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Smarter Savings: Time Summer Shopping Right
June 3, 2011 at 12:00 AM

If you're a frugally-minded mom, you're probably always watching the Sunday circulars and online deal sites, looking for bargains on things you want and need. When that happens, you'll swoop in with the precision of a hawk and score a great price on great stuff.

But what you might not know is that timing is crucial. For example, you might want to hold off on buying your new grill in, say, March. Why? Because they start going on sale shortly before Memorial Day and the sales keep on rolling right through Fourth of July. There are some great deals available now tied to Father's Day....but that dream grill you've been coveting doesn't have to be a gift for that special dad in your life, it can stay right on your own patio.

This is one of the only times of year you'll find great deals on tools, too. Do-it-yourselfers always have one or two tools they're hoping to add to their collection, which makes them great Father's Day gifts (or Mother's Day, in my case...I have actually purchased a miter box as a Mother's Day gift for my handywoman mom and no, I don't know exactly what it is). They're also outstanding and incredibly useful graduation and wedding gifts...they might not have registered for a basic set of tools, but they'll thank you the first time they don't have to attempt mounting a window blind using a butter knife on the screws.

Similarly, now is a great time to stock up on outdoor recreation equipment like canopies and tents. The camping season hasn't totally kicked off yet, but as your summer plans firm up as school draws to a close you might find yourself in a need of a tent or simply a screenhouse to enjoy your backyard without being bombarded by bugs.

What sales are you planning to take advantage of this month?


  • mommythree0508
    June 3, 2011 at 10:35 AM

     None really. I'll probbably get my husband an amazon card for fathers day.

  • Tnamari
    by Tnamari
    June 3, 2011 at 10:41 AM

     *** we went to sears yesterday and got DH a meter, the man signed us up for the craftsman club, and it is good for sears AND kmart-whoohoo! just thought I'd throw that out there ;)

  • amy7243
    by amy7243
    June 3, 2011 at 10:45 AM
    We love finding good deals on camping items and outdoor yard items.
  • LadyCash
    June 3, 2011 at 7:26 PM

    We want a new grill, flat screen tv, and new computer.  We'll see how many get marked off the list, lol.

  • Aqua_Jen
    June 3, 2011 at 7:30 PM

    I will be on the lookout for certain baby gear. And maybe something really cool for a gift for my husband "just because".

  • alliesmom112
    June 3, 2011 at 8:06 PM
    Dh is taking advantage of the great deals on tools. This is something we do every June
  • iam4you2
    June 3, 2011 at 10:57 PM

    Dont know yet.

  • Madelaine
    June 3, 2011 at 11:10 PM

    None this month

  • nomadbrat83
    June 3, 2011 at 11:29 PM
    Grill and maybe some outdoor stuff for the girls. Oh and swimwear for me
  • DomsMama07
    June 4, 2011 at 12:50 AM

    I havent found any sales YET.. I will be on the look out for a bed or bunk beds for the kids :)

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