Before you head to the store to buy something, it’s always a good idea to look at the calendar. That sounds like odd advice, so let me explain why.
Just like the weather changes with the seasons, product prices change over the course of the year. Winter clothes cost less in summer than they do in fall or winter, for example. TVs tend to cost less in November and late January around Black Friday and the Super Bowl, respectively.
With July coming up, I’m going to tell you what tech and other products you should and shouldn’t buy this month. But first, I should mention some odd July quirks that you can take advantage of for great deals.
The first is a number of food-related “holidays” that happen in July, such as …
- July 6 – National fried chicken day
- July 12 – National pecan pie day
- July 20 – National ice cream day
- July 30 – National cheesecake day
If you look around at the restaurants and stores you would normally associate with those types of foods, you’re sure to find yummy discounts and deals.
Then there’s the biggest savings opportunity of July: Fourth of July sales. Over Independence Day weekend, you’ll find huge discounts on clothes, appliances, jewelry, home and garden, travel and plenty more.
Here are a few that caught my eye:
- Best Buy is offering up to 40% off on refrigerators, washers and dryers, ovens, dishwashers, microwaves, electronics and more.
- Dell has 20% off select computers, and get free shipping with promo code 5TK?LC9VJ5F$33 (valid though 7/31).
- TigerDirect has serious savings on computer parts, if you’re thinking about upgrading your old system or building a new one.
- Amazon has a huge roundup of deals related to the Fourth, from patio furniture and grills to books and clothing. Just note that summer is still a bad time to get the best deal on grills; those are cheapest in winter.
Of course, I’m not going to be left out. If you buy anything in my shop from now through 11:59 p.m. on July 6, enter promo code SHIP2015 and get free shipping.
Outside of those sales, however, there are some more things to think about for July.
Things to buy
I said last month that back-to-school sales were going to really kick in starting at the end of July. That’s a good time to buy a laptop if you’re thinking about upgrading.
Also, don’t forget that Microsoft Windows 10 is officially arriving on July 29. If you can wait until then to buy a laptop, I would. That way, you don’t have to upgrade from Windows 8.1; you can start using Windows 10 out of the box.
Don’t forget that if you computer is running Windows 7 or 8.1, you can upgrade to Windows 10 for free until July 29, 2016. Find out if Windows 10 is right for your current PC.
If you need a new air conditioner to beat the summer heat, July is the best summer month to buy. You aren’t going to get the same deals you would in winter, but you can save more than 14% over buying in June or August.
There are plenty of Fourth of July travel deals if you look around. However, after Independence Day you’ll find hotel prices in a lot of U.S. locations dropping 10% to 20%. Find out how you can get a better deal booking with hotels directly.
If you want a big adventure, prices have dropped quite a bit on European vacations. TripAdvisor found that a one-week trip has gone down 11% in average price.
Things to not buy
Summer really isn’t the best time for deals on TVs – that would be November and January. However, if you’re after a small second TV, say around 32 inches, don’t feel like you have to wait. Prices on those are about as low as they’re going to get.
Outside of Fourth of July sales, appliances aren’t typically a good buy in July. September and October are when manufacturers release new models and stores drop prices the most to move older products. The exception is refrigerators, which tend to refresh and get discounts in May.