Friday, May 4, 2012

May ~ Monthly Planner & Best Time To Buy Guide! {Best & worst things to buy in May}

Can you believe that it is May already?!! May seems to be a very busy month (for me anyway)! With School getting out, Graduations, Mother's Day, Memorial Day, Cinco de Mayo, and National Scrapbooking Day this month to just name a few! I hope that you're enjoying a beautiful spring!

Every month, I use My Memories software to make a Free Computer Desktop Background courtesy of Leelou Blogs. You can Go here to download the freebie this month to create your own! Leelou also has an awesome tutorial on how to use My Memories to customize a computer desktop background!

If you do not have Mymemories, and would like to give it a try, there is a special deal just for you if you use my promo code (STMMMS72525) at checkout. Just go to My Memories Digital Scrapbooking, and enter my code and you will get $10 off plus $10 in free digital content! Now is the perfect time to give it a try- National Scrapbooking day is May 5th you know!

{Get Organized}
  • If you are wanting to be more organized, check out my Home Management Binder - and consider making one for yourself, or updating yours if you need to.

  • Are you planning an upcoming birthday party,  a "School's Out party for your kids & their friends, or a Graduation party, Mother's Day brunch, Memorial Day cook-out,  or any upcoming occasion? Check out Punchbowl. It is Free to sign up! You can send Free e-cards for upcoming holidays, birthdays, anniversary's and more this month. I also use Punchbowl to plan any upcoming parties, send free invites, and more!


  • Are you new to couponing? Maybe your a "seasoned" couponer and need to get back on track? Check out my 29 Days Of Couponing Tips series!

  • Make sure to stop by every Saturday for my weekly feature - Sunday Coupon Insert Preview. It helps you to be prepared on what coupons you can expect every week!

  • Every single week there are several items that you can purchase in-store and get them FREE or Cheap with Coupons! Stop by and check out my weekly feature called "Best Couponing Deals" so that you can check out the best sales for each week!

{Best Time To Buy Guide} What's On Sale This Month?

May is the month for celebrations, and along with celebrations come some great sales & coupons!

  • As Cinco de Mayo approaches, expect to find tortillas, rice, taco shells, taco seasoning and salsa featured in your store fliers. 
  • With Mother's Day, Memorial Day, and graduation celebrations just around the corner, there will also be some great deals on grilling meats, condiments,such as ketchup, mustard, salad dressing, bbq sauce, plus sales on soda, chips, baked beans, and buns.
  • And don't forget to look for other picnic and outdoor necessities, such as insect repellent, paper products, disposable dinnerware and sunscreen on sale!
Now is a good time to stock up your pantry and freezer with these warmer weather staples!

There are sure to be some good deals and great coupons coming out for the approaching summer season!

:: Produce In - Season

Seasonal produce is also a great bargain this time of year! Consider stocking up and freezing the produce that you can while prices are at their lowest.

  • Asparagus
  • Avocado
  • Beans
  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Cucumbers
  • Radishes
  • Lettuce
  • Okra
  • Oranges
  • Peas
  • Peppers
  • Rhubarb
  • Spinach
  • Strawberries

Here are a few more tips to help you maximize your budget:

:: Retail

  • Memorial Day weekend means an abundance of sales at the mall, home furnishing stores and home improvement centers, as retailers cash in on the long weekend. Consider waiting on your major purchases until this time. That's because the biggest markdowns during the month of May happen during Memorial Day weekend, when most people are thinking about barbecues, picnics, parades, and boating. Stores now need to work harder than ever to get people to shop.
  • May is a good month for spring clothing sales. Stores are already starting to mark down their beach and summer wear. However, it suggests waiting until Memorial Day weekend for the best markdowns, when you will find the lowest clothing prices since January.
  • May is also a good month for mattresses, box springs, and bedding, according to DealNews. And it's a good month to shop at home stores like Pottery Barn, which runs some of its best sales this time of year. DealNews says this is also a great time to haggle on a gym membership, because people are now exercising outdoors, and not thinking of joining a gym.
  • May also marks the start of garage sale season, so keep your eye on the classified ads!
  • You’ll want to frequent the thrift stores and consignment stores this month too, as people embark on spring cleaning and donate their unwanted items.

What Not To Buy

  • May is not a good month for buying jewelry, at least until the day after Mother's Day. It says jewelry prices can actually increase at the start of May, in anticipation of all the shopping for Mom.
  • This is also a bad time to find a markdown on a grill or patio furniture, because it is peak season. The big markdowns on grills begin on the 4th of July.

  • And If you need a laptop, hold off until the big back to school sales that start in mid July.


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