I taught Husband that little less last week at the grocery store. He suggested we buy a bag of apples. The price was crazy money for out of season apples in June. However, berries and cherries are in season and affordable if you pay attention to June store sales. We bought berries instead.
Now I could take it a frugal step further if I had a big pantry or storage space by buying extra sale berries and use them to make homemade jam for cheap (get (get 19 of my favorite jam recipes here,) or freeze or dehydrate them for later when they are out of season and cost crazy money. We usually move on to whatever the next fruit is in season and on sale but you get the idea.
See how that works?
You can do the same money saving thing by buying other home goods and food on sale. Some items go on seasonal sale because it is the beginning or end of their model year, the start or end of a holiday, or they are trying to move seasonal merchandise to make room in the store for the next season. Many food associations celebrate their industry during a specific week, month or day and those products are guaranteed to be on sale. If you know you will have a future or current need, it could be worth your while to skim the weekly sales fliers before you dive in and buy.
Of course just because something is in a store and on sale, doesn’t mean you have to buy it if you don’t need it or will use it. As an allergy sufferer I may keep an eye out for June National Headache Month specials but will most likely let any National Doughnut Day (June 6th) specials walk on by since I’d chose a nice rye bagel over a doughnut most mornings for breakfast.
Seasonal Food, Fresh Fruit, and Vegetables on Sale in June
June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month: Keep an eye out for even bigger and better sales this month in the produce department!
June seasonal fruit:- Raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cherries, grapes, peaches, honeydew melon, watermelon, nectarines, apricots
June seasonal produce: Onions, corn, potatoes, eggplant, summer squash, cucumber, tomatoes
Seasonal Food on Sale in June
June kicks off summer grilling season which means anything you can cook on a grill or want to serve on the side at your backyard BBQ will go on sale this month. June is also graduation and wedding season which means more sales on party food and party supplies.
Tip: June is one of the best months to stock up on spices. Spices go on sale to make rubs for grilling season. The other best time to buy spices is in November – December for holiday baking season.
National Donut Day (June 6th): Donuts!
National Dairy Month:- Eggs, milk, ice cream, cheese, butter, yogurt, etc.
National Seafood Month: Fish, shrimp, etc.
National Turkey Lover’s Month: Turkey, ground turkey, turkey burgers, lunch meat
National Iced Tea Month: Tea bags, lemon, iced tea mixes
National Candy Month: Candy!
Condiments: Ketchup, mustard, barbecue sauce, salad dressing
Party snacks: Potato chips, pretzels,tortilla chips, dips, etc.
Soda pop, soft drinks, bottled water, iced tea
Household Goods: What to Buy in June
June kicks off wedding and graduation season be on the lookout for sales on small appliances and household items and let’s not forget all things Dad will go on sale for Father’s Day!
National Headache Month: Sinus, allergy, and headache medication, aspirin, and other pain relievers
Father’s Day: Power tools, grilling utensils, gift sets, men’s clothing
National Fishing and Boating Week: Fishing poles and gear, boating accessories
National Safety Month: Life jackets, weather radios, first aid supplies, etc.
Cut roses: Roses are the flower for June birthdays because they are growing like crazy in June.
Caribbean Vacations: June is the beginning of hurricane season. If you are willing to take a small risk that a hurricane could interrupt your vacation, there are sweet deals to be had. I know. I’ve done it!
Alaska Cruises: Last minute cruises offer the best deals sometimes $150 to $400 off the cabin price of the regular summer price!
Southern Hemisphere Vacations: June is the beginning of the winter in Australia and the southern hemisphere and is one of the most affordable times to go.
Party paper goods: Paper plates, cups, napkins
Grilling and BBQ fuel: Charcoal, propane
Summer sports equipment and toys: Baseball equipment, camping supplies, beach toys, sandboxes, outdoor toys and games
Summer needs: Sunscreen, sunglasses, insect repellent
Swimwear and summer clothing: Swim wear, dresses, kid pools, sandals, shorts, sun hats, etc. The stuff that’s been in the stores since January is being marked down and will be almost gone by the Fourth of July (guess how I know?)
Umbrellas, rain boots, Spring jackets and sweaters
Women's lingerie: Victoria’s Secret holds their big semiannual sale in June and their competitors follow suit.
Thrift store, eBay, and consignment stores: Donations are up because people are decluttering. I got some sweat deals on thrift store duds last weekend!
Building materials and lumber
Gardening: Plants, flowers, seeds, watering cans, plant food, soil, weed killers, mulch, compost buckets, water hoses bird feeders, lawn mowers, gardening tools
Televisions and Other Electronics: Japanese manufacturers are putting old models on sale because it is the end of the Japanese fiscal year is in March
Gym Memberships & Equipment: Most people are exercising outside so gyms and sporting equipment stores are ready to cut a deal
Upholstered Furniture: The stores need to make room for the new fall styles
Houses – Spring prices are good but winter is the best time to buy for the lowest price since both buyers and the sellers want to take advantage of getting one of the last tax breaks of the calendar year
Vacuum Cleaners: It is the end of the model year and manufactures are clearing out old stock so it may or may not be a good deal. If you can wait, the best sales on vacuum cleaners are in November
Digital Cameras: Although the sales may not be as good as they are in February
Kitchen tools, cookware, and accessories
Everyday dishes, silverware, and drinking glasses
Silverware, fine china, crystal: For the start of wedding season
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