July is a big month for money-saving deals. In fact, you could make the case that it’s second in importance on the annual deals calendar only to the beginning of the holiday shopping season in November.
What makes July so special? Well, you’ve got the Independence Day sales, Amazon Prime Day and the longstanding retail tradition of those “Christmas in July” blowouts.
Then factor in some unusual one-off overstocks that are leading to deep discounts. It all adds up to a savings tsunami that comes on with the ferocity of a summer thunderstorm!
Here Are the Best July Deals
Let’s take a look at exactly what’s on sale this July.
Independence Day Deals
The Fourth of July holiday has long been associated with sales. This year, DealNews, an online deals site, says you can expect to find patio items and outdoor gear for up to 70% off, mattresses for up to 60% off and electronics for up to 58% off.
But the biggest sales of all look set to be on apparel and shoes, which the website says will be offered at up to 90% off the list price.
Casual Wear, Home Decor & More
Consumers have made an unexpected shift away from the kinds of things they were buying a year or even just six months ago. Anything casual has fallen out of favor, and those shopping dollars are migrating to dressier clothes that can be worn for a return to the office or social engagements.
That’s left a lot of retailers with excess casual wear, according to The Wall Street Journal. In addition to casual clothes, the WSJ notes that Macy’s is stuck with too much activewear as well as excess home textiles and tableware inventory. Likewise, Target has announced it has excess home decor and is actively looking to discount the merchandise to get rid of it.
The overstocks at these retailers, not to mention those at a lot of apparel-only stores, mean potential deals for you!
Amazon Prime Day & Related Sales
After bumping around the calendar for the past couple of years, 2022 marks the return of Amazon Prime Day to its original month of July. This two-day sales celebration for Prime members this year is set for July 12-13.
But you don’t have to wait that long to start shopping for deals! Check out some early Prime Day deals happening ahead of the online extravaganza right here.
Meanwhile, other retailers want to keep you from spending all your shopping dollars on Amazon. So they’ll roll out competing sales to match the Prime Day frenzy. Be on the lookout again this year for Target Deal Days and Walmart’s Deals for Days promotions, which usually run concurrently with Prime Day.
Freebies & Discounts for Kids & Teens
With the summer in full swing, free or cheap offers for children and teens abound. For example, Regal Movies offers its Summer Movie Express, which has $2 movies for families all summer long. Regional chains Harkins and Classic Cinemas have similar promotions.
In addition to discounted movies, there are also options for kids including free bowling and free skating during the summer. Plus, there’s a Planet Fitness offer that lets teens work out for free all summer long!
July has a couple of notable food holidays that usually serve up the opportunity to get some discounted or free food.
Be on the lookout for edible deals around these times:
- Free Slurpee Day – July 11 (7-Eleven, get it?)
- National Fry Day – July 13
- National Ice Cream Day – July 17
- National Hot Dog Day – July 20
- National Tequila Day – July 24
- National Lasagna Day – July 29
- National Cheesecake Day – July 30
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And though it’s not a food holiday, sometimes beauty retailers pick up the buzz for National Lipstick Day by offering deals on cosmetics. MAC, Smashbox and Ulta are a few companies that have celebrated in the past.
Black Friday in July & Other Sales
So, we all know this month is just about as polar opposite to November and December that you can get. Yet retailers have long used July as an excuse for holiday-like sales.
The Macy’s Black Friday in July event is already underway while Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale 2022 begins on July 15.
Meanwhile, the Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual Sale, which started last month, continues with savings that go up to 75% off.
Each July, Costco has a semi-annual sale with some great deals on furniture. Look for deals in stores around July 15. You’ll pay only a 14% markup on furniture, which is ridiculously low compared to regular furniture retailers. (Note that Costco stores don’t offer delivery, so you’re responsible for moving whatever you buy.) Learn more about buying Costco furniture here.
Summer is in full swing and so are the deals, too. In fact, there’s hardly a better month to take advantage of all the sales than July!
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