What to Stock Up on in May

Did you know you can really save money by stocking up on items when they are at their rock bottom prices?

Most food items go on sale every 12 weeks or so. (although right now everything is a bit off with the Covid19 crisis)

By stocking up on they when they are on sale you can really save and not have to pay full price.

But other items might be at their best prices only once or twice a year. That’s when you’ll want to purchase those items to save the most.

I like to stock up when things are on sale and save. If you’re not sure what you should stock up on in May take a look at this great list.

What to Stock Up on In May

Mexican Foods

With Cinco d Mayo you’ll be able to find some great deals on Mexican foods. Items like salsa, tortillas, corn husks, sauces, and seasonings.

If you love tacos as much as we do you might consider making your own taco seasoning from scratch here’s how.

Gardening Supplies

Now that spring is in full swing you’ll find deals on flower and vegetable seeds to plant in the garden. You’ll also find good deals on spring flowers and vegetable starts to grow.

Other gardening supplies like sprinklers, hoses, gardening gloves, fertilizer, weed killer, mulch, compost, and potting soil should also be on sale too.

Thrift Stores

With all the spring cleaning and decluttering the thrift stores usually have a good amount of inventory this time of year. Which means you might be able to find a better deal this time of year than in other times of the year.

If you’re a thrift shopper May would be a good month to frequent a few of your favorite thrift stores to see if you find a good deal or two.

I know I still use a leather purse I purchased at a garage sale years ago for $5. It’s the one thrifted item I get the most comments on. So you never know what you might find.

Cookware and Kitchen Tools

With graduation and weddings coming up soon you’ll be able to find good deals on cookware, kitchen tools, and small appliances this month.

If you have a wedding or two coming up in the summer now might be the perfect time to find a gift and save on it too.

If you’ll have a child going off to college, you should be able to find good deals on small kitchen appliances and more for their dorm.

It’s never too early to start shopping so you can save the most money.

Summer Food Items

With Memorial Day come great deals on summer foods. You’ll find summer foods like ketchup, mustard, relish, barbecue sauce and other condiments at good prices.

Stock up so you’ll have enough to last for quite a while. All of those items are shelf stable and can last for months.

You should find good deals on chips, dip, salad dressing, smores supplies, hamburger and hot dog buns too. Grilling meats sales should also be good this month. Be sure to stock up on extra and put into the freezer.

If you find pork or chicken on sale and want to load your freezer without taking too much time these ebooks can help. You can make 8 chicken dinner in an hour or 8 pork dinner in an hour for the freezer. A little bit of prep can help to make getting dinner done so much easier.

Summer Supplies

May is also a great month to find a deal on things you’ll use all summer long. Starting this month you can find charcoal, suntan lotions, sunscreen, and bug repellant on sale.

You should also start seeing sales on picnic supplies. Disposable items or semi-disposable items like plastic and paper plates and cups, paper towels, and napkins. Great not only for summer picnics but also to stock up for all year long at great prices.


Even though you can find a good deal on mattresses almost any time of the year, May can be a great time to get the best deals. Look for coupon sales and special deals this month if you are shopping for a new mattress.

Also, be aware that most stores put their expensive mattresses in the front of the store and the less expensive one in the back. Sneaky, I know. But by shopping the back of the store you might find the perfect mattress at a great price too.

I like to stock up when things are on sale and save. If you’re not sure what you should stock up on in May take a look at this great list.


May is a great time to find deals on home furniture and outdoor furniture too. With the great Memorial Day sales, you should be able to find a great deal furniture. If your couch or outdoor furniture is begging to be updated, be on the lookout for the best sales this month.

While those no money down, no interest, and no payments for a certain amount of time are enticing, it’s better to pay cash.

But if you do a financing deal like this be sure to pay it off in full before it comes due to avoid the back loaded interest from the time of purchase. Since in many cases interest will accrue if not paid in full by free financing end date.

Spring Apparel

As the new summer apparel start to appear, you’ll start seeing the spring apparel going on clearance. Now is the time to stock up on those great clearance deals on spring apparel, you can wear right now and have to wear next spring too.

Be sure to stick to more classic styles that can go from year to year and accessorize with more trendy items to make your core spring pieces usable from year to year.

If buying for the kids be sure to buy up one size so it will fit them come next year.

We recently found a few great deals on capris for my daughter and myself. As well as 25% off shoes for my husband and 40% off sandals for my son.

In Season Produce

This month deals should be good on the produce that is in season. Look for good prices on artichokes, asparagus, potatoes, sugar snap peas, green beans, raspberries, strawberries, corn, and onions.

Stocking up at rock bottom prices can sure save you over the year. Those are the items you’ll want to stock up on in May.

Find more ways to save,

Ways to Save, Plant a Garden
Ways to Save, Stockpile
Ways to Save on Organizing

6 thoughts on “What to Stock Up on in May”

  1. Such a great list! I know that I need to stock up on sunscreen and insect repellent for my family before the weather starts to turn hot. I’m also hoping to find a nice lightweight jacket on clearance for my daughter, as her old one is pretty worn out.

  2. Actually many stores just opening again after being closed in our area at least since the middle of March will have a lot of merchandise to clearance to clear out their store rooms which will also likely go on clearance. In my daughter’s retail store the clothing is a season ahead generally as are many in the retail mall where her store is located.

    1. Nancy, I didn’t realize that store were actually closed in some areas. I know in our area, some store switched to online purchases with curbside pick up, some did close. Or they limited shoppers in the store but they stayed open to some extent. But in your area, I’m sure there will be a good deals to be had if they were closed for so long. Thanks for sharing!

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