After the big Memorial Day sales at the end of May, shopping hysteria dies down quite a bit for summer, until back to school season brings the next big wave of deals and discounts. But bargain hunters can still find great deals on great stuff right now, and it's definitely not a bad idea to get a jump on your back to school shopping while certain items are on sale in June. So where are the deals right now? Check out our list of the best things to buy in June:
With Father's Day in early June, you'll find lots of promotions on popular dad gifts like tools. Summer is also a great time to add to or upgrade your own tool collection, because the warmer weather is perfect for building projects and working on cars in the yard.
Hot Prices: Craftsman 154-piece Mechanics Tool Set for $99.99
| Panasonic 15.6V Cordless Drill and Driver Kit for $159.99
| Hitachi Compound Milter Saw for $99.99
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While summer clothes tend to hit the sales racks sometime in early spring, it hasn't been warm enough to wear them until just recently. It's exciting to buy new clothes when you first see them in stores, but good deals come to those who wait. You'll find lots of great summer clothes on clearance now, and you've still got the whole summer to enjoy them!
Hot Prices: Old Navy Sundresses starting at $9.99
| Pleated Silk-Linen Men's Shorts for $11.96
| American Eagle Women's Ruffle Racer Tank for $10
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Pools open up around the country after Memorial Day, and shelves will be stocked with a great selection of pool and beach toys to kick off the season. You'll find deals both now and at the end of the season, but the best selection is available now.
Hot Prices: Swimways Toypedo Light-up Bandits Pool Toys for $6.99
| Leisure Jammin Pool Basketball for $39.99
| Swimline Inflatable Giant Sea Turtle Pool Float for $20.99
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There's no better time than summer to catch up on the books you've been meaning to read. Take advantage of leisure time by the pool, or on the plane on your way to your summer vacation destination to dive into a good book. Students will be smart to get a jump on the next fall's reading assignments now to save work and stress at the beginning of the new semester.
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Once the school year ends, there's not a lot of demand for new computers, so stores will discount them to stir up some sales. A new laptop makes a great gift for your college-bound high school grad, and if you're looking to upgrade your machine before the next term, shop now for great deals.
Hot Prices: Acer Aspire One Netbook starting at $279
| Dell Inspiron Notebook for $399
| Toshiba Satellite Notebook for $349
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College Team Gear
College sports are done for the summer, so fans aren't really buying any gear right now. If you wait until the first game of the season in the fall, you're going to pay a steep markup for that must-have football jersey, but if you shop now, you'll find lots of great college sports memorabilia on clearance. Of course, they put team logos on everything now, so team gear is so much more than just football jerseys!
Hot Prices: Boston College Eagles Men's Football Jersey for $29.99
| Virginia Tech Hokies Pub Table & Bar Stool Set for $439.95
| Alabama Crimson Tide Women's Pearl Watch for $79.95
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What not to buy in June
Jewelry -- With wedding season at its peak, everyone is buying jewelry now, from engagement rings to wedding bands to bridesmaid jewelry and more. Jewelers can't keep stock on their shelves and have no incentive to offer bargains right now. Browse all you want now, but wait to buy until the hysteria dies down and jewelers are more willing to strike a deal.
Luggage -- Summer is when most people do the bulk of their annual traveling, and you may want to upgrade your luggage before your next trip, but wait a few months if you can. Just like jewelry, luggage is a hot item in June, and stores aren't offering their best prices. You'll find great deals at the end of the summer.