The 8 Best Things to Buy in July (It's More Than July 4th Sales!)

Shop early Back to School sales, Prime Day deals, and discounted outdoor gear this month.
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NOTE: The information below was assembled before and during July 2022. The month is now over, but you can still save! Check our our Staff Pick deals to shop our "best of the best" offers.

July might seem like it has a single good shopping day — July 4th — but you can actually find great deals all month long! Whether you need outdoor gear to celebrate the second half of summer, want to scoop up Prime Day deals, or you're ready to dive into early Back to School sales, July has it all!

Check out our guide to see what to buy in July, as well as what you should hold off on — for now.

Top July Offers You Should Shop

Carvel: Celebrate National Ice Cream Day on July 17 by heading to your local shop and indulging in buy one, get one offer for a small cup or cone of the new Brookie flavor soft serve. Not interested in Brookie? You can choose any other Carvel soft serve flavor you want!

Heinz via DoorDash: National French Fry Day falls on July 13, and Heinz is teaming up with food delivery service DoorDash to treat all the fry lovers out there. Available at participating restaurants only, orders over $15 that include fries will be eligible for $5.70 off

Kenyon: The retailer is offering a number of deals suitable for summer, including:

These offers are valid through July 10.

Noodles & Company: Celebrate National Mac & Cheese & Cheese Day (yes, that is extra cheese) by signing up for Noodles Rewards. Then, on July 14, you'll receive an offer for a free small Wisconsin Mac & Cheese with the purchase of a regular entree. Additionally, if you purchase just the mac & cheese, you'll receive a free side of extra cheese sauce with your order.

Noodles & Company: The restaurant is offering multiple promotions for Noodles Rewards members throughout the month of July. Take advantage of the following:

  • The week of July 1, receive a free side with purchase of a classic entree
  • The week of July 18, get a regular veggie entree for the price of a small
  • The week of July 25, receive a free potsticker shareable with purchase of an Asian entree
The loyalty program is free to join, and you can sign up online or by downloading the restaurant's app. New users will also receive a free entree after their first purchase using the app.

Yogurtland: Real Rewards members can earn three times the points on National Ice Cream Day, which falls on July 17. The program is free to join, and you can do so online or by downloading the app.

The 8 Best Things to Buy in July

Our infographic looks at five of the top items to buy in July. Below that, read more about the deals and sales to watch for during the month.

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July 4th Sales

The 4th of July is a huge shopping holiday and marks the midpoint of summer for many, as the next few weeks usually usher in the Back to School season. During sales around the big celebration, look for deals on electronics, clothing and shoes, patio furniture (to some degree), outdoor gear, large appliances, and mattresses at stores like Costco, Target, and Best Buy.

Of course, 4th of July sales are pretty diverse, so if something you're shopping for isn't included in one of these categories, don't fret! There's a good chance a ton of items will be on sale, so be sure to check out your favorite shops to see what they're offering for holiday discounts.

Free Slurpees

The well-known convenience chain 7-Eleven often hosts a Free Slurpee Day on July 11 to celebrate the holiday 7-Eleven Day. In 2020 the event didn't happen, but last year it returned with a special offer for 7Rewards members. At the start of July 2021, members received a coupon for a free small Slurpee in their account, and they could redeem it at any time throughout the month.

Take advantage of 7-Eleven's free Slurpee offer through July 11, but remember to sign up for their rewards program first.

7-Eleven is celebrating this year in a similar way, but is also changing the name of the event to Slurpee Day. Through July 11, 7Rewards and Speedy Rewards members can get a free small Slurpee at a 7-Eleven, Speedway, or Stripes store when they scan the 7-Eleven or Speedway app at checkout.

National Ice Cream Day Deals

National Ice Cream Day falls on July 17 this year, and we expect plenty of parlors to get in the spirit with different freebie promotions. In 2021 we saw Carvel provide cards with surprise offers to customers who purchased items from their special churro menu. Dairy Queen, meanwhile, gave out $1 off coupons in their app, and Yogurtland boosted Real Rewards earnings for a single day to celebrate.

Seasonal Clothing

Ordinarily, we advise against purchasing seasonal clothing within the time frame it's meant for, but July is a rare exception, largely due in part to July 4th sales. But even without those events, plenty of summery clothing items with great discounts are worth shopping. For instance, last year we saw men's swimwear at Nordstrom Rack for between $15 and $18 each a little more than a week after July 4th, and Lands' End cut up to an extra 60% off swimwear at the end of the month.

SEE ALSO: 4th of July Sales for 2022 Are Live! Here's What to Expect

It's not just swimwear, either. In July 2021, J.Crew Factory knocked up to 71% off dresses that were perfect for hotter temperatures, while Nautica dropped prices on summer essentials to under $25 and took an additional 10% off via a coupon code. Look for bulk purchases to be eligible for savings, too; in 2021, Hanes offered 20% off the purchase of three or more tees, tanks, or polos. At these prices, you can stock up on apparel perfect for sweltering summer days and still have plenty of time left in the season to wear it.

Outdoor Gear

If you love spending time in the great outdoors when summer arrives, know that you can find truly great deals on gear for all kinds of activities during July. Backcountry will likely have brand-specific sales, like up to 68% off The North Face, and definitely keep an eye on REI. Last July the retailer offered up to 30% off fitness deals, while its outlet division knocked up to 71% off adventure gear, up to 56% off camping and hiking deals, and other deals that were up to 90% off. Be sure to watch Moosejaw, as well — last year it took up to 40% off in its summer clearance event.

Individual July deals will be fairly notable, too. Watch for watertight survival kits to be around $5, tackle kits to cost around $15, and nylon double hammocks to go for around $19. Need items for camping? Watch for tent deals to be as affordable as $34, while a Coleman 4-in-1 gas camping stove could be as low as $97.

Early Back to School Sales

Different parts of the country head back to school at different times, but that just means the Back to School sales start early and last for weeks. The result is tons of deals worth your time! Last year, we saw Back to School sales for the month underway as early as July 7, with Office Depot taking up to 55% off standard supplies like backpacks, notebooks, binders, and writing utensils, while Costway took up to 20% off select items for students of all ages.

Score up to 55% off supplies of all kinds during early Back to School sales this July.

More sales will pop up later in the month, and there's a good chance we'll see early promotions from stores like Adorama for discounted laptops, desktops, and tablets. Microsoft, meanwhile, could take up to $800 off during its Back to School sale.

Watch for clothing Back to School sales in July, as well. Under Armour Outlet could offer up to an extra 25% off, while Finish Line could cut up to 40% off select items. Aeropostale may have early deals on school uniforms, including an extra 15% off when you purchase multiple items, and Shoebacca could cut up to 75% off during its event, allowing you to stock up on new shoes for far less.

Prime Day Deals

Amazon spent two years mixing it up for Prime Day — in 2020 it held the sale in October, while last year it moved the event to June. Now Amazon is finally returning to its roots. The online retailer is slated to host the big event in July once again this year, and it'll fall on July 12-13.

SEE ALSO: When Is Prime Day 2022? Here's Everything You Need to Know

Prime Day should be an excellent time to find savings on Amazon devices, home and garden items, electronics, and other products. There's almost assuredly going to be a deal on select Instant Pots, and we'll likely see deals on a number of fitness trackers, too. If you want to learn more, check out our Prime Day deals preview for 2022.

In-Season Produce

July is basically the peak of summer, so it's no surprise that it'll be the perfect time to stock up on fresh fruits and veggies. Look for the ripest fruits to include apricots, blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, kiwi, mangoes, peaches, plums, raspberries, strawberries, and watermelon. Then there's the best fresh veggies, which will include corn, cucumbers, green beans, kohlrabi, lettuce, okra, peppers, summer squash, Swiss chard, tomatoes, and zucchini.

Want to shop locally grown produce? Check out the Seasonal Food Guide website to see what you can find in your area.

5 Things NOT To Buy in July

Item When to Buy Why?
Electronics November We expect some good deals during Prime Day and Back to School sales, but we tend to see better deals, and more of them, in November around Black Friday.
Patio Furniture August or September You may see some savings on these items in July, but the deals really ramp up when summer starts to wind down.
Grills September or October This is another item that sees deep discounts when summer is almost over and grilling weather is disappearing.
Lawn Mowers August or October Like other summery items, these should see much better savings when summer is winding down and retailers are trying to make room for fall gear.
Sunglasses September These are a strange item because there's demand for them year-round. That being said, sunglasses do tend to top summer shopping lists, which means prices will be on the higher end; hold off until September and overall prices should drop.

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Julie Ramhold
Senior Staff Writer/Consumer Analyst

Julie's work has been featured on CNBC, GoBankingRates, Kiplinger, Marketwatch, Money, The New York Times, Real Simple, US News, WaPo, WSJ, Yahoo!, and more. She's extolled the virtues of DealNews in interviews with Cheddar TV, GMA, various podcasts, and affiliates across the United States, plus one in Canada.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).

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