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June is a time for dads, grads and newlyweds. But what else is the month known for? Deals.
From scooping up swimwear to saving money on gym sessions, here’s what you should buy—and a few things to hold off on—in June.
Buy: Swimwear and lingerie
The first things to put on your “to buy” list are swimwear and lingerie. Why? In January and June, Victoria’s Secret hosts an insanely popular semi-annual sale, and other retailers follow suit. This is the time to save big on bras, panties, swimsuits and the like.
Last June, Victoria’s Secret customers snapped up savings across popular intimates categories. Discounts included: Up to 50% off lingerie, up to 40% off loungewear, a $19.99 or less bra clearance and a $4.99 or less panty clearance.
Victoria’s Secret recently phased out its swimwear collection, but its Pink brand still sells swim styles.
June marks the official start of summer, which means almost everyone has grilling on their mind. This higher demand equates to higher prices. If you can get by without hosting a barbecue in June, wait for prices to cool off later in the summer. As with most other timely purchases, the further into the season you go, the more you’ll save.
Buy: Gym memberships
While everyone else is grilling outside this month, you can head into the gym at a bargain price. Summer is one of the best times to purchase a gym membership because, as you probably guessed, demand isn’t as high.
You don’t have to settle for the advertised membership fee. Consumer Reports recommends negotiating the price. For instance, ask the gym to give you a free trial month or waive the initiation fee. The fitness center may be more willing to work with you if it’s behind on new customer sign-ups.
Skip: Brand-name clothing
If you’re a fan of designer clothes, shoes and purses, you’ll want to wait another month before overhauling your wardrobe.
Designer clothing sales will be great in July, in large part due to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale. During this high-end department store’s once-a-year sale, shoppers can save hundreds of dollars on top brands. In the past, the store has discounted items from labels such as Tory Burch and Marc Jacobs. This year’s sale begins July 21.
Buy: Movie tickets
If you’re looking to go to the movies for less, June is a perfect time. Each summer, movie theaters offer programs that let kids beat the heat and see children’s movies at discounted prices.
Check with your local theater to see if it will offer such a program. We’ve already spotted the Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse, where participating locations will sell a $5 punchcard pass for 10 movies while supplies last, or $1 per person, per movie at the box office. Harkins Theatres, too, has a Summer Movie Fun offering for kids with 10 movies over 10 weeks for less than $1 per movie.
Bonus: Father’s Day sales
Father’s Day is June 18 this year, and if you need just the right present to show dad how much you appreciate him, retailers will be there to help you out.
In the past, we’ve spotted Father’s Day deals at places such as Sears, Harbor Freight Tools and Dick’s Sporting Goods. Many of these Dad-oriented sales will happen in the days leading up to the holiday, so in this case it can pay to procrastinate.
Father’s Day and the first day of summer always June highlights, but there are some lesser-known occasions that happen during the month as well. Mark your calendar for the following days, which could offer discounts or freebies: National Doughnut Day on June 2, and National Sunglasses Day on June 27.
Courtney Jespersen is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: [email protected]. Twitter: .
Updated May 22, 2017.