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Best Things to Buy in May

Cindy Livesey, Author/Frugal Living Expert: Living Rich With Coupons, Empowering Smart Shoppers to Live Rich. Found Editor:

Over the last few months, we have covered many different tips and tricks to help you save money throughout your life. We’ve covered saving on weddings, how to save every day, and even how to save on your gardening. But one of the easiest ways is to take advantage of sales cycles.

Sales cycles are times throughout the year when you can find products at their lowest prices. These sales usually correspond with the season of the year or upcoming holidays. Knowing when these sales take place and what type of products will be available during that time makes it easy to know what exactly to stock up on. Remember: Stocking up at the lowest price available on products that you use often is one of the best ways to save money.

During the month of May, there are some great sale items to help kick off the summer season. Between summer activities, vacations and grilling season, you can get yourself stocked up for the summer without breaking the bank.

Here are the items to look for during the month of May:

Household Products 

• Charcoal

• Paper products including paper plates, plastic utensils and more

• Coolers

• Pool toys

• Pool equipment

• BBQ grills

• Gardening tools

• Outdoor furniture

Health and Beauty Aid Items

• Insect repellant

• Sunscreen

• Allergy products

Food Items

• Condiments

• Hamburger and hot dog buns

• Soda

• Grilling meats

• Salad dressings

Produce in Season

• Okra

• Zucchini

• Rhubarb

• Artichokes

• Asparagus

• Spring peas

• Broccoli

• Lettuce

• Green beans

• Beets

• Carrots

• Strawberries

• Blackberries

• Raspberries

You’ll be able to find sales on the products I listed above online, at big box hardware stores, local mom-and-pop shops, grocery stores and more.

In addition to these sale items, you will also find some great deals on gift cards. Yes, gift cards! I know it seems strange to get a deal on a gift card, but with Mother’s Day and graduations upon us, gift cards are a big draw. Stores will give you an incentive to buy a gift card at their store, and in return, you can earn credit back to their store.

For instance, ShopRite stores may have a deal where you can buy select gift cards (usually the section is based on the holiday) and get a coupon back toward your next purchase at the store. If you are buying the gift cards anyway, you might as well buy them at the store that is offering the incentive and get some free groceries in the process. It’s a win-win!

As you can see, there are some great opportunities to save on your favorite items for the summer. Stocking up on these items now allows you to enjoy your summer knowing you got the absolute best prices, saving you time and money.

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