Summer is unofficially here. Knowing what time of year is best to buy certain items can save us hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars every year.

According to’s Best Time to Buy Guide, there are a few things we can get great deals on this month. See below:

Seasonal produce: Look for fruits such as apricots, blueberries, cantaloupes, peaches, strawberries and watermelon in grocery stores. Community Supported Agriculture fall season sign-up starts this month. Visit for more information about what is available and tips on how to cook and freeze different fruits and vegetables.

Butter: Butter production is usually best in June or July, which makes prices drop. Stock up now because you can freeze butter for up to six months.

Outdoor adventures: The National Parks are giving free admission passes for Get Outdoors Day on June 9. Many don’t charge admission ever, including Charles Pinckney in Mount Pleasant, the Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor and Fort Sumter (if you arrive by private boat). Visit for more information.

Shoes: Check out and for some great deals in June.

Tools/hardware: Father’s Day is June 17, so hardware and home improvement stores have great sales on all types of gifts for dads. This is a good time to purchase these items for yourself as well.

Paint: We can thank the summer heat for the fact that paint prices drop significantly in June.

Menswear: Suits are awesome Father’s Day presents, so they tend to be on sale this time of year.

Champagne/dishware: It’s wedding season and dishes and champagne are in high demand. You should be able to find great deals. Some major retailers will offer as much as 50 percent off on dishes.

Gym memberships: Gym memberships tend to dwindle now that it is summertime. This is a great time to check out the deals.

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