June is the month of sun-kissed beaches, dripping ice cream cones, backyard BBQs … and spectacular sales.
There’s lots to celebrate this month, but June sales aren’t just for “dads and grads.” If you know what to look for, you can find great deals on all kinds of stuff during the first month of summer. Use this handy list to see what to grab and what to skip this June.
Grab it: Swimwear & lingerie
Thanks to Victoria’s Secret Semi-Annual Sale each June, the first month of summer has always been a great time to stock up on swimwear and lingerie. The boutique has discontinued its swimwear line, but you can still pick up deeply discounted lingerie at the sale and you’ll find great deals on all your swimwear needs at other retailers.
This June, build your entire beach wardrobe without busting your budget!
Skip it: Grills
We know you think there’s no better time to splurge on that high-end grill you’ve been drooling over all spring, but if you hold out on your purchase until August or September, you might be able to buy that grill for half the price!
Big savings are sweeter than any grilled delicacy.
Grab it: Donuts
June 2nd is National Donut Day, and donut joints around the country are inviting you to join in the celebration! You’ll need to spring for a coffee or another small purchase at some chains, but others, like Krispy Kreme, will hand you a baked treat just for walking through their doors on June 2.
Get your donut fix for free!
Skip it: Designer clothing
Love brand-name clothing, purses, and shoes? You’ll be wise to wait another month before giving your wardrobe an overhaul.
Toward the end of July, you’ll be able to nab incredible deals on name brands like Tory Burch, Marc Jacobs and more at Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale or other high-end retailers.
Wait just a bit more and you’ll be rewarded with designer deals!
Grab it: Movie tickets
School’s out and Mom’s nerves are already fraying at the edges – and movie theaters want to help! You’ll find $1 movie tickets in June to help kids beat the heat and offer families a fun, economical outing. Some theaters even offer $5 punchcard passes that are good for 10 movies.
Take advantage of these hot deals and spend a sweltering day at the air-conditioned theater!
Skip it: TVs
Summer is a notoriously bad time to pick up a new TV. You won’t find much in the way of TV deals or sales this month, and you’ll be stuck paying full price – or more – on any purchase. It’s best to wait until next season when TV prices start dropping.
Full screen at full price? No way!
Grab it: Outdoor gear
In a shift from the typical sale pattern, you can pick up outdoor gear for a great price just when you most need it! June is a great time to stock up on fishing, hiking and camping gear and supplies.
Get your gear today and start planning your ultimate summer getaway!
Skip it: School supplies
You might want to get that back-to-school chore out of the way almost as soon as school’s out, but you’re better off waiting another month or two before stocking up on pencils and paper. Back-to-school sales start rolling out in July and don’t pick up speed until mid-August.
Don’t stock up on school supplies until summer’s half over.
Grab it: Gym memberships
With the beautiful weather and longer daylight hours making outdoor exercise more pleasant, summertime can get dry for gyms. Cash in on this drop in business by snagging a great deal on a gym membership this June. Gyms will be eager to offer you a discounted rate, especially if you shop around first and quote the prices that competing fitness centers are offering. If you’re not ready to sign up for a full year, you might be able to land a free trial day or two, a heavily discounted week’s membership or a complimentary class.
You’ll also find exercise equipment and activewear on sale in June. No more excuses for not getting into shape!
Skip it: Laptops
If you’re in the market for a new laptop, it’s best to wait until the back-to-school sales start in July and August. Laptops will be marked down then, along with all the school supplies your child needs before September.
Grab it: Kitchenware
June marks the start of wedding season! You’ll find the most popular wedding gifts on sale this month, namely dishware and cookware. Take advantage of these sales to buy wedding gifts for anyone you know who’s getting married this summer, replace old dishes or stock up on pots, pans and glassware.
June is a great time to save! Now that you know what’s worth buying this month – and what’s not – you can hit the shops and take your dollar as far as it can go. Happy shopping!
Director of Member Development, Everyday Finance Contributor