12 Top Stock Up Deals in May
Looking for shopping deals in May? This is a list of commonly on-sale or discounted items that you can stock up on in the month of May! May is a great month to begin looking for local, fresh produce, pet supplies, paper and picnic products, allergy relief medicine, Cinco de Mayo deals at the grocery store and last-minute Mother’s Day gift ideas!
1. Seasonal Produce to Stock up in May
May is a delicious time of year when gardeners are full of high hopes for the upcoming growing season and waiting for just the right time to get everything in the soil! Seasonal produce in May will vary from region to region, but even in the northern climes we are seeing sprouts, asparagus, spring greens, and wild foraged edibles and mushrooms. If you like to include foraged plants in your cooking, check out my article titled, Foraging for Edibles: 4 Recipes To Cook This Spring
You can still certainly find some very tasty produce shipped from warmer places such as pineapples from Hawaii and avocados from Mexico but the following might be fresh near you.
Holiday Items to Stock up in May
2. Cinco de Mayo
Cinco de Mayo, May 5th, is a holiday that celebrates the day the Mexican army won a big victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. Contrary to common belief, it is not Mexico’s Independence Day. Many people celebrate it with decorations, parades and events and in the United States it has become a day to celebrate Mexican culture and heritage. If you are inclined, skip taco Tuesday this week and instead shop great deals at the grocery for a Mexican-inspired foods!
Margarita Mixes (check tequila too)
Canned Refried Beans
Frozen Mexican Entrees
Taco and Tostada Shells
Nacho Cheese Sauce
3. Mother’s Day Gifts
The best deals on jewelry for Mom were last month, but you can still get a great deal on other gifts she’ll love! Look for online deals for personalized photo gifts from Shutterfly and Snapfish.
4. Memorial Day Picnic and Grilling Items to Stock Up in May
Big box stores and drug stores that carry paper products will have great sales on paper plates, paper napkins, disposable cups, and plastic wear! Think ahead for future holidays, graduations and birthday parties. I like to keep a stack of these items on hand in the event of a power outage (I won’t want to have to wash dishes) or when family comes over and I just don’t want to load the dishwasher one more time! You may be able to find plastic/paper tablecloths and other picnic gear such as charcoal and grilling tools on sale also.
Look for the following food items to stock up:
Ketchup, Mustard, Mayonnaise
5. Drugstore Items to Stock up in May
Sunscreen and sun lotion will begin going on sale this month. Check your sunscreen from last year as it might be time to replace it with a new bottle. It’s also a great time to buy bug repellents. I really like the natural, essential oil wrist bands for kids and the mosquito coils and sticks that you can light and place on a table.
Spring is in the air and so is the pollen. In anticipation of allergy sufferer’s need for relief, manufacturer’s offer coupons, discounts, and deals on allergy medicines this month! Keep an eye out for manufacturer coupons that you can stack with store coupons.
6. Pet Products on Sale in May
National Pet Week takes place this year from May 1st – 7th. Many pet stores recognize National Pet Week by offering great deals on pet food, leashes, and toys. You MUST check out this site: The Real Deal by Retail Me Not. It is full of links to retailers that offer deals for you pets.
Buy birthday and Christmas toys for your fur babies and save some money by purchasing them now! Another thing to consider is to think ahead and purchase a few extra bags of pet food to store for emergencies or simply to lock in today’s prices! Be careful buying too much in advance, however, as many cat/dog foods are made with a high percentage of fat/oil as an ingredient which can go rancid and shorten its shelf-life.
Food for your pets
Vets and groomers may also have specials running
7. Stock up on Summer Clothes/Swimsuits
May is one of the best times to buy new swimwear. Racks are full in May and prices typically go up in June and July. If you find a great deal, consider buying kids suits one year out! Look for other beach/pool related gear to be on sale, too. These items can be sold out and hard to find later.
Same with summer clothes. Memorial Day sales will be advertised a week or two beforehand, but the best deals will be that weekend! If you have a favorite retailer, take advantage of updating your wardrobe now!
Other Sale Items to Shop for In May
11. Outdoor and patio furniture
12. Garage and Yard Sales
More stock up deals this year: