May is a month of transition, as spring starts to move towards the unofficial beginning of summer with the Memorial Day holiday at the end of the month.
Along the way, there are plenty of savings opportunities including Mother’s Day and also May the 4th (for all you Star Wars fans). Let’s just say this month is brought to you by the letter “M” … for saving money!
Here Are the Best May Deals
Mother’s Day Clearance and Other Savings Opportunities
After we honor the mothers in our lives on Sunday, May 14, the opportunities for savings begin. You can typically find clearance cosmetics and other gift sets that went unsold at deep discounts.
However, you don’t necessarily have to wait until after the holiday. Leading up to Mother’s Day, retailers such as Macy’s and Kohl’s will often have discounts on Mother’s Day gifts, such as $10 off a purchase of $50 in jewelry.
For example, history shows that the price of a Fitbit Versa tends to take a big nosedive this month, according to data from CamelCamelCamel.
May has a few notable food holidays that usually offer up the opportunity to get some discounted or free food. Two are specific to honoring some of the heroes in our lives: nurses and teachers.
Here’s what’s on tap:
- National Teacher Appreciation Day: May 2
- Cinco de Mayo: May 5
- National Nurses Day: May 6
- National Hamburger Day: May 28
May the 4th Sales
May 4 is the day we informally celebrate as Star Wars Day (“May the 4th be with you.”). In honor of the festivities, retailers including Disney and GameStop have traditionally had sales on Star Wars merchandise.
Memorial Day Sales
People usually are not buying indoor stuff this time of year as the weather starts to heat up. So you’ll see a lot of deals on products in those kinds of categories, such as appliances and mattresses, around the Memorial Day holiday weekend.
“Consumer Reports has said the best place to buy a mattress is a regional chain called Original Mattress Factory,” Clark notes. “I’m also partial to the warehouse clubs. If you’re going the warehouse club route, I suggest you pull a mattress off the rack and lay on it for 10 minutes or more right there in the store to make sure you like what you’re buying.”
Small kitchen appliance sales are traditionally lumped in with Memorial Day sales. These aren’t exactly the $10 price points we’re accustomed to seeing during the holidays, but still quite a savings.
“I’ve seen a significant drop in prices of patio furniture sets at The Home Depot compared to last year, which is surprising considering its usual higher prices,” Sarah says. “We’ve seen patio sets that were typically around $300 to $400 last year discounted to $140 to $200 this year. I’ve also seen some excellent deals on patio furniture sets in-store at Walmart.”
Be sure to check out our roundup of the best patio & garden furniture deals at Walmart!
Economic indicators suggest inflation is starting to come back down to Earth. But you probably aren’t fully feeling the relief in your wallet just yet. So isn’t it nice to know you can fight back against high prices by taking advantage of some great May deals? (And as an aside, one of Clarks’ favorite ways to save on essentials is with a warehouse membership.) We also have a complete list of the best ways to save money so you can save more every day of the year.
Want to see what’s on sale right now? Check out today’s best deals from ClarkDeals.com.