What to buy (and not buy) in May
In the wake of your spring cleaning, you may be feeling antsy to restock your closet and refill your house with new and improved goodies.
But all shopping seasons are not created equal. There is a season for some purchases, and a time to wait for others.
Here are the best things to buy this May — and what not to buy until later.
1. New clothes for spring:
May is actually a great time of year to buy new clothes, especially during Memorial Day sales. You can find marked-down clothing at many major clothing retailers, to help you revamp your wardrobe for warmer weather. Check out stores like JCPenney, Kohl’s, Nordstrom and Gap for great deals. Plus, when you shop through ShopAtHome.com, you’ll get Cash Back on your purchases. We love this Betsey Johnson Stretch Midi Dress for $99.16 (down from $148 at Nordstrom.com.
2. Home goods:
It’s also a great time of year to buy things to improve your home, especially appliances, vacuums and mattresses, as they tend to get marked down around Memorial Day. May is also a great time to stock up on essentials for your yard and outdoor living spaces. Check Home Depot and Lowe’s for deep discounts on many things lawn and garden. For household goods, check out Macy’s for stellar deals, like this Dyson V6 Cord-Free Vacuum for $299.99 (down from $429.99).
It may surprise you to know that May is a big month for electronic sales, but the Japanese fiscal year ends in March, so electronic products made in Japan tend to be discounted this time of year, to make way for new electronics. You can often score sweet deals on TVs and digital cameras. Check stores like Target, Walmart and Sears for the best deals. Looking to upgrade your tv? Check out this Samsung 60-inch Class Smart LED TV, $797.99 (down from $1,099.99), Sears.com
4. Recycled items:
Thrift stores tend to see an influx of donations, as a result of spring cleaning, which means great sales to move inventory quickly. Consignment stores tend to experience the same wave. So if you’re looking for a new retro blouse or home accent, don’t wait until the summer. Want to thrift online? Learn thrifting online secrets here.
5. Don’t buy jewelry:
Jewelry tends to see a big spike in May, as people look for good gifts for Mom on Mother’s Day. As a general rule, don’t buy anything that would make a traditional Mother’s Day gift: flowers, necklaces, earrings. It’s all going to be overpriced.
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