The Best Things To Buy in May

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May is packed with holidays – Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, and Memorial Day – meaning there are a lot of opportunities to find shopping deals. It might still be tough to get to brick and mortar stores this month due to coronavirus, but luckily you can find bargains online too. Here are products to keep your eyes on this month.

1. Mattresses

A good mattress leads to good sleep, which can provide a major overall boost for your health. That’s why you should consider a mattress to not just be a purchase, but more of an investment. And the smartest time to invest in a new bed is May. Most major mattress retailers offer sales around Memorial Day, and prices tend to drop anyway as new models are being prepped for rollout in June. Sears, for instance, is offering some beds up to 60 percent off.

2. Air Conditioners

Memorial Day usually provides great sales for large appliances, and the end of May is your last chance to buy a discounted air conditioner before prices spike in the warmer months. Best Buy offers dozens of models for 20 percent off or more, and prices should get lower around the holiday weekend, but don’t wait too long or you’ll be stuck in the heat!

3. Grills and Accessories

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer for a lot of people, which means it’s also prime grilling season. As the weather gets nicer, more people are inclined to barbecue outside with their families. Grill sales peak around the end of the month, and you can find supplies accessories like charcoal, tongs, and spatulas discounted at major retailers such as Home Depot or Lowe’s. A new grill can make a great early Father’s Day present too!

4. Refrigerators

Many fridge makers unveil new brands in time for summer, which means that on top of the typical Memorial Day appliance deals, you can find even deeper discounts on refrigerators. Like mattresses, fridges are long term-purchases that should last a long time. Snagging a good deal around Memorial Day could help you install a new mainstay in your kitchen for the next decade without breaking the bank.

5. Mother’s Day Gifts

If you’re looking for the standard Mother’s Day gifts, like flowers or jewelry, you’re probably going to be paying a premium. But if you think outside the box, you can find an awesome gift for mom on a deep discount this month. For instance, you can head to Shutterfly for deals on personalized framed pictures or photo albums for a sentimental gift. Many spas offer Mother’s Day deals as well, and because of coronavirus will allow you to delay the spa visit as long as you purchase this month.

6. Office Furniture 

Many people are adjusting to working from home during the pandemic, so building a good home office is critical. Even when things go back to normal, millions of Americans may have the option to keep working from home full time. If you suspect that might be the case, now is the perfect time to cash in on office furniture deals and deck out your home workspace. Office Depot is offering 30 percent discounts on select furniture, and 50 percent discounts on office chairs right now.

7. Star Wars Accessories

“May the force be with you” is one of the most iconic lines from the Star Wars franchise, and it translates to “May the Fourth” being Star Wars day each year. As a result, there are tons of deals on Jedi and Sith themed merch on May 4th and throughout early May. It’s the perfect time to shop for yourself or the Star Wars fan in your life.

8. Paper Products/Party Supplies

Coronavirus probably put a damper on any party plans you may have had this month, whether it was graduation, memorial day, or something else. Still, stores like Party City are offering solid discounts on party supplies and paper products, like paper plates, towels and napkins. Even if you won’t be hosting any events this month, you can still decorate for Zoom parties and it’s always a good idea to stock up on paper supplies while you can!