To Buy Or Not To Buy: Houston In May

It’s getting warmer and Mother’s Day and Memorial Day Sales are just around the corner. You might have a few ideas about what you want to purchase, but now may not be the right time. MSN.com has just published a list of items That you should (or shouldn’t) buy right now.

 

10 Things to Buy or Not to Buy in May

 

SPRING TO SUMMER SHOPPING TIPS

As the warm weather moves in and schools let out for summer, May is the month to buy household goods and entertaining essentials. It’s the perfect time for stocking up ahead of summer celebrations. Prepare for graduation parties and Memorial Day barbecues by finding deals to prep your food (cookware and BBQ supplies) and welcome your guests (party supplies).

 

COOKWARE, SMALL APPLIANCES, AND REFRIGERATORS

Cookware promotions are plentiful in May as retailers target college graduation and wedding season. For more discounts, keep an eye out for Mother’s Day promotions — cookware makes a practical and welcome gift for mom. Give your college grad a set of new pots and pans for his or her first apartment, or shower newlyweds with cookware that will last for years. New-model refrigerators are rolled out for summer, making spring the prime time to scoop up an old model for a cool price.

 

PARTY AND BBQ SUPPLIES

Party supply stores gear up for summer when graduation parties, wedding events, pool parties, and casual weekend barbecues take towns by storm. Stock up for your next shindig, whether it’s a luau or a bridal shower. If you like hosting backyard grill fests, May is the time to buy charcoal and grilling tools, paper plates, condiments, napkins, plastic ware, and the like. Retailers see Memorial Day as the start of grilling season and offer coupons on these items throughout the month of May. Even if you’re not planning any celebrations in May, fill the larder now for the rest of summer’s picnics, barbecues, and dinner parties.

 

HOLD OFF ON GRILLS AND PATIO FURNITURE

Although May is a good time to pick up grilling supplies, it’s not the best time to buy a grill. The best time to buy this backyard staple is after July 4, when retailers begin to look towards fall and start discounting grills. The same rule applies to patio furniture. You’re better off waiting until summer begins winding down to snag a bargain on these items.

 

MATTRESSES

If you have an old, saggy, or lumpy mattress, May is the best time to buy a new mattress. Take advantage of mattress deals this month as retailers try to clear inventory ahead of receiving new stock. Retailers also deeply discount mattresses for Memorial Day sales, so check the offerings during those events.

 

SPRING APPAREL

With spring on its way out and summer easing in, retailers are antsy to clear out spring apparel and display the new summer duds. May is the best month to scoop up spring apparel for cheap, especially if you can wait until the Memorial Day sales.

 

OFFICE FURNITURE

Looking to update your home office or fill the shelves with office supplies? May is a good month to do so. Sales and coupons for these items will be heating up and staying hot through June.

 

FORGO JEWELRY

If you haven’t bought mom jewelry for Mother’s Day, don’t try to do so now. Last month saw much better jewelry deals, but this month prices are back up due to the impending holiday. If you missed the jewelry deals it’s probably time for plan B — cookware or small appliances make excellent Mother’s Day gifts and are deeply discounted this month.

 

THRIFT STORE FINDS

Spring cleaning means lots to choose from at the local thrift store. Sales abound as thrift stores hustle to move merchandise. It’s a win-win: Sell your old stuff and replace it with new (to you) spring finds.

 

FOODS IN SEASON

For your Memorial Day barbecue, stock up on the foods in season in May. This month vegetables at their peak include asparagus, spring onions, peas, and rhubarb; summer veggies like okra and zucchini also begin to appear at market. Fruits in season in May include cherries, apricots, blueberries, and strawberries.

 

HAMBURGERS

May is also National Hamburger Month when meat sales will crop up just in time for grilling season to heat up. While you’re at it, grab some salsa or make a fresh salad, because it’s also National Salad Month and Salsa Month, both excellent sides for your burger.

 

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