The BEST May Sales & What We’re Planning to Buy This Month (We Even Made a Calendar!)

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May sales are here, and we’ve rounded up what to buy in May!

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We’re sharing the latest May sales! Download our convenient and FREE calendar printable to know what to buy in May before the best sales end!

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Here is a list of notable May sales and what you may want to shop in May:

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On May 4th you won’t have to travel to far-away galaxies to score deals if you’re a Star Wars fan.

Each year on May 4th, Star Wars fans celebrate one of the most beloved movie franchises ever. Retailers always get in on the fun too, offering various Star Wars-themed sales, products, and promotions. Last year we saw deals on discounted apparel and toys at Disney and Amazon, deals from LEGO to Vera Bradley, and we even saw Lightsabers and Storm Troopers return to Fortnite. May the 4th be with your wallets, my friends!

Keep your eyes peeled for 2023 Star Wars Day sales.

Jacky Bracamontes at the car seat trade in program at target what to buy in may

Make sure to use your 20% off coupon before May 13th if you participated in Target’s Car Seat Trade-In Event in April. 

In April, Target hosted its super popular Car Seat Trade-In Event where you can recycle an old, expired, or damaged car seat and redeem it for a 20% off coupon. This is your reminder to shop for a new car seat, stroller, or select baby gear item before your coupon expires on May 13th, 2023.

Even better, this offer can be stacked with the Target RedCard holder discount for even more savings and you can use it in-store or online so there are zero excuses not to claim it, mama! 😉

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Shop Mother’s Day deals before May 14th.  

Speaking of Moms, Mother’s Day is May 14th, 2023 this year so expect to see some last-minute Mother’s Day sales and deals if you’re still needing a gift! This can include an array of sales on popular items like cards, jewelry, flowers, and plants so be sure to know what you’re shopping for this year and plan accordingly.

As Mother’s Day approaches, look for restaurant freebies and shopping deals on flowers, chocolates, gift sets for Mom, and more!

Stay in the know on the best Mother’s Day restaurant deals and the current jewelry deals for 2023!

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Psst…we created this FREE printable coupon book and it would make a great gift idea for mom!

Hip Tip: Shopping for Mom or want to send some hints to the hubby? We shared a bunch of gift ideas for moms under $10 or less at Target or a bunch of boujee ideas if you’re looking to go all out.

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Shop Memorial Day May sales at the end of the month. 

Every year, select restaurants and retailers mark this occasion with special sales, deals, and promotions. Some businesses even offer exclusive freebies and other promotions just for military members and their families. If you’re among this group, we thank you for your service! You’ll be able to save on many items from rugs to food on this special weekend so keep your eyes peeled!

Hip Tip: Check out the 100 best everyday military discounts, freebies, and deals from Costco, Disney, Lowe’s, The Home Depot, Under Armour, and more!

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Save on BBQ essentials towards the end of May sales.

May is a great time to save on BBQ essentials and food with Memorial Day coming at the end of the month. You can expect to see deals on foods like hotdogs, burgers, buns, and condiments. Plus, score lower prices on other essentials from paper plates to outdoor grills! Check your local grocery stores to score deals near you!

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Save on refrigerators, tools, and outdoor supplies until Memorial Day. 

Historically, we’ve seen hot Memorial Day sales hitting shelves on or around May 12th at Lowe’s and The Home Depot. You can score big savings on lawn and garden products, household items, big appliances, patio furniture, and more during their Memorial Day sales!

Keep your eyes peeled for the Home Depot and Lowe’s Memorial Day sales to save big during their May sales!

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Shop for May’s seasonal produce to score the best prices if you’re looking for what to buy in May during your market trips. 

When you shop seasonally, you’re likely to get the best prices on produce – especially if you’re shopping at your local farmer’s market. This time of year, farmer’s markets are getting into full swing so don’t hesitate to scoop up your favorites! Be sure to check out our ways to keep your strawberries fresher for longer if you’re planning to start adding them to your shopping cart soon!

Here’s a list of some seasonal produce to shop for in May:

  • Apricots
  • Asparagus
  • Beets
  • Broad beans
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Cauliflower
  • Cherry
  • Elderflower
  • Greens
  • Kale
  • Mango
  • Peas
  • Radishes
  • Rhubarb
  • Scallions
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries

Keep these National Holidays in mind in May that often come with May sales:

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Teacher Appreciation Week is in May and always comes with freebies and great deals.

Teacher Appreciation Week 2023 is Monday, May 8 through Friday, May 12. Many restaurants and retailers will be showing their appreciation for our country’s hard-working educators everywhere by offering up some great Teacher Appreciation freebies and special deals.

Last year, we saw deals like up to 80% off school supply deals on Amazon, 6 free cookies from Insomnia Cookies, 25% off at Alo Yoga and Athleta, and so so much more!

Check out our list of retailers and restaurants that celebrate teachers all year long with special discounts, freebies, and other offers!

Hip Tip: We have tons of FREE teacher printables that would make a great gift idea for any kiddo’s teacher.

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Nurse Appreciation Week is also in May and there will be plenty of freebies to go around. 

National Nurse Appreciation Week 2023 will run from Saturday, May 6 through Friday, May 12th, 2023. In appreciation of their service to others, many businesses honor nurses and other healthcare workers during National Nurse Appreciation Week.

Last year, many restaurants and retailers offered May sales, deals, and freebies to celebrate. We saw deals like free Chipotle burritos, free Insomnia cookies, BOGO-free ice cream at Marble Slab Creamery, and even discounts on car washes!

Keep your eyes peeled for all the official deals and freebies nurses can score during Nure Appreciation Week 2023!

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On Cinco de Mayo, you can score plenty of delicious deals on Mexican cuisine. 

Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “5th of May”) is a celebration of Mexico’s 1862 victory over French invaders. Today, many restaurants and retailers like to observe this holiday by offering deals on specially-themed food and beverages. Last year we saw irresistible deals like free tacos from California Tortilla and Taco Bell, tons of deals on drinks, and free delivery at popular places like Chipotle. In addition to Mexican cuisine deals, you can also expect to see great prices on piñatas and other colorful decorations.

Keep your eyes peeled for the mouth-watering Cinco de Mayo deals for 2023.

Double Cheeseburger from GrubHub

National Burger Day is May 28th so get your comfy pants ready.

Burgers are America’s most iconic food and Americans consume 50 BILLION of them a year so it’s only right that this delicious and savory meal has its very own day. Check your favorite burger joints for the best deals and freebies on this day. Last year burger places like Burger Fi, Burger King, Steak n’ Shake, McDonald’s, and more were all offering freebies or deals that are impossible to pass up!

Already know what to buy in May? Know the best time to buy EVERYTHING ELSE year-round!

About the writer:

Sara is a self-taught blogger and photographer with 8+ years of experience having work featured in various building, travel, and fashion publications, most notably Bassett Furniture and Fossil.

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