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The 8 Best Things to Buy in July — and 5 to Avoid

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July might seem like it has a single good shopping day — July 4th — but you can actually find great deals all month long!

Whether you need outdoor gear to celebrate the second half of summer, want to scoop up Prime Day deals, or you’re ready to dive into early Back to School sales, July has it all!

Check out our guide to see what to buy in July, as well as what you should hold off on — for now.

Top July Offers You Should Shop

Kenyon: The retailer is offering a number of deals suitable for summer, including:

  • 10% off grills
  • 25% off grill accessories
  • 25% off StacKEN cookware
  • 25% off Texan + Stand

These offers are valid through July 10.

Noodles & Company: The restaurant is offering multiple promotions for Noodles Rewards members throughout the month of July. Take advantage of the following:

  • The week of July 1, receive a free side with purchase of a classic entree
  • The week of July 18, get a regular veggie entree for the price of a small
  • The week of July 25, receive a free potsticker shareable with purchase of an Asian entree

The loyalty program is free to join, and you can sign up online or by downloading the restaurant’s app. New users will also receive a free entree after their first purchase using the app.

Yogurtland: Real Rewards members can earn three times the points on National Ice Cream Day, which falls on July 17. The program is free to join, and you can do so online or by downloading the app.

The 8 Best Things to Buy in July

July 4th Sales

The 4th of July is a huge shopping holiday and marks the midpoint of summer for many, as the next few weeks usually usher in the Back to School season.

During sales around the big celebration, look for deals on electronics, clothing and shoes, patio furniture (to some degree), outdoor gear, large appliances, and mattresses at stores like Costco, Target, and Best Buy.

Of course, 4th of July sales are pretty diverse, so if something you’re shopping for isn’t included in one of these categories, don’t fret! There’s a good chance a ton of items will be on sale, so be sure to check out your favorite shops to see what they’re offering for holiday discounts.

Free Slurpees

The well-known convenience chain 7-Eleven often hosts a Free Slurpee Day on July 11 to celebrate the holiday 7-Eleven Day. In 2020, the event didn’t happen, but last year it returned with a special offer for 7Rewards members.

At the start of July 2021, members received a coupon for a free small Slurpee in their account, and they could redeem it at any time throughout the month.

7-Eleven is celebrating this year in a similar way, but is also changing the name of the event to Slurpee Day.

Through July 11, 7Rewards and Speedy Rewards members can get a free small Slurpee at a 7-Eleven, Speedway, or Stripes store when they scan the 7-Eleven or Speedway app at checkout.

National Ice Cream Day Deals

National Ice Cream Day falls on July 17 this year, and we expect plenty of parlors to get in the spirit with different freebie promotions.

In 2021, we saw Carvel provide cards with surprise offers to customers who purchased items from their special churro menu. Dairy Queen, meanwhile, gave out $1-off coupons in their app, and Yogurtland boosted Real Rewards earnings for a single day to celebrate.

Seasonal Clothing

Ordinarily, we advise against purchasing seasonal clothing within the time frame it’s meant for, but July is a rare exception, largely due in part to July 4th sales. But even without those events, plenty of summery clothing items with great discounts are worth shopping.

For instance, last year we saw men’s swimwear at Nordstrom Rack for between $15 and $18 each a little more than a week after July 4th, and Lands’ End cut up to an extra 60% off swimwear at the end of the month.

It’s not just swimwear, either. In July 2021, J.Crew Factory knocked up to 71% off dresses that were perfect for hotter temperatures, while Nautica dropped prices on summer essentials to under $25 and took an additional 10% off via a coupon code.

Look for bulk purchases to be eligible for savings, too; in 2021, Hanes offered 20% off the purchase of three or more tees, tanks, or polos. At these prices, you can stock up on apparel perfect for sweltering summer days and still have plenty of time left in the season to wear it.

Outdoor Gear

If you love spending time in the great outdoors when summer arrives, know that you can find truly great deals on gear for all kinds of activities during July.

Backcountry will likely have brand-specific sales, like up to 68% off The North Face, and definitely keep an eye on REI. Last July the retailer offered up to 30% off fitness deals, while its outlet division knocked up to 71% off adventure gear, up to 56% off camping and hiking deals, and other deals that were up to 90% off.

Be sure to watch Moosejaw, as well — last year it took up to 40% off in its summer clearance event.

Individual July deals will be fairly notable, too. Watch for watertight survival kits to be around $5, tackle kits to cost around $15, and nylon double hammocks to go for around $19.

Need items for camping? Watch for tent deals to be as affordable as $34, while a Coleman 4-in-1 gas camping stove could be as low as $97.

Early Back to School Sales

Different parts of the country head back to school at different times, but that just means the Back to School sales start early and last for weeks. The result is tons of deals worth your time!

Last year, we saw Back to School sales for the month underway as early as July 7, with Office Depot taking up to 55% off standard supplies like backpacks, notebooks, binders, and writing utensils, while Costway took up to 20% off select items for students of all ages.

More sales will pop up later in the month, and there’s a good chance we’ll see early promotions from stores like Adorama for discounted laptops, desktops, and tablets. Microsoft, meanwhile, could take up to $800 off during its Back to School sale.

Watch for clothing Back to School sales in July, as well.

Under Armour Outlet could offer up to an extra 25% off, while Finish Line could cut up to 40% off select items.

Aeropostale may have early deals on school uniforms, including an extra 15% off when you purchase multiple items, and Shoebacca could cut up to 75% off during its event, allowing you to stock up on new shoes for far less.

Prime Day Deals

Amazon spent two years mixing it up for Prime Day — in 2020 it held the sale in October, while last year it moved the event to June. Now Amazon is finally returning to its roots. The online retailer is slated to host the big event in July once again this year, and it’ll fall on July 12-13.

Prime Day should be an excellent time to find savings on Amazon devices, home and garden items, electronics, and other products. There’s almost assuredly going to be a deal on select Instant Pots, and we’ll likely see deals on a number of fitness trackers, too.

If you want to learn more, check out our Prime Day deals preview for 2022.

In-Season Produce

July is basically the peak of summer, so it’s no surprise that it’ll be the perfect time to stock up on fresh fruits and veggies.

Look for the ripest fruits to include apricots, blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, kiwi, mangoes, peaches, plums, raspberries, strawberries, and watermelon.

Then there’s the best fresh veggies, which will include corn, cucumbers, green beans, kohlrabi, lettuce, okra, peppers, summer squash, Swiss chard, tomatoes, and zucchini.

Want to shop locally grown produce? Check out the Seasonal Food Guide website to see what you can find in your area.

5 Things NOT To Buy in July

Electronics

Buy: In November

Why: We expect some good deals during Prime Day and Back to School sales, but we tend to see better deals, and more of them, in November around Black Friday.

Patio Furniture

Buy: In August or September

Why: You may see some savings on these items in July, but the deals really ramp up when summer starts to wind down.

Grills

Buy: In September or October

Why: This is another item that sees deep discounts when summer is almost over and grilling weather is disappearing.

Lawn Mowers

Buy: In August or October

Why: Like other summery items, these should see much better savings when summer is winding down and retailers are trying to make room for fall gear.

Sunglasses

Buy: In September

Why: These are a strange item because there’s demand for them year-round. That being said, sunglasses do tend to top summer shopping lists, which means prices will be on the higher end; hold off until September and overall prices should drop.

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