Yes, it’s that time of year again—the time for coupons and deals so great they can easily turn into freebies or moneymakers! May is "the" month for chips, dips, condiments, BBQ sauce and BBQ fixin’s—so plan to stock up this month for however long your stockpile storage can accommodate!

Why May?

In case you may be wondering what makes May such a great month for savings on BBQ, chips, and fixin’s, the answer is simple—because in May we celebrate Cinco De Mayo and Memorial Day.

Cinco De Mayo was only officially added to the U.S. holidays calendar in 2005, but as early as the mid 1980s, savvy retailers were heavily promoting deals on traditional Mexican fare.

Even better, since Memorial Day falls at the end of May, the sales that began for Cinco De Mayo keep going all month long. So the coupons and deals just keep getting better all month long!

How May keeps your back-to-school costs low

Who doesn't love chips, dips, and condiments? Kids are especially fond of these easy grab-n-go goodies, and they perfectly complement those other popular, grab-n-go, school-time (and tired parent-time!) staples: hot dogs and chicken nuggets!

If you can clear out some extra stockpile space now, you can potentially stock up on enough chips, dips, and condiments to last clear through to the winter holidays, saving your family hundreds of dollars in the process!

Related: What’s on Sale in May

What to look for

These are just examples to help you hone in on the best deals—be sure to bookmark KCL's coupons and deals pages so you don't miss any great ones! Also be sure to consult KCL's Stock-Up Price Sheet if you are not sure whether a deal is the best it can get!

  • BBQ sauce: Sweet Baby Ray's, Heinz, KC's, Kraft brands—look for coupons that bring prices down to free (and even the occasional moneymaker!).
  • Condiments: Mayo, mustard, relish, ketchup, and more will be at their lowest prices for the next five months—perhaps the whole year!
  • Chips: Chips savings are everywhere this month—meaning, if you don't have a coupon, don't buy chips (because there are coupons everywhere that make chips super cheap!).
  • Fixin’s: Tortillas, cheese, taco shells, chilies, onions, and other BBQ staples will be priced to sell—in particular, look for combo deals ("buy this package of tortillas and get this cheese for half-off").

Safely storing your BBQ and fixin’s stockpile

With deals this good, you will want to stockpile as much as you can fit. And once you have stocked up, you want to make sure your supplies last. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Store all non-refrigerated goods in a cool, dry, dark place. (Ideas: under the bed, in a corner of the garage, in the back of your closets.)
  • Group your stockpile into labeled categories (example: "chips," "condiments," "sauces").
  • Break down larger packages that won't fit and store the individual items instead.
  • Use a sharpie to write the "use by" date in large print on the front of each item.
  • Stack all items with those closest to expiration nearest the front.
  • Use your phone, a notebook, etc. to keep an inventory of how many of each item you have.

Creative uses for stockpiled BBQ sauce

BBQ sauce will likely be your biggest "gimme" deal this month, which may mean you end the month with a healthy stockpile of sauces! Luckily for you, BBQ sauce is one of the most versatile of all condiments!

Here are just a few ways to spice up meals with BBQ sauce:

  • Mix it with mayo for a tangy, tasty new condiment.
  • Use it in place of ketchup for dipping salty French fries.
  • Make a BBQ pizza (just substitute BBQ sauce for the marinara).
  • Mix up delicious baked beans.
  • Devil up some eggs with a hint of BBQ.
  • Glaze fruits like pineapple, peaches, and bananas, then grill 'em up!
  • Make BBQ chicken or beef nachos.
  • Whip up some BBQ mac n' cheese.
  • Substitute BBQ sauce for your regular salad dressing.
  • Use as a glaze for salmon, chicken, or pork.
  • Create your own BBQ grilled cheese sandwich. (Just add bacon and you're good to go!)
  • Make BBQ meatloaf!
  • Spice up your breakfast eggs (optional adds: cheese, avocado, bell peppers, onions, chilies).
  • Add a splash or two of soy sauce, ginger, or garlic to make Korean BBQ.