Knowing what to buy in June helps leverage your buying power and maximize your budget. Pay attention, also, to things you should hold off purchasing — a little patience can pay off with significant savings!
What to Buy in June
It’s one thing to know what you want to buy, and an entirely different thing to know the best time to buy it. Timing your purchases on food, household items, clothing, and electronics can make a huge difference in the price you’ll pay at the register.
This month, savings aren’t limited to the grocery store aisles. Thanks to stores competing for the already-tight finances of new college grads and June brides, you’ll find sales on household goods, electronics and more. Here are the top categories of deals:
- Seasonal produce (varies by region) Cabbage, collard greens, Swiss chard, carrots, broccoli, endive, cauliflower, potatoes, peas, turnips, summer squash, lettuce, asparagus (end of the season).
- National Dairy Month Ice creams, cheese, eggs, butter, yogurt, whipping cream, milk and cream cheese.
- BBQ season/Pre-4th of July Hamburgers and hot dogs, BBQ sauce, condiments, charcoal, paper plates and napkins, plastic cutlery, salad dressing, chips, dips, and buns.
- Don’t forget to print your coupons and stack them on top of the sales. (Printable coupons are limited in quantity, so get yours early!)
- Movie theaters are the perfect place to spend a brutally hot summer afternoon. Right now, theaters across the country are offering fantastic entertainment packages for kids’ movies. Check your local theater for great deals.
- Clearance sales – Clothing stores want to move their spring and summer merchandise now to make room for the back-to-school sales that start almost as soon as summer vacation. Look for children’s clothes and shoes. Also, Victoria’s Secret runs its semi-annual sale this month.
- Swimwear – Shopping for the perfect swimsuit takes time, so many shoppers picked theirs out already. With demand going down, prices are, too.
- TVs, stereos, etc. – The Japanese fiscal year ended in March, which means they’re releasing new models now. To clear old inventory, stores are steeply discounting last year’s models. So buy Dad an awesome HDTV for Father’s Day!
Used or Refurbished Items
- Used instruments – Now’s the time when parents who’d bought Little Timmy a trumpet to play in the school band last year have finally admitted that he’s never going to be as good as Louis Armstrong. They’re unloading instruments on places like eBay to finance vacations so they can rest their ears.
- Used or refurbished cell phones, smartphones, and iGadgets – Grads are offloading their used gadgets. Also, stores are trying to clear out last year’s models to make room for new ones that won’t be much better, just shinier.
- Just about everything is steeply marked down now as June brides put the finishing touches on their registries and new college grads start kitting out their first Grown Up Apartment. Look for the best deals in dishware, cutlery, baking tools and small appliances.
Do NOT Buy These Yet
- Tools – Wait a bit longer before purchasing tools. Stores do offer sales on them for Father’s Day, but the real deals come right around the time football season starts. (Supply and demand, people!)
- Grills – Even though it’s been blistering hot in many places for a few weeks now, summer is just getting underway. That means the grilling season is just starting, so high demand for new grills is keeping their prices up, too. Don’t be suckered by a fake sale — hold off until August if you can.
- Designer clothing – New styles aren’t ready to ship yet, so stores aren’t eager to clear space for them. Wait until July for the best deals.
- Resort vacations: Sure, you might find a pair last-minute tickets, but if you’re trying to plan a family vacation, January is the time to get discounts. 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. (Here’s how to keep your cool for less in the meantime.) 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.