What's Cheap to Buy in July?

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By Raechel Conover

In case you're wondering, there are simple answers to what goods are worth buying in July. The Independence Day holiday is a turning point and once past, retailers start setting their sights on fall, which makes July a good month to snatch up deals on mattresses, paint, jewelry, grills and more. July is also National Ice Cream Month and National Hot Dog Month, as well as the height of the summer fruit and vegetable season. If you want to be really frugal and enjoy fresh produce for months to come, stock up now and freeze for later.

Furniture and Mattresses. Come August, the second semi-annual wave of new furniture models will hit stores. To make room on the showroom floor, furniture retailers must rid themselves of current inventory. Look for big discounts on furniture this month. As far as mattresses go, the July 4 holiday, like Memorial Day and Labor Day, is a fine time to take home a cheap mattress.

Computers. New computer models come out in June, meaning July will see a plethora of discounts if you don't mind buying last year's model. July also falls right before the big back-to-school shopping season, so if you wait until later in the month you could score big when it comes to savings on a computer.

Jewelry. The December and February holidays are half a year away and jewelers are experiencing the summer doldrums. Eager to draw in buyers, they're dropping prices and running sales. Remember, what you buy in July makes a welcome gift in any month and that includes presenting a Valentine's Day diamond.

Tools and Paint. Like the weather, tool deals heat up come July. With Father's Day over and done, retailers such as Lowe's and Home Depot are offering up tool sets, large tools and accessories for less. This is good news because the weather is right for completing some of those outdoor projects on your list. But who wants to paint in the heat of summer? Not many people, so home improvement stores regularly entice consumers to buy paint in July with hefty discounts. Even if you don't want to take on this chore now, take advantage of the specials and put the paint in storage for a while.

Summer Gear. While the best sales on swimwear, sandals and summer apparel will blossom in August and September, you'll start seeing low-price offers as retailers make way for back-to-school clothing.

Grills. Once the July 4 holiday has passed, retailers no longer want to hold cheap grills in their inventory and deals will pop up in anticipation of the fall onslaught of goods.

Outdoor Furniture and Yard Decor. Along with grills, outdoor furniture and decorative yard items will start displaying discount prices after July 4. Still, for the best deals, wait until later in the summer and on into fall. September and October typically see the best outdoor furniture and yard decor prices.

Sunglasses. Sunglasses are hot, hot, hot right now and therefore priced at their peak. The best deals on sunglasses don't typically appear until the off season, starting in September and extending into December.

Foods in Season. This month is the middle of the prime growing season for many fruits and vegetables. Fresh fruits to buy in July include blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, cantaloupe, watermelon, peaches, apricots, plums and kiwi. Vegetables that ripen this month and sell for dirt cheap prices are corn, green beans, cucumbers, tomatoes, summer squash and lettuce.

National Food Holidays. July is National Ice Cream Month as well as National Hot Dog Month. Scoop up sweet ice cream coupons and deals to use at the grocery store. While the entire month is focused on the frozen creamy treat, you may score a bigger deal on July 18, National Ice Cream Day, from local ice cream shops and chains such as Baskin-Robbins, Graeter's, Cold Stone Creamery, Marble Slab Creamery and Maggie Moo's Ice Cream and Treatery. You might even come across deals for an in-home ice cream maker. Meanwhile, look for coupons and discounts on hot dogs leading up to National Hot Dog Day on July 23. And check Sonic, 7-Eleven and QuikTrip, which have all offered free or discounted franks in the past.
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