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Best Things to Buy in May

Farnoosh Torabi

With spring upon us, now’s a popular time to go out with the old and in with the new. And while you’re shopping, keep in mind that this is one month you’ll find some of the lowest prices on certain items.

Here are the top 5 items to buy in May:
If you’re in the market for a new mattress, your timing is good. Mattress are among the most discounted items on the market this month due to seasonality. For the past two years, DealNews.com has seen deep discounts on mattresses in the month of May. Already in April, Sears was boasting deals of 50 to 60 percent off. “It’s going to only heat up in May and potentially spillover into June,” says Lindsay Sakraida, Features Director at Dealnews.

Spring Apparel
With Spring Break over, all those shorts, tanks and tees that were in high demand last month, are going for a lot less in May. Department stores and online fashion retailers are in full clearance mode preparing to make room for summer styles. “Typically you wait about two months after it debuts in the store. If you want discounts of up to 75 percent off from Gap, Navy, J. Crew, it’s a great time to start looking,” says Sakraida.
Ultra-portable Laptops
With screen sizes under 14 inches and weight of less than four pounds, these travel-friendly computers are currently on sale. “Ultraportable laptops are one of the most popular trends in computers right now.  With all models debuted at Consumer Electronics Show in January, we’ve seen some competitive deals that take up to 25 percent off retail price. It’s great if you don’t mind smaller screen size and portability is important to you,” says Sakraida.
3D Screens
3D televisions prices dropped 33 percent in 2011 and continue to fall this year, according to Dealnews.com. “2012 also saw new all-time low prices for 55-inch screen 3D TVs. They hit as low as $699, says Sakraida. “It’s really great time to look into what was formally a really expensive technology.”
Gym Memberships
Finally, if you’re still carrying those extra holiday pounds, gyms like to advertise membership deals this month. Even if you don’t see a promotion, with the sun shining, you’ll have more ammunition to haggle a good deal.

“When the weather is warm enough to have people running and exercising outdoors, gym start to look for reasons to encourage people to come back indoors,” says Sakraida, “which means you can start to find promotions that perhaps discount initiation fees or discount the first few months of enrollment.” For example, MySportsClubs is running spring rates at its locations across the country, including $0 initiation fees and a 30-day trial for $30.
What are some outstanding deals you’re finding this month? Connect with me on Twitter @Farnoosh and use the hashtag #finfit