June is the time to buy…

English: Tools Français : OutilsCertain times of the year are the best times to buy various things based on sales and availability. Here is your tip sheet for this month:

Bottled water: With summer picnics and barbecues, stores often drop the price of bottled water. If you prefer bottle water, now is the time to stock up. However, you can save even more money if you buy a filter for your tap or refrigerator and use your own bottles!

Butter and other dairy products: Production is up during this time, so prices are down. Freeze butter or margarine to use later.

Certain fruits: apricots, blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, cherries, honeydew melons, limes, nectarines, oranges, peaches, pineapples, plums, strawberries, and watermelons.

Certain vegetables: corn, cucumbers, lettuce, and radishes

Condiments, salad dressings, napkins and other supplies for a barbecue: From Mid-May to early June, companies offer big discounts to help you get ready for summer gatherings. Consider stocking up for a year’s worth of what you need.

Dishware: This time of year is peak wedding season, so retailers want to promote their wares. If you find a pattern to your liking, don’t wait to buy it. Patterns are normally only available for 12 months versus two or more years as they used to be.

Paint: Stores are aware that more people paint during the summer months, so they lower prices to lure you in to the store to buy other full-priced items.

Refrigerators: Stores usually discount existing refrigerators to make room for new models that will arrive in the summer.

Tools: The week before Father’s Day, stores often lower their prices on various tools.

If you plan to shop online, check out my tips “Online shopping tips.”

Sources:
“Buy Ketchup in May and Fly at Noon: A Guide to the Best Time to Buy This, Do That, and Go There” by Mark Di Vincenzo
Your Month-to-Month Guide to Shopping Deals” from Real Simple Magazine.

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