What not to buy in July: Personal tech, school supplies and indoor appliances

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Between Fourth-of-July getaways, pool parties or new tech gadgets to enhance your home or personal life, July is a month where you’ll find yourself faced with a long list of purchasing decisions.

With tons of sales in July linked to Amazon’s Prime Day, it can be hard to say no to shopping. But there are some items not forecasted to drop in price for at least another month.

Wondering what to hold off on? Here’s a list of items you should buy later this year when prices fall in late-summer, the fall or winter:

Personal Electronics

You might see the sale ads for Prime Day and think it’s the best time to stock up on personal tech. But it’s important to be aware of the right deals to snag and the products to hold off on.

Kristin McGrath, editor and shopping expert at Offers.com, says that if  you miss Prime Day, you should hold off on buying laptops, tablets and printers.

“Midway through the summer, retailers begin to release special offers on personal electronics and back-to-school tech,” McGrath says. “Plus, August is when many states throw their tax-free weekends, meaning you can score a new computer without paying sales tax on it. Note that some states hold their tax-free holidays at the end of July, so double check your state’s dates to make sure you don’t miss out.”

This wait-to-buy strategy also stands true when it comes to Apple products.

“The Apple Back-to-School promotion usually kicks off in August and gives students and educators special offers on MacBooks and other Apple products,” McGraths says. “However, if you are shopping for an iPhone, we recommend waiting even longer — until September — when the company releases new products and prices on previous generation models plummet.”

Large home appliances

While you’ll see some big savings in July on grills and outdoor furniture, you might want to hold off on large indoor items.

Sara Skirboll, RetailMeNot’s shopping and trends expert, recommends that if you are in need of upgrading your appliances, wait until the end of summer in September.

That’s when “you will find the steepest discounts on refrigerators, washing machines and more,” Skirboll says. “This will also be a great time to purchase a new mattress for your home as Labor Day brings the biggest deals from mattress brands.”

School supplies

Even though summer isn’t close to being over, you might be tempted to head to stores to stock up early on school supplies. But now isn’t the best time.

“School supply deals begin to appear in July, but the very best offers won’t materialize until the end of the summer when stores try to unload unsold product,” McGrath says. “If you hold off until August, you may be able to land stationary, writing gear, backpacks and more at up to 40 percent off.”

Skirboll agrees. She advises shoppers to wait until August to stock up on binders and pens. This advice also rings true for back-to-school clothes and accessories, like bicycles.

“Bicycles typically don’t go on sale until the early fall. Wait until September to buy a set of new wheels, and you could save up to 20 percent on a brand-name model,” McGrath says.

Theme park tickets

If your family has been begging you for a theme park vacation and you haven’t already made plans to go, wait to buy tickets until later this year.

Theme parks are packed when kids are out of school, which boosts turnout at the parks — and prices. So hold off, Skirboll says.

“Wait for the weather to cool down and purchase these around October when promotions will be running,” Skirboll says.

A new home

Looking to move? If it’s not too urgent, wait until later in the year to search for a new home.

Michelle Madhok, online shopping expert and founder of deals site shefinds.com, says that the best day of the year to buy your dream home is the day after Christmas.

But there are other good times to close a real estate deal, she adds.

“The best months to buy a house are August and September since sellers want to move their houses before parents of school-age children are neck-deep in school, sports activities,” Madhok says. “Cold weather also drives potential buyers indoors which cuts down on competition.”

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