Summer is a great time to save on clothes, fresh produce, last-minute travel and more.
The days are getting hotter and so are the deals. Summer offers up some terrific sales, with deep discounts on apparel, groceries and even that last-minute vacation you’ve been daydreaming about.
Here are six tips for making the most of summer sales.
It’s summertime and you don’t want to be cooped up in the mall, right? But, beyond the fact that you can shop online almost anywhere (yes, even from your mobile device, while lounging poolside), you can also save big by buying online. Retailers often offer extra percentages off sale merchandise and/or free shipping.
Shop for summer wardrobe essentials now
There are only four seasons. But, retailers have almost triple that number — with everything from resort collections in late winter to early fall lines that debut when it’s still scorching hot. If you shop in the season you’re in, you can save big on apparel. Start looking for deep discounts now on shorts, tanks, T-shirts, swimwear and flip-flops. By July, stores will start debuting their back-to-school collections and summer apparel will be in the sales sections.
Save at the grocery store with coupons
Whether you’re hosting a summer bash or just making your regular grocery shopping rounds, you can get free printable grocery coupons online and in your Sunday Seattle Times.
Shop what’s in season
Coordinate your weeknight menus with what’s in season. When you shop produce that’s at its peak, you’ll get the yummiest flavors, and those foods will also be at their lowest price point. You can check out Sustainable Table to see what’s in season in your state. Right now, apricots, beets and blueberries are in their prime in the Pacific Northwest. Yum.
Buy outdoor gear
It’s a great time to buy that awesome tent you’ve been eyeing or the grill you’ve drooling over since Memorial Day. Summer gear, including outdoor essentials and patio furniture, starts going on sale in late June.
Book a last-minute trip
Haven’t planned out your summer vacation yet? No sweat. You can get some great last-minute vacation packages through Expedia, Travelocity and Priceline, especially if you can be flexible with your dates. A new study found that because oil prices are nearing a 10-year low, the cost of airline travel is down by about 13 percent this year. Hop on a plane to some lesser-known summer destinations. Colorado’s ski towns, for example, are quiet in the summer, but offer great hiking and biking.