What to Buy (and Skip) in June

May 27, 2021

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From scooping up swimwear to saving money on Father’s Day gifts, here’s what you should buy — and a few things you should hold off on while shopping in the month of June.

Buy: Swimwear and lingerie

Add swimwear and lingerie to your “to buy” list. Why? Ahead of warm summer weather, retailers typically discount swimsuits. Additionally, Victoria’s Secret is known to offer savings on bras and panties in June.

In the past, Victoria’s Secret customers snapped up savings of up to 60% off almost 2,000 styles in the store’s twice-annual sale. After previously phasing out swimwear, Victoria’s Secret now sells swimsuits again, as does its Pink brand.

Skip: Grills

Summer officially starts in June, which means many people have grilling on their mind. This higher demand means 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.

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Buy: Father’s Day gifts

Father’s Day is June 20 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. Expect discounts on clothing, tools and more.

Father’s Day deals are usually common 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.

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 are typically 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 date hasn’t been announced yet.

Shop: Semiannual sales

Victoria’s Secret isn’t the only store with a semiannual sale. Since June is the halfway point of the year, many retailers celebrate with the second installment of their twice-yearly sales (the others happen in January).

Keep an eye out for these throughout the month. In past years, we’ve seen stores like Bath & Body Works and Brooks Brothers hold semiannual sales in June.

Bonus: Freebies

Father’s Day and the first day of summer are always June highlights, but there are some lesser-known occasions during the month as well. Mark your calendar for the following days, which could offer discounts or freebies: National Doughnut Day on June 4 and National Sunglasses Day on June 27.