The 7 best things to buy in July

Summer sales are upon us — don't miss out

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So, you missed Prime Day. No worries, there are still plenty of bargains to be had in July. And it’s summer until September, so what you buy now you can use for a couple of months—and keep using next year!

Here are some of our recommendations on what to buy in July:

1. Stuff with stars and stripes

Patriotic decorations
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Stock up on patriotic decorations at your local party store

There are lots of patriotic-themed items marked down after the 4th of July. Craft and party stores are clearing them out. Buy them for next year and you can start enjoying them as soon as Memorial Day.

2. Bathing suits

J. Crew Men's Swimwear
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J. Crew men's swimwear is already on sale

Right in the middle of summer, you can buy the bikini or trunks you’ve been looking for. We found some great styles at J. Crew for between 30% and 40% off. You'll love the pineapple and watermelon prints, off-the-shoulder ruffled tops, colorblock styles, and gingham checks.

Shop J. Crew men's swimwear and women's swimwear. Use code YESPLEASE for full discount.

3. Summer clothes

Lands' End Shift Dress
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Lands' End Shift Dress

Merchants are starting to clear out their summer inventory. For example, Lands’ End is taking up to 60% off during its summer sale. An on-trend floral print shift dress in seasonal colors is selling for under $50 right now.

4. Rugs and furniture

Safavieh Rug
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A geometric pattern rug from Safavieh

Of course you can use an outdoor rug inside. Put one in the playroom, so you can clean it up easily. At AllModern, we found the Hampton Dark Ivory Geometric area rug by Safavieh, which has a whimsical print that both kids and adults will like. For the patio, Wayfair has a mid-summer Outdoor Sale going on, too.

5. Sports and fitness gear

Sierra Trading Post Hi-Tec Hiking Boots
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Sierra Trading Post Hi-Tec Hiking Boots

Get your workout in the wilderness, or take a quiet walk out in nature. Sierra Trading Post has hiking boots on sale right now starting at just $34.99, and offers lots of gear for outdoor types during their Summer Clearance Blowout.

6. Travel

Downtown Reykjavik, Iceland
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Downtown Reykjavik, Iceland

You may be able to find deals at local tourist destinations as they deal with cancelations. If you're traveling in August, you can also find some tremendous deals on flights to Europe and Asia—well under $500 round trip from major U.S. cities.

But if you’re looking for a place to get away from July's heat and humidity, bask in a geothermal lagoon, and enjoy the light 24 hours a day, visit Iceland. Take the I Heart Reykjavik Walking Tour to find out about local bargains.

7. House paint

Painting a house
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If it isn't too hot, summer is a great time to paint a house

Summer is the perfect time to paint—and sales mean you can save, too. For instance, Sherwin-Williams retail stores are advertising 40% off list prices on most paints and stains between July 14–17.

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