Best Things to Buy in June, and What to Pass Up

This month features deals on lingerie and steals on doughnuts. What temptations you should pass up for now, and what upcoming back-to-school sales (yes, already) may offer.

This post comes from Louis Ramirez at partner site DealNews.com.

June marks the official start to summer, which for most people means spending more time outdoors. However, with graduation ceremonies and Father’s Day on the horizon, June can quickly turn into an expensive month. To ensure you don’t blow through your summer budget in the first few weeks of the season, we’ve created a buying guide of items you should and shouldn’t purchase this month. Peruse the advice, then consider signing up for the DealNews Select Newsletter to get the best deals of the day delivered to your inbox.

Warmer weather means hot deals on lingerie

June has traditionally been a great month for lingerie sales, and few stores can rival the Victoria’s Secret Semi-Annual Sale, which typically lasts three to four weeks. The sale takes an impressive 70 percent off a variety of items and as we noted in our analysis, discounts get better toward the latter half of the sale.

As a result, we encourage shoppers to wait a few days and take advantage of the more aggressive discounts that come later in the month. The merchant’s shipping threshold, for instance, gets lower as the sale progresses, starting off with free shipping on purchases of $100 or more and later changing to free shipping on $25 or more. In terms of purchases, we recommend looking at deals that offer low per-unit prices when you buy multiples, such as three bras for $19.98 ($6.66 each).

Although the Victoria’s Secret Semi-Annual Sale will offer the widest selection of items, it’s by no means the only retailer to offer lingerie deals this month. Last year, Target offered BOGO bra sales and packs of six underwear for $20. For standard everyday styles, Sears took up to 80 percent off select undergarments, including those from Maidenform, which started at $8. Likewise, Spanx offered its best sale of the year, taking an extra 25 percent off sale items, many of which were already discounted by 60 percent off. Finally, expect Frederick’s of Hollywood (now available only online) to jump start its Fourth of July Sale in late June with up to 70 percent off select items. Aerie by American Eagle will also take 50 percent off items.

Treat Dad to an unconventional gift

Although Father’s Day sales don’t get as much hype as Mother’s Day sales, retailers will still offer a variety of deals on gifts for your dad. You should avoid buying predictable gifts like grills and shirt-and-tie combos, which won’t offer much in terms of savings.

Instead look for deals on non-traditional gifts such as free entrees at select restaurants, which is a popular deal among nationwide chains such as Boston Market, Chili’s and Outback Steakhouse. Various museums and zoos across the nation will also offer free admission for dads, sometimes also for accompanying children as well.

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