Traditionally, June is when people are getting ready for pool parties, wedding season, graduation gatherings and other occasions where gifts and gear are needed. Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic will have a big impact on our summer activities, but there will still be lazy days in the sun and Father’s Day celebrations to organize and shop for.

One silver lining for shoppers is that retail saver sites are providing deep discounts. “It’s important that people never take a price at face value — and that’s especially true now,” says shopping expert Trae Bodge of Truetrae.com. “Coupon sites not only have exclusive deals, they also have deeper deals.”

Bodge recommends looking into Coupon Cabin, which offers a browser extension that alerts you to cash-back deals you may be unaware of. “They’re known primarily for their cash back, but they have a lot of stackable deals — cash back plus a percentage off, for instance,” Bodge says. “Because of the pandemic, they’re waiving their commissions with their retailers so the consumer can get more cash back than usual.” Another one is Slickdeals, where you can place an alert so you’re notified if something you want goes on sale. Bodge says the site is a good resource for saving on necessities. “Because their deals are crowd-sourced, they’re often better at finding deals than other sites are.

“It’s still a little topsy-turvy out there, but I am actually seeing deals in a lot of the categories that pop up year after year,” Bodge adds. So if you’ve got items on your shopping list, here are some of the best things to buy in June — and a few you should skip.

WHAT TO BUY IN JUNE

Spring Apparel. If you’re looking to expand your current wardrobe choices beyond daytime pajamas and nighttime pajamas, you’re in luck. “During the past couple of months, people weren’t shopping at all except for essentials,” Bodge says. “So my guess is that retailers are now stuck with a lot of inventory.” Expect to see aggressive discounting on spring apparel as retailers clear space for summer merchandise.

Father’s Day Gifts. Just like dad, Father’s Day deals are reliable — and plentiful. “We’ll see lots of deals on any kinds of gifts for men in categories from clothing to alcohol to tech,” Bodge says. She adds that Lowe’s is having a big tools sale, and Bodge expects to see sales on apparel and gadgets. Also big this month? Briefcases. “eBags and Briggs and Riley have deals on them, and so does designer Jeff Wan,” Bodge says. So if Dad was looking to upgrade his work gear in advance of returning to the office, now could be a good time to buy.

Fun-in-the-Sun Gear. Anything you need to enjoy your time outdoors will likely be on sale. “From patio furniture and pool toys to sunglasses and bathing suits — it’s all reliably on sale throughout the month,” Bodge says.

Lingerie and Undergarments. The pandemic is not keeping Victoria’s Secret from holding its highly anticipated semi-annual sale, which takes place every year in early June. Bodge suggests checking the site for details on the sale and seeking out competing deals from other brands. For those who prefer eco-friendly underthings, she recommends Cariloha, which uses bamboo fabric to create naturally cooling pieces. You can get 25 percent off sitewide June 2 to 3, and save 20 percent off its men’s and women’s underwear on Amazon from June 1 to 6.

WHAT TO SKIP IN JUNE

Toys and Games. If you haven’t already stocked up on toys and games, there’s no need to start now; it may be worth it to wait a month. “Because of the pandemic everybody was trying to buy games and jigsaw puzzles to play with their families, so we saw a lot of deal activity in April,” Bodge says. “Target had a buy-one, get-one-free sale in April. But they typically have a sale in this category in July as well, so I would hold off until then.”

Back-to-School Items. Many families are still waiting to hear if the kids will be going back to their physical schools in a few months, but that’s not the only reason to hold off on buying back-to-school gear. “I usually see some activity in this category as soon as schools get out, and I always say that it’s too early,” Bodge says. “You’re just not going to find great deals now. Hold off until late July or August.”

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