The 6 Best Things to Buy in May

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The weather is heating up, and so are deals on a variety of goods. Memorial Day also means a weekend of sales.

Meats for the Grill

Many grocery stores will have specials on grillable meats throughout May. "With consumers eager to enjoy a grilled dinner outdoors, so the demand and competitive price game begins for everyone's favorite meats," says Erin Chase, consumer shopping expert for and founder of the Favado savings app. "From ribs to steaks to chicken breast and premade kebabs, consumers will be able to find great deals on the meats they love to grill." She says that condiments are also hot, so look for coupons and store discounts.


May is one of the best times to purchase mattresses. To save more money, check out Groupon or Living Social, which tend to have impressive offers on mattresses for local stores. You can stack these with in-store specials. Note that expensive mattress models are displayed in the front of the store, while cheaper options are often toward the back.

Patio Furniture

You've probably noticed patio furniture at your favorite retailers for several months. That's because retailers know people shop in advance for the summer entertaining. Now that the surge of patio furniture purchases has lulled, retailers have begun marking down prices, explains Meghan Heffernan, also a consumer shopping expert for Heffernan says to expect "a steep increase in prices until the end of summer." Buy now while you still have a good selection.

Bug Spray, Sunscreen

This time of year, bugs are a-plenty and the sun's rays are powerful. As a result, retailers can count on you buying these items consistently. Coupons (either electronic or from the newspaper) can save you money on both bug repellants and sunscreens. "With the bugs emerging and the sun gaining in stretch, stores everywhere are competing for your bug spray and sunscreen dollars," notes Chase. "It's time to stock up on your favorite brand of repellent and protection for your skin, and be sure to purchase enough to last you through Labor Day weekend."

Kitchen Accessories and Cookware

"After a long winter break recovering from the holidays, spring is often when we see people start entertaining again," says Heffernan. "Home ware companies will be offering special reductions on kitchen accessories and cookware." Thanks to these slashed prices, now's a great time to buy kitchen necessities -- including cutlery, dishes, linens, electronics and more -- for the recent grads or newlyweds in your life.

Used Cars

"As the volume of car sales goes up in summer months, car retailers increase the number of price drops per vehicle," says Heffernan. "This trend starts in May and will peak in July." An excellent way to get a quality used car is to shop previously leased vehicles. These are typically no more than 4 years old but are significantly cheaper than their new counterparts. Additionally, because leased vehicles must be maintained with utmost diligence -- and because mileage is restricted -- you know these cars have been taken care of.

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why eat you're gonna die anyway

June 01 2014 at 6:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I found out I could save 1/2 off retail,if I only buy 1 shoe..:-)

May 14 2014 at 2:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Not a very exciting list, but good to know!

May 07 2014 at 6:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Get a squirrel gun! Fresh meat and cheap. There are skinning videos on youtube; also for rabbit

May 05 2014 at 11:08 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Good time of the year to get a grave plot or set up a prepaid cremation. Most people die in the spring so buy early! Save your kids some money so they can get a new tv or car!

May 05 2014 at 11:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

You can find some deals if you look. One in regard to meats is the ten pounds of chicken leg quarters deals. They come in a big ten pound frozen solid bag.
You wont have the equipment needed to make them IQF but you can accomplish the same thing like this: Thaw out the bag by placing it in a big casserole pan in the bottom of your fridge - never defrost anything on the counter top, it will develop warm spots.
Then place individual leg quarters into Glad freezer bags, put them all into a Glad freezer container and return to your freezer. Then when you want grilled chicken etc, you can take out however many you need. When you BBQ chicken quarters, don't apply the BBQ sauce until the last 30 seconds of cooking time so that the sugars don't burn and turn to carbon.
Right now most grocers have corn for 25 cents an ear. This is the time to fill your freezer with corn.

May 04 2014 at 8:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to alfredschrader's comment

I bought a ten pound bage for the first time, and found many very small pieces hidden under the large ones on top, Won't buy them this way again.

May 05 2014 at 12:23 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to goodgrief61945's comment

Those criminals !!!! you get what you pay for !

May 05 2014 at 11:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down

All ten of mine were huge, but not trimmed as well as I would have liked them to be. Thawed them just enough to be able to break them apart for individual freezer bags to be used as needed, and the coldness on my counter top tiles cause four pieces of the trim tiles on the edges to contract and fall off. Make sure you don't let these thaw, even a little on tile counter tops.

May 14 2014 at 9:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down
tricky ricky

Hookers are a good deal on Mondays, partiers are worn out from the weekends and pimps still want their money. Try Monday morning for bargains.

May 03 2014 at 7:46 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to tricky ricky's comment
Hi Den

I prefer Wednesdays. Better to let it dry out from the weekend.

May 03 2014 at 8:50 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Tricky? How about Icky ricky? You must be something. Not only do you have to pay, you have to get it at discount! Woof!

May 04 2014 at 7:30 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

Meats is very pricey these days for BBQ Grilling Season

May 03 2014 at 12:33 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
Jon Robbins

funny you mention meats. Since it is grilling season, and since february. Meat products in stores have seen a 1.6% rise in price at the grocery stores. So, explain to me how it is good to buy them?

May 03 2014 at 11:55 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Jon Robbins's comment

because they are going much higher this year

May 05 2014 at 11:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

best thing to buy is ..nothing....if you don't really need it ..........

May 02 2014 at 7:23 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply