It’s May, but it feels more like late July here in the beautiful Puget Sound. I can hardly believe we hit 80 degrees yesterday (and it looks like we should have a repeat performance today!). Whether or not it stays like this through May, you’ve probably got SUMMER on your brain. And summer is what you need to be thinking of as you approach deal-finding at the stores!
What’s on Sale in May
I really stress stockpiling and buying in season here at the blog. Why? Because when you buy the things you need before you need them and when they are on sale, you’ll begin to see your grocery bill come down over time. You can download a FREE sales cycles list by month I put together for some more tips on what to buy and when. This list is reviewed and updated annually based on trends I’m observing at the stores I report deals on throughout the year.
Here are some ideas of what I think we should watch for in May:
- Barbecue Foods. May is traditionally a good time to watch for early deals on items such as ketchup, barbecue sauce, and hot dogs. Anyone catch the HOT deal on Countrytime Lemonade at Fred Meyer? These are normally $2.99, but right now you can score them for $0.50 each with the sale & coupon. Perfect, because I stocked up about this time last year and was just running out now! See how it works?
- Razors & Shaving Cream. While you can typically find these sales year-round, May is one of those months when most of us shed jeans for shorts and go, shoot. I need to shave. Marketers seem hip to this phenomenon, so look for special promotions.
- Sunscreen. I sometimes get asked about a stock-up price for sunscreen. In my opinion, I’d set that right around $3.99, but you can occasionally find better deals. Can I give you a tip I discovered last year for sunscreen? GROCERY OUTLET. They don’t take coupons, but I’ve found sunscreen there (and name brands!) below that $3.99 pricepoint. Give them a try if you are in need of sunscreen.
- Summer produce. It’s time to watch for deals on produce like personal watermelons, grapes, and berries! I’m also uber excited to report that the Broadway-Tacoma Farmer’s Market opened last week! I didn’t have a chance to visit, but I hope to do so this week. This is a fun opportunity to buy fresh, local produce you just can’t year-round…like garlic scapes, squash blossoms, and pea vines.
- Gift Card promotions. One of THE things I’m asked for the most around here is when stores have gift card promotions, such as “buy $100 in participating retailer gift cards, and get $10 for your next grocery store purchase.” A couple years ago, I leveraged such a promotion to score $120 in free groceries for buying Southwest Gift Cards for our Disney trip. That was kind of an epic scenario and I’ve definitely seen more fine print since that particular promotion, but I do think they are still worth watching for – particularly as we near graduation and Father’s Day.
Head to my free download for more ideas of what to watch for in May.
What’s Happening at the Blog in May
Here are some of the things you can expect for may!
- A webcast! I know, I know, it’s been awhile since I’ve done a webcast, and I truly apologize if you’ve been waiting for another one! I promise, we’ll have one in May. Subject/date TBD. Let me know if you have any suggestions for a topic.
- More gardening. Sick of the gardening posts yet? I hope not….. because there’s lots more where that came from! Since starting my garden four years ago, growing my own food has become much more than a hobby for me and I’ve become passionate about encouraging as many people as possible to grow their own. I do feel that many people have said gardening is free/cheap, but in my own experience that’s not always been the case. That’s why I recently launched my Frugal Gardening series – to give you practical, money-saving ideas for growing your garden. I also intend to provide a balanced, realistic view of what gardening entails – much as my approach with sharing couponing has been.
- Same great deals! As always, my goal around here is QUALITY NOT QUANTITY. Your time is valuable and so is mine. I’m not going to bog down your feed with 20 *HOT* Amazon deals that are really lukewarm or $0.30 off coupons. My goal is to offer up between 4-8 posts per day that combine couponing, frugal living tips, and deals that I feel are worth sharing. I aim to only share deals I myself would do or recommend to my closest of friends. As usual, posting on weekends is light so I can spend time with my family (and I hope, you can do the same).
I’d love to hear how you feel I’m doing here. Are the deals I’m sharing making a difference? Are there stores you’d like me to report more about? Particular posts or deals you’d like to see more of? Give a shout in the comment section below!