made me uneasy, but as it turned out, he went to Vegas for the weekend to work there. He also gave me advice on using Uber for the first time from the airport and Lyft to get back. I got the first-time user discount both ways, which saved me a bundle, but that's another story. The condo was clean and the linens were excellent. The location, perfect. RELATED: San Diego considers limits on vacation-home rentalsThe second experience, also in Long Beach, was not the same. We found a bungalow near the beach with off-street parking. These amenities, we found out, were the best part of our choice. It looked cute from the outside and it had a secure entry. We arrived late on a Continue Reading

Coolest new online shopping sites, plus great holiday features at some old favorites

It’s tough to keep up with the latest sites and features, so the folks at ShopSmart magazine do it for you. These sites are some of the coolest they've seen lately. Some are new, and some are just new to us. BEST FOR: BUYING BASICS Keep your home fully stocked with all the important household staples, like detergent and toilet paper, without having to haul them home from the supermarket. At Alice, which shares its name with the beloved housekeeper on “The Brady Bunch,” you can buy directly from manufacturers for less. Discounts can be particularly steep if you use clickable coupons. The site makes it fun to update your shopping list and reminds you when it’s time to reorder. Shipping is free when you buy at least six items. BEST FOR: LOADS OF COUPONS This newly redesigned site has coupons and promotional codes from about 7,000 retailers, including some exclusives, such as $40 off a year of eHarmony. It’s well organized, with categories including most-used coupons, exclusive deals, free shipping, about-to-expire offers, and more. Also check out its new sister site, BEST FOR: CREATING A LOOK Covet acts like a virtual personal shopper, helping you find your style based on your responses to a series of fashion photos. Choose the outfit that’s closest to your style, and the virtual stylist will help you find clothes that are in that style, in your size and on sale. BEST FOR: LOCATING OBSCURE STUFF Ask a shopping question and get an answer from a real, live human. Recent example: “Where can I find vintage eyeglass frames?” Works on Twitter, too, at @imshopping. Just be aware that it’s not a live chat; the site forwards your question to an expert in that particular shopping category, who does some digging, then gets back to you, usually within a few hours. Continue Reading

Stay in New York and be a tourist in your hometown this summer: hotels, dining, music, sports & more

With spending cash in shorter supply than Gov. Paterson supporters, many New Yorkers will vacation close to home as the weather heats up. And there’s no better time than now to be a tourist in your own town. The city’s taking full advantage of the staycation mentality — there are great deals on local attractions from hotels to nightlife and museums. (For more info, visit HOTELS THE W NEW YORK in midtown (541 Lexington Ave.) was recently renovated, and to celebrate they’re offering great deals Thursday to Sunday on rooms from May though July. Special rates with a free upgrade to a “Wonderful Room” range from $179-$199 a night., 1-877-822-0000. Steeped in historic significance, THE ALGONQUIN HOTEL (59 W. 44th St.) is a convenient and beloved New York City landmark. The hotel is now offering 20% off its best available room rates for Sunday stays. Plus, when you buy one drink at either of the two bars at the hotel, you get the second drink for half price., (212) 840-6800. THE AFFINIA GARDENS (215 E. 64th St.), a posh upper East Side hotel, normally charges $359 a night for a spacious junior suite, but if you book a room by May 8 for a stay anytime between May 24 and July 11, rates fall to $199 a night., (212) 355-1230. Treat yourself to first-class comfort in a setting high above the hustle and bustle of midtown. Starting in May, the luxurious PARK CENTRAL NEW YORK HOTEL (870 Seventh Ave.) is offering summer special rates ranging from $159 to $179 a night., (212) 247-8000. Escape the midtown madness by heading south to the SOHOTEL (341 Broome St., at the Bowery), the oldest hotel in New York City. Deluxe rooms are $189 a night, but if you’re planning to stay a while, the Sohotel throws in a great deal: Stay three nights from May 3 to July 30 and get half off one night. Stay four nights during the same Continue Reading