What Should You Buy in July? My Local CBS News Morning Segment


It’s time to kick off the month with a holiday AND plan for summertime deals. There are certain items that are great to buy in July, saving you money and helping you to plan ahead. If you’re wondering “What Should You Buy in July?” that was our topic today when I appeared on WCCO, our local CBS news station in Minneapolis. You can read my recap here and see the video itself at the top of this post!

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4th of July Sales

The week of 4th of July is big for sales on summer clothing, especially casual items like t-shirts, flip flops and shorts. Through tomorrow you can find $5 patriotic Tshirts at Kohls, JCPenney and Dick’s Sporting Goods. You can find $2 flip-flops at JCPenney and nice $4 flip flops at Herberger’s. Target is offering 20% off all apparel and accessories through tomorrow when you use the Cartwheel app.

House Paint

July is a HOT month so many people don’t want to spend it outside painting their house or leaving their windows open to paint interior rooms, so house paint is on sale. Right now both Home Depot and Lowe’s have paint rebates of $10 on gallon cans or $40 on 5 gallon buckets. Menard’s, Fleet Farm and other stores also have rebate offers.


Amazon Prime Day

July 11th is the 3rd annual Amazon Prime Day. There will be hundreds of thousands of deals exclusively for prime members – including those with a free trial membership. While we don’t know the specific deals yet, Amazon’s own products like Kindles, Echo, Fire TV will likely be the biggest discounts, but there will be thousands of other deals. You can keep an eye on the Amazon Prime Day info page to see new details as they are released.


July is high season for fresh fruits and veggies, especially local produce. You’ll see big sales at the supermarket and lots of options at local farmer’s markets or roadside stands. If you use a little elbow grease to freeze it or can it, you can still enjoy it once winter rolls around.

Ice Cream

July is National Ice Cream Month and July 16th is National Ice Cream Day. Look for sales at the supermarket and coupons throughout the month. Look for more special deals at ice cream shops on July 16th when even dogs can get in on the celebration with free Doggie Ice Cream Sundaes at PetSmart PetsHotel locations. The dog-safe ice cream is vanilla flavored, non-dairy, and topped with dog biscuit sprinkles.



What should you buy in July?

About Chrysa

Chrysa is the founder and owner of ThriftyJinxy.com, a site dedicated to living a fabulous life on a frugal budget. Her approach is that by spending less on the boring everyday stuff, you can have more money to splurge on the things you REALLY want, whether it’s travel, fashion, electronics – you name it! Chrysa is married, has a 9-year old nephew she dotes on, as well as three lovable cats and a big sweetie of a German Shepherd.


  1. Absolutely LOVE these tips. I have to also tell you that I love the name and the adorable kitty! I assume there is a real Jinxy too?

  2. I think we buy all of these things this summer. The only one I have not got yet was Pete but we are definitely considering it because we’d like to paint parts of the house.

  3. I love Amazon Prime Day! It’s like second Christmas in July. I score all kinds of crazy awesome deals!

  4. I love hitting up local farmer’s markets during the summer. You cannot find any produce anywhere as good as you can at a farmer’s market.

  5. These is such great information. I had no idea there was a certain time to buy paint. Thanks a lot!

  6. What a great round up list. I hope Amazon is more prepared for Prime Day this year, last year it took over two months to ship an item, thankfully it was a Christmas gift.

  7. I’m getting psyched up for these sales. I don’t have the cartwheel app – no smartphone. I’m on Target’s site all the time, so many other good sales, too. I try not to buy much if it isn’t on sale!

  8. I need to keep my eye on some of those prices. I’m definitely interested in picking up some more fresh produce.

  9. Time to buy a new swimsuit. Then off to the farmer’s market.

  10. robin rue says:

    I am way too excited about Amazon Prime Day! I have my shopping list all ready to go 🙂

  11. It’s nice to see so many great deals coming up this month. I’m sure many will be excited about Amazon Prime day. I don’t have prime, otherwise I would be really excited for that too.

  12. I never know when to buy things, so this is super helpful! Thank you!

  13. Claudia Krusch says:

    I love to shop for 4th of July sales. Shopping online has been great the last few days. I will have to check out Amazon Prime.

  14. This is so helpful! I love taking advantage of deals and it’s always nice to know where the good deals are! We always make sure we have ice cream at home during the summer! Fresh produce is always welcome too.

  15. Thanks for Sharing. I love to shop deals!

  16. This is really helpful! I didn’t know these items are lowest in July! Thanks for the heads up!

  17. Wow, I had no clue that house paint was a good buy in July! You learn something new every day.

  18. shelly peterson says:

    Thanks for sharing this info. There are some great deals going on. Good to know about the paint. I have some rooms that need to be done.

  19. Julie Wood says:

    I know all about ice cream being a good deal in July. I have eaten it 4 days in a row. I have to stop! But paint is a good deal right now, and I am going to be checking out Amazon Prime on July 11!

  20. This is a good way for me to nail down my spending for July! Amazon Prime Day is going to be my favorite!!

  21. These look like amazing deals. I am loving that PetSmart offers a free doggie ice cream sundae.

  22. I just became an Amazon Prime member last month and am really looking forward to Amazon Prime Day. I have a feeling my bank account will take a hit.

  23. This is a great list of must buys and I’m sure we probably do almost all of them! Especially the ice cream 🙂

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