What to buy (and not buy) in July
While you missed some of the Fourth of July sales, fear not: July brings with it the promise of several deals.
We’re here to help point you to some of the best deals for the month – and to steer you clear of items it might be best to wait on. Here are the best things to buy and not buy in July.
Summer clothes & accessories:
DO: While the weather’s about at its peak of heat, many stores are already figuring most people have picked up their bathing suits, sandals and summer clothes for the season. We found great deals on leather sandals and board shorts for our older teens at Kohl’s. Prices looked pretty good for most summer clothing for the family, in fact.
DON’T: At the pricier stores, hold out just a few more weeks if you have your eye on shorts, sundresses and other summer clothing. Sure, you may only get a couple of months of wear out of them, but you can stock up for next year. In other words, wait until they’re desperate to get rid of their stock at the tail end of summer.
Outdoor home improvement:
DO: Consumer reports suggests taking advantage of this month to tackle some outdoor improvements, and even interior paint jobs. Sales this time of year will make that a good bet. Look to Lowe’s or Home Depot for savings on paints, stains, and gardening tools this month.
DON’T: Hold off on buying that piece de resistance for the backyard. That gas grill is much more likely to be deeply discounted in August.
School and office prep:
DO: Sales will be incredible on back-to-school merchandise in July, especially toward the end of the month. Those sales will continue through August, but we suggest you try to be “first in line” for this annual buying frenzy. Remember to stock up the home office with tape, sticky notes and more while you’re snatching up the bargains for the kids. Our go-to spots include Walmart, Target, Office Depot, Office Max and Walgreens.
DON’T: Wait until August for the big shopping trip. You might be in luck still at the start of the month, but the longer you put it off, the more stress you’ll endure.
DO: Because stores are making room for new products after the annual furniture shows, you’ll be in luck if you’re shopping for anything for the home. If you’ve been putting it off, it’s time to find a dream sofa or a coffee table. Better yet, stores are starting to clear out their stock of outdoor furniture, so you’ll likely find some try deals there, as well. We think Macy’s is a good place to go to replace worn out indoor furniture. We’re partial to Lowe’s for outdoor pieces.