11 Things to Buy in June (and 1 to Skip)
Mid-June marks the end of the off-season for travel to Alaska, a popular summer destination. Travelers who visit this month can still find discounts and marvel at the midnight sun -- the longest day of the year falls in June.
Victoria's Secret's famed semi-annual sale kicks off this month, bringing deals from the lingerie giant -- and from its competitors. With cheap gym memberships also available in June, now is the time to acquire a few new pieces to complement a newly toned body.
Father's Day falls on June 19, and while there aren't many sales on traditional Father's Day gifts, national restaurant chains often advertise deals on dinner out -- think buy-one-get-one entrées. Take advantage to treat dad this Father's Day without spending an arm and a leg.
May ushered in deep discounts on cookware, between Mother's Day and the dawn of wedding season, and many of those deals continue through June. Prices on dishware also start dropping as wedding season gains momentum. Dishes and cookware make practical graduation gifts for young adults moving out on their own.
The absolute best deals on tools are typically found in October or November, but a few bargains emerge around Father's Day. Take advantage of the discounts for summer DIY projects that call for power tools or a coat of paint.
June brings the fresh fruit and vegetable boom, an ideal time to get in the habit of buying local produce. Depending where you live, the fruits to buy 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.
This buying guide would not be complete without mentioning one major food holiday in June: National Doughnut Day, which falls on June 3 this year. Be on the lookout for free glazed goodness from places such as Krispy Kreme, Dunkin' Donuts, and Tim Hortons.
Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of grilling season, but hold off on a new model until after July 4, when retailers start turning their focus to fall and slash prices on summer goods, including grills and patio furniture.