What To Stock Up On In May

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This is my monthly series on What To Stock Up On In May today. I started my monthly bargain tips in January. Here’s the deal, we all want to stock up on items when they are priced well below the regular price. Every month, stores have sales based on items coming in or going out. This is a perfect time to buy items you may have listed on your “need” list.

If you think about it, the stores are continually buying new stock for their stores. It could be some new popular colors, new styles, or new and improved designs.

What To Stock Up On In May

What To Stock Up On In May

Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables

Watch for the best strawberries this month!! And don’t forget to watch for raspberries, rhubarb, artichokes, spinach, garlic, and snap peas. Don’t you love fruit and vegetables that are in season? They taste the very best, right?

Mexican Food

Oh, my gosh, it’s Cinco de Mayo this month! Watch for sales on taco shells, salsa, taco sauce, corn husks, tortillas, and your favorite Mexican seasoning. It’s a great month to stock up for the year to have Taco Tuesday every week at home! You may see coupons in the mail or online to save 20-30%. I lieterally could eat Mexican food every night.

Picnic Supplies

I absolutely LOVE the month of May because it’s party time. So that means I can stock up on party supplies that go on sale for the summer activities almost every week this month. This is the time to buy red, white, and blue plates, cups, plasticware, tablecloths, and holiday decorations. Life is awesome when we have a festively decorated table, and at a discount, too!

Just think about beach parties, pool parties, lake parties, and backyard get-togethers. You can have plates, trays, cups, and candles in just the right colors priced below retail.

You can stock up the day after Memorial Day to get paper plates, cups, and plasticware at up to 75% off at some stores. Score! This makes them cheap enough to stock up for emergencies when we don’t want to use water to wash dishes or fuel to heat the water.

Looking down on a picnic table decorated for the 4th of July. Hot Dogs, chips, strawberries, mustard, ketchup, pretzels, and ice bucket fill the frame. Horizontal Format.

Barbecue Supplies

It’s a great month for buying a barbecue grill because the stores have just discounted the snow blowers and snow shovels. If your barbecue grill has seen better days, this may be a great time to pick one up when they discount them during the month. The prices go up just before July 4th and then go back down again after the big holiday.

Outdoor Furniture

May is a great month for outdoor furniture. The box stores have just sold off their space heaters and want to sell as much of their outdoor furniture as possible. This is when the sales prices will show up in your mailbox, emails, and newspaper ads. At the first of the month, they want to get you excited to paint your deck, replace your patio railings and deck your patio with the finest new colors in outdoor furniture.

The replacement pads, pillows, and chair pads will be advertised at discounted prices to entice you to have barbecues outside and enjoy your family and friends around the pool or picnic table. If your lounge chairs are broken beyond repair, this is the month to replace them at drastically reduced prices. If your glass top table has broken one too many times, grab a new table at bargain prices.

Home Decorations

I love some deeply discounted home decorations for my home. It’s amazing when one or two little potted plants sitting on my living room side tables bring me joy, or at least they make me smile. I’m not a big knick-knack person because I don’t like to dust. Thank goodness Mark has taken on that job.

Anyway, this month is great for looking at discounted stores like TJ Maxx, Ross Dress For Less, or HomeGoods. Some stores have merged together, but you get the idea. You can get gifts for mom to give her on Mother’s Day at huge discounted prices at these stores this month.


I have to laugh because it seems like mattresses are always on sale, right? Well, when a holiday weekend comes around you will see deep discounts on mattresses, foam mattresses, twin, queen, or king size. Watch for coupons in the mail, online, or in the newspaper. If you have time to check out the mattresses before you decide to buy one, go scope them out. Then wait for the best price. I have seen them drop 50%. You can do it, I promise.


May is the best month to look for a house. Most people want their kids to finish out the school year and want to find another home to move into when the summer starts. They want their kids to settle into the new neighborhood before they start school in August or September.

Sellers may be more willing to negotiate the sales price this month. May is perfect to buy or sell before vacation time starts. The weather is good and many kids are out of school, or close to being so. People are buying bigger, or they may be downsizing depending on their family situation.

Vacuum Cleaners

Watch for flyers in the mail this month to purchase vacuums at deep discounts. You may also see ads online for the vacuum you have been wanting for a very long time. We know we have these babies for years so why not get one that is discounted significantly? A clean house is an awesome house, right?

Here again, go look at vacuums at different stores after you have done some research online. See if the weight is okay for you to push and pull around, and how well it cleans. Then wait for the sales. You can see discounts of 25-40% off some brands.


You may think Black Friday has the best deals on refrigerators, think again. Often on holiday weekends people tend to go stroll through furniture stores or large box stores. I have seen them marked down close to or below Black Friday prices.

It’s a really good idea, to scope out the stores or go online to find the refrigerator you may want. THEN watch for the best price. If the new models are coming in, opt for last year’s models. It’s all about saving money on the one you want.

Cookware & Kitchen Tools

We all know someone getting married or graduating in June, right? This is why you will see 20-40% off some small kitchen appliances as well as some really good name brand cookware. It’s great to give a gift that will last many years to a young couple getting married. We will see kitchen tools, toasters, toaster ovens, stand mixers, can openers, and more marked down drastically.

Office Furniture

Office furniture typically goes on sale this month because the new colors and designs will be coming into the stores around July and August. You’ll find swivel chairs for pennies on the dollar this month. The stores usually stock up on these for the previous year end purchases. Now, they want to unload them as soon as possible. If you need a new padded office swivel chair this is the month to buy it.

Thrift Stores

Okay, thrift stores are overloaded in May because people have done their spring cleaning and decluttering big time. Therefore, your local thrift stores will have clearance prices on the “new” items people just dropped off. It’s a great time to find some even better deals on some slightly used items at thrift stores in your neighborhood.

Athletic Apparel

This month the stores will discount their athletic apparel because they know people are back to walking after a cold brutal winter in many locations, or the beautiful summer days are just around the corner. Bring on the exercise clothing and let’s strengthen our bodies. Look for shorts, airy slacks, lightweight jackets, and sweaters. Don’t forget the walking shoes.

Summer Clothes

May is perfect for shopping for summer clothes when you see the ads in the paper or online specials. Every dollar we save can be put in the bank or saved for a rainy day. Here’s to buying some new fresh colors in summer clothes at huge discount prices.

Check for leftover Easter dresses, hats, shoes, and gloves. You may find just the right Sunday dress for you or your children at deeply discounted prices.

Star Wars Products

May 4th is Star Wars Day and celebrates George Lucas’ Star Wars. It’s a great month to pick up the Star Wars memorabilia you’ve been waiting to buy when it goes on sale in May. You can pick up costumes, hats, mementos, one-of-a-kind items to be ready for that special day.

You can also pick up party favors, plates, cups, plasticware at a discount to celebrate your Star Wars party. I’m sure you may have heard: “May the 4th be with you.” Sometimes you can see autographed items at 50-60% off. If you want to give a special Star Wars gift for Christmas or birthdays grab them in May to save money.


May is one of the best months to buy your swimwear because the price soars in June and July. If you think about it, the best ones start coming into the stores this month and then become scarce. Well, when people are still going on vacation and swimming in June and July they need swimwear. Plus, if your little ones have outgrown their suits from last year, they need a bigger one this year.

Mother’s Day Gifts

Mother’s Day is this month, so watch for things other than chocolate, flowers, or jewelry because they will be priced at a premium dollar amount. Look for other things that are more personal like pictures, artwork, pretty notepads, or boxes of notecards. The closer we get to the holiday the higher the price goes up for those most wanted items. Once we get past the holiday look for a number of “mother” related gifts to go on sale.

Final Word

Thanks for stopping by today, it means the world to me. I hope this post about What To Stock Up On In May encourages you to buy only those things that you really need. It’s all about saving money for the unexpected. Thanks again for being prepared. Hard times are coming my friends, we must be prepared. May God bless this world, Linda

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4 thoughts on “What To Stock Up On In May

  • April 14, 2019 at 11:36 am

    I love fresh veggies and fruits. I order from Bountiful Baskets a couple of times a month. I just tried some Swiss Chard fried for the first time ever. My mom always made so sort of fried or cooked greens when I was a kid.Her favorite was dandelion.But we also had mustard and turnip greens. And, I must say, I do not like much more than Spinach and Kale,which I love to eat both fresh and cooked. LOL I rinsed the swiss chard, then pan fried some with garlic powder,a pinch of cayenne pepper,salt and black pepper in a small amount of bacon drippings. My goodness, I’m in heaven !! Never thought I would like this. I know I have eaten it in salads, but was never a fan of swiss chard. I may even try mustard and turnip greens again, LOL They say our taste buds change over time, and I guess mine have. Thank you for the lists on what to buy each month. Takes the guess work out of what’s in season . Love and God Bless.

    • April 14, 2019 at 12:20 pm

      Hi Judy, I love your comment! They used to have Bountiful Baskets here but then they left. Darn! Now, I want to try Swiss Chard fried in bacon drippings, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt, and pepper!! God bless you, Linda

  • April 14, 2019 at 5:24 pm

    Linda ~
    Your comment: “Watch for the best strawberries this month!! And don’t forget to watch for raspberries, rhubarb, artichokes, spinach, garlic, snap peas, and apricots. Don’t you love fruit and vegetables that are in season? ”
    Well, where I live, strawberries come into season in June; rhubarb perhaps now; artichokes, later in the summer; spinach possibly now; garlic yes; snap peas perhaps; and apricots, a bit later. Right now, there are a few vendors at the local Farmer’s Market with some greens but most gardeners haven’t even planted yet! I won’t be planting my grow boxes until at least the first of May and possibly not until mid May!

    So, with that being said – for those who put strawberries up in the freezer, my mother had a trick for the best frozen strawberries. She had us girls remove the stem/leaves, then she rinsed the berries and finally put them in a sugar water rinse (it was pretty light on the sugar as the berries did not come out sweetened). She then drained them well and froze them on cookie sheets until completely frozen. Finally, she bagged the berries. She always said there was something about the sugar water rinse that kept the berries from getting mushy. Don’t know if there is a science behind this but I can tell you that in December or January when we were eating strawberry shortcake, the berries were so close to fresh tasting that some people actually thought mom had just purchased them!

    I also read somewhere that you can flash freeze berries on a cookie sheet in a cooler with dry ice in the bottom. You just have to make sure that you vent the top or keep the drain open. I have never tried this but might be worth a try for those putting berries in the freezer.

    • April 14, 2019 at 7:18 pm

      Hi Leanne, I have always loved the month of May because we always have strawberry shortcake on Mother’s Day. And we always make strawberry freezer jam in May. I guess in Utah we get our strawberries from California or Mexico? I’m not sure but they are so sweet! Linda


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