Hello again! It’s time to look over our budgets for the month and check on the sales. I personally don’t have the patience for couponing (hats off to those of you who do!) but if I can find the best bargains each month and save some money, I am all in! This is not a huge month when it comes to the deals but there are some specials to be found. Here’s what to buy in June:
What to Buy in June
National Donut Day
The first Friday in June is National Donut Day. Many donut shops put on specials or hand out free donuts to celebrate the occasion. I’ve seen a few grocery stores here and there also offering deals on donuts as well.
London, Ontario residents: Celebrated on the first Friday of June, National Doughnut Day was first created in 1938 by The Salvation Army to honour those who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I. Every year, the Ontario Great Lakes Division, travels across the city to hand out free delicious doughnuts to commemorate this special day. This year, they will be at Covent Garden Market (outside in Market Square) from 10 am to 1 pm.
In Season Produce and Other Grocery Items
It’s National Dairy Month and with summer on the horizon, you can expect sales on ice cream as well as some other dairy products. Stock up on the items you will use and fill your freezer. Not sure if they can be frozen? Check out this blog post. You might be surprised by some of the foods that can be safely frozen.
Other items in season and at their best prices right now – asparagus (the last of the season), lettuce, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower (FINALLY – it’s been SO expensive), potatoes, peas, turnips, summer squash, and strawberries (depending on how the season has gone). BBQ items tend to be put on sale as well – hot dogs, burgers, buns, condiments, and so on.
Look for amazing summer deals on movies. I have heard of many places throughout Canada and the United States with amazing deals on family movies, usually beginning in May/June and running through the summer. Don’t forget to check out local parks and neighborhood associations for outdoor movie showings too.
London, Ontario residents: Our Cineplex theatres have family movies (not first run but still fun!) on for $2.99 each a person every Saturday morning during the summer months.
Our local Mustang drive-in opens up as soon as the weather is nice enough and it’s always a great way to see movies more economically. General admission is $12, $3 for kids 5-12, free for kids 4 and under (and that gets you two movies!). Tuesdays are $8 and Thursdays, you can take a carload for a flat rate of $20 (again, all for 2 movies). But the best deals of all are found on holiday weekends. They will run either a triple feature (general admission $13) or quadruple features (general admission $14).
With wedding season in full force, household items typically found on wedding registries tend to go on sale. Stock up not only for upcoming weddings and showers, but think ahead to Christmas and other occasions as well.
I bought my niece’s wedding gift at a Boxing Day sale even though she wasn’t getting married until October because it was too good a deal to pass up. If you see items that you know are the perfect gift for someone at an amazing sale price, why not get them now? (Note: I don’t buy things like appliances too far ahead because of warranties and such.)
The Victoria’s Secret semi-annual sale makes June one of the best months to buy lingerie. And it doesn’t have to be from Victoria’s Secret. Other stores will drop their prices in order to compete as well.
You think you’re going to find great savings on items such as tools because of Father’s Day don’t you? But hold on. Often, there are slight discounts but nothing really to get excited about. You may find a bargain here and there but it’s important to know your prices.
There are sometimes deals on summer sporting goods such as fishing gear at this time but once again, you have to be able to assess just how good a deal it is. Often the sales are found closer to the actual holiday for last minute shopping so hold off until then if you can.
Of course, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention garage sales! It’s that time of year people!!! Keep an eye out for them if you want to find some amazing bargains. I really like the ones where the whole street gets involved because you don’t have to do all of that driving around and have more chances of finding something you want in that one stop.
Be sure to follow along every month for more timely tips on shopping for the best deals.
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