6 Things to Buy in July — and 3 to Avoid

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This post comes from Julie Ramhold of partner site DealNews.com.

July usually brings a fair amount of shopping holidays, but this year we’re keeping our sights on the 4th of July, as Amazon is postponing Prime Day.

We do know the sales will be strong for seasonal clothing, outdoor gear, and maybe even flights. Check out the best buys of July below.

6 things to buy in July

1. July 4th sales

You can shop 4th of July sales online or in stores, and find great deals either way.

Look for a variety of electronics to be up to 75% off at retailers like Harman Audio, World Wide Stereo and B&H Photo Video. And don’t forget about the electronics deals at Dell Home‘s Black Friday in July Sale.

Plus, save up to 80% on clothing and shoes at stores like Levi’s, Joe’s New Balance Outlet and 6pm.

2. Free Slurpee drinks

July 11 is 7‑Eleven Day, and the convenience store chain typically celebrates by offering free Slurpee drinks that day. This year, though, 7-Eleven is changing up their frozen freebie offer due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On July 1, the chain’s 7Rewards loyalty app members will get a coupon in their account for a free medium Slurpee; they can redeem the offer during the month of July. If you’re lucky enough to live near a 7-Eleven store, check here to find your closest location.

A delivery option is available, too, in case you don’t want to go into the store: Whole pizzas will be $5 from July 7-11 on the 7NOW delivery app, and you can get a free Slurpee drink with your order.

3. Labor Day flights… if you feel safe

Travel uncertainty still abounds all over the world. Ordinarily, we’d tell you to book your Labor Day flights this month, as you’ll find the best prices up until about five weeks before the holiday. But the pandemic has interrupted the travel industry, and even if you can travel, that doesn’t necessarily mean you should.

Airfare deals are beginning to appear again. We’ve recently seen one-way nationwide flights for as little as $44, and even round-trip flights to Europe for as low as $427.

However, American citizens are still urged to avoid nonessential international travel, and many countries haven’t reopened their borders to Americans yet. Even if you can manage to get an international flight, there’s a good chance you’ll have to spend two weeks in quarantine when you arrive.

Staying on U.S. soil might seem like an easy solution. But states that house popular beach destinations — like Alabama, Florida and South Carolina — continue to see an increase in COVID-19 cases.

Even if you see an excellent deal on a flight for Labor Day, it doesn’t seem like it’s safe to book it yet.

4. Seasonal clothing

July can be a great month to find stellar deals on summer clothing before summer is actually gone. In fact, it’s one of the few times you can shop for seasonal items when you can still use them, rather than stocking up in the offseason.

Watch for single-digit prices on everything from sunglasses to swimwear to T-shirts for the whole family.

Last year, stores like Jomashop took up to 80% off designer sunnies from brands like Dior, while That Daily Deal had multipacks with eight pairs of shades for only $15.

We also expect shorts to be on sale once again. In July 2019, we saw men’s shorts for only $4, while women’s cost as little as $12.

As for swimwear, men’s swim trunks were priced as low as $3, and both one- and two-piece women’s suits were around $10. Stores such as Macy’s also knocked 25% off Nike swimwear and up to 81% off women’s swimsuits before summer was over.

Need some new T-shirts to round out your summer wardrobe? Watch for men’s T-shirts to be as cheap as $3, unisex tees to be around $7, and women’s graphic T-shirts to be about $10.

And if you need to shop for the kids in your life, expect their T-shirts to be as little as $2, jeans to cost $10 at stores like Target, and other clothing items to go for $5 or less at retailers like Macy’s.

5. Outdoor gear

If you prefer the solitude of the great outdoors this summer, July has you covered with a variety of sales on outdoor gear.

Last year, Amazon boasted several offers, including up to 40% off outdoor packs and accessories, up to 40% off outdoor essentials, and up to 30% off camping gear.

Ready to finally put together that fishing starter kit? Amazon could have you covered there, too — last year, it knocked 25% off big-brand fishing products, including items from Abu Garcia, Penn and Ugly Stik.

Need a cooler? ProozyFit knocked 15% off Yeti coolers and accessories last July. And Dick’s Sporting Goods offered up to 50% off during its flash sale at the beginning of the month. It covered everything from apparel and shoes to sporting goods and camping gear.

6. In-season produce

July is the peak of summer and an ideal time to indulge in fresh produce.

Jazz up your fruit salads with cheaper apricots, blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupes, kiwis, mangoes, peaches, plums, raspberries, strawberries and watermelon.

And if veggies are more your thing, expect to find plenty of ripe corn, cucumbers, green beans, kohlrabi, lettuce, okra, peppers, summer squash, Swiss chard, tomatoes and zucchini.

Want to support your local farmers? Check out the Seasonal Food Guide site, which allows you to search by state, month, and produce preferences to see what’s readily available in your area.

What About Amazon Prime Day?

By now it’s old news that Amazon has postponed Prime Day this year. The shopping event typically occurs in July, but it’ll reportedly be in September in 2020. This means we have to wait another two months to be able to shop exciting deals on Amazon devices and fitness trackers.

3 things not to buy in July

While July brings plenty of excellent offers, not everything is worth shopping. Check out a few things to avoid:

  • Laptops: There will be some laptops in early back-to-school sales this month, but you’ll likely see better deals in later sales, and especially around Black Friday.
  • Early back-to-school sales: Expect early sales to be lackluster, compared to the events when back-to-school season really kicks into gear in August.
  • Lawn mowers: July generally has a few deals on lawn mowers, but you’ll probably see four or five times as many in August and October, so hold off if you can.

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