How to survive the Steam Summer Sale

It’s that time of year again. Summer is finally here, and now it is the time for beach trips, bonfires, sunburns, and extremely reduced prices on video games. For some people, this is the first year that they may be experiencing the Steam Summer Sale. The sheer amount of sales can be overwhelming, and if you’re like me and have issues with money, this guide may just help you.

  • Use your wishlist ahead of time: This is a built in feature of Steam that can be extremely helpful. Before you start purchasing games, add all the games that you’ve had your eye on to your wishlist. By doing this, Steam will email you whenever any of these titles go on sale. This is a good way to make sure that you don’t miss a sale or a flash sale (explained below)
  • Set a budget:  This is basic shopping logic, but it is important to keep in mind. Once you’ve committed to the Steam Sale, it is important to know how much you’re willing to spend. Typically, I never let myself go over $30. But due to the ridiculous discounts on some titles, those thirty dollars can translate into twenty or so games.
  • Wait for flash deals: Typically, the summer sale begins with an insane number of games on sale. However, during the duration of the sale period, games will frequently drop even further, known as flash deals or flash sales. This is the optimal time to buy the game, as this price is likely the lowest it will be for the week.
  • Check other places: Many other sites will hold sales in the same time period. One of the best places to check multiple sources at once is Simply enter a title in the search bar, and it will tell you the current price across many trusted sources, as well as the historically low price of that title.

Whatever games you end up buying, I hope you enjoy them. Steam sales can be overwhelming, especially if you’ve never experienced one before. I hope this was able to answer any questions you may have had and I wish you happy shopping.

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