Why July is an Amazing Time to Buy Patio Furniture, Sporting Goods and More

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Summer is well underway, with its hot temperatures, hot dogs and even some hot deals for savvy shoppers!

Whether you’re a college student getting an early start shopping for your dorm room this fall, a homeowner on the prowl for a patio update or just someone who likes getting the best prices at the grocery store, July has something for you. Here’s the scoop on the best items to buy this month.

1. Outdoor Goods

From outdoor furniture to sporting equipment, now’s the most financially savvy time to update your backyard trappings. Discounts on patio furniture in particular can be as much as 60% off, RetailMeNot senior planner Joe Smyth told WRAL.

Benjamin Glaser at Deal News reports that you’re likely to see discounts of about 50% off at sporting goods stores like Columbia, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Bass Pro Shops, Backcountry and Gander Mountain.

2. Indoor Furniture

The patio isn’t the only place to put some steeply discounted furniture. While June is often considered prime time to shop for indoor furniture, some discounts carry over to July, according to SmartAsset, while others may begin before new models arrive in August.

This doesn’t extend to everything you’ll find in the furniture store, though, warns CBS Money. Office furniture sees the best discounts in August, and you’ve missed the best month for mattress deals, which is May.

3. Corn, Plums and Nectarines

It’s no secret that in-season produce gives you the best bang for your buck. These days, look for the best prices on corn and stone fruit like plums and nectarines, according to online deals powerhouse Brad’s Deals.

Combine markdowns with grocery apps to find even better bargains,or do some savvy farmers market shopping to get a hot deal.  

4. Swimwear and Summer Clothing

If you’re in the mood for a new swimsuit and don’t want to wait until the fall when retailers are desperate to get swimwear off their shelves, July is the time to buy.

“July is the midway point for the retail season, so stores are already starting to clear out their inventory for fall,” writes Glaser at Deal News. “We expect big sales from Gap, Banana Republic, J. Crew, Kate Spade, and more, with shorts and dresses from $14.”

Another tip Glaser offers: If you’ve read about a store’s struggles in the news lately, expect to find big discounts.

5. Suits

In addition to jeans and winter coats, which enjoy deep discounts in the hot month of July, suits often see markdowns this time of year. With people wearing heavy clothing as infrequently as possible, merchandisers tend to offer sales to move their products off the racks. (Say your goodbyes, ancient blazer in the husband’s closet — you’re going to be replaced!)

6. Housewares (and Dormwares)

With June being the most common month for weddings and August not far behind it, July puts us firmly in the middle of wedding season. Combine the crush of wedding registry purchases with college students getting ready for their fall semesters, and you get houseware retailers offering big discounts to move as much merchandise as possible. Keep an eye out for combos and two-for-one deals, too.

From extra-long twin sheets and storage items to silverware and candles, Real Simple estimates average savings to be 20 to 50% off. So cross those wedding gifts off your list and maybe even get ahead on this year’s holiday presents.

Ashley Gainer is a full-time parent and part-time freelance writer who teaches other parent-preneurs how to be successful freelancers while remaining parents first. She also spends a lot of time nerding out over home economics and setting up elaborate wooden railways.