Smart Idea: What To Buy In May

Spring is a great time to stock up on some new furnishings and other household items, especially in May.

Here are the best things to buy this month.

  • Televisions and Other Electronics: The Japanese fiscal year ends in March, which means Japanese-made goods—like the electronics we all love so much—are going to be on sale as they try to get rid of old stock. If you didn’t grab a TV during the pre-Super Bowl sales, now’s the time to grab one. Author Mark Di Vincenzo notes that these sales are probably even better than the February ones anyway, as long as you’re comfortable buying last year’s model. Note that it’s probably not worth getting a 4K TV just yet—there isn’t a lot of content out for them. Wait for them to drop in price more.
  • Cookware & Kitchen Accessories: As graduation season draws closer, you’ll see a lot of sales for common graduation gifts. Kitchen tools and cookware are at the top of the list, says Bankrate, so even if you aren’t heading off to college next year, take advantage of the graduation-centric sales to stock up on any must-have kitchen tools now.
  • Vacuum Cleaners: Speaking of spring cleaning, if your vacuum just doesn’t have the sucking power that it used to, it’s the perfect time to buy a new one. New vacuums usually don’t come out until June, so Bankrate says you should grab the old models now as they’re clearing them out (though if you can wait, Dealnews says Black Friday will see the lowest prices).
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