Spring (and school) is almost ending! πŸ‘€ Whether you're getting paid this summer or not, you want more dough in your pocketsβ€”so you can have some summer fun, survive summer school, get ahead of next year's school expenses, or afford #adulting as a new grad. Here are ways to spend smarter in the month of May. πŸ™Œ

Stuff that's cheaper in May

Spring apparel πŸ‘šπŸ‘•

Stores are cleaning out their inventory for summer clothing. Take advantage of spring clearance sales everywhere, especially for items you can wear for summer too! These will especially get crazy during Memorial Day holiday sales. However, don't do this if you plan on splurging during summer anyway. Buying things on discount don't necessarily mean you're actually saving money. πŸ€”

Swimwear πŸ‘™πŸŠβ€

We all know how crazy demand gets during summer. Try to get some before the summer craze at cheaper prices, especially at Memorial Day sales. The only big exception is the Victoria Secret Semi-Annual Sale in early June (for the πŸ™β€).

May the fourth be with you Β πŸ‘½βœ¨

To the Star Wars fans, you'll love this one! Here's some of the best Star Wars deals through May 4. But you have to promise to spend within your means... #selfcontrol

Build-A-Bear: up to 50% off Star Wars bears through May 5
Amazon: Hasbro Star Wars merch price will be slashed by 20% on May 4
Xbox One: Star Wars games up to 75% off through weekend
FanWrap: Decal and accessories will be 20% off from May 4-6
FifthSun: Star Wars apparel and gear is 20% off through May 5 with code 'MT4'
Hallmark: Star Wars merch is 25% off + you get limited pin sets for free w/ $15+ purchase on select Star Wars gifts
IDW Comic Book Stores: Free Star Wars comic books without purchase required!

May in-season produce πŸ“

Fruits and produce are cheaper and fresher in-season! Win-win for your wallet, taste buds and body. Some May ones include asparagus, apricots, mangoes, lettuce, cherries, strawberries and zucchinisβ€”just to name a few. Check out this spreadsheet to find seasonal produce specific to your state!

Mattresses πŸ›Œ

Long weekends = crazy mattress sales. Name a more iconic duo. If you need better sleep for the summer or new school year, take advantage of Memorial Day holday sales. Check out Wayfair for up to 75% off, Sears for 60% off, etc.

Party supplies πŸŽ‰

With graduation and summer around the corner, more parties and social gatherings are happening. If you like to throw parties and host friends, May is the time to stock up on party supplies (especially basics like napkins, plates, etc.).

Flowers for the mother πŸ‘©β€πŸ‘¦πŸ’

If you can't think of anything creative to give your mom on Mother's Day, you can stick with the classic (discounted) flowers! This especially works well if you're not able to celebrate with her in person. Perhaps try 1-800 Flowers: Get 20% off purchase until May 9 using the code SAVE20MDAY.

Stuff not to buy in May

Summer attire β˜€οΈ

You already know the deal. Buying clothing in season is always the costliest!

Athletic gear πŸ‹οΈβ€

Last year, June had more activewear deals than both May and April. So hold off on this! Keep your eyes on retailers like Champion Outlet. Lululemon's "We Made Too Much" sale section can also have crazy good deals.

Laptops and desktops πŸ’»

School's ending, so the timing is terrible. Start looking at these in late June or early July when some back-to-school sales begin, including at the Apple Store.

Some More Tips

β€’ National Pet Week 🐢 is May 5-11. Get on the email list of your favorite pet retailers and services for special deals!
β€’ Free Comic Book Day is May 4. Pick up a free comic at over 2,000 local comic shops participating. Major publishers like Marvel Comics and DC Comics are in!
β€’ May is National Hamburger Month, ending with National Hamburger Day on May 28. πŸ”πŸ€€ White Castle will give you 2 free BBQ original sliders with any purchase on Wednesdays through June 29β€”if you come dressed in your best western apparel.

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