4th of July sales: Here’s where to find the best deals

If you are planning to shop 4th of July sales, you may want to consider these tips before you hit the stores.

The deal-hunting experts at FatWallet.com have put together a list of recommendations on what to buy, and what to skip this holiday.

Here are their tips:

View of customers at Rocky’s Ace Hardware store during Small Business Shopping day Nov 29, 2014 in Wellington.”We are up from last year with more than 400 customers so far,” said Bill Butler assistant manager. (Bill Ingram / Palm Beach Post) Beach Post)

 

Outdoor Sporting Gear — BUY

Hiking, camping and fishing gear will see deep discounts. Shoppers will also find some of the best deals of the summer on pools and outdoor toys and games.

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Swimwear — BUY

Swimwear and beachwear sales will feature discounts on top brands ranging from 25 to 75 percent off.

Kids Clothing — BUY

Many popular clothing brands offer site-wide sales that focus on summer apparel for children and babies. Savings of 20 to 40 percent can be found on shorts, polo shirts, dresses and sandals as retailers look to make room for new back-to-school items later in July.  Shopping through a cashback website like Ebates will earn additional discounts.

Air Conditioners — BUY

Stores like Walmart and Sears will offer 25 percent discounts on portable and window units. Expect to see fewer discounts and more limited selection after 4th of July sales events.

Furniture —  BUY

July is one of the best months to purchase furniture for the home. The holiday sales kick-off clearance of last year’s living room and bedroom sets. Furniture stores reduce prices on existing inventory to make room for new models arriving in late August.

Electronics — WAIT 

Those seeking good deals on most consumer electronics products will want to hold off until Prime Day and Back-to-School sales. Expect to see better pricing on Amazon products (Echo, Dot, Fire Tablets, Kindles and Fire TV), as well as TVs, home theater and wireless tech after the holiday.

Jeans/Denim — WAIT

The best denim sales of the year happen during August’s Back-to-School events for kids and in October for adults. Waiting can offer shoppers twice the savings over buying jeans in July.

Laptops and Tablets — WAIT

Main back-to-school laptop deals loom large in late July and August. Waiting offers parents a much larger selection of desktop, tablet and laptop deals. Those stack with additional savings from the summer’s Back-to-School sales tax holidays, student discounts and shopping rewards, often making prices better than Black Friday deals.