1. Seasonal Produce
Look for cheap seasonal produce in May like:
- English peas
- Green beans
- Mustard greens
- Vidalia onions
Save even more when you use rebate-app offers on top of sale prices. For instance, SavingStar, Ibotta and Checkout 51 often have fresh-produce offers. Sometimes you can even get a piece of fruit or vegetable free!
2. Allergy Medicine
Last year, KCL used a manufacturer coupon and a CVS store coupon on top of already discounted allergy medicine to pay $20.99 for a 70-count bottle of Claritin. We also received $5.00 in ExtraBucks and ended up with a final price of $15.99.
3. Cinco de Mayo Products
Look for sales on salsa, tortillas, taco kits, shredded cheese, tortilla chips, canned beans and frozen Mexican entrees. Find specials in stores’ weekly flyers — some may even include tasting events in stores.
Last year, KCL found a $0.50 off coupon for Ole or La Banderita tortillas that were on sale for $0.99. The final price was just $0.50!
Freeze excess products (like tortillas, chips, and shredded cheese) for future use.
4. Memorial Day Products
Memorial Day is Monday, May 27th this year and you can expect all types of party and BBQ foods to be on sale. Find products like BBQ sauce, condiments, charcoal, potato chips, dips and hot dogs for low prices.
Don’t forget to stack coupons on top of sale prices! Last May, we scored Oscar Mayer hot dogs on sale for $1.99 each when you bought four packages and used manufacturer coupons. The final price came out to $0.47 per package of hot dogs.
5. Paper Products
Between Memorial Day and graduation parties, paper products will be on sale all month long. Look for deals on plates, paper towels, napkins, utensils and cups.
Play close attention to a coupon’s fine print. Some coupons (like those for Bounty paper towels) don’t have size restrictions. Last year single rolls of Bounty were $1.00 at Dollar General and we used a $0.25 off coupon and an Ibotta offer to get a roll for $0.50!
With summer right around the corner, all types of sunscreen products will be on sale — so don’t stick to just one brand.
Most generic brands like Target’s Up & Up sunscreen work just as well as name brands. Look for special offers from stores for their own product lines like Up & Up discounts on Target’s Cartwheel.
Always compare unit price to get the best deal. Surprisingly, smaller bottles often cost less per ounce. Store sunscreen in a cool, dry place so the active ingredients will stay effective for three years.
7. Salad and Salad Dressings
May is National Salad Month, thanks to all the fresh produce coming in season. You’ll find lower prices along with special promotions on all things salad.
When you can get bottles of dressing for $0.50 or less, buy enough to last you several months — but don’t overstock! Unopened salad dressing has a “best by” date that’s usually 6 months out, so only buy what you can consume in that time.
8. Pet Products
May 6-12th is National Pet Week. You’ll see lots of savings on pet food, toys, health screenings and pet-grooming discounts.
Last year KCL scored deals like Purina Beneful Incredibites for $1.26 each when you bought three.
Also, keep in mind that many pet-product manufacturers want to win your loyalty by offering free samples if you buy one of their products. I received a free can of new Friskies cat food when I bought cat litter. You’ll also frequently find coupons attached to the product packaging — keep your eyes peeled!
Even if you don’t own a pet, keep in mind that animal shelters and rescues are always accepting donations and will gladly take any excess food and supplies.
May 15th is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. Look for sales on all things cookie-related like refrigerated cookie dough, boxed cookies and baking products at stores like Publix, Kroger, Safeway, Target and Walmart.
Also, look out for free cookie giveaways. In years past, DoubleTree by Hilton gave out free chocolate chip cookies to all who stopped by their hotels. Great American Cookies and Nestle Toll House Cafe are also known to give out free cookies on special cookie holidays.
Most new refrigerator models hit stores in the beginning of summer — usually June — which means last year’s models have to go fast. Find huge discounts in May if you’re in the market for a new fridge.
The Home Depot and Lowe’s both have low-price guarantees and will match any sale price of a nearby competitor and beat that price by an additional 10%. Best Buy also price matches competitors, and their promos often include bonus appliances, like a free chest freezer, when you spend a certain amount. Also, it never hurts to negotiate — especially at smaller retailers. If anything, make sure to ask for free shipping!