By Paul Sisolak, Contributor
In a few short days, on June 21, the first day of summer 2015 will be here. To get ready for the season, some shopping might be in order. But before you set out and pay full price for a new swimsuit, grill or vacation, you should look for ways to save money this summer.
According to Jon Lal, founder and CEO of BeFrugal.com, June is a month to look for sharp discounts on fitness gear and apparel. It's also the month where restaurants and eateries begin seasonal deals and offers to get families through the door.
Lal notes that shoppers should keep their eyes open all summer long for various promotions, some of which are catered to particular months. "Look for discounts on furniture in July," he said, "as new models are unveiled later in the summer and stores need to clear inventory."
25 Summer Solstice Shopping Deals
With BeFrugal's help, along with other retailers and deal sites like CouponSherpa, GOBankingRates rounded up some of the best first-day-of-summer deals and sales to start the season off right. Shop at these following places to save money without sacrificing fun:
- 1-800-Flowers: Save up to 40 percent on summer flowers and gifts, now through June 30. No promo code needed.
- Aeropostale: Save 20 percent on your total purchase in store through June 30 with this coupon.
- Bath & Body Works: Print out this coupon, and get up to 75 percent off select items during the semi-annual sale, which ends July 5.
- Best Buy: Through July 11, get 10 percent off one regular-priced air conditioner in-store and online. Print out the coupon or use promo code RMNACSAVE.
- CheapOstay: Get up to $30 off summer season deals when you use promo code SUMMER30. The offer expires at the end of June.
- Crate & Barrel: All summer clearance items are reduced up to 50 percent.
- Dick's Sporting Goods: Enjoy $20 off your in-store purchase of $100 or more through July 3 with this coupon.
- Express: Print out this coupon to save 10 percent on in-store and online orders through July 1. Or, use promo code 9559.
- Harbor Freight Tools: Get 20 percent off of any one item through June 30 with this coupon. You can also use the online code 76689237.
- Hertz: Save 15 percent on your next car rental through Aug. 15 with code 304065.
- Lancome: Keep your skin protected from the elements this summer. With each online skin care purchase of $49 and up, you can receive free samples with promo code SUMMER. Offer expires June 30.
- Lands' End: Take $15 off purchases of $75 or more through July 8 with this coupon.
- Lane Bryant: Take $25 off your $75 or more purchase through June 21 with this coupon or coupon code JUNEGIFTLB.
- MegaMotorMadness: Hit the road by shopping the summer sale for prices up to 80 percent off and free shipping through June 20.
- Nordstrom: On June 19 and June 20, the retailer is having a summer beauty event where you can get a free tote bag and beauty samples with any $125 beauty or fragrance purchase.
- Office Depot: Get a free large, fully lined Chevron tote with participating purchase of $125 or more through June 30 (or while supplies last) with code SUMMERTOTE.
- Old Navy: Get 50 percent off the entire store on select styles and for a limited time, or while supplies last.
- Olive Garden: With any gift or e-gift card purchase (minimum $50), receive a $10 Italian Summer Bonus Card. The bonus offer is valid from July 1 to July 31.
- OnlineShoes.com: Enter promo code SUNSHINE15, and get 20 percent off your order of $80 or more.
- PacSun: Save $20 on purchases of $100 or more through June 21 with this coupon.
- Papa John's: Use promo code 25OFF, and get 25 percent off any order placed through July 31.
- Six Flags Magic Mountain: Through the end of the year, save $20 on up to four general admission tickets with this coupon.
- SwimsuitsDirect.com: Get 15 percent off your first order by visiting the site and clicking "send me coupon."
- Tilly's: Get 30 percent to 50 percent off tanks, shorts, boardies and more during the store's summer sale.
- West Marine: Save $15 on your $75-plus purchase through June 21 with this coupon or promo code MK45427.
Keep reading: 10 Things You Need to Know About Saving Money in July
This article originally appeared on GOBankingRates.com: Happy Summer Solstice! 25 Freebies and Deals for the First Day of Summer
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