What to buy — and skip— in June

Look for deals on movie tick­ets for kids and swimwear.

Los Angeles Times - - PERSONAL FINANCE - By Court­ney Jes­persen June is a time for dads, grads and new­ly­weds. But the month is also known for deals. Jes­persen is a staff writer at NerdWal­let, a per­sonal fi­nance web­site.

Buy: Swimwear and lin­gerie

The first things to put on your “to buy” list are swimwear and lin­gerie. In Jan­uary and June, Victoria’s Se­cret hosts an in­sanely pop­u­lar semi­an­nual sale, and other re­tail­ers fol­low suit. This is the time to save big on bras, panties, swim­suits and the like.

Skip: Grills

June marks the of­fi­cial start of sum­mer, which means al­most ev­ery­one has grilling in mind. This higher de­mand equates to higher prices. If you can get by with­out host­ing a bar­be­cue in June, wait for prices to cool off later in the sum­mer. As with most other timely pur­chases, the fur­ther into the sea­son you go, the more you’ll save.

Buy: Gym mem­ber­ships

Sum­mer is one of the best times to pur­chase a gym mem­ber­ship be­cause, as you prob­a­bly guessed, de­mand isn’t as high.

You don’t have to set­tle for the ad­ver­tised mem­ber­ship fee.

Con­sumer Re­ports rec­om­mends ne­go­ti­at­ing the price. For in­stance, ask the gym to give you a free trial month or waive the ini­ti­a­tion fee. The fit­ness cen­ter may be more will­ing to work with you if it’s be­hind on new cus­tomer sign-ups.

Skip: Brand-name cloth­ing

De­signer cloth­ing sales will be great next month, in large part due to the Nordstrom an­niver­sary sale. Dur­ing this depart­ment store’s once-a-year sale, shop­pers can save hun­dreds of dol­lars on top brands. In the past, the store has dis­counted items from la­bels such as Tory Burch and Marc Ja­cobs. This year’s sale be­gins July 21.

Buy: Movie tick­ets

If you’re look­ing to go to the movies for less, June is a per­fect time. Each sum­mer, movie the­aters of­fer pro­grams that let kids beat the heat and see chil­dren’s movies at dis­counted prices.

Check with your lo­cal the­ater to see if it will of­fer such a pro­gram.

We’ve al­ready spot­ted the Cine­mark Sum­mer Movie Club­house, which at par­tic­i­pat­ing lo­ca­tions will sell a $5 punch­card pass for 10 movies while sup­plies last, or $1 per per­son, per movie at the box of­fice.

Fa­ther’s Day sales

Fa­ther’s Day is June 18, and if you need just the right present, re­tail­ers will be there to help you out.

In the past, we’ve spot­ted Fa­ther’s Day deals at places such as Sears, Har­bor Freight Tools and Dick’s Sport­ing Goods. Many of these Dad-ori­ented sales will hap­pen in the days lead­ing up to the hol­i­day, so in this case it can pay to pro­cras­ti­nate.

Char­lie Ar­cham­bault The Wash­ing­ton Post

GRILLING WILL be kick­ing into high gear this month, and that equates to high prices for bar­be­cues. Hold off on a pur­chase un­til later in the sum­mer for deals.

Brian van der Brug Los An­ge­les Times

GYM mem­ber­ship sign-ups aren’t as high in sum­mer than dur­ing other times of the year, so it’s a good time to shop. You may also be able to talk down the fee.

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