5 big sales left in 2024: Everything you need to know before July 4th

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Independence Day is just a few weeks away, bringing with it a wealth of deals for budget-conscious shoppers. With many people short on cash at the moment, finding the best deals can be beneficial to every budget, so it’s worth planning ahead to shop during the biggest events, as this is when you can often find the best deals. The upcoming Fourth of July sale will give you the chance to make big savings on select summer items as well as appliances and tech. This is one of the biggest shopping and sales events of 2024, with the hugely popular Amazon Prime Day sale also returning in July. Preparing now can help you take advantage of these opportunities to make big savings this summer.

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Planning ahead for big sales is a great way to save on products you’ve already got your eye on as summer is in full swing and we even prepare for fall. For big-ticket items like mattresses, furniture, major appliances or updated entertainment systems, knowing when you’ll find the best deals can help you save hundreds of dollars.

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Even when it comes to smaller purchases or those delicious impulse buys (like this Bluetooth meat thermometer that my colleague James Bricknell highly respects), keeping track of your wish list and keeping an eye out for deals at retailers and shopping events can help maximize those savings.

We’re starting to see Fourth of July deals pop up before the official holiday, and my team of professional dealhounds and I will continue to gather the best savings opportunities as the big day gets closer. In the meantime, let’s break down the major shopping events happening throughout the rest of the year, so you can plan.

All the major sales and deals for the rest of 2024

When planning, you’ll need to keep the biggest sales of the year at the forefront of your mind. Different items are available at different times for lower prices. We’ve explained what to expect for the rest of the year and highlighted the best times to buy certain types of products.

fourth of July: Expect to find deals on major appliances like washing machines, refrigerators and ranges, as well as top technology, furniture and summer essentials during the Fourth of July holiday.

Amazon Prime Day: The first Prime Day event of the year takes place in July and typically features discounts across every category, including tech, everyday essentials, and school supplies. You’ll also find deals on some Amazon devices, including smart speakers and displays, security cameras, tablets, and everyday essentials. This is a Prime-exclusive sale, which means you’ll need a membership to shop. You can take advantage of the sale even without a Prime subscription.

labour day: During the autumn event, you’ll find end-of-season sales on patio furniture, grills, yard equipment and gardening supplies, summer apparel, laptops, TVs, and mattresses.

Amazon Prime Day 2: Amazon has been running a Prime Day-like event in the fall for a few years now, and we expect this trend to continue, with deals on major electronics and home goods throughout the holiday season. Many retailers, including Best Buy, Target, and Walmart, have also started running early deals to compete with Amazon.

Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday: What used to be two separate shopping events has changed drastically over the years and has now turned into a week-long event with incredible deals for shoppers looking for discounts both online and in-store on everything from TVs, video game consoles, laptops and other top-notch tech to clothing, fitness equipment, home goods, small appliances, toys and more. Check out our guide to the pros and cons of shopping online or in person on Black Friday. Also, when you’re buying gifts for others, be sure to familiarize yourself with major retailers’ holiday return policies just in case.

Even the best bargain hunters among us can’t always plan everything in advance. If you’re hit with shipping deadlines, especially during the holiday season, you can use options like in-store pickup to ensure you get your last-minute purchases in time.

How to make sure you’re getting the best deal

While everyone loves getting a good deal, it can be hard to know which deal is a deal and which deal is just marketed as a deal. We have everything from expert advice to price comparison tools that can help you stay informed and verify deals without having to spend a lot of time researching them on your own.

Join our texting group: CNET Deals texts are free, easy and save you money. Get deals delivered straight to your phone before and throughout the event.

Compare prices with CNET Shopping: CNET Shopping (formerly known as PriceBlink) is CNET’s in-house price comparison extension for your web browser. It’s a great way to get price history information so you can find the best deal.

Sign up for the CNET Deals newsletterIf you want to stay up to date on the best deals and savings opportunities throughout the year, including major shopping events, our deals newsletter is a good start.

Also, stay up to date on the most current deals by following the live event coverage via CNET’s live blog, where we’ll aggregate the best live deals and update as price fluctuations and availability occur, as some deals are only available for a very limited time.

Shopping Tips to Get the Most Out of Internet Sales

Money is a limited resource, and finding a balance between spending and saving can be a challenge. Here are some shopping tips that can help you buy what you need while still having the most cash left over.

Plan to shop at major shopping events: If you’re looking for ways to save money on big-ticket items, your best bet is to shop during the major shopping events that happen throughout the year. Often retailers compete with each other, which can drive down the price of popular items. Some of the best shopping events of the year are centered around three-day weekends or other annual events and holidays. Keeping a calendar of upcoming days can help remind you of price cuts or help you shop when deals are most likely to be available. Being prepared can help you get doorbusters before they sell out. Signing up for some of the services mentioned above can also help you track these dates.

Determine the budget before the event: While it can be exciting to find an amazing deal on something you didn’t expect, be mindful of your spending habits. Budget for the things you’ll definitely want to buy, and go ahead and save a little in your budget for those impulse buys that might pop up. When shopping, be sure to keep track of your spending so you stay within your maximum spending limit. Getting upset over overspending is never fun.

Find ways to avoid shipping fees: Many retailers offer ways to save on shipping, whether it’s a minimum cost threshold, membership benefits (check out these little-known Amazon Prime benefits) or even taking advantage of in-store or curbside pickup. By taking the time to find ways to skip shipping costs, you’ll ensure that the savings you earn stay in your pocket instead of being absorbed into expensive shipping and handling fees.

Check out additional savings opportunities: Sometimes you can find additional coupons or promo codes to maximize your savings. You can also become a member for additional benefits at many retailers. Some cost money to join, such as My Best Buy Plus and Total Tier, but others may be free to join and still offer special rewards, benefits, or discounts that make it worth signing up.

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For more shopping tips to help you get the best deals and make better purchases, check out CNET Shopping Tips. We have plenty of advice for getting the most for your money from major retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, Walmart, Target, Wayfair and more.

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