Pictured above: my 2013 Founder’s Day Sale Shopping Trip (Fred Meyer)
I’ve gotten away from doing my start of the month posts, but I think it would be a good idea to revisit this feature. As much as I can, I want to help you save money on things that matter to you and knowing what to watch for is often half the battle!
May – What to Buy
Even if you never use a single coupon, you could stand to save a lot of money by simply watching for store sales and stockpiling when prices are low. I know that “stockpile” is a dirty word to many, associated with hoarding or closets full of mustard. But what I mean by stockpile is simply this: buying food and items your family will use while they are at low prices and in quantities you can reasonably store, keeping expiration dates in mind. Stocking up on salad dressing may mean buying three bottles because that’s all you’ll use within the expiration dates. Stocking up on paper products may be more than that as they don’t go bad, but still keeping your storage space in mind.
Here are a few items I think we should watch for sales on in May:
- Condiments. As we trend to the warmer months, watch for barbecue related items – condiments in particular. Ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, and barbecue sauce may go on solid prices even without coupons. I have a big ketchup eater in my home so I try to stock up during the summer months to get us through the year.
- Mexican food ingredients. With Cinco de Mayo a few days away, we’ve already seen discounts and coupons for items such as refried beans, taco shells, and enchilada sauce. This would be a good month to throw burritos on the menu!
- Razors, sunscreen, bandages. With everyone busting out in shorts and swimwear, people will be thinking, “GAH! I need to shave!” or “I need to slather on some sunscreen!” Start watching for coupons and sales on these items. Name-brand sunscreen may be difficult to find for much under $4.99, so in many cases you may want to look for generic labels or consider stores such as the Dollar Tree or Grocery Outlet for less expensive options.
There are also a few promotions I’ll personally be watching for this month:
- National Stamp Out Hunger Day. This is scheduled for May 10th this year. Be thinking of what non-perishable food you can donate! (I’ll share more about this event in the next week.)
- Fred Meyer Founders Day Sale. The Fred Meyer Founders Day Sale happens every May with solid prices on grocery basics including produce, meat, dairy, eco-friendly and organic products. This is one of the best weeks to shop at Fred Meyer all year long! (You can check out my own Founders Day shopping trip from last year for an idea of what to expect!)
- Mother’s Day Freebies. Photo deals abound this time of year – we’ll do our best to keep you updated.
- Farmers Markets open. In my area, several Farmers Markets are slated to open this month – the Broadway Market in Tacoma opens TODAY!
I want to remind you that I have a FREE Sales Cycle Download sheet that you are free to print and use as a reference. It contains some of what I shared above and even more of what to expect in May and every month of the year. This document has been pieced together after observing four years of deals, sales, and promotions both regionally (Pacific Northwest) and nationally. Please note that these are past observations and predictions only. Promotions may (and often, do!) change. Given that, I update this document annually.
May – at The Coupon Project
Here are some of the features to watch for in May at The Coupon Project:
- Farmer’s Market posts and inspired recipes. Now that the Farmer’s Markets are opening, I’d love to share some of my own trips with you as well as recipes for using that produce! One of the joys of the Farmer’s Market is finding produce you can’t get at your local grocery store. I’d also love to share some tips for making the most of your Farmer’s Market trips.
- More Gardening Posts. May is the month that many of us here in Western Washington get serious about planting our summer produce. I plan to continue to share my own gardening adventures. As in the past, I’d love to feature YOUR gardens too! Please email me at angela @ thecouponproject dot com if you would love to share a “virtual” tour of your vegetable or herb garden. In particular, I’m looking to feature garden plans that incorporate some aspect of frugality.
- “Best of” Grocery Feature. For a couple months now, I’ve been thinking about the coupon matchups we do at the site and wondering if we’re missing something. What if you just want to know the best meat prices on a given week? Or the very best “must do” coupon deals? How about best prices on dairy, or top produce deals? I’m envisioning a top grocery deals feature that would be published once weekly, along with our coupon matchups. I’d love your input on this idea. Would you find this useful? Which items would you want to see on such a list?
I also want to remind you of the new weekly features we’ve already added in 2014:
- Amazon Subscribe & Save. Each Thursday morning, we’re compiling the top Subscribe and Save offers on Amazon. This list just got published today! If you’re new to shopping online, please make sure to read our insider tips on maximizing your savings on Subscribe and Save.
- Stuff I didn’t know I needed…until I went to Costco. Once monthly, I’m sharing a fun Costco feature that I’m calling half deal – half drool. You can read April’s post HERE.
- Top 10 Target Deals. Watch every Monday afternoon as we compile the top “must do” Target deals for the week!
Finally, I want to encourage you to sign up for my email if you’ve not done so already. This way, you’ll never miss any of the happenings. These emails go out Monday through Friday and are personalized by yours truly. I also share tips and ideas on the email that you won’t get at the blog and last week I even did a random Amazon gift card drawing – just for email subscribers. (I’m planning another one in the next week – so stay tuned!)
I’d love to hear your thoughts on what you’d like to see for the month of May, as well as other items you tend to look for on sale in May or promotions you’re hoping will happen again!