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Timing is key when looking for great deals

I bought two shirts, two pairs of pants and a winter coat at Sears last month for a grand total of $17.34.

Of course, not everyone wants to be seen in $1.99 pants from Sears. But even if your tastes are a little more discerning, shopping is all about the timing.

Want a treadmill? Buy in January and February when you’ll see the best prices, according to Consumer Reports. If you’re looking for a bicycle, wait until the latter part of the year, since the best prices are offered September through December. If it’s a digital camera you want, the time is March and April. Didn’t get a mattress in May? You snooze, you lose.

DealNews.com is another website that tracks product pricing and discounts. Here’s are some deals they suggest to look out for in June.

Nontraditional Father’s Day gifts. The usual ties, shirts and grills won’t see much of a discount, but watch for restaurant deals such as free entrees for dads at places such as Boston Market, Chili’s and Outback Steakhouse. If you want a grill, hold out until August and September when deals usually heat up.

Fitness apparel and outdoor gear. Prices on sneakers, workout clothes and gym accessories have dropped by as much as 73 percent in Junes past.

Be patient with Apple products. Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference is Monday, so a bunch of new products will probably have been announced by the time you read this. Hold tight until the thick of the back-to-school season when you’ll start to see discounts. Apple traditionally rejiggers its iPhone line in September, so if you want an iPhone 6, wait until at least August.

Don’t buy a TV. June is the worst month to buy a television. There aren’t many deals, and prices are higher than the rest of the year. If you must have something, your best bet on a good value is a 55-inch set, which can easily be found for $500. Watch Dell for promotions, including free gift cards with purchase.

Laptops. Retailers get a jump on back-to-school season later in the month. Keep an eye out at Best Buy, Amazon and the Apple Store for good deals on Mac computers and iPads. Last year, Apple Stores gave $100 Apple Store credit with the purchase of a Mac in June, but Best Buy and Amazon often match or beat Apple’s prices, so shop around.

Microsoft will launch its new Windows 10 operating system July 29, which could lead to a trade-in deal at the Microsoft Store for store credit when you turn in an older Windows computer. DealNews expects 15-inch laptops with the latest Broadwell Intel processor to sell for as low as $349 this month, with an additional 6 percent discount offered through July and the best deals to come in August.

Lingerie. Don’t worry, I won’t make a joke about bras and undies being half off (get it?) but that’s only because they’ll be as much as 80 percent off this month.

Victoria’s Secret’s Semi-Annual Sale offers its best prices of the year, with prices and shipping rates that continue to drop as the month wears on. Last year, bras at Victoria’s Secret sold three for $19.98 – just over $6 apiece. Target offered six packs of underwear for $20 and buy-one-get-one-free bras. Sears took up to 80 percent off undergarments including the usually pricey Maidenform, which dropped to $8 apiece. Spanx had its best sale of the year last June. Frederick’s of Hollywood usually has a good Fourth of July sale, as does Aerie by American Eagle.

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