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What to Buy in December 2016

News Release NOV 30, 2016 (courtesy of fatwallet.com):

Do You Know What to Buy in December?

what-to-buy-in-december-fatwalletFollowing the busiest shopping days in history that featured some of the lowest prices ever, many holiday shoppers are still looking to finish up those gift lists. But where should they look for the biggest bang for their buck now that the huge November sales have past? Here’s a quick list of what and where to expect some of the biggest values in December.

  1. Cookware and Kitchen Gadgets: Shoppers can expect better prices and exclusive savings post-Thanksgiving on select cookware, dinnerware, glassware and small kitchen appliances. Holding out for the monthly Kohl’s discount that stacks with Kohl’s Cash, or shopping during Macy’s exclusive Sunday sales will be your best bet, including savings on home decor items.
  2. Toy Deals: Retailers were aggressive with toy deals in late November, but selection of special pricing was limited to the “gotta-have-it” toys. Overall toy prices will get better following Cyber Monday, but waiting too long may leave you empty handed, especially for 2016 video game deals that will be in demand as stocking stuffers that pair with those new video gaming console deals during Black Friday.
  3. Gift Cards: Dozens of stores offer discounts in late December and right before Christmas break, especially for restaurants, movie theaters and local entertainment venues. Check eBay deals as a great resource to scout for discounts on gift cards from retailers and gas stations, and look for discounts on iTunes gift cards with expectations of $100 in iTunes credit for $80.
  4. TVs and accessories: TV prices were exceptional during the Thanksgiving weekend, many prices were even better on Cyber Monday, signaling TVs were undersold. Expect 4K TV Deals to continue in December, especially 50-65” as well as 1080p TVs 60” or larger. Electronics stores that carry HDMI and A/V cables, streaming devices and other TV accessories will offer better discounting, too.
  5. Free Shipping Day and December Clearance: On Friday Dec. 16, Free Shipping Day will offer the best last minute savings opportunities, but beware any offer that looks too good to be true as some third party sites charge a fee to access their free shipping promises. After Christmas Clearance sales start up December 22 and acting quick is key as the best deals do not last more than a few hours.

About: FatWallet is a smart resource for millions of online and mobile shoppers to find and share thousands of current coupons and deals from more than 2,000 retailers, like Kohl’s, Amazon, Walmart and Ebay. The much-celebrated FatWallet forums represent the pulse of an evolving online and mobile marketplace where the savviest deal hunters in the world gather to share and learn about ways to save money on everyday needs, wants and personal finance decisions.

For additional data, insights and interviews, please contact Brent Shelton via bshelton@fatwallet.com.

Cyber Monday Shopping Survey 2016

cyber-monday-survey-pr-blogFatWallet.com Cyber Monday Survey 2016 (*Survata) reveals less than 20% of holiday shoppers expect to shop for Cyber Monday deals early and more than 80% are more likely to shop starting Monday morning or later. Only 1/4 of Cyber Monday shoppers admit to shopping for themselves, while almost half will be looking for holiday gifts and 61% of holiday shoppers plan to spend the same or more than last year during Cyber Monday sales.

Cyber Monday deals? 31% skip the research and just go shopping!

Surprisingly, shoppers get more information about Cyber Monday deals and discounts from Black Friday sites and social media than from retailer sites and other traditional advertising, while almost one third forego research and just go shopping. Clothing is the top item sought on Cyber Monday, followed by toys and electronics. Full results of this year’s survey include:

  • When asked, “Which are you most likely to shop for during Cyber Monday?”
  • 45% said Shop for holiday gifts
  • 24% said Shop for myself
  • 21% said Shop for home / family needs (non-gifts)
  • 4% said Shop for business (needs)
  • 6% said Other

When asked, “How do you get your information on deals and discounts for Cyber Monday?”

  • 29% said Black Friday Sites
  • 26% Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, etc)
  • 24% Retailer web sites
  • 18% said Newspaper ads
  • 17% said TV ads
  • 12% said Mobile Ads
  • 6% said News Stories
  • 31% said I just go shopping

When asked, “How much do you plan to spend on Cyber Monday, compared to last year?”

  • 16% said More than last year
  • 45% said Same as last year
  • 39% said Less than last year

When asked, “What items will you shop for during Cyber Monday?”

  • 45% said Apparel (Clothing, Shoes, Jewelry, other)
  • 33% said Toys or Video Games (games, consoles)
  • 32% said Consumer Electronics (including Laptops/Computers, Appliances)
  • 26% said Books, Movies or Music
  • 24% said Home Items (furniture, kitchen, bed and bath, décor, etc.)
  • 18% said Mobile Devices (Tablets, Smartphones, Wearables)
  • 8% said Other

When asked, “When are you most likely to shop during Cyber Monday sales?”

  • 31% said Monday A.M.
  • 24% said Monday P.M.
  • 18% said Sunday (early Cyber Monday sales)
  • 14% said Monday during lunch
  • 14% said Cyber Week (after Cyber Monday)

 

*Commissioned by FatWallet in November 2016, Survata interviewed 1,000 American adults that said they will shop during Holiday Shopping events in 2016. Additional methodology can be found at survata.com/methodology.

Contact Brent Shelton (bshelton@fatwallet.com) for additional data and insights.

Google Gets Pixel Heavy With New Hardware – In-Hand Pre-Black Friday

With Google Assistant leading the way, Google has just announced a host of new hardware devices (all made within Google own product development, not third party makers) in which Assistant will function as an “everywhere” AI for both smartphones and in the home. Here’s a quick rundown of Google new hardware arsenal, brought to you just in time for prime placement in every major Black Friday ad, which should start leaking out any day now (it is October, after all…sign up to get instantly notified when Black Friday ads leak).

google-pixel-5-inchGoogle gets Pixel Perfect, in more ways than one…

The new Pixel smartphone from Google was the headliner today, featuring a polished aluminum case with up to 7 hours of battery life with 15 minutes of charging. Pixel will support the Duo video calling service and has a camera that rivals the new iPhone 7. One great software feature is that updates download and install in the background. Initially available exclusively on Verizon, Pixel will also be available for sale unlocked (bookmark cell phone deals and accessories on FatWallet). Pixel pricing starts at $649 and is available for pre-order today in silver, black and blue with options for a 5-inch screen and 5.5-inch screen in either 32 GB and 128 GB (USB-C is supported).

daydream-vr-headset-googleThe new Pixel smartphone will support Google’s new VR platform called Daydream, a VR headset for designed for Pixel (and other smartphones) that is said to be more comfortable and breathable than other competing VR headsets. Daydream will stream from Google Play movies, photos, Street View and YouTube. Daydream also features a small controller (remote) with a touchpad and two buttons. Daydream headset with controller will be available in November starting at $79.

google-chromecast-ultra-black-fridayGoogle Chromecast Ultra was also introduced as their new flagship streaming media device. Chrome cast Ultra will support 4K, loads content 1.8x faster and comes with an ethernet connection.Available to purchase in November for $69 (some early 2016 Black Friday predictions may get altered to include the Chromecast Ultra as a $50 doorbuster).

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Google Wi-Fi, a new system designed for improving in-home Wi-Fi (extending the Google Home ecosystem by connecting them with each other). Google Wi-Fi has companion software that lets you control other devices linked to the router and manage access for kids. Pre-orders start in November and ship in December for
$129 (single device) and $299 (3-pack).

google-home-assistantGoogle Home was on display as the new competition to Amazon Echo. Home utilizes Assistant to interact with user requests. LED lights blink while Home completes requests…a verbal “google” machine, if you will, that also plays music. Home works seamlessly with YouTube Music, Spotify, Pandora and other streaming music services (Apple music??, probably not). Google has partnered with Philips, Nest, Samsung SmartThings and even IFTTT to assure support with other smart home devices, of which can be controlled through Home. Google Home will be available available to buy on November 4 for $129 (includes YouTube Red free for six months)

 

Check FatWallet Daily Deals for discounts on all Google hardware and competition devices and keep tabs on our new FatWallet Exclusives featuring time-sensitive price reduction only for FatWallet members. Better yet, set Topic Alerts for the items you’re looking to buy at discount … you don’t miss any up-to-the-minute sales, do you?

 

WHAT TO BUY IN OCTOBER 2016

Shopping Trends for What to Buy in October via FatWallet.com

What to Buy in OctoberIn October, retailers provide hints for what we’ll see come Black Friday, and some years are more telling than others. This year, with new gaming consoles and smartphones in tow, left in the wake are older PS4 and Xbox One consoles and gaming bundles for these models are at ready to reach their lowest prices ever. Ditto with older smartphones. This inventory clearing out promises to bring Doorbuster Black Friday deals on the new Xbox One S and PS4 Pro consoles bundled with hot games and gift cards. Same for big incentives for those that elect to buy new smartphones and smartwatches on Black Friday, especially the Phone 7’s and new Apple Watch 2, which will be bundled with store gift cards, free accessories and/or no money down (see Black Friday Predictions 2016 courtesy of BFAds.net)

Aside from a big older tech clearance this October, traditional fall sales offer shoppers the last chance at outdoor living clearance with deep discounts as much as 75% off grilling accessories, patio furniture and other outdoor living items flirting their lowest of the year. Gas grills are on clearance lists as well, with savings ranging from $100-300, depending on brands, models and inventory remaining. Homeowners that are “winterizing” will see great savings on lawn seed, fertilizers, rakes, deck coatings, storage bins and garage organizers. They’ll also save more money now vs. spring stocking up for next year with final sales on lawn equipment, hoses and planting items.

Holiday travelers will be looking to book airfare, hotels and car rentals while selections and options are more readily available, and prices are prime for booking accommodations at a cut rate for Fall vacations and cruises this month, especially where destinations are either warm or dry enough to enjoy. FatWallet’s Travel Discussion forum is handy for reviewing insider travel tips and tactics for the hot travel deals and credit card that offer the best rates and rewards for holiday travelers.

Early Halloween shoppers often find decent Halloween deals and pricing, and a much better selections of costumes and decorations compares with waiting until or last-minute Halloween clearance, especially at big-box stores like Target, Kohl’s and Walmart. Online shoppers will want to check out sites like HalloweenCostumes.com are already offering up to 90% off select costumes, and other online destinations such as Halloween Express with 25% off baby and toddler costumes.

October is also one of the best times of the year to save money on cold-weather apparel, especially denim jeans and men’s shoes and boots. As well, women’s fall fashion sales are prominent and expand beyond celebrity-backed clothing and jeans, with great savings on a wide selection of leather boots, handbags, seasonal jewelry and other accessories throughout the month. Expect holiday-like discounts of 20-50% off from online brands like Levi’s, American Eagle, and Tory Birch. Department stores like Macy’s, JCPenney and Kohl’s will offer similar savings for men, women and kids, plus their fall clothing discounts stack nicely with increased member rewards for bonus savings.

Speaking of outdoors, the sports and outdoor stores like Cabela’s, REI, Gander Mountain and Bass Pro Shops will feature special sales and discounting on outdoor sports apparel and gear for hunting, hiking and other fall activities. If you can find your size and color preference available, these specialty stores feature close-out and clearance prices up to 80% off last year’s fall coats, jackets, vests and boots and at these prices, the , especially wheneft-overs sell out fast.

Apple iPhone 7 Calls Out What to Buy in September

Older Smartphones and Wearables Join End of Season Clearance

what-to-buy-in-september-2016Apple iPhone announcement has an annual effect on what to buy in September, perhaps even more so in 2016. With both the new “water/dust resistant”  iPhone 7 and new Apple Watch Series 2 ($349) and updated Apple Watch Series 1 ($269) featuring iOS 10, untimely recalls of the new Samsung Galaxy 7 Note, and launch of other new super smartphone models (like the new LG V20) and a host of competing smartwatches cluttering holiday sales, there may be no better time to grab last year’s models of cell phones and wearables NOW, before your choices get very limited ahead of Black Friday.

And so, mobile tech, along with a variety of end of season clearance looks to save Fall shoppers a lot of money this month…if they know “what to buy in September”:

  • School is in session, and so is back-to-school clearance pricing on student laptops, backpacks, office and school supplies and even kids bicycles. Add that late September will feature big sales for denim, which may be the smartest time to buy your kids new jeans at about half the price, just as the weather hints that T’s and shorts won’t keep you warm enough.
  • Labor Day sales and Summer clearance are created to make room for new fall oudoorwear. Wait for late in September for the deepest discounts on jackets/hoodies, long sleeve tops, work boots and especially denim clothing. Also be on the lookout for 20-30% off outdoor sports apparel, both college and professional teams merchandising and hiking and hunting apparel see big sales all month.
  • September is prime “shoulder season” when overall traveling is less active, so travel deals come down in price as much as 50% less than summer travel deals. That means it’s advantageous to book holiday travel this month, when prices are low and more options are available, can save you hundreds of dollars. This includes airfare, hotels and car rentals.
  • Lawn Tools and Equipment Clearance excels following Labor Day weekend offering the year’s best discounts on push mowers, riding mowers and lawn tools. Shoppers can expect $50-150 off regular prices from stores selling most mowers, including cordless lithium powered push mowers from brands like Kobalt, Greenworks. and Worx .The need to go cordless extends to yard tools (trimmers, edgers, hedgers) with discounting upwards of 50% off. Look for your biggest value in bundled sets of 40 Volt Lithium Powered Lawn Tools allowing you to use the same batteries across tool changes.
  • Post-Labor Day sales also feature deep discounts on garden supplies and tools with savings ranging from 20-50% off a variety of items, including hoes, tillers, hoses, sprayers, containers, soils and fertilizers. Shoppers need be aware that many items sell out of inventory quickly, if this happens, order the items online to have them shipped to your local store for pickup.
  • In September, prices for most of last year’s appliances, even refrigerators, come down with the stocking new models and the same can be said for mattress sets, pads and pillows. Expect savings of 50% or more and the lowest prices we’ll see until Black Friday Appliance Deals and 60% off or more at appliance outlets. Of note for those big-ticket purchases: Lowe’s offers an extra 5% off or free-6 months financing with Lowe’s card purchases, which can make a big difference savings, or your budgeting through the end of the year, on a big ticket item like a new riding mower. Sears has a similar 5% off or 12 months no-interest financing deal with purchases using a Sears Card post Labor Day weekend.

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What to Buy in August 2016

Laptop Deals Lead Off With Big Steals In August

what-to-buy-in-august-blogSmart shoppers know that seasonal shopping events can offer hidden savings opportunities on items that are meant for more targeted audiences. For example, August is prime for discounts on Back to School items, and most retailers are promoting deals that far transcend student needs, catering to upgrades for the home, office and personal adult needs. When it comes to deciding what to buy in august, clothing, shoes, laptops, office supplies and even hotel deals meant for parents relocating their college bound student(s) should come to mind.

august-back-to-school-dealsAugust brings some of the best computing device deals of the year, and according to parents surveyed by FatWallet, Back to School sales are the #1 time to find the best laptop deals, ahead of Black Friday or any other time. (And, August was ranked by parents as the best time to find deals on school supplies.) Whether you’re in the market to buy a student laptop, or one for yourself, there may be no better time for comparing brands and features, while securing a low price, especially if you live in a state that offers a Tax-Free Holiday weekend (see 2016 Tax Holiday Schedules). Other savings tactics include utilizing student and teacher discounts that can bring as extra 10-20% off on computers and software (with a school ID), and online shoppers can double down on rewards by using cash back from sites like Ebates.

But August isn’t just about saving money on school needs as this month now ushers in summer clearace and ends with a final week of Labor Day sales that bring pricing reminiscent of deep discounting we see during Memorial Day and President’s Day shopping events. Expect to find significant savings on swimwear and summer apparel, as well as weekend sales from big box retailers offering 30-50% off patio and grilling items, outdoor sporting goods, yard and lawn tools and home maintenance needs. Jumping on these sales brings more than savings, as August buyers will have a much better selection than those that wait for lower prices in the fall…and…they’ll have a good amount of the summer to still utilize their purchases..

Complete list of What to Buy in August

BACK TO SCHOOL SALES

  • Computers: laptops, tablets, printers and computer monitors
  • School Supplies: writing and art supplies, backpacks, lunch bags
  • Kids Clothing: uniforms, shirts, blouses, jeans, shoes, jackets, hoodies, shorts, hats, socks
  • Textbooks/Books: buy and sell online: new, used, rentals, digital
  • Musical Instruments: woodwinds, brasswinds, drums, percussion, guitars, etc.
  • College: luggage, furniture, lighting, rugs, small appliances, storage

SUMMER CLEARANCE / LABOR DAY SALES

  • Sports/Outdoors: golf, cycling, running, baseball, camping, fishing, pools
  • Clothing: tanks, dresses, shorts, sandals, hats and sunglasses
  • Swimwear: suits, shorts and beach accessories
  • Grills/Grilling: gas and charcoal grills and accessories
  • Patio Furniture: outdoor furniture, umbrellas, Awnings, cushions, lawn chairs
  • Travel: Hotels weekend discounts/packages, Vegas deals, luggage
  • MISC: some yard/lawn tools and equipment, paint, ceiling fans

 

What to Buy in July – The Prime Days of Summer

HEAT IS ON for what to buy in July

amazon-prime-day-fatwalletAs July gets hot, and much of what to buy in July is about the things that “keep us cool”. Beyond the huge 4th of July sales offering savings for everything under the sun, this month features big retail sales themed as Christmas in July, or Black Friday in July that bring deep discounting on a variety of items worth paying attention to. This year, many of these sales are expected to coincide with the second annual Amazon Prime on Tuesday July 12. If anything like last year, Amazon’s big summer garage sale offers hidden savings, if you’re patient. Last year some of the stand out Prime Day savings weren’t the usual suspects (tech and toys) as many of the gems came from health and beauty deals, media (books, movies, music) and dozens of sports collectibles that actually competed with Black Friday prices.

ADVICE: First, sign up for a for a free 30-day Prime trial. Look ahead for launch times of deals you’re interested in, and check FatWallet Hot Deals during Prime Day for community input and insider tips. And compare prices…this year other retailers will be more prepared with a plethora of themed mid-year clearance events that coincide with Prime Day to compete with Amazon. Last year, Walmart offered a “Dare to Compare” clearance sale that lasted several days and Staples had a similar clearance event that was well-received by the FatWallet deal hunters. This year, expect dozens of retailers to respond with something impressive like free shipping day in July?!

If you’re not interested in this hyped dumpster dive, here’s a quick guide for what to buy in July this year:

logo-1330024-b4ab04e103673e7fb86cab6f5f407276Air Conditioners, Fans, Dehumidifiers, Coolers and Thermostats

The rush to “remain calm…and cool” brings deep discounts own these items during 4th of July sales, and be alerted that the most efficient, top-rated models can sell out quickly. Waiting until later in the summer to find a good window AC unit, or a powerful oscillating fan, or even a deal on coolers and ice-makers may become a time suck, or a costly disappointment.

  • Staples: Nest 3rd Gen Learning Thermostat for $199.00 (was $199.99) with free shipping
  • Staples: Arctic King 8000 BTU/h Window Air Conditioner for $109.99 (was $206.99) with free shipping
  • Best Buyup to $50 savings on Nest Learning Thermostats
  • Walmart: Igloo 48-qt. Breeze Ice Chest Cooler for $15.88 (was $30) with free in-store pickup
  • Sears: Coleman 62-qt. Xtreme Wheeled Cooler for $39.99 (was $54.99) with free in-store pickup
  • Sears: 30% off and more on Air Conditioners

544768_capture.pngSummer Swimwear and Beachwear

July 4th events are traditionally the launch of annual summer swimwear sales with discounts up to 50% off both budget and designer swimwear and beachwear, While prices get better as we move further into summer, waiting for clearance pricing will put limits on size, selection and time to actually use it.

  • Shook55% off Family Swimwear and Flip Flops
  • Forever 21Swimwear & Sale Tops From $4.90
  • Bare Necessities4th of July Swimwear Sale Up to 50% Off
  • Garage ClothingSwimwear sale – Buy 1, Get 1 at $10
  • Searsup to 60% off Swimwear for Men
  • OASAPup to 75% off Swimwear

logo-1329308-779480dbabd2df8704d73304d73f4528Outdoor Furniture and Patio Accessories

This year, Memorial Day brought us impressive sales on patio furniture and shoppers should expect big sales in early July offering similar savings, especially with the more expensive wicker and rattan sets up to 75% off. You’ve surely heard that summer clearance has the best discounts, but what’s the fun of buying something to put in storage.

  • WalmartMainstays Grayson Court 5-pc. Patio Set for $159.99 (was $279.00) with free shipping
  • eBay: LP Furniture Outdoor Propane Fire Pit Table on sale for $209.99 (was $899.95) with free shipping
  • Rakuten.com: Christopher Knight Home Santa Cruz Outdoor Brown Wicker Sofa Set for $849 (was $1240) with free shipping
  • Amazon: Serta RTA Palisades Collection 73″ Sofa for $381.13 (was $554.99) with free shipping
  • eBay: Outsunny 4pc Wicker Sofa Set with  Rattan Cushioned Seat for $369.99 (was $633.32) with free shipping
  • Lowe’s: Free Local Delivery on Discounted Patio Furniture $498+ order

logo-1318918-d7a43d15ea5566d8e12a4d2ef1e948bbOutdoor Sports Gear and Yard Games

Planning for camping, fishing or hiking in July? and need some new outdoor gear? If yes, then sports specialty and big box stores will be your =destination as these items get some of their deepest discounts of the year this month, as do back yard games and swingsets. As well, above ground pools and water toys see some of the lowest prices of the year, too.

  • Sears: Craftsman Padded Folding Camping Chair for $19.99 (was $36.00) with free in-store pickup
  • eBay: DuroMax 4000 Watt Gas Powered RV Camping Generator for $209.99 (was $499.99) with free shipping
  • Cabela’s: 4th of July Sale with up to 50% off sale items
  • WalmartOzark Trail 8-Person 16×8-ft. Dome Tent for $49.99 with free in-store pick up
  • Sierra Trading Postup to 75% off Hiking Gear
  • Bass Pro ShopsFrigate Offshore Angler Boat Bag for $9.97 (was $19.99) with free in-store pickup
     

OTHER items that should be on your radar for “what to buy in July”:
Kids Summer Apparel – Expect many popular clothing brands to offer site-wide sales that focus on summer clothing for children and babies. Savings of 20-40% can be found on shorts, polos, dresses and sandals as retailers look to make room for new back-to-school items later in July.


Furniture– July is one of the best months to purchase furniture for the home. 4th sales kick-off big clearance of last years living room and bedroom sets at furniture stores looking to move their existing inventory to make room for new models arriving in August.

 

Amazon Prime Day Set for July 12 with 100k deals

It’s official, Black Friday in July will repeat!

amazon prime day july 12Today, Amazon Prime Day was announced for Tuesday, July 12 in 2016. As expected, promises were made by the king of online retail for another huge 24 hours of deals, exclusively for Amazon Prime subscribers who will fork out the $10.99 per month, or the $99 per year subscription to have access. Or…the most savvy shoppers will opt in for a free 30-day Prime trial.

If you used your free trial last year, or during Black Friday 2015, or any time previously, you can still game 2016 Amazon Prime Day deals by creating an account for someone else in your household or signing up for Amazon Prime via the monthly payment option (listed above). You just need to cancel it before the 30 days.

Amazon noted it will host some 100,000 deals across all departments and product categories for this year’s Amazon Prime Day event. The event kicks off in 10 countries at 12:00 am PST (seattle time)  and new “lightning” deals start up about every 5 minutes. Amazon will also be counting down deals between July 5th to July 11th that include exclusive  Amazon’s Fire TV deals, Fire Stick deals and discounts on Amazon’s Prime Music and Photo services.

ADVICE: Judging from last year’s backlash that Prime Day deals weren’t exactly in a Black Friday league, we’re expecting more, better deals on things like TVs and other popular tech outside of Amazon products. Look ahead for launch times of deals you’re interested in, and check FatWallet Hot Deals during Prime Day for community input and insider tips. And compare prices…this year other retailers will be more prepared with a plethora of themed mid-year clearance events that coincide with Prime Day to compete with Amazon.

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To compete with the second annual Amazon Prime Day, many retailers will offer similar summer sales like Christmas in July and Black Friday in July, and Walmart just announced a Free 30-Day ShippingPass Trial and a replay of “Dare to Compare” clearance deals to keep pace with Prime Day deals during, before, during and after July 12 (launch TBD).

ShippingPass Trial Note: Must cancel before the 30-Day Trial expires otherwise, your credit card will be charged $49 for a one-year membership, (you can cancel your subscription at any time). The service also features free returns online or in-store, with no minimum orders.

Top 6 Ways Dads Save in June

Fathers-day-deals-fatwalletSpending in June can quickly escalate for homeowners. Thanks to widespread Father’s Day sales, smart savings on a variety of items for both dads, and homeowners, can help to ease spending concerns when securing those needs and wants for summer. Many of the most trending deals in a variety categories fall into our Top 6 Ways Dads Save in June list below, including tools and automotive, home and garden, men’s clothing, TV and electronics, smartphones, outdoor sporting gear, summer yard games and deals on summer activities and special events.

To help you sort it all out, FatWallet has curated a comprehensive Father’s Day gifts and sales roundup featuring a living list of the top online coupons and offers from major retailers. Shoppers can also access a more user-friendly Father’s Day Deals section to sort through from now until June 19.

Top 6 Ways Dads Save in June

  1. Tools, especially power tools, cordless tool kits, tool storage and automotive tools see timely price drops up to 50% off top brands like Craftsman, Black & Decker, Milwaukee and DeWalt. Those that buy tools frequently claim there is no better time to buy than Father’s Day (FatWallet.com Survey).
  2. Home Improvement Project Needs are featured in June sales for homeowners looking to beat the heat. Stores like Home Depot, Lowe’s and Sears post some of their best prices of the year on paints and stains, building materials, hardware, fixtures and tools needed for home repair and remodel.
  3. Summer Sports and Yard Games go on sale in June, including deep discounting on gear for camping, fishing and golfing at Bass Pro shop, Cabela’s, and Golfsmith. Many Father’s Day sales include the season’s best discounts on popular summer yard games and pool toys.
  4. Men’s Clothing will be on sale the first 2 weeks in June, especially summer apparel used for outdoor activities and sports. Stores like REI, Backcountry, LLBean, Patagonia and Duluth Trading have timely deals on quality shirts, shorts and shoes for guys, and gals, who spend free-time outside.
  5. Smart Gadgets and accessories are the covet of most dads, and techies, too. Audio tech, especially Bluetooth speakers and headphones, and outdoor speakers will be on sale this month, as will smart home hubs and accessories that help keep us connected to home during busy summer months.
  6. 4K TV Deals have been trending in 2016 and price drops continue in June during Father’s Day sales from electronics retailers like Best Buy, Dell and eBay. Expect to find “halfway to Black Friday” deals on major brand 50” 4K TVs under $500, 55” 4K TVs under $600 and 60” 4K TVs under $800.

Good Buys In June – Summer Savings

Let the summer games, and home projects, begin! Shopping in June is prime for homeowners who can really capitalize on the good buys in June. With Father’s Day Sales off and running, smart savings on a variety of items for both dads, and most anyone, ease spending woes for needs (and wants) in the coming months.

Top Good Buys in June:

  • June-STTools, especially power tools, cordless tool kits, tool storage and automotive tools. Those that buy tools often claim there is no better time than Father’s Day (survey from FatWallet.com). These timely price drops offer discounts up to 50% off top brands like Craftsman, Black & Decker, Milwaukee and DeWalt.
  • Home Improvement Project Needs are featured sale items all month. For Home owners that want to beat the heat, stores like Home Depot, Lowe’s and Sears bring their best prices of the year on paints and stains, building materials, hardware, fixtures and tools needed to complete jobs in time to enjoy summer.
  • Summer Sports and Outdoors Items used for family fun get low pricing in June, including deep discounting on gear for camping, fishing and golfing at Bass Pro shop, Cabela’s, and Golfsmith. Also, look for weekend sales on yard and pool games and toys at big box and specialty stores.
  • Men’s Clothing will be on sale these first 2 weeks in June, especially summer apparel used for outdoor activities and sports. Stores like REI, Backcountry, LLBean, Patagonia and Duluth Trading have timely deals on quality shirts, shorts and shoes for guys, and gals, who spend their free-time outside.

4 more ways to save in June:

  • Dishware and Cookware deals just happen to coincide with wedding gift registries, especially “everyday” china and high quality pots and pans sets that can be found for up to 50% off at Macy’s, Wayfair, Bed, Bath & Beyond, Mikasa and other department stores in June.
  • June Semi-Annual Sales can offer some of the best savings of the year on a variety of summer items for women, typically 40% off or more. Stand outs include sales from Victoria’s Secret, Saks 5th Avenue, Lane Bryant and Bath & Body Works. Stack cash back from ebates.com to throw these deals over the top.
  • Local Deals from sites like Groupon and Living Social can offer significant savings to a variety of summer activities. Whether traveling, staycationing or gifting, local summer savings on average of 50% can be had on festivals, skydiving, boat rides, massages, spas, etc., and food at local restaurants and bars.
  • Early 4th of July Sales, which will kick off in the last week in June offer heavy discounting on patio accessories, party decorations, outdoor sports toys and gear, air conditioners, fans and fitness equipment clearance. Hit the big box stores for the best prices.

 

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