Posted on Monday, May 2nd, 2016 at 7:00 am
May is the month when the mattress sales, and Mother’s Day sales, happen. You are probably aware of those opportunities to save some money. Other great deals in May are less well known, and might surprise you. Here are a few tips about where to find the best things to buy in May.
There are a lot of people who graduate, or get married, in May or June. In both situations, people are about to embark on a new life – which very likely involves moving to a new place. People typically want new cookware to go with the new chapter in their lives.
The best place to shop for new cookware is a department store. Do your shopping early in May and you might end up with more savings than usual. The store could have a cookware sale and a Mother’s Day sale going on at the same time. Make sure to use your store credit card, and to check for coupons, for additional savings.
Shop the Thrift Stores
Most people are done with their Spring Cleaning by the time the calendar turns to May. A big part of Spring Cleaning is getting rid of things that a person no longer needs. Plenty of those items end up in thrift stores or consignment stores.
May is a great month for finding gently worn used clothing at consignment and thrift stores. The price will be much less than if the clothing was brand new. Thrift stores are also a great place to find unique paintings for an extremely low price.
According to Carpet Professor and Consumer Advocate, Alan Fletcher, one of the best times to buy new carpet is between May 15th and June 10th. It is one of the slowest periods in the carpet business.
Smart shoppers might be able to take advantage of the carpet industry’s slow time and negotiate a great deal on brand new carpet. Not every carpet dealer will be willing to negotiate – so you may want to shop around for one that will.
Star Wars Items
People who are huge fans of Star Wars know that “May the Fourth” is “Star Wars Day”. Say “May the Fourth” out loud, and it sounds a lot like “May the force” (as in “May the force be with you.”) Stores that sell action figures, toys, posters, Star Wars coffee mugs, or Star Wars clothing will have a sale.
ThinkGeek is a great place to start if you like to shop online for Star Wars items. Don’t forget to check your local toy stores and the department stores that might sell clothing with Star Wars characters on it.