What Should You Buy in May? My Local CBS News Morning Segment

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We are saying goodbye to April showers and snow (hopefully!) and hello to May flowers with the best deals for the month of May! Year in and year out, there are particular items that tend to be on sale every May. If you’re wondering “What Should You Buy in May?” that was our topic today when I appeared on WCCO, our local CBS news station in Minneapolis. You can read my recap here and see the video itself at the bottom of this post! (Minnesota viewers – be sure to also catch all our local deals and fun at ThriftyMinnesota.com!)


What Should You Buy in May?



BBQ and Picnic Supplies

We’re headed into the most popular time of the year for outdoor entertaining. If you head to stores the week right before Memorial Day you can stock up on food and supplies not just for that weekend, but for all summer long. The BBQ grill itself probably won’t be on sale this month, but the related food and supplies will be. Looking at last year’s prices, our local grocery store offered things like ground beef for $1.99 per pound and a 5 pound bag of potatoes for $1.50. Aldi had hot dog or hamburger buns for $.69 and ketchup or mustard for $.59. We should see similar deals for the pre-Memorial Day week this year.



Lots of stores will try to lure us in with deals on summer clothing, but the real deals are on spring apparel that has been marked down for clearance. Especially during Memorial Day weekend we’ll see discounts from 25% to 90% off. Besides the marked down price, many stores will offer coupons in their flyers or online to save an additional percentage. Ebates is a great place to find the latest coupons.


Star Wars Day

May the 4th is Star Wars Day! (May the 4th be with you!) You’ll find discounts on everything Star Wars related like clothing, games, gifts, toys DVD box sets and more. These deals are particularly found online at retailers like Amazon, Target, Toys R Us and the Disney Store, and you’ll also find in-store deals too.


Home Goods

Usually one third of all Memorial Day weekend sales are dedicated to home items like kitchen supplies, furniture and appliances. Some of those deals will also start earlier in the month. Look at stores like Home Depot and Lowes for outdoor items like patio sets and yard décor and stores like Williams-Sonoma, Sears and JCPenney for deals on cooking accessories, pots and pans, sheets and towels and home décor. Plus with all the graduations and wedding showers happening right now, there are even more sales on these items.



If it’s time to replace your mattress, May is the month to do it. You should be able to find sales offering 50 percent off or more this month. Retailers like Macy’s and Sears and Overstock will offer as much as 60% off during May. Your best bet may be to try an online company that specializes in nothing but mattresses like Nectar, DreamCloud or Eight. They deliver right to your home with the delivery charge included in the mattress price

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Vacuum Cleaners

We’re still in spring cleaning season and it can be a good month to buy a vacuum cleaner. New models usually come out in June, so May can be a great time to grab a deal on a current model. You can find discounts as much as 40-50% off. New refrigerator models are also announced in June, so look for discounted models this month.


Thrift Stores

If you’re a thrift store shopper, this is the time of year their racks and shelves are full after people have been doing their spring cleaning and purging. It’s also time to start hitting summer garage sales!



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About Chrysa

Chrysa is the founder and owner of ThriftyJinxy.com, a site dedicated to living a fabulous life on a frugal budget. Her approach is that by spending less on the boring everyday stuff, you can have more money to splurge on the things you REALLY want, whether it’s travel, fashion, electronics – you name it! Chrysa is married, has a 9-year old nephew she dotes on, as well as three lovable cats and a big sweetie of a German Shepherd.


  1. I’m so excited! Some people wait and wait for Cinco de Mayo. I just wait all year to say, “May the 4th be with you.”

  2. This is such an amazing post! I am totally bookmarking this. We actually have been talking about getting a new mattress. Thanks!

  3. First of all… HOW COOL that you were on television. Second, thanks so much for this. There are actually a few items on here that we’ve been putting off replacing.

  4. Julie Wood says:

    I did not know that I should buy mattresses in May. I will have to remember this next time I buy a mattress and vacuums are on sale this month! Thanks for this very important post!

  5. Cynthia R says:

    Good point about the thrift store, I buy probably 90% of my wardrobe from goodwills and thrift stores, I think I better make a plan and go this weekend and check out the stock!

  6. I remember you used to see what was good to buy at certain times of the year. May is a month I tend to get things, so it is good to know where the deals are!

  7. There are always great deals around Memorial Day. Especially on stuff for grilling!

  8. This was a great appearance! I really do want to save by stocking up on some of the things that go on sale this time of year.

  9. brianne says:

    I’ve been jumping for joy in May! There’s so many exciting things happening!

  10. I love post like these! I love getting the most for my money and list like these are a great help. I will definitely be checking out the thrift stores and clearance racks.

  11. These are great suggestions! I think I need a new mattress and would love to visit thrift stores!

  12. Jennifer says:

    I had no idea that now was the time to buy a vacuum. I totally need a new one and so need to look into it!

  13. Dana Rodriguez says:

    What a awesome apprearance on tv. That must have been exciting! I love saving so this is a great post!

  14. Jessica W says:

    Star Wars Day is a big holiday in this house. Might as well do some shopping for some cute SW gear on that day!

  15. I need a new vacuum. I keep saying I am going to buy one, but then I put it off and forget. We only have one carpet in the house, but I”m borrowing my sister’s vac a couple of times a week to keep it clean, lol. You’d think remembering to buy one would be easy! Congrats to you on the appearance. How fun!

  16. Annemarie LeBlanc says:

    This is a great resource for budget conscious moms. We are excited to be outdoors manning the grill again and I have to check what supplies we can stock up on so we keep the BBQ grilling. Maybe I would need new patio furniture. We’ll see. At least now I know where to get them at discounted prices.

  17. My Teen Guide says:

    Thank you for sharing this information. I didn’t know about certain discounts that are made available in May. I always thought it would be stuff related to Mother’s Day that would go on sale. I’m checking the Home Depot and Lowe’s deals. Yay.

  18. shelly peterson says:

    This is really good info to know about. Thanks for sharing.

  19. This is pretty cool. I love being able to buy stuff that I need without having to pay too much. These discounts are pretty helpful.

  20. Thanks for the heads-up on all of these deals! It’s nice to be able to save money without sacrificing the quality of the items that you’re buying.

  21. That’s so awesome that you had the opportunity to appear on the local news channel. Sounds like a great experience!

  22. Sarah Anne says:

    This is great advice–and timely! I’m in the process of moving from a one- to two-bedroom and need a new mattress, I guess I shouldn’t wait too long 🙂

  23. Dana Rodriguez says:

    That is wonderful you got to appear! These are great ideas. I could use some new summer clothing.

  24. Christina Almond says:

    Wow! Awesome Chrysa…so neat that you got to do that! We totally need a new mattress and I didn’t at all realize that May was the best time of year to buy one!

  25. Sarah Elyce says:

    I really enjoyed this information, great to know!

  26. Thank you for this information. I will be looking for clothing sales near the end of the month.

  27. Christina Gould says:

    Wow, you’re a TV star. Congrats! Thanks for posting!

  28. Kelly Hanley says:

    Thank you!! I really need a new vacuum!

  29. Bernie Wallace says:

    Very informative. I need to wait until May to do some of my purchases. Thanks for posting.

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