RetailMeNot Reveals Best Things to Buy in May

Thinking about shopping for some pre-summer essentials? Good news! The month of May offers plenty of discounts and sales just in time for Memorial Day weekend. RetailMeNot, a leading digital savings destination connecting consumers with retailers, restaurants and brands, both online and in-store, has the inside scoop on wise buys for the last two weeks of the month.

Sleep On It

 While mattresses are typically a big investment, they are meant to last for up to eight years, according to the Better Sleep Council. The good news is that Memorial Day weekend is prime time to buy this high-ticket item, and national retailers are offering plenty of great deals on mattresses of all shapes and sizes.

The reason? “Shoppers tend to take their time before making a big purchase,” says Sara Skirboll, shopping and trends expert at RetailMeNot. “The long weekend gives people plenty of time to shop until they find the perfect one. Three days allows for looking, trying and then buying.”

And just in time for Memorial Day, 1800Mattress is offering 15% off purchases.

Accessorize Your Grill

It’s almost impossible to grill the perfect steak without the necessary accessories. Grill gear is deeply discounted this month as retailers know people will spend time over the next few months outdoors and on patios. Skirboll explains that big-box stores often discount popular items so they sell more before a holiday.

“While grilling accessories are great to buy now, wait to buy a new grill closer to Labor Day. Stock up now on things like grill cleaning tools, rotisseries and grilling utensils.”

Places like Sears and Home Depot have a great selection of grilling accessories and gear, with an average of 40% off.

Gifts Galore

Mother’s Day has come and gone, but there is still plenty to celebrate. Summer means graduations, Father’s Day, weddings and summer get-togethers, making May the pinnacle of gift buying. Purchasing gifts for every gathering can quickly become tough on the wallet, though. According to our research, those planning to purchase gifts for college or high school grads in 2017 will spend $110 and $93 dollars on those items, respectively. The average planned spending for Father’s Day gifts is around $57. Those attending a wedding this year will spend an average of $140 on a gift for the bride and groom.

“Gift-giving can become expensive, so I always recommend pooling funds with a group of friends for a more substantial gift,” says Skirboll. “Bed Bath & Beyond and Macy’s are both great places to start looking for the perfect gift.”

The Great Outdoors

April showers are said to bring May flowers. And with blooming flowers comes fresh air and plenty of sunshine. Camping out, whether it be out in the wild or simply in your backyard, should be done right. Expect deep discounts on camping essentials such as tents, hammocks and fire pits for a true outdoor experience.

According to the survey, more than 1 in 5 people plan to do some form of outdoor activities during their vacation. Things like camping (24%), hiking (22%) and fishing (22%) are all among popular activities for the summer. Retailers like Cabela’s, Academy and Dick’s Sporting Goods are great places to get started on your outdoor checklist.

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