10 Things You Should Buy in July — and 4 to Avoid

10 Things You Should Buy in July — and 4 to Avoid
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July comes with a ton of shopping holidays. Whether it’s Independence Day, Prime Day or even 7-Eleven Day, there’s a lot to get excited about! But savvy shoppers know that not everything will be worth buying this month.

Read on to see where to shop for the best summer clothing, video games and freebies in July.

10 things to buy in July

As the season heats up, so do the great buys. Here are 10 things to buy this month:

Free Slurpee on 7-Eleven Day

Every year on July 11, 7-Eleven stores all over the country celebrate by giving away free 12-ounce Slurpees. This freebie is only good while supplies last, though, so be sure to get there early!

French fry deals on July 13

Fries are the ideal summer food, easily pairing with burgers and hot dogs alike. And on July 13, National French Fry Day, you should be able to find tasty deals on this popular side dish.

Watch chains like BurgerFi and McDonald’s for promos like free fries with any purchase. And keep an eye on Wayback Burgers — last year, the restaurant offered bottomless fries with the purchase of a burger or sandwich.

Amazon Prime Day deals

Amazon Prime Day is one of the biggest shopping days of the year, even if the event is only for Prime members. Prime Day starts July 15 this year, and will last for 48 hours.

The Amazon Lightning Deals are where all the savings are at, so you’ll have to be prepared to move fast once they start. Amazon’s Alexa-capable gadgets will also be at rock-bottom prices, even if they aren’t part of Lightning Deals.

Last year during Prime Day, we saw best-ever prices on the Echo, Echo Show and Echo Spot at the time. We absolutely expect those gadgets to lead the pack again in 2019, along with Ring items. We saw the Ring Spotlight Cam for $140 last Prime Day, which was an all-time best and the lowest price we’d seen. Amazon’s Cloud Cam indoor security camera dropped to $60; we expect similar deals this year.

Prime Day is also an excellent time to upgrade your Kindle e-reader or Fire tablet. Last year, the 6-inch Kindle Paperwhite fell to $80, which was within $4 of a Cyber Monday deal. And the 7-inch 8GB Wi-Fi Fire tablet was only $30, making it a super-affordable pick.

Amazon’s best-selling item on Prime Day last year was an Instant Pot. The 6-quart Duo model hit the lowest price we’d ever seen at $59. There’s no doubt a similar Instant Pot deal will return for Prime Day 2019, as these products remain a popular choice with shoppers.

Free hot dogs on July 17

This year, National Hot Dog Day falls on July 17, and once again we expect to see a variety of free and discounted deals. Look for convenience stores like Pilot Flying J, Love’s Travel Stops and QuikTrip to offer free hot dogs via their mobile apps.

Prefer a hot dog with a little more bark? Check out restaurants like Wienerschnitzel, Sonic and Philly Pretzel Factory. Last year, Wienerschnitzel offered five chili cheese dogs for $5, while Philly Pretzel Factory handed out $1 pretzel dogs all day. Sonic broke with tradition, offering half-price corn dogs from 2 to 4 p.m. local time that day.

Cold treats for National Ice Cream Day

National Ice Cream Day falls on July 21 in 2019, which is a Sunday. Last year, Bruster’s and Dairy Queen offered rewards program members a $3 off coupon and a free small Blizzard, respectively. Dippin’ Dots went a step further and handed out free mini cups during a two-hour window at participating stores. And Halo Top gave away free “Golden Edition” pints to select customers that day, as well.

Pets could even take part last year, as select PetSmart locations gave our furry friends dog-safe ice cream over the weekend. Be sure to watch social media for other sweet deals as National Ice Cream Day draws closer.

Labor Day flights

You’re probably preparing for Fourth of July fireworks right about now, so Labor Day might be the furthest thing from your mind. However, if you’re celebrating Labor Day away from home, July is the month to book your flight. Don’t wait too long, either — July 29 is the absolute last day to book if you want the best prices. Watch for airfare deals of around $270.

Summer clothing

The season might be half over, but the weather in many states won’t really cool down until October (at least). This means you’ll have plenty of time to enjoy the summer clothes you get during Independence Day sales.

Thanks to Fourth of July sales, we’ll see plenty of clothing discounts. And, fortunately, these events will finally include summer clothing, as retailers try to clear out inventory and prep for back-to-school season. There will be some modest discounts — last year, Forever 21 took off an extra 40%, for example.

Watch for stores like Tillys and Barneys Warehouse to take an extra 50% off (Tillys took up to 70% off) on many items sitewide. Additionally, Express will likely knock up to 50% off again this year, while Eddie Bauer and Men’s Wearhouse could also knock 50% off sitewide to celebrate Independence Day.

Other stores will take up to 70% off, including H&M and Joe’s New Balance Outlet. If you want to stock up on shoes, Shoes.com knocked up to 75% off last year, and we expect a similar sale in 2019. Need summer footwear? Watch for Clarks to bring back its sandals deal, which took an extra $10 off last year.

More summer savings came last year from Abercrombie & Fitch, which boasted shorts for $20. Uniqlo had women’s shorts for $10 and men’s shorts for $20, while Men’s Wearhouse offered Joseph Abboud shorts for $10. Additionally, watch for the Great Gap Sale, which should take up to 60% or 70% off sitewide. That should be coupled with coupon codes offering an extra 10% to 40% off, and free shipping.

Outdoor gear

Budget-conscious outdoor enthusiasts will also appreciate Fourth of July sales. Dick’s Sporting Goods will likely take up to 50% off a number of items again, including outdoor gear and sporting equipment.

Similarly, REI cut up to 40% off select bikes, canteens, backpacks and camping equipment during its Independence Day sale, so we expect that deal to return. And High Sierra could knock up to 70% off the price of backpacks again.

Christmas in July sales

In July, you probably aren’t worried about holiday decor. But if you think ahead, you could save a ton on Christmas gear. Home Depot will almost certainly have a massive sale taking 75% off all kinds of products, from light projectors and themed photo banners to more standard fare, like strings of lights and artificial Christmas trees.

Even if you aren’t looking for decor, you should still keep an eye out for Christmas in July sales. Last year, 6pm hosted a themed sale that knocked up to 89% off past seasons’ styles.

In-season produce

The middle of summer is an excellent time to score in-season produce, especially if you love fresh fruit. Watch for apricots, blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, kiwi, mangoes, peaches, plums, raspberries, strawberries, tomatoes and watermelon to be perfectly ripe (for savings) this month.

On the veggie side of things, July is the time for corn, cucumbers, green beans, kohlrabi, lettuce, okra, peppers, summer squash, Swiss chard and zucchini. If you’re interested in eating locally as well as seasonally, check out this handy site. You can choose your state, the month, and produce preferences to see what’s in season in your area.

And 4 things to skip

There are four things you should avoid shopping for in July. They include:

Amazon Prime Day filler deals

While there are definitely excellent deals to grab at Amazon on Prime Day, there are also plenty of filler deals to be avoided. Plan ahead and watch the deals you’re actually interested in — don’t pounce on that kit for making overnight oats just because it’s on sale. Plus, watch for other retailers to host their own sales.

Laptops

July won’t have a shortage of laptop deals, but we’ll likely see better-quality deals when August comes. Still, Fourth of July sales could bring decent discounts — last year Best Buy cut up to $360 off select laptops, while Lenovo knocked as much as 65% off in its clearance sale.

Grills

Most people spend summer grilling dinner at least once a week, if not more often. Unfortunately, if you’re in the market for a new BBQ or smoker, July isn’t the time to buy. While we could see a couple of deals this month, we’ll definitely see more this fall. Unless you just need a grill right now, hold off until September and October.

Back-to-school sales

Although tax-free holidays will offer some early back-to-school savings, the real sales will start rolling out in August.

If you do want to begin your shopping, watch for stores like Adidas to take an extra 30% off sale items. And Walmart will likely host another Back to College sale, when it discounts a number of items like furniture, decor, small appliances and laptops.

Nordstrom Rack will likely cut up to 66% off apparel for the whole family again. And Fry’s could knock up to 60% off, but it’ll require in-store pickup.

Top 5 stores for July 2019

Some of our favorite stores this month include:

Aeropostale

The clothing retailer was no stranger to BOGO deals last July, and even “buy one, get two” offers. Watch for Aeropostale to bring back BOGO free jeans for men and women, and buy one, get two graphic tees.

Amazon

This could go without saying, as Amazon’s Prime Day events will be chock-full of deals. Just remember to skip the filler deals!

eBay

Keep an eye out for the return of one of eBay’s best coupons this month. Last year, the Flash Coupon took 15% off a purchase of $25 or more, with a maximum discount of $100 — that’s impressive, as eBay usually caps the savings at $50.

Jos. A. Bank

This menswear retailer boasted seven sales over the course of July in 2018. Every offer took at least an extra 40% to 50% off, yielding exceptionally low prices. We saw shirts for less than $10 apiece and sport coats from $30.

Steam

The Steam Summer Sale will still be going on for the first part of the month (until July 9), so be sure to take advantage of super low prices on your favorite video games.

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