Every month of the year, certain items are discounted due to overstock, holiday sales, or transitions from one season to the next. Here are the shopping highlights for June in Seattle-Tacoma area stores.
The items listed below are typically offered during the month of June. Or course, we think the best way to save money is not to spend it! But, when you need or want to, plan your spending to take advantage of the times of the year when what you buy is at the lowest possible price.
It’s a good strategy to keep a running list of things you need to buy, especially major purchase. The list reminds you to keep an eye out for the item, noting prices and features. If you are familiar with what’s available, then you will know a good deal when you see it. But the funny thing is, sometimes when you find the deal, you’ve realized you don’t really need the item—you’ve made do without it or re-purposed something else that fulfilled the need.
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June Holidays & Special Events
Key events in June include Father’s Day Day (third Sunday), Juneteenth (June 19th) and the summer solstice (June 20 or 21, depending on the year).
- June 4, 2021 National Donut Day (first Friday in June)
- June 12-13, 2021 Free fishing weekend
- June 19, 2021, Juneteenth. Find local events on our calendar.
- June 20, 2021 Father’s Day
- June 20, 2021 Summer solstice
- June 21, 2021 Worldwide Make Music Day
- June is Pride Month
- Seafair: the big events are cancelled this year, but the Seafair spirit continues all summer with smaller events (we hope)
Seasonal items to buy in June
For grads, look for laptops, luggage or travel accessories (including duffels and toiletry bags), business accessories (business card holder, quality pen, or briefcase), digital cameras, Amazon Prime (which just increased its price), or Blue Apron. Most young people will tell you they just want cash. That’s okay, too. Gift cards and cash always work if you’re not sure of your recipient’s tastes or specific needs.
Father’s Day Gifts
Ahead of Dad’s Day June 17, you will find sales on dad-able gifts including recliners and easy chairs, power tools, fishing gear, and meats for the barbecue grill such as steaks and ribs. Local and national stores from Filson to Dick’s and Cabela’s, Walmart and Target will be competing for your dollars.
In additional to Dad’s day deals on meats for the grill, June is a good time to stock up for summer holiday parties for Fourth of July, Seafair, or Labor Day. Look for deals on picnic and party supplies, disposable paper goods, party foods such as hamburger or hotdog buns and accompaniments or other related groceries.
Now that the spring season is ending, some gardening supplies start to go on sale in June, such as hoses, sprinklers, and hand tools.
If you need any summer toys or outdoor gear, you’ll find good supplies and some deals. Of course, the steepest markdowns come at the end of the season, but that’s also when the choices are fewer. So, if you have fishing, camping, hiking, or other outdoor gear on your wish list, this is a good time to shop and compare.
Of course, the worldwide pandemic has put a kink in everyone’s travel plans. But this is usually a good time to look for at off-season travel deals.
If you’re itching to get out of town on a budget, head to the mountains, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, or check Caribbean destinations. These off-season locales are likely to have deals on hotels and travel packages. Check out what they have to offer and weigh the downsides (no snow, blazingly hot, and hurricanes a-comin’), then throw some caution to the wind.
National Sunglass Day is June 27, so late June might be good time get some new shades.
National Dairy Month
Since June is National Dairy Month, look for grocery specials and coupons for yogurt, cheese, ice cream treats, and other dairy products.
Local fresh fruit begins coming to market in June. Fruits in season this month include apricots, cherries, and strawberries.
Local vegetables at their peak in June include lettuce and greens, all varieties of peas, pea vines, radishes, fresh herbs, and zucchini flowers. Asparagus and rhubarb will be winding down soon. So stock up if you haven’t had your fill. You may also want to freeze or pickle some asparagus to enjoy later, or freeze some rhubarb and strawberries for pies, or put up a few jars of strawberry jam.
New products to buy in June
Home Goods & Gifts
It’s wedding and graduation season, so you’ll find deals on all kinds of kitchenware, cookware, barware, and home décor, such as picture frames.
While June may not be as good a time to buy a laptop as August, September, November, or December, it is a good time to comparison shop. Sometimes you find a good deal on outgoing models (my preferred choice when buying a new computer). Unless you are gaming or programming, you don’t usually need the latest greatest computer speed and storage capability. for most of us, last year’s model will do just fine and cost much less.
Lingerie & Clothing
You can find lingerie and clothing deals at your favorite major retailer, including major retailers such as GAP, J.C. Penney, Kohl’s, Macy’s, Old Navy, Ross, Target, and others. They are often trying to compete with two major retailers who hold sales in June:
- Victoria’s Secret holds semi-annual sales in December/January and June/July (aka Secret Summer Sale). The details and dates vary each year, but each sale lasts about two to four weeks. Look for deals on multiples, and don’t forget to check for available store coupon promo codes at LivingontheCheap.com. Unless you want a specific item, hold off purchases until near the end of the sale to get the deepest discounts and markdowns on what’s still left.
- Nordstrom has an annual half-yearly sale in June, followed by it’s pre-fall sale in July or August. It’s a good time to shop for discounts on a variety of apparel, shoes, and accessories.
Designer and luxury goods
Amid the other lingerie and clothing sales, if you like designer wear, be sure to search out deals on luxury goods. I always check my favorite vintage stores before heading to any retail sale.
Coupons: Don’t forget to check for coupons to save even more on all your purchases in June. You might also like: