The 8 Best Things to Buy in May

I like May for a lot of reasons but mainly because it’s warming up outside and vacations are on the horizon! I tend to start thinking about the outdoors and less about warm blankets and fireplaces. It’s lighter longer and for some reason that alone gives me more energy. I also like to take advantage of the best buys that come along in May.

You may be able to find these items on sale other times throughout the year, but if you want the best deal, well, now’s the time! Here are the eight best things to buy in May.

Once you’ve studied up on the best buys for May, why not check out our year-long best things to buy guide! Bookmark it and save it for later so you’ll always be in the know about when to buy and when to wait!

1. Mattresses

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A good night’s sleep: Priceless! A good mattress: Pricey! But the month of May is when you can actually get great deals on a mattress, especially around Memorial Day weekend.

And don’t automatically purchase the box spring paired with a mattress in the store. A high-end mattress on a lower-priced box spring will probably work just fine. Most people also don’t realize they can negotiate the posted prices. Many mattress stores will sell floor models or returns (always sanitized) at a deep discount.

Sears: Up to 30% off Shippable Mattresses (ends 5/14)

Keep an eye out for Sealy, Mattress Firm, and US Mattress coupons closer to Memorial Day, as well as coupons for stores that sell mattresses, like Macy’s, Kohl’s, and IKEA.

2. Grills & BBQ Supplies

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Now is the time to buy that grill! In addition to savings, some stores offer things like taking away your old grill or free assembly. In preparation for Memorial Day, expect coupons and store sales on condiments, soda, charcoal, and other BBQ essentials.

Home Depot: Shop Grills and Smokers starting at $29.99 (ends 9/30)

Get ready for barbecue season with great deals and coupons from Lowes, Home Depot, and Sears, and don’t forget to check out our grill buying guide to decide which features are must-haves.

3. Paper products

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I’m one for only buying paper towels, napkins, and toilet paper when they’re on sale. Period! Since they’re items that regularly go on sale and usually have coupons it’s easy to save. Recently I saved $35 by simply waiting until the towels were on sale and using coupons!

And don’t forget the rain check! My favorite toilet paper was on sale for $5 but they were out of stock. I asked for a rain check so when the item was back in stock, they would give me that great sale price.

Shindigz: $10 Off $59+ Paper plates and party napkins (ends 5/9)

Be sure to check for paper product coupons before each shopping trip, and don’t forget to check for retail store coupon codes at Target, Walmart, and Kmart!

4. Workout apparel

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As we approach the warmer weather, manufacturers will begin clearing out the heavier workout clothes making room for lighter designs. Now’s the time to stock up, and save the receipts too!

If your purchase goes down in price after you buy it, many stores will give you a price adjustment, which means you get the difference of what you paid and the sale price back!

Lady Foot Locker: Up to 30% off Leggings Plus Free Shipping On Select Styles (ends 5/31)

Have a favorite workout brand? Keep an eye out for brand-specific coupon codes, like Nike, Fila, Adidas, Under Armour, and more — and don’t forget to check for coupons from major outlets like Sports Authority, Big 5 Sporting Goods, and Finish Line!

5. Makeover magic

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When the sun starts to shine, many of us feel invigorated to reinvent ourselves, or at the very least, polish up our look a bit. Check for personal care coupons at on things like hair dye and whitening strips.

BH cosmetics: Up to 30% Off Classic palettes, brush sets & more (ends 5/7)

If you’re looking to completely overhaul your beauty stash, be sure to check for sales at beauty supply shops like Ulta, Sally Beauty Supply, and Sephora, too!

6. Spa savings

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In honor of Mother’s Day, many spas will be offering discounts and package deals. Also, busier spas will may offer better prices during the slower times of the day.

If you’re on a tight budget I have two words for you: Massage schools! You can find amazing deals like 60-minute massages for $30. They’re preformed by students who are about to graduate and need the hours working on real people. It’s a win-win for both of you.

Spa week: Mother’s Day Sale! 15% Off Your Order

Treat yourself to a relaxing day at the spa — you deserve it! Your pocketbook will feel more relaxed when you use a Massage Envy coupon, a Spafinder coupon, or Spa Week promo codes.

7. Photo anything

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There’s nothing Mom loves more than pictures of her babies, which is why everything photo is on sale this month. Look for coupon codes on to sites that make custom photo cards, mugs, puzzles, blankets, cellphone cases, and more.

Snapfish: Exclusive: Gift for Mom! 60% off $28+ Order (ends 5/6)

You can customize just about anything with photos nowadays, and photo books and prints also make great gifts. Send them out now or keep them for the holidays and save with Shutterfly coupons, a Snapfish promo code, a Mixbook coupon code, or a Target Photo coupon.

8. Sunscreen

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This is a must! It will save your skin and is important for your health. So stock up while the deals can be found. This month, score deals on sunscreen, especially for new products hoping to make a splash in the market this year. Check for coupons in the “Personal Care” section at


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