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

Get your free doughnut

June 5 is National Doughnut Day, and no matter which chain you prefer — Krispy Kreme, Tim Horton’s or Dunkin’ Donuts — your chances of scoring a free doughnut on this day are very high. Last year, all three chains offered their customers a free doughnut — some required another purchase, but Krispy Kreme didn’t! You can expect to see similar doughnut sales again this year. The offer will be valid for one day only, and quantities may be limited. But if you’re lucky enough to live near all three chains, you could have your doughnut fix for the week in one day.

Avoid any grill purchases

Nothing evokes thoughts of summer like a backyard barbecue, but as tempted as you may be to purchase a new grill this month, our research shows that the best time to buy a grill is in August and September. That’s when you can find discounts that take up to 50 percent off your favorite name-brand grills. If you can, make do with your current grill and upgrade at the end of the season.

Stock up on outdoor gear

With warmer weather on the horizon, more people will want to exercise outdoors rather than inside a gym. The good news is that June is traditionally a good month for fitness apparel and accessories. Expect to see clearance sales from the likes of adidas, 6pm and Puma. Discounts will range from 50 percent to 73 percent off items such as fitness shoes, apparel and accessories.

Be cautious with your Apple purchases

June is traditionally a busy month for the folks at Apple, and that means consumers should make Apple purchases with caution. On June 8, Apple will commence its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, where it’s rumored to launch a variety of new products, from a redesigned Apple TV to its new music streaming service, Beats Music. While most of Apple’s computer hardware has been updated, you should still wait on your Apple purchases because various back-to-school retailers are bound to discount Apple gear, including the Apple Store itself.

Likewise, if your iPhone is starting to show its age, you’ll want to wait until at least August before making the leap to a new iPhone. September is traditionally the month when Apple refreshes its iPhone line, and that means you’ll find the year’s best iPhone 6 deals during the months of August and September.

Pass on the TV purchase

If there’s one thing you should avoid buying in June, it’s a new TV. The summer months are traditionally bad for TV deals, in the sense that you don’t see many deals, and prices are higher than usual.

However, if you must buy a new set, we recommend sticking with 55-inch TVs. These deals have hit $500 every month since the start of the year, making them reliable and easy to find. If you don’t have room for such a set, 42-inch TVs have plateaued at $300, although these deals aren’t as numerous as the deals on 55-inch sets. Alternatively, we recommend looking at TV deals from Dell Home, which bundles generous gift cards with many of its TV deals.

Back-to-school laptop sales begin

Although June is traditionally when students wrap up their school semester, many retailers use this month to launch their back-to-school sales. The Apple Store kicks things off with its back-to-school education discount, which last year bundled a $100 or $50 Apple Store credit with the purchase of a Mac computer or iPad/iPhone, respectively. Apple rarely experiments with its sale, so it’s likely we’ll see the same discount again this year. Just remember that stores like Best Buy and Amazon traditionally match, if not beat, Apple at its own game, so you’ll want to compare prices before committing yourself to a sale.

On the Windows front, we’re extra excited about this year’s back-to-school sales because this summer Microsoft is expected to launch its new operating system, Windows 10. While the free upgrade may not directly affect deals, it could lead to trade-in incentives as we’ve seen in the past from retailers like the Microsoft Store, which offers a store credit when you trade-in an older Windows machine for a newer one.

As far as June prices are concerned, May was a blockbuster month with excellent deals on mainstream 15-inch laptops with Intel’s latest processor, codenamed Broadwell. These machines sold for as low as $349. We expect deals on mainstream machines to remain within the same $349 to $399 range for most, if not all, of June.

Just keep in mind that back-to-school sales won’t begin until late in the month, and in the weeks to follow, you’ll be able to find laptops with discounts that take an extra 6 percent off the above-mentioned prices. Moreover, our data show that the best sales traditionally arrive in August, so if you can afford to wait, we recommend holding off on any deals you see in June.

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