What to Buy in June
If you're thinking about what to buy in June, take comfort in knowing that the warm weather, wedding season and hurricane season all bring discounts this month. You'll find sales on things like gym memberships as well as continuing specials on some items that were worth buying in May. Early summer also begins the prime fruit and vegetable season, with affordable prices on grill-worthy corn on the cob.
Tropical Vacation. June signals the onset of hurricane season and sweltering temperatures in the Caribbean. If you're willing to take your chances with the weather, this is the perfect time to scoop up deals on cruises and tropical vacation packages. And given the various cruise catastrophes in recent years, cruise companies are trying extra hard to get you back on board with even lower prices. Check out our cheap cruises guide for a fun June getaway.
Gym Membership. As the temperatures climb and people move their workouts from inside to outside, June sales will surface at gyms and health clubs that are running hard to sign up new members. If you enjoy haggling you should be able to negotiate a larger than normal discount on a gym membership.
Lingerie. Victoria's Secret's famed semi-annual sale kicks off this month, making June the moment to score cheap lingerie from the lingerie giant -- and from its competitors. A few new pieces may compliment your newly toned body acquired with the cheap gym membership you also just landed.
Dishes and Cookware. May brought deep discounts on cookware, between Mother's Day and the dawn of wedding season, and many of those deals will continue through June. Prices on dishware also start dropping as wedding season gains momentum. Dishes and cookware make practical graduation gifts for all those young adults moving out on their own.
Tools and Paint. The absolute best tool deals are typically found in October or November, but if you're shopping for Father's Day and tools are on dad's list, look for a few bargains this month. DIY projects often call for a coat of paint, and discounts pop up along with the summer heat. Do some comparison shopping at the home improvement chains first to be sure you're getting the best price.
Laptops. Whether you want to believe it or not (it's only June!), back to school is right around the corner and already in retailers' sights. This is the kickoff month for bundle deals on laptops. That said, avoid the temptation now and wait until July or August to splurge, as the offers will only get better as the official start of the school year approaches.
Movie Passes. Beat the heat and enjoy a movie for less this month. June signals the beginning of summer and the onslaught of blockbusters. With big budgets and an audience with extra time on its hands, you're likely to find movie ticket discounts, free preview passes, and even some freebies when buying a ticket.
Foods in Season. June marks the dawn of the fresh fruit and vegetable boom, and is an ideal time to get in the habit of buying local produce. (Be sure to visit your local farmer's market.) At the start of peak season, the fruits to buy (depending where you live) include melons (watermelon and cantaloupe); berries (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries); and stone fruits (apricots, peaches, and nectarines). Kick off the grilling season with sales on the first crop of sweet corn, summer squash, green beans, and tomatoes, plus lettuce and cucumber for salads.
Food Holidays. This buying guide would not be complete without mentioning one major holiday in June: National Doughnut Day, which falls on June 5 this year. Be on the lookout for free glazed goodness from places like Tim Hortons, Krispy Kreme, and Dunkin' Donuts.
Grills: Don't Bother. As noted in the May roundup of what to buy, hold off on a new grill or patio furniture until after July 4, when summer season begins winding down and retailers turn their focus to fall items and slash prices on summer goods.