Knowing what to buy in June helps save money by leveraging your purchasing dollars.
Since manufacturers and retailers typically follow predictable sales cycles, timing your purchases can lead to big savings on everything from groceries to electronics and household goods. Check out the guide below to know what you should (and shouldn’t) buy this month.
What To Buy In June
June is National Dairy Month so this month you’ll see markdowns on eggs, milk, ice cream, cream cheese and other cheeses, butter, yogurt, cream, whipped cream, and Cool Whip.
How to stockpile:
- Egg whites: Separate the yolk and use it within two days to make Hollandaise, homemade mayonnaise, or aioli. Put two egg whites into each section of an ice cube tray and freeze them, then pop the frozen cubes into a freezer container for use in baking. (Thaw first.)
- Milk: Pour 1 inch of milk out of the container to allow room for expansion, then freeze. Thaw and shake well before use.
- Ice cream: Freeze unopened. After opening, insert a piece of wax paper beneath the lid to prevent ice crystal formation.
- Cream cheese: Does not freeze well.
- Block cheese: This doesn’t slice well after freezing, but shredding it before freezing works great for casseroles, nachos, and pizza topping.
- Butter: Freeze as-is.
- Yogurt: Freeze in unopened containers. Once opened, transfer yogurt to ice cube trays and freeze for smoothies.
- Cream: Transfer into a freezer container while leaving 1 inch of headspace. Tightly seal the container and put it in a resealable plastic bag before freezing.
- Whipping cream: Beat with some sugar into stiff peaks then freeze dollops on cookie sheets. Transfer to a freezer container for use in coffee or as a frozen treat.
- Cool Whip: Freeze until ready to use.
With graduation out of the way, cash-strapped grads and newlyweds are now looking to set up their first homes. Makers of household goods know this and seek to establish lifelong brand loyalty by marking down many items for the home in June. Among the deals: small kitchen appliances, cookware, dishware, kitchen accessories, and vacuum cleaners.
Even though gardening season has just begun in many parts of the country, stores are already focusing on making room for autumn merchandise. That means gardening gear and garden-related tools are on sale, along with many plants. (Read this before you go to the garden center to save even more money!)
Now that the school year is over, frustrated parents are selling off the instruments their kids begged to play in band class then never bothered to practice. Score great deals on eBay, Craigs List, and classified ads — or ask your local music store if they know anyone looking to sell.
The Japanese fiscal year ended in March so manufacturers there are pushing out new models. This means stores elsewhere in the world must make room, and to do so they offer steep discounts on last year’s stock. If you’re not someone who has to have the latest and greatest you can score up to 50% off electronics.
Lingerie and undergarments
It’s wedding season, and that means it’s honeymoon season, too. Newlyweds — and the rest of us — can stock up on great deals in lingerie, sleepwear, and undergarments. Since bras should be replaced every 9-12 months, and most panties lose their elasticity in that time frame, June is a great time to replace them all.
What NOT To Buy In June
Just as you can save money by buying things when they’re on sale, you can also cost yourself quite a bit of money by falling for things that look like sales but aren’t. Here are the things not to buy in June.
Power tools: Although stores are advertising sales on power tools for Father’s Day, you’ll get even better deals if you wait until the week after.
Grills: With daylight starting to last longer, people are firing up their grills or shopping for new ones. Stores know this, and that’s why you won’t find good deals on grills or grilling accessories until August.
Vacation resorts: Sure, you might find a pair of last minute tickets, but if you’re trying to plan a family vacation you should’ve been doing that in January. In June, the demand for rooms at resorts or tickets to theme parks is at its peak, and that means you’ll wind up paying a premium.
Air conditioners and fans: With summer’s heat approaching, there’s always a higher demand in June for replacement units. That means prices will soar along with the temperatures. If you can, wait until September to buy your new air conditioning unit and December to buy new fans — you’ll score cool savings then.
Note: This entry is updated and republished annually to reflect the latest sales and discount trends.