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The Coupon Lady: Early summer deals

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June is here and summer break has begun!

My last few weeks were filled with end-of-year activities, sickness and all around chaos as the school year came to a close.

My little girl brought home strep last weekend and nearly missed her pre-kindergarten graduation. After a trip to the doctor to confirm strep and get medicine on Monday morning, I had to take her with me to deliver supplies for my son’s third-grade school block party that afternoon. Thankfully, by Tuesday morning, my youngest was feeling well enough to attend her graduation ceremony. On Wednesday, my entire family vegged out on the sofa and tried to recover from the craziness. Now my kids are feeling better and are ready to enjoy the summer. They have begun swim lessons and summer enrichment programs to keep them busy.

If you are lucky enough to be able to spend time with your kiddos this summer, you might want to check out the summer movie program at Regal Cinemas. At 10 a.m. on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, Regal plays two children’s movies for only $1. There are two choices offered each week.

Week 1 begins on Tuesday and will feature Ice Age: Continental Drift and The Three Stooges.

The week of June 11 the features will be Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days and Parental Guidance.

On the week of June 18, the choices will be Mr. Popper’s Penguins and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked.

On the week of June 25, the choices will be Monte Carlo and Rio.

If you plan on going, my advice is to get there very early, no later than 9:15 a.m., because seating is limited and day cares often bring children to the theater on field trips. Concessions are offered during the movie, so you can splurge on a kids’ pack for a fun movie experience.

June has many loss leaders this month, but stores will be charging full price for summer gear as the weather gets hotter. Expect to pay premium prices for sunscreen, bug spray and allergy medicine.

There are a few retail deals in June worth mentioning. According to All You magazine, June is a great time to buy a bathing suit or summer wear. Take advantage of early sales to grab the best selection or try places like Marshall’s for a deal on last season’s merchandise.

With Father’s Day coming up and new graduates starting to prepare for college, start looking for deals on tools such as drills or saws and tech products (such as GPS units). Since June is a busy month for weddings, many stores feature sales on dishes, china and some crystal pieces.

June is National Dairy Month. Shoppers will be able to find great deals on cheese, ice cream, yogurt, butter, sour cream, cream cheese, whipped cream and even coffee creamer. The National Dairy Council works with stores to offer deep discounts on these items during the month. Also look for promotions involving free gallons of milk with the purchase of another item, such as cereal.

June is also National Headache Month. Using coupons during sales this month will provide you with free or steeply discounted aspirin, headache medicines and other types of pain relievers. Allergy and sinus headache medicine is included in these sales.

Although May had better sales on barbecue items, individual stores will feature some of these items as loss leaders in June, so deals are possible if you keep a close watch on the ads. Sale items include barbecue sauce, ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, pickles, relish, marinades and steak sauce. Other picnic items on sale this month include charcoal, beer, soda, chips, buns, paper plates, napkins and cups.

Meats on sale this month continue to follow the barbecue theme. Look for deals on steaks, beef ribs, ground beef, pork ribs, hot dogs, fresh or frozen hamburger patties, sausages and chicken.

Produce in season this month includes blueberries, apricots, eggplant, peaches, potatoes, raspberries, Vidalia onions, tomatoes, watermelon, summer squash, honeydew melons, corn, grapes, cucumbers and red onions. For great savings, make sure to plan meals that feature these items to make some fresh, flavorful and frugal meals for your family.


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