What to Buy and What to Skip in June

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This may come as a surprise, but June is a great time to pick up a few essentials for the warmer months.

Swimwear, Father’s Day outings, and fresh produce are among the seasonal items you can snap up at a nice price this month. Here’s what to buy and what to skip in June.

Dad with two childrenWhat to Buy

  • Swimwear. Get ready to hit the beach or pool in style. Believe it or not, retailers typically offer discounted swimsuits just before the weather really heats up. If you would have guessed winter was the best time, you’d also be correct. Victoria’s Secret and other major retailers host semi-annual sales on their swimwear.
  • Gifts for Dad. In the days leading up to Father’s Day, there will deals aplenty at many retailers and restaurants. Restaurant discounts might only be available through gift card purchases, so be sure to research in advance. (Pro tip: To help track sales, you can set alerts at sites like Slickdeals or CamelCamelCamel.
  • In-season produce. Fresh fruits and vegetables are especially abundant in June. You can enjoy great prices and full flavor on in-season produce, like watermelon, berries, and stone fruit. You can also level up your barbecues by grilling fresh corn on the cob, summer squash, and even tomatoes.
  • Tools and paint. The best deals on tools and paint won’t hit stores until November, but you can still pick up a nice deal on these home-improvement essentials in June. Look for sales around Father’s Day to stock up for your DIY summer project needs.

What to Skip

  • Mattresses. If you need a new mattress, you just missed your window—Memorial Day sale events tend to offer the best discounts on mattresses. The good news is, you won’t need to wait much longer for the next best thing. The Labor Day holiday is another great time to score a cozy deal.
  • Brand-name clothing. Some retailers have their semi-annual sales in June, and you can often find bargains on spring apparel as clothes-sellers look to empty their shelves. But if you stick it out until July, you might save a bundle on brand-name clothing, handbags, and shoes from most major department stores, partially due to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.
  • Electronics. School’s out, and so are the deals on laptops and other electronics. Older tech has been cleared out, so you won’t find discounts on last year’s models in June. If you need to upgrade your gear, the back-to-school sales in July and August will be much easier on your wallet.
  • Air conditioners. As it starts heating up outside, demand for air conditioners also increases along with the prices. Your best bet is to shop for ACs from fall to early spring. Getting a jump on shopping will also give you plenty of time to research exactly which type of air conditioning system will work best for you and your space.

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