What to Buy (and Skip) in June 2023

Courtney Neidel
Tommy Tindall
By Tommy Tindall and  Courtney Neidel 
Updated
Edited by Sheri Gordon

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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 June.

Buy: Swimwear and lingerie

Add swimwear and lingerie to your “to buy” list. Why? Retailers typically discount swimsuits just before the weather heats up. 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.

Skip: Grills

Summer officially starts in June, which makes it prime time for outdoor grilling. 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 18 this year. Deals are usually common at places such as The Home Depot, Harbor Freight Tools and Dick’s Sporting Goods. You may also find discounts for dad at online retailers that offer more bespoke gear. Last year, Solo Stove discounted its popular fire pits by 45%. Many of these sales will happen in the days leading up to the holiday. You can set sale alerts through a deal-tracking site like Slickdeals or CamelCamelCamel, or follow relevant brands on social media so you'll know when to buy.

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June is a good time to convince dad to fix something. That’s because power tool staples like cordless drills, string trimmers and pressure washers often go on sale, according to Consumer Reports. All make great gifts for the guy in your life who never says "less power, please."

Skip: High-end 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 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 starts July 17.

Shop now: 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 first happens in January).

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

Wait for: Amazon Prime Day

Consider putting products in your Amazon cart in June, but waiting until July to check out. That’s because the retail giant is expected to hold Prime Day in July again this year. The dates are still TBA (the sale was July 12-13 last year), but you can expect deals on Amazon’s own line of Echo electronics and items from big brands and small businesses alike.

Bonus: Quirky observances

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 2 (always the first Friday in June) and National Sunglasses Day on June 27.