7 Things You Should Buy (and Not Buy) in July

Summer deals heat up this month!Summer deals heat up this month!As we head full force into the summer, shopping deals change a little. Before July 4th, shopping savings focus on equipment for summer festivities, but once that's over we start to think about getting those summer deals and storing them away for next year.

Like so many other things in life, when it comes to shopping, preparation is key.

Here is what you should buy (and not buy) in July:

Stock PhotoStock PhotoBUY: Fall Clothes
If you have to replenish your wardrobe this fall, Macy's is now offering sweaters and blouses heavily discounted. Some are originally in the $60 range and now selling for $15 bucks. Another was originally $38 and is now selling for $5.99.

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Stock PhotoStock PhotoDON'T BUY: Grills
As we said in June, grills are priced the lowest in the late summer/early fall, so while there may be some slightly lower prices on barbecue grills in July, it's better to wait a couple more months until deals are slashed significantly.

Stock PhotoStock PhotoBUY: Tools
With Father's Day over and gone, July is an ideal month for quality tool deals (matched only by November and December). Look for tool sets, accessories, and even storage units.

Stock PhotoStock PhotoDON'T BUY: Sunglasses
You might want to hold off on buying new sunglasses for a few more months. Surprisingly, the biggest deals for sunglasses are during September, November and December. Last year, there were very good deals during those months at Sunglass Hut.

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Stock PhotoStock PhotoBUY: Sandals
We warned you last month to wait it out a bit longer for the sandal sale, and if you did, you'll be pleasantly surprised. You'll find sales on popular brands like Steve Madden, Polo Ralph Lauren, Crocs, and Teva during the middle to end of this month.

Stock PhotoStock PhotoBUY: New Computers
Oh, where would I be without my beloved MacBook? Sure the Apple's new MacBook Pro Retina is getting all the attention now, but no sales. Meanwhile the year-old MacBook air has been seen hovering around $740 at certain outlets. If you're more of a PC person, look for the 15" Ivy Bridge systems, which can be found around the $600 mark.

Stock PhotoStock PhotoIT DEPENDS: Black Friday Deals
Be careful with these. Usually in the middle of July, some stores will offer what they call "Black Friday" deals. After the original Black Friday and Cyber Monday in the fall, back to school shopping is the third biggest time of the year for retailers, so they will do everything they can to you entice you into their stores. You will find deals, but they will come nowhere near the slashed prices you find before the winter holidays. Keep that in mind and don't be fooled into thinking an item is hugely discounted just because it falls under a "Black Friday" ad.

- By Danielle Sullivan
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