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To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven. – Ecclesiastes 3:1
You don’t need to be a Bible student to know that when it comes to shopping, seasonality is a big factor in the art of saving money and finding the very best deals. 4th of July sales are the perfect example of that situation and offer some of the best opportunities if you know what to look for and you have a real need! You already know that buying only based on your wants isn’t always a good move and buying a “bargain” that you might never actually use is downright foolish!
But, if your Independence Day plans include hitting up the malls or shopping online, get ready for what can be some of the best sales and celebrations of the year. Smartening up on what to buy (and not to buy) during the July and the summer sales and clearances will make the summer more fun and the outdoor party season much more enjoyable for you and your family!
The 4th of July and Summer Savings
July promises to offer a whole month’s worth of savings. Whether you’re redecorating your home or looking for cheap summer entertainment, there are a number of items and categories that go on sale this month, just when the weather makes them really timely. “Hot savings” for the hottest times of the year!
Although I usually advise against buying any clothes that are in-season, July tends to be an exception and one of the best months for an item like swimwear. You can expect discounts to range from 25% to 80% off regular and original prices with store prices ranging from as low as $5 for children’s swimwear and $10 for men’s and women’s swimwear. The prices eventually will drop even lower, but that won’t be until Labor Day and by that time the selections will be awful and the weather may not be co-operating. So it makes sense to get a new suit starting “now”. The tradition of July “swimsuit sales” has been around forever and it works very well.
Brand new furniture hits the showroom floors just a few times a year, and during the summer that time is the month of August. That means July is the month retailers are rushing to move older stock out the door so they can bring in the new stock. In fact, you can expect to save 20% to 50% when purchasing furniture during July. Outdoor furniture is even more heavily discounted because there is practically no demand once fall arrives and retailers have no place or desire to store any of it until next spring.
Not only is July 8 National Video Games Day, but you can find many discounted video games throughout the whole month of July—if you know where to look. The annual Steam Summer Sale begins in late June, but continues into July, allowing you to score big name titles at big discounts, as much as 80% off.
Oh, and don’t forget to check out used games either. Many new games are released in the fall and winter, just in time for the holidays. Then, early shoppers buy them new, play them for a few months, get bored with them, and sell them to used game stores who sell them on the cheap. That means this month is your chance to get like-new games for great low prices.
If you’re an Amazon Prime member, Amazon again is featuring Amazon Prime Day 2018. This year it’s on July 16th and runs for a total of 36 hours of savings and typically includes more than 100,000 deals.
This will be Amazon’s fourth annual Prime Day exclusively for Amazon Prime members. Last year, the sales rivaled that of its Black Friday deals, and they promised to make it even bigger this time around. New deals will be popping up every five minutes on the site so if you’re already a Prime member, you’re bound to score some great discounts.
Hot, humid summer months aren’t typically conducive to house painting, so of course that’s when we frequently see paint prices drop and July is that time of the year! We’ve previously seen “buy one, get one free” sales on select paints at Lowe’s, Home Depot, and many participating stores like Sherwin-Williams who has knocked 40% off select collections in July.
The “Christmas in July” Sales?
Christmas is likely the furthest thing from your mind as you shop sandals and sunblock and swimsuits, but for many stores Christmas in July sales mark the halfway point to the festivities. Home items generally see the best discounts in these sales: you can expect to shop Christmas décor at Home Depot, Lowes, and even online like at QVC for as much as 75% off.
Last-Minute Travel Deals
Feeling spontaneous? You can make use of some top-value travel deals for the 4th of July holiday weekend. Hotels.com knocks an extra 10% off hotel stays in the first few days of July, while Groupon discounted thousands of their travel deals.
In places like New York City, prices on hotel rooms will hit their lowest of the year in July. Despite the infamously high rates, prices are around $50 cheaper per night in July than they are in August. Recommended are also trips to Memphis and Tucson, as hotel stays there will hit year-low prices in July—assuming you can stand the heat.
Not only are in-season fruit and vegetables tastier, but you’ll also stand to save around 50% compared to when these items reach their out-of-season price heights. In July, you can shop for cheaper avocados, cherries, blackberries, corn, greens, kale, and mango and of course the summer heavyweight treat…watermelons! Sweet and tasty ways to save!
Worst Things to Buy in July
Although swimwear is “the” discounted clothing winner in July, it’s probably best to wait to buy other summer apparel until later in the season. July is also time to start thinking about when you should—or shouldn’t—buy the kids their new school supplies. You are going to be seeing them long before the first day of school and some prices will drop like a rock as we get into September, so it may pay to wait as long as you can. Here are some details about some of the things to avoid purchasing in July.
Summer Clothes and Sunglasses
Summer apparel will be heavily discounted during July 4th sales, however, it is worth your while to wait until August or even September for these items. On sunglasses, the discounts get even better. Near the end of summer is when retail stores clear out the majority of their seasonal gear, so you’ll find the biggest discounts on everything from tee shirts to sandals. Waiting until August allows you to gear up for next year without overspending.
Doesn’t it seem like school just got out a few days ago? Oh, wait, it actually did, didn’t it! Summer might not be the time to be thinking about school, but you have to prepare the kids for next year before you know it. Waiting until August to do your back-to-school shopping will save you the most money. Although it might seem like you’re cutting it close, if you can wait until a week before school begins, you’ll actually find the very best deals.
Grills and Accessories
July is not the best time to buy a grill. There will be some deals over the July 4th holiday, but these prices will drop further in August and September. That’s when you can find discounts for up to 50% off your favorite name-brand grills. If you can, make do with your current grill and upgrade for next year at the end of the season. It can literally save you hundreds of dollars when you do it. If you can’t wait, however, some 4th of July deals can still be good, allowing you to still use the grill through the remainder of the summer. You just won’t get the best discounts in July.
July isn’t the worst time to browse laptops. You can get deals at Dell and Lenovo, but if you can hold out until August, you’ll see better quality deals on offer as stores drop prices for the Back-to-School season. Last year laptop deals in August topped all the deals in July!
Whether you’re taking advantage of some great July 4th sales or prepping the kids for school, don’t forget to watch and avoid the high prices that the stores can make seem like real bargains. We all know that big displays, big ads, and big pressures are used to get you to part with your hard-earned money. Brainwashing the kids with ads doesn’t help either. Stick to buying items when they’re the cheapest to make your summer worth it.
Does summer shopping seem like fun and bargain time for you? Or, does it mean that you will be spending way too much time trying to prepare for fall and back-to-school time and that might just hinder the summer fun? Do you have a few things that you really need on your list or are you going to cave into buying “bargains” that you might never use? What can you do to better take advantage of all of the “deals” out there?