The Best and Worst Things to Buy in May

From party supplies to washing machines, the month of May offers some amazing deals for shoppers. Check out this guide to the month's bargains, and purchases to avoid.

What not to buy in May …


Although you can currently get a 15-inch mainstream Intel laptop for about $380 to $400, in the coming weeks that same laptop might be 17 percent cheaper or include a free store credit. That’s because late June traditionally marks the start of back-to-school sales, and some online offers will be available to anyone, even if shoppers don’t have an .edu email address.


We know that it’s grilling season, and maybe you’ve invited a bunch of people over for a Memorial Day cookout. Because of that kind of demand, grill prices are at their peak right now. If you already have a grill, see if you can safely get one more season out of it before replacing it around Labor Day, when prices will drop over 30 percent.

Mattresses? Maybe

This is a bit of an upset because, as we noted above, May is the best month of the year for mattress sales. But while June has far fewer big sales, it does have a some really amazing individual deals on specific mattresses. Some people think that mattress stores clear out their showrooms in May, so perhaps June is the time for sales on the stragglers that really need to move. In any event, we saw a Serta Perfect Sleeper mattress set for $600, plus a memory foam mattress for just $119. So if you want a specific mattress and it’s on sale in May, buy it then. If you don’t care so much what kind of mattress you get, wait until June.

What shopping deals are you on the lookout for this month? Share with us in comments below or on our Facebook page.

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