May’s Hottest Sales: Plus, Mark Your Calendar for 6 Days of Awesome Freebies!

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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 and freebies! 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 2024 Star Wars Day sales.

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Shop the Wayfair Way Day Sale for two days starting May 4th.

Starting May 4th through May 6th, you can shop the Wayfair Way Day event—the must-shop event of the year! Save up to 80% off beautiful home decor and furniture, with new merchandise dropping every 12 hours!

If you want the most bang for your buck, this is the time to shop. From living room sets to office furniture and rugs to gaming chairs, there’s something for every room of your home and every budget. Rumor has it that there will be discounts on brands like Kelly Clarkson Home, Keurig, Delta, Hoover, Blackstone, and more!

Check out our favorite Wayfair Way Day Sales and find out more over on our full post!

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Teachers can score a FREE supply kit from Staples in May while supplies last. 

Teachers should mark their calendars and plan a trip to Staples on May 5th where they will be celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week by offering FREE Teacher Supply Kits (limit one kit per teacher)! While this offer runs through May 11th, each store will only have 20 kits, so you’ll want to show up early on the 5th for your best chance to snag one. Don’t forget your teacher ID!

Head to our Staples Teacher Appreciation post to find out what’s included!

Plus, teachers can score 20% off Staples purchases during this week – just be sure to show your teacher ID at checkout!

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If you participated in Target’s Car Seat Trade-In Event in April, use your 20% off coupon by May 11th

In April, Target hosted its super popular Car Seat Trade-In Event to recycle old, expired, or damaged car seats. In exchange, they provided a 20% off coupon, and this is your reminder that it expires on May 11th, so you will want to shop for that new car seat, stroller, or select baby gear item soon.

Even better, this offer can be stacked with the 5% Target Circle card discount for even more savings. And you can use it in-store or online, so there are zero excuses not to claim it, mama! 😉

HIP TIP: Curious what IS Target Circle? Head over to our full post to learn more about the perks!

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Shop Mother’s Day deals before May 12th.  

Speaking of Moms, Mother’s Day is on May 12th, so expect to see some Mother’s Day sales and deals if you need a gift! These usually include an array of discounts on items like cards, jewelry, flowers, plants, gift sets, chocolates, and more. We also expect to see lots of restaurant freebies as Mother’s Day approaches.

Stay in the know on the best restaurants for Mothers Day dinner and current jewelry deals for 2024!

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Psst…we also 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 hints to hubby?  We shared the best Mother’s Day gifts that real moms asked for in 2024! And if Mom loves Target, we have the best under $10 gifts for her.

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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. There are also often a number of freebies and other promotions for military members and their families. If you’re among this group, we thank you for your service!

HIP TIP: Check out the 100 best everyday military discounts, freebies, and deals from retailers like 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 cookout foods, like hotdogs, burgers, buns, and condiments. Plus, you’ll score lower prices on everything from paper plates to outdoor grills! Check your local grocery stores to score deals near you!

HIP TIP: Save every day on pantry staples – we round up where you’ll find the best price every week!

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

Historically, we’ve seen hot Memorial Day sales start on or around May 12th at Lowe’s and The Home Depot. You can score big savings on supplies for lawn and garden products, household items, big appliances, patio furniture, and more. As a bonus, sometimes these sales run well into the beginning of June, too.

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

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Shop for May’s seasonal produce to score the best prices. 

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 be sure to visit yours and scoop up your favorites! Check out how to keep strawberries fresh for longer if you’re planning to grab them 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

HIP TIP: We shared how to get cheap produce year-round!

Keep these national holidays in mind 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 2024 runs Monday, May 6th through Friday, May 10th. 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.

In recent years, we’ve seen 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 HUGE list of teacher discounts available in 2024 from food to school supplies, clothing, and more!

HIP TIP: We have tons of FREE teacher appreciation 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 lots of freebies. 

National Nurse Appreciation Week 2024 will run from Monday, May 6 through Sunday, May 12th. In appreciation of their service to others, many businesses honor nurses and other healthcare workers through deals and freebies.

We’ve seen 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 nurse appreciation week freebies you can score in 2024!

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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.

In the past, we’ve seen 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 restaurant specials & spicy deals for 2024 coming soon!

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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 & photographer and brings 9+ years of experience to her craft. Her work has been featured in numerous esteemed publications, spanning building, travel, and fashion. Beyond her creative pursuits, Sara’s primary mission is to empower others to embrace a toxic-free & sustainable lifestyle.

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  1. J B

    Thank you for doing this every month! <3

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re very welcome! Glad you’re loving these monthly posts! 🤗💕

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