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What to Buy in JUNE: Shopping Trends 2014


June is best time of year to buy TOOLS.

Feels like “guys appreciation month” as Father’s Day sales events start in late May and kick into high gear the first week of June. This is “hands down” the best time of year to buy tools (see our survey), but savings on paint, home improvement, yard and garden and patio stuff for summer fun will be abundant. And, if you miss the first two weeks, most retailers will have these products priced to sell throughout the month.


Shoppers should expect big savings on power tools, yard & garden tools, automotive tools and parts and tool boxes, house paints, deck stains and other home improvement items at 30-70% during Father’s Day discounting. Gear and apparel for fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, biking and swimming will be competitively priced throughout the month, as well. Every retailer will have like-inventory priced to move, so it’s a good time to look for “value” and quality over “cheap”.

Other June savings include deals on specific electronics like laptops, smartphones and tablets) and if your flexible, deals on last minute vacation packages and graduation and wedding gifts from spring clearance sales can be had at huge savings, too.

Father’s Day Deals:

”toolIf May brings flowers, then June brings summer prep and the best time to upgrade tools and outdoor gear on the cheap. Sure, dads want new iphones and ipads, or the Galaxy S5, but what really want is an excuse to get away from them!

  • Tools & Auto: (power drills, cordless combo tool kits, yard & garden tools, automotive tools and parts, tool storage)
  • Sports & Outdoors: (golfing, fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, biking, swimming)
  • Electronics: (laptops, tablets, smartphones, cameras, streaming media, wireless devices)
  • Local Deals: (auto services, restaurants, golfing, movies and health/fitness services)

Tip: Early Father’s Day sales offer best selection and enough time to take advantage of free shipping offers.


Home Improvement Deals:

It’s a good idea to get these projects out of the way before the heat, and the prices, go back up.

  • Paint & Coatings: (interior and exterior for walls, ceilings, floors, fence, garage and house)
  • Materials: (faucets, light fixtures, wall board, shingles, fencing, etc.)
  • Tools/Garden: (saws, drills, tools, boxes/benches/storage, ladders)Tip: These hidden savings often get mixed in with Father’s Day sales that offer store-wide discounts and increased cash back through FatWallet all month.

    Summer Vacation Deals – late season and last minute bookings:

    ”travelFinding last minute summer vacation deals is about being flexible with dates and destinations. Plus, FatWallet features added savings of cash back on all the major travel sites like Priceline, Expedia, Travelocity, and Orbitz.

    • Airfare: Bundling airfares with hotels as a package should get you there and back at a bargain if you’re willing to come and go at off hours.
    • Hotels: Get cash back along with the best vacation packages staying in hotels like Hilton, Marriot, Westin, Ramada and more.
    • Car Rental: Look for free rental car upgrades, one-way discount codes and rental car packages.
    • Local Deals: Find 50% or more off local events, activities and getaways + cash back!

    Tip: Always, but especially last minute, when you see a good rate, book it, and factor in what is included as some travel sites include taxes and fees – others don’t.

    Graduation/Wedding Gifts:

    ”GraduationIf you’re looking for wedding and graduation gifts, June sales can be good for your budget, especially during Spring Clearance.

    • Home: (dishware, cookware, bedding, small appliances)
    • Flowers, Gifts: (flowers, gift baskets, frames, photo albums, jewelry)
    • Clothing: (jackets, hoodies, pants, long sleeve shirts, rain coats, spring colors)
    • Travel: (caribbean vacation packages, hotel and car rental deals, summer event tickets

    Tip: Often spring clearance store-wide discounts (e.g., 50% off $100 purchase) can satisfy a few gift/home needs in one purchase if you shop smart.

    Early Summer Activities:

    ”localFatWallet Local Deals provide daily deal shoppers a one-stop resource with all the available offers from Groupon, Living Social, Gilt City and other sites in more than 150 cities, including savings on hundreds of timely national deals. Perfect for summer events and cheap meals on the road.

    • Activities & Events: (concerts, sports, theme parks, museums, arcades, movies, bowling, etc.)
    • Beauty & Spa: (half off hair cuts and color, manicures, hair removal and spa packages)
    • Food & Drink: (coupons for pizza, burgers, drinks and a variety of full course meals)
    • Health & Fitness: (gym memberships, pilates, yoga, golfing, chiropractic, acupuncture, etc.)
    • Shopping: (50% and more off select products and services year round)
    • Travel: (complete vacation packages, hotels stays)

    Tip: If your traveling, look at these deals a week or two ahead to save a ton of money on vacation, or just visiting family and friends.

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