GRAND RAPIDS (MATT GRANITE) -- In my continued search to save you time and money, today we sort through the deal confusion that accompanies June. This is a transition month as stores clear out their spring stock and move that summer merchandise to the front of the store. Looking for more deals or money-saving ideas? Follow @MattGranite on Twitter.
Worst Buys In June:
School Supplies: Being an early bird on school supplies is never a good idea. The best promotions and incentives start to appear in July and the longer you hold off, the better. I'll have full coverage of every major back to school deal for all ages and highly recommend you wait.
Apple Products: Apple hosts its developers conference this week and we're likely to see some new products released during or after this time period. By the time any new Apple products ship, and stores heavily discount older models, it will be July - and that matched with back to school promotions, is a much better month to buy. Apple's displays and the Mac Mini are just two product lines way overdue for an update.
Grills & BBQ's: While we will see the odd grill deal closer to Father's Day, it's usually on steak, sauce and seasonings. The best BBQ and Grill deals drop in July in honor of July 4th, and by that point the summer season is more than half over for retailers desperate to deplete stock.
Televisions: In my experience, June, July and August are the three worst months of the year to buy a TV. There are fewer deals on the models you'd actually want to purchase, and the deals that kick off in October and last through the holidays are well worth waiting for in my opinion.
Sunglasses: As I mentioned several times in May, that was the month to stock up on sunglasses - not June when folks are heading to the beach and buying out of necessity. There are few deals and below-average promotions for sunglasses this month.
Best Buys In June:
Cruises: With hurricane, season upon us and some slight travel uncertainty, cruise lines are responding with superb promotions.
Top Cruise Deal Today: 7 Night Caribbean Cruise + Free Miami Hotel From $579 and these deals right here.
Tools: Father's Day brings prime tool deals and some offerings that match what we'll see Black Friday.
Top Tool Deal Today: 50% Off Select Tools At Sears + Extra $15 Off Tool Orders $75+
Summer Clothing: Considering stores were a little too eager once again with summer clothing on stores in early May, there are plenty of specials and deals available today already on clearance.
Top Tool Deals Today: Up to 80% Off Summer Shorts & Tops All Under $50 + Free Shipping.
Clothing For Dad: If you play your cards correctly, there are superb savings to be found. Historically Docker's clothing sees substantial price drops in June and the days leading up to Father's Day.
Top Docker's Deal Today: 50% Off Docker's Clothing + Extra 15% Off
Shoes: June is an incredible month to buy shoes. We actually see prices go up on shoes, or at least fewer promotions in July and August when these back to school necessities are on many shopping lists.
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