What to Buy In May 2015

May 1st, 2015

may2015calendarWhat to Buy in May 2015

You can expect some great sales for Memorial Day near the end of the month. But the big gift giving holiday will be Mother’s Day which falls on on the 10th.

Memorial Day also makes people think of picnics, barbecues and being outdoors. Hold off on buying patio furniture or barbecues, but look for some good bargains on party supplies and grilling gear. The cost of beef has started increasing, so you may want to stock up and freeze the beef to last you for a while. Hamburger may go on sale before Memorial Day.

Memorial Day looks like it’s gearing up to be a great time to buy due to some big sales planned. Memorial Day is somewhere between after Christmas sales and Black Friday, and often gets better discounts than Labor Day where people are holding out for Black Friday. May is also the unofficial start to summer.

Spring clothing is now on discount as retailers are bringing in Summer clothes. And if you can find any Winter wear left, it should be on the extreme clearance. Some retailers are offering things called stacking coupons which reward you for purchases. Old Navy provides their Rewards cash during certain promotional times. Then you use the Rewards cash on top of any discounts. It’s usually $10 off a purchase of $30. Look online for other promo codes and coupons.

Don’t buy Summer apparel until August or September.

If you haven’t already bought your Mother’s Day gift, look into something different from jewelry (which tends to increase in price) to save money. There are some great deals on Spring clothes, or look on deal sites or coupon sites, like Groupon and Living Social, for better prices on goods and services. Maybe mom would like a manicure/pedicure? Or a new tablet?

And, you can find lots of bargains at thrift stores. Many people do a typical Spring Cleaning and drop their no longer wanted goods at thrift stores. So if there’s something you’d been wanting, check out your local second hand goods store first. You may find it lightly used for a lot less.

Spring is one of the best seasons for mattress shopping. Again, do look for coupons and promotions to lower the price even further.

May 4th is now officially Star Wars Day (may the fourth be with you!), and many retailers are having deals on Star Wars related items like Blu-ray disks, games, and other memorabilia.

March and April were both quiet months for TV deals, with a scarcity of bargains across most category sizes. Unfortunately, May is predicted to be quiet as well. If you’re shopping for a new TV, you may want to hold off on your purchase for a little while longer, if possible. If you really have to update your TV, look for deals on 55″ or 42″ models.

You should also hold off on buying any Apple products until June. At their developer conference in early June, they’re expected to announce a new Apple TV, and hopefully more new devices. Even though they just dropped the price of the Apple TV from $99 to $69, we may see better prices in June.

And speaking of tech, Google launched its new wireless plan. The hybrid network relies on WiFi connectivity to make calls, and switches to Spring/T-Mobile networks when WiFi isn’t available. So, if you don’t want to switch, you may be able to get a better package for yourself from your current mobile carrier.

Hold off on laptop purchases for a few months. The prices will drop around July and August with Back to School sales.


Food and Household Goods

It’s always cheaper to eat what’s in season. With Cinco de Mayo, you’ll see sales on chips, avocados, salsa, and beer. We’ve seen sales on pork shoulders for creating pulled pork tacos.

So what else is hot this month?

Celiac Disease Awareness Month
Memorial Day: BBQ Sauce, Condiments, Charcoal, Salad Dressing, Potato Chips, Dips, Grilling Meats, Hot Dogs, Hamburger Meat, Marinade, Salad Greens
Paper Products: Plates, Utensils, Insect Repellant, Sunscreen
Cinco De Mayo: Salsa, tortillas
Seasonal Produce: Artichokes, Asparagus, Avocado, Beans, Green, Beets, Blackberries, Carrots, Sweet Vidalia Onions, Peas, New Potatoes, Raspberries, Strawberries

And what produce is in season?

  • Asparagus
  • Radishes
  • Spinach
  • Rhubarb
  • Green garlic
  • Peas
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Blueberries
  • Apricots
  • Spring onions

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