If you’re looking to save money this summer, you need to be strategic about where you shop and how you do it. Thankfully, there’s an optimal time of year to buy nearly everything on your must-have list. From fitness apparel to dishes, here is a breakdown of the best items to stock up on in June.
As mercury rises, chances are you’ll be showing more skin. The good news? June is a great time of year to trade in your old undergarments and upgrade your fitness gear. Here’s where you can get some good deals:
Macy's: From June 1 to 8, take advantage of Macy’s “Buy 1, Get 1 Free” sale on select Jenni Sleepwear. You can also score $50 off every $100 purchase of Heidi by Heidi Klum Intimates.
Kohl's: Select Apt. 9 lingerie items (robes, chemise, pajama sets, etc) are 30 percent off from May 29 to June 3.
Target: You should replace your bras every six to 12 months, so stock up when the price is right. Target is offering 15 to 20 percent off Xhilaration and Gilligan & O’Malley bras during the week of May 29. Prices range from $8-$12.
JCPenney: Bras from Maidenform, Ambrielle, Vanity Fair, Bali and Playtext are "Buy 1 Get 1 for 1 cent” from June 9 to 11.
Macy's: Ideology Activewear (tank tops, tees, shorts and leggings) are 40 percent off and Nike running shorts are on sale for $24.99 from June 1 to June 8.
Gaiam.com: Flash deals mean major savings and on May 31, all full-priced yoga and fitness apparel are 20 percent off.
Dick's Sporting Goods: From June 6 to 11, select men’s and women’s Nike T-shirts, tanks and shorts will be up to 20 percent off.
Pots, pans and dishware
Wedding season is in full swing in June and because of this, many stores discount their pots, pans and dishware this time of year. Even if you’re not tying the knot, this is a great time of year to stock up on cooking essentials.
Macy's: Love to bake? Enameled cast iron casseroles by the Martha Stewart Collection are 50 percent off and dinnerware, serveware and glassware from The Cellar is 40 percent off from June 1 to June 8.
JCPenney: From June 5 to 7, JCPenney is offering 30 to 50 percent off select styles of cookware and dishware. Notable buys include the Cooks 12-piece Stainless Steel cookware set and the 16-piece dinnerware set from Quinto.
William-Sonoma: All William-Sonoma brand cookware is currently 20 percent off, so stock up while supplies last.
Laptops and small electronics
Even though kids are out of school for the summer, you can get a jumpstart on the back-to-school shopping season by buying laptops and small electronics now.
Best Buy: You can save $150 off the Microsoft Surface Book 2-in-1 Touch-Screen Laptop and $100 off the Dell Inspiron 2-in-1 Touch Screen laptop. Plus, select Apple Watch models are up $200 off.
Target: Bose headphones (both the In-Ear SoundSport and SoundLink versions) are $30 off during the week of May 29.
Kmart: Perfect for travel and road trips, select portable DVD players from Sylvania are 20 percent off from May 21 to July 4.
When school’s out, hitting the local theater is a great way to keep kids cool and entertained. Every summer, a handful of theaters offer summer promotions for kids and their adult companions. Here are some great deals for the movie-lover in your life:
Regal: The Summer Movie Express gives kids and adults a chance to see select summer flicks for just a buck. The 10 a.m. movie showings take place every Tuesday and Wednesday.
Cinemark: Adults and kids can view G and PG movies for $1 at Cinemark’s Summer Movie Clubhouse.
Harkins Theaters: Harkins is once again hosting its annual Summer Movie Fun program for kids. Kids and adults can enjoy one PG or G movie a week for 10 weeks at less than $1 per film.
Marcus Theatres: The Marcus Theatres Summer Film Series gives kids and adults a chance to see summer movie favorites for $3. The 10 a.m. showings take place on Sundays, Mondays, and Wednesdays and include discounted prices on snacks and soda as well.
Sun-filled summer days are the perfect time of year to pick up the toolbox and tackle small household projects. Luckily, a variety of tools are on sale right now:
Lowes: From June 15 to 20, the Kobalt 24-Volt Max Lithium Ion ½-in. Brushless Cordless Drill with Soft Case is $149 (originally $179), the Shop-Vac 12-Gallon Tank 6-Peak HP Shop Vacuum is $49 (originally $99), and the Porter Cable 6-Gallon 150-PSI Electric Air Compressor is $99 (originally $169).
Ace Hardware: You can get a Craftsman 19.2 Volt Lithium-Ion Drill/Driver Kit for $99.99 plus a free $30 gift card with purchase. The Craftsman Extreme GRIP 6 Pc. Screwdriver Set is $19.99 (originally $39.99), and the DeWalt 20 Volt Brushless Impact Driver is $199.99. All of these sales run from June 15 to 20.
True Value: All DeWalt 34 piece Socket Sets are 35 percent off and Rayz 2 pack LED flashlights are 40 percent off.
Sears: From June 5 to 11, you can save 50 percent off the Craftsman 230 piece Mechanic’s Tool Set and 70 percent off the Craftsman 42 Piece 1/4 and 3/8-inch Drive Bit and Torx Bit Socket Wrench Set.
Kmart: Starting June 19, select Stanley tools (including a 4-piece pliers set, a 22-piece screwdriver set, and a 38-piece mixed tool bag) are 40 percent off.
June is National Dairy Month. Now in its 14th year, this is the time of year when various brands put their best dairy products on sale. Be on the lookout for great savings on eggs, cheese, milk, butter, yogurt, ice cream, and more at your local grocery store. Check out coupon websites like Coupons.com for additional savings.