By Noah Henry • April 30, 2014
Timing really is everything, especially when it comes to sales. The use of your wallet should directly reflect what’s happening with regards to seasonal changes and holidays. May, the last month of spring, sees such occurrences as Mother’s Day, Memorial Day, graduations, engagement ceremonies, and other marked occasions that bring out the deals. If a product yells holiday, life event, or new season, you can almost always depend on it going on sale. To help you make the savviest of purchases this month, here’s a look at the best things to buy in May.
As with every last month before a new season begins, retailers will be clearing the shelves to make way for new summer styles. It’s only logical—current season items have been on the shelves for two months, and because they haven’t been bought stores will drop their prices. For example, Justice & Brothers is already offering 40 percent off site-wide. Spring clothing lines will be moved to clearance, and you can expect deals up to 50 percent off. You might want to wait until Memorial Day—May 26—however, because the additional sales might make these prices even sweeter, and present the opportunity for you to stack coupons.
Memorial Day Sales
Although Memorial Day should always be celebrated as a day to remember the men and women who died while serving in the armed forces, it is also the time to shop for some of the year’s best sales and coupon deals. In fact, Memorial Day is widely regarded as the best time to shop since January. Last year we saw such splendid sales as Neiman Marcus’ 40 percent off site-wide, Bloomingdale’s offering up to 65 percent off during its Big Brown Sale, and Gap’s “Red Bright and Blue” sale boasting 40 percent off on every single item. Summer savings will be in full force, and you can expect us to report on the madness come Memorial Day.
Whenever a product reveals its new models during a specific time period, you can expect the old models to be on sale. According to Money Crashers, May is the best time to shop for refrigerators. To get the best deal possible, you should go straight to clearance deals on refrigerators and negotiate from there. Best Buy, for example, is currently offering almost $500 off the Samsung Side by Side Stainless Steel refrigerator, dropping the price to an easily manageable $897.30.
Historically, mattresses usually go on sale in May. Retailers are banking on graduations and weddings to heighten the demand for mattresses, i.e. kids moving out and couples moving in. As well, businesses are making room for new inventory this time of year.
Mother’s Day Deals
Anything typically synonymous with Mother’s Day gifting will be on sale leading up to May 1. This means wonderful deals on floral arrangements, chocolate boxes, jewelry and other mom-geared items. In fact, stores including Harry & David, Bath & Body Works, and Things Remembered are offering everything 20 percent off. The big winner at the moment is Red Envelope, which is selling up to 60 percent off Mother’s Day gifts.
Consider yourself armed to take on the retailsphere in May. In all, it might just be best to shop during Memorial Day weekend for combined savings on all aforementioned products. Enjoy your last month of spring, kids.
Noah Henry Noah Henry is an amateur movie critic, foodie, bowler, and beer reviewer. But he's no amateur when it comes to saving money, so listen up!