Bargain hunters will find deals on plenty of items in May,
especially at the end of the month when retailers have Memorial Day
sales. You can expect big sales at department stores and home
stores, such as Pottery Barn and West Elm. To get the best deals,
look for coupons (of which there should be plenty) to lower the
price on already discounted items.
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Here's what you can expect to find on sale in May -- and what
you should wait a little longer to buy, according to
, which analyzes deals from past years to predict what will be
discounted this year.
What's on sale this month ...
Retailers discount spring apparel by as much as 75% this month.
Hold out until Memorial Day sales, though, for the best deals.
As the weather heats up and people head outside to exercise, gyms
often have promotions to lure cutomers back inside. They usually
offer discounts on initiation fees or the first few months of
membership. But dealnews.com recommends haggling to get even more
For the past two years, dealnews.com has seen deep discounts on
mattresses in May. A mattress can be a good gift for a college
grad, who will appreciate a real bed to sleep on rather than a worn
out futon (see
10 Smart Gifts for College Grads
Retailers such as Altrec, Gander Mountain and REI mark down
camping, fishing and hiking accessories in May.
What a little longer to buy ...
Even if you're planning a big cookout on Memorial Day, you should
hold off on buying a grill until June or July to get a better
price. For deep discounts (50% to 75% off), wait until the end of
Home office furniture.
You'll see discounts on desks, chairs and shelving units in May,
but the real deals are in June.
What not to buy...
You should consider buying your mom or wife something other than
jewelry for Mother's Day because prices spike before this holiday
(and you won't find deals after it).
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