Bargains & Loss Leaders in July

This month discounts will center around 4th of July, back-to-school, summer fun, national ice cream month and national blueberry month.

  1. The first weekend in July means back-to-school sales start in full force. Watch for the lowest annual prices on pens, art supplies, notebooks, backpacks and dorm supplies, and buy enough for an entire year. These deals will continue through August.
  2. Early in the month, we will continue to see clearance deals on summer clothing. It’s a good idea to pick up a few things for the first weeks of back-to-school when the weather is still warm.
  3. February and August are generally when furniture stores receive new styles, so expect to find discounts on models from last season. TIP: jot down the names of your favorite pieces, then search online for the best prices and bring your findings back to the store so you can so you have some negotiating power.
  4. Immediately following the 4th of July holiday, you’ll start to see prices drop on grills and grilling supplies. You’ll also see great prices on patio furniture and swimming pools.
  5. National ice cream month means tons of coupons and sale prices on ice cream at nearly every store.
  6. Stock up on blueberries this month and store the extras in your freezer, where they will be good for 10-12 months. Details on best freezing methods can be found HERE.

Here is a list of the best deals for July:

GROCERY

  • Ice Cream
  • Grilling meats: hot dogs, hamburger, sausage, brisket, steak, ribs
  • Condiments: ketchup, mustard, mayo, bbq sauce, marinades
  • Salad dressings
  • Hamburger and hot dog buns
  • Paper products: napkins, paper plates, disposable tableware

RETAIL BARGAINS

  • Grills
  • Sunblock, razors, waxing supplies and insect repellent.
  • First aid supplies.
  • Summer clothing and swimwear.
  • Patio furniture and swimming pools.
  • Home Furnishings
  • Gyms, fitness centers and weight loss programs still have some discounts available this month.
  • Home construction and renovations are at their peak, which means sale prices on appliances.
  • College students are looking for laptops for back-to-school, so we’ll see retailers lowering prices to try and score some easy sales.

IN-SEASON PRODUCE

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  • Apricots
  • Beans
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Grapes – frozen grapes make a yummy snack!
  • Melons
  • Peaches
  • Peppers
  • Plums
  • Raspberries
  • Summer Squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon

Bargains & Loss Leaders in June

In June, you’ll find bargains centered around Father’s Day, national dairy month, grilling and picnic season, outdoor fun and fitness.

  1. Father’s Day means bargains on tools, garage items, grill utensils, ties and some men’s clothing items.
  2. National Dairy Month gives us some good prices on ice cream, butter, yogurt and other dairy products.
  3. For our outdoor fun and festivities, June brings us some steep discounts (and coupons!) on disposable table items, meat, condiments and buns.
  4. Look for discounts on swimming pools, gym memberships and fitness related items as folks get ready to show more skin!

Here are the best deals for June.

GROCERY:

  • Dairy products including ice cream, butter, yogurt, etc.
  • Condiments for picnics and grilling such as ketchup, pickles, salad dressing, marinades and BBQ sauce.
  • Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns.
  • Disposable tableware such as paper plates, napkins, and plastic dinnerware.
  • Sunblock
  • Insect Repellent
  • Razors and waxing products

RETAIL BARGAINS

  • The Old Navy Flip Flop Sale generally happens at the end of June.
  • Swimwear and beach towel prices are finally dropping. Look for in-store or online coupons to sweeten your savings.
  • We’ve had our eye on a 10-12′ pool for our kiddos, and this month the prices have dropped around 30% from May prices.
  • Hand and power tools will see some nice price drops this month in honor of Father’s Day. Especially popular are “package deals” where you get a variety of tools for one low price. If dad has specific tool needs or likes a specific brand, best to wait until July or August for lower prices.
  • Fitness centers will give special offers and discounts this month.

IN SEASON PRODUCE:

  • Apricots
  • Cherries
  • Cucumbers
  • Grapes – frozen grapes are a great snack, so stock up 😉
  • Melons
  • Peaches
  • Plums
  • Tomatoes

Bargans & Loss Leaders in May

This month, bargains are centered around grilling season, outdoor fun, graduation, Mother’s Day and Cinco de Mayo. Here are a few tips to help you maximize your budget:

  1. Memorial Day weekend means an abundance of sales at the mall, home furnishing stores and home improvement centers, as retailers cash in on the long weekend. Consider waiting on your major purchases until this time.
  2. May also marks the start of garage sale season, so keep your eye on the classified ads!
  3. You’ll want to frequent the thrift stores and consignment stores this month too, as people embark on spring cleaning and donate their unwanted items.

Here are the best things to buy in May.

GROCERY:

  • Condiments such as ketchup, mustard, marinades, salad dressing and barbecue sauce. We should see plenty of coupons for these items as well.
  • Salsa
  • Taco shells, tortillas and seasoning
  • Disposable dinnerware

RETAIL BARGAINS:

  • Spring and warm weather clothing will be at super low prices towards the end of May and on through Memorial weekend.
  • Jewelry deals for Mother’s Day shoppers.
  • Electronics and small appliances will see some price drops as folks purchase gifts for moms and grads.
  • Patio furniture
  • Grills
  • Lawnmowers

IN-SEASON PRODUCE:

  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cucumbers
  • Radishes
  • Lettuce
  • Okra
  • Oranges
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries

Bargains & Loss Leaders in April

This month, the best prices will be centered around Earth Day, yard and garden and income tax season. In past years, restaurants have poured on the freebies on April 15th to help ease the tax day burden. Also be on the lookout for the start of thrifting season, as spring cleaning gets into full swing and folks start selling off their loot. April is one of the best times to find consignment sales too.

GROCERY DEALS:

  • Baking Supplies – stock up! October will be the next time we’ll see big savings here
  • Still a few deals on soup, stew, coffee and tea this month
  • Organic and all natural products
  • Easter Candy – look for clearance prices later on!

RETAIL BARGAINS:

  • Graduation and wedding gifts
  • Spring cleaning/organizational items: storage boxes, vacuum cleaners, shelving
  • Summer airfare & cruises
  • Annuals, seeds, mulch, potting soil and a variety of garden items
  • Office furniture and organizational products
  • Used cars: dealers generally increase inventory for spring/summer selling season
  • Digital cameras: discounted for spring break season
  • Organic and all natural products

SEASONAL PRODUCE:

  • Pineapples
  • Strawberries
  • Grapefruits
  • Kiwi
  • Broccoli
  • Asparagus
  • Artichokes
  • Carrots
  • Peas
  • Rhubarb
  • Garlic
  • Onions
  • Mushrooms
  • Avocados

Bargains & Loss Leaders for March

This month is National Frozen Food Month, which means some nice deals on freezer faves. We’ll also see savings roll out for spring cleaning, Easter, National Peanut Month and March Madness.

GROCERY:
• Ice Cream
• Frozen Vegetables
• Frozen Meals
• Frozen Pizza
• Household cleaners
• Easter candy
• Peanuts
• Sports drinks
• Soda

RETAIL BARGAINS:
• Outerwear is being moved out to make room for spring and summer.
• Gas grills – Last years models are displayed with big discounts to make room for new ones.
• Air conditioners – Same deal. Getting rid of last years to make room for the new models.
• China and flatware – We are smack dab between Christmas and wedding season, so retailers often offer nice savings to spike up sales.
• Gardening items

SEASONAL PRODUCE:
Artichokes, Asparagus, Avocados, Broccoli, Cabbage, Carrots, Cauliflower, Celery, Chard, Collards, Fennel, Kale, Leeks, Lemons, Limes, Mushrooms, Oranges, Peas, Radishes, Rhubarb, Spinach, Strawberries, Tangerines.