Living in Canada has its perks. Its one of the few countries out there that actually has 4 distinct seasons. Although, we seem to have skipped spring this year completely, but that’s a different story for a different day. My absolute favorite time of the year is the summer; it brings a careless freedom that is only apparent when the weather is great.
Summer can be an expensive time of year – holidays, activities, and getting out and about while enjoying the weather can all add up – but it’s also a great time to make some savings. July sales are a great opportunity to buy clothes and other products for the coming year, and back-to-school sales are the best time of year to stock up on stationery and office supplies such as printer ink and paper. These are a few things that are best to buy in the summer time:
Office and school supplies
Back-to-school sales are an important time of year for retailers, who often slash prices on educational and office supplies. You’ll find great deals on pads of paper, pens and pencils, printer ink and paper, and sometimes even craft supplies. If you have kids these sales are invaluable, but if you don’t have children it’s still a great time to stockpile enough printer ink for the coming year. HP printer ink is more expensive by volume than petrol, vodka and even penicillin, so any savings are welcome!
Summer is a time for being outside, and most people focus on fixing up the outside of their homes; this means summer is a perfect time for buying interior home supplies like paint and carpet. It’s also a good time of year for furniture, since showrooms receive their new stock in August.
Smaller winter items are a great buy too – while the rest of the nation is buying full-price barbeques, scour the sales for blankets, insulating curtains, Christmas and Easter decorations, weather-proofing and more.
July sales are the best time of year to buy cold-weather clothing. Shops roll out their leftover winter and spring stock, which may not be appealing while the sun is shining but once autumn comes, you’ll be glad you bought those gloves and boots at 70 per cent reduction! If you’re concerned about wearing last year’s styles, focus on timeless shapes in solid colours or classic prints like stripes.
It’s been half a year since those pesky New Year resolutions, and most of the country’s workout clothes are languishing in the back of the closet. Gyms offer cut-rate memberships during the summer to draw everybody back, so dig out those old running shoes, buy some cut-price fitness equipment and hit the gym.
What do you stock up on during the summer?
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