What are the Best Things to Buy in May? (+ How to Score FREE Ice Cream!)

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Time to let the savings bloom!

A sure sign we’re seeing signs of spring? Memorial Day sales. But wait – there’s more! Check out the best buys things to buy in May, based on common sales trends!

Spring clothes

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Make way for the tank tops and shorts, because summer is almost here! This means the pastels and fair weather spring styles need to be moved out. Luckily, most of these pretty styles still work for the summer months, so purchase now for a deep discount.

Hip Tip: Give the Walmart clearance section a good look. Not only will you find scores on spring apparel, they have the CUTEST jewelry selection courtesy of their new brand Time & Tru. They’re actually a good deal even at full price, but when on clearance, they’re an absolute steal!

Mattresses and furniture

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FINALLY! I never thought the day would come when I could say these are items you CAN buy this month. Check for Memorial Day weekend sales for mattresses and large furniture. It’s the best time of the year to buy!

Seasonal produce

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It always makes sense to shop whatever produce is in season, for the best selection and also the savings! Look for asparagus, cabbage, bitter greens like collards, kale, mustard, and turnip, leafy greens and lettuce (but beware of recalled chopped romaine), radishes, rhubarb, spinach, and strawberries. That sounds like the making of a powerhouse superfood salad!

Hip Tip: Stock up on strawberries to make easy strawberry freezer jam – no canning required!


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Looking to update your cold food storage but don’t want to pay a pretty penny? May is the time to buy, specifically during Memorial Day weekend sales, where you’ll see huge savings on top brands with plenty of styles to choose from.

Thrift store finds

Calling all thrifters – this is your time to shine! May is an incredible time to head to your local shop to scout the new contributions that come in after spring cleaning! While there might not necessarily be sales, the selection is sure to be abundant.

Hip Tip: Ask your local thrift shop when their featured shopping days and discounts are.

“We have some stores in the area where it’s a different price depending on the day you go, so it starts out like $2 on Thursday and lowers each day. By the time you get to Wednesday, it’s all 25¢ then starts over again on Thursday.” – Angela at Hip2Save

Get this for FREE.

free ice cream at haagen daz on may 8 hip2save

Hit up Häagen Daz for free cone day on May 8th to get a free sugar cone, cake cone, or cup at any participating store.

Plus, with Cinco de Mayo coming up (May 5th, in case you don’t feel like translating) be sure to check back for deals and freebies at participating restaurants.

Written by Emily for Hip2Save. Emily lives in Buffalo, NY where she spends her time drinking lots of coffee, scouring the internet for deals, and tackling DIY projects. She’s a big believer in self-care and living the fullest life possible, all while saving money of course.

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Comments 12

  1. Michele

    When Is the best time to purchase a sliding patio door?

    • Surgibelle

      Habitat for Humanity ReStore May have some at a reduced price ….

  2. kayti

    Yes! Im closing on my house that weekend and will need furniture!

    • GotItTogetherish

      Congratulations on the house! ๐ŸŽ‰

    • OxoMicheleoxo

      Congrats! Iโ€™m closing on my house that weekend too!

    • Mary

      That is awesome!! Congrats

  3. Pepol Lovar

    Buy sliding glass doors when they are on sale. This happens between January and december every year

    • L click


  4. pokwang

    best time to buy anything is when u have extra cash

  5. hipsaver2

    Thanks for the tips!

  6. Jlynn

    Love these posts! Thanks!

    • Holly (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      You’re so welcome! I’m glad you are enjoying these!

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