Savvy Shopper

Summer Shopping Can Offer Discounted Prices

Find a bargain in July.
Jen Freeman, July 2017

Would you like to save as much as 75 to 90 percent on items during July? Between Christmas in July and Back-to-School sales, it can be a great month to save on shopping.

The Christmas in July theme began in the 1940s, marking the time of year to send Christmas cards and packages to servicemen and women overseas to give ample time for them to arrive by Christmas. Nowadays, though, it represents the time of year for major sales as retailers, including online and mail-order, reduce current inventory and clear the shelves to make room for new incoming merchandise and the latest models that will be arriving soon.

Keeping with tradition, July can be a great time to do your Christmas shopping. Buy now and stash the gifts. What can you find on sale? Look for deals on toys, household items, movies, camping gear, summer items, and items for men or women. Also, mail order retailers begin selling new Christmas items at reduced prices during July.

Hot Back-to-School deals start now, too. Look for kid’s clothing and school supplies, including pencils, rulers, glue sticks, erasers, folders, paper, markers and more for pennies on the dollar. And don’t just buy for now; purchase extra for restocking through the school year or for your home office.

Remember to use your coupons and savings apps with these purchases to get even greater savings.

Jen Freeman is a couponing expert, television personality and lifestyle coach. You can visit her website at


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