Thursday, April 30, 2015

Shopping Seasonally: What’s on Sale in May?

Hello Spring! Hello warmer weather, fresh berries, and sales! Fresh produce is barely being planted in my area. The only way to feed my family fresh food or less is to shop according to the national growing season. Chances are very good that those are going to be the sale items in the grocery store anyway. Better tasting seasonal produce and on sale? Yes, please!

what to buy in May on sale


Shopping seasonally also saves money on household and big ticket items too.  If you have a current or future need, now is the time to shop the May holiday sales for the following fresh fruit and vegetables, food, and household goods.


For extra savings, pair the sale with a coupon from my printable online coupon database (affiliate link) because money saving coupons often follow national sales cycles too!

Seasonal Food, Fresh Fruit, and Vegetables on Sale in May

May Seasonal Fresh Fruit: Raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, pineapple

May Seasonal Vegetables: Carrots, avocado, artichokes, asparagus, onions, peas, green beans, beets, corn, potatoes

Cinco De Mayo:- Mexican/Hispanic/Latin food and vegetables



Seasonal Food Sales in May


Cinco de Mayo: salsa, shredded cheese, tortillas, tortilla chips, canned & refried beans, frozen Mexican entrees & snacks, etc.

Mother’s Day: chocolate

Memorial Day: salad dressing, ketchup and condiments, BBQ sauce, grilling spices/rubs, potato chips and snacks, sandwich ingredients, grilling and picnic foods


Household Goods: What to Buy in May


May kicks off wedding and graduation season be on the lookout for sales on small appliances and household items. Memorial Day kicks off grilling season too. If you need party supplies or paper plates, etc for summer the end of May is a good time to stock up for summer parties.
Cinco de Mayo: Piñatas and fillers (candy, small toys, etc.)

Mother’s Day: Flower arrangements and bouquets, gift sets, perfume, photo frames  jewelry, candles, pajama, robes, etc.

Memorial Day: paper plates, plastic utensils,etc.

Graduation season: Party decorations, paper plates, cups, napkins

National Fitness and Sports Month: Fitness gadgets, small equipment, athletic clothes, socks, dietary supplements, vitamins, minerals, and nutrition bars

Thrift store, eBay, and consignment stores – Donations are up because people are still decluttering and Spring Cleaning. 

Swimwear and summer clothing: The stuff that’s been in the stores since January will start being marked down in May.

Cosmetics

Plants and flowers for the garden and gardening needs: Seeds, watering cans, plant food, soil, weed killers, mulch, , water hoses compost bins, etc.

Kitchen tools, cookware, and accessories

Everyday dishes, silverware, and drinking glasses

Silverware, fine china, crystal: For the start of wedding season

Vacuum Cleaners: It is the end of the model year and manufactures are clearing out old stock so it may or may not be a good deal. If you can wait, the best sales on vacuum cleaners are in November.

Digital Cameras: Although the sales may not be as good as they are in February

Televisions and Other Electronics: Japanese manufacturers are putting old models on sale because it is the end of the Japanese fiscal year is in March 

Office Furniture

Mattresses: Usually around Memorial Day

Refrigerators: Usually around Memorial Day

Houses – Spring prices are good but winter is the best time to buy for the lowest price since both buyers and the sellers want to take advantage of getting one of the last tax breaks of the calendar year.

Summer fun: Beach toys, sunscreen, insect repellent, etc.

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