Happy July, everyone! As we mentioned last week, it is now officially summer and for many of us, that means it is now officially vacation season—a.k.a. spending season.
But summer doesn’t have to be expensive. As a matter of fact, there are several things that are less expensive to buy during the summer than any other time of the year!
And, yes, some of these items might sound a little counterintuitive (What am I supposed to do with a winter coat in the summer?!) but it’s all about saving you money.
So check out these 8 items that are cheapest to buy in the summer. And for a look at what is cheaper to buy throughout the year, check out our handy dandy shopping calendar.
1) Winter Clothes. We know it sounds a little silly to stock up on coats, sweaters, and snuggy boots when it is just getting hot outside, but this is just when all of the items from winter are hitting their lowest prices. For more about buying off-season and saving on clothes, click here.
2) Gym membership. Unless you happen to live in Texas where it is already reaching the upper 90’s during the day, summer is one of the nicest times of the year—perfect for exercising outside. So with more people heading outdoors to exercise, many gyms have huge sales and slash their prices at the beginning of summer. A great time to snag a deal!
3) Mattresses. New mattress models hit stores in the middle of summer, so it’s easiest to bargain for a good mattress in early summer. It’ll be last year’s model, but hey, it’s a mattress; it’s not an iPad. Check out the deals going on at Sears.
4) Tools. Sounds strange, but there is a reason behind this sale: the dads. Father’s Day is in mid-June so in anticipation for this, hardware stores tend to lower their prices on tools. So even if you’re not buying your dad a hammer, summer can be the perfect time to resupply your toolbox (even in the few weeks after Father’s Day.)
5) Sports Apparel. By mid-summer, pro and college teams are on break for the season (accept for baseball) and while they’re not playing, their merchandise lowers in value. So if you’re a big fan of a particular team, buy your hats, t-shirts, jackets, etc. during the summer when prices are low.
7) Home décor. In addition to furniture, home décor (like plates, dinnerware, napkins, and decorations) are also on sale around July. Why? Because summer is wedding season and retailers want to bring in those ceremony-bound shoppers. But hey, even if you’re not getting hitched, feel free to take advantage of these sales too.
8) Bathing suits. Note: Bathing suits go on sale at the end of summer, around August. Retailers will be ready to clear out their summer stock and start bringing in fall collections, so bathing suits will be at their lowest prices. It can be hard to sort through it all and find a good one in stores, so check out online stores like VictoriasSecret.com, EverythingButWater.com, or even Target’s online store, which will have a larger selection of bathing suits on sale.
What’s on your shopping list this summer?