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What to Buy in May 2024

You can save big by buying these things in May.

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Shemi Freytes
Data Scientist & BTTB Founder
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Remember, most pricing is cyclical. Below, we've outlined the 20 products you can save the most on during the month of May. These are the items that will bring the greatest discounts—buy at just the right time and save big.

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Best time to buy furniture

1. Furniture

We all want the best bang for our buck when it comes to furnishing a home, and there are some crucial dates you should be aware of if you’re… Continue reading

Sale rarity: Often on sale (31% of year; 16 sale periods; 112 sale days)


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Best time to buy mattresses

2. Mattresses

Why May is a good month to buy

New mattress models are released in April, which makes Memorial Day one of the first sales periods following this release. Not only will you be able to find discounts and financing opportunities on new, high-quality, and luxury brands, but you'll also find hefty discounts on last year's models. This means more options in the store and great deals on last year's models. (After all, who cares if your mattress is this year's model or last year's?) Continue reading

Sale rarity: Rarely on sale (22% of year; 11 sale periods; 81 sale days)


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Best time to buy cars

3. Cars

Why May is a good month to buy

Until recently, Memorial Day has historically been a great time to buy a car. While we still haven't completely recovered from pandemic interruptions to the supply chain, it's still possible to find sales and special Memorial Day financing rates. Continue reading

Sale rarity: Almost never on sale (13% of year; 13 sale periods; 46 sale days)


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Best time to buy laptops

4. Laptops

Why May is a good month to buy

Mother's Day is in May, and while it might not seem like an obvious time for laptops to go on sale, retailers often feature sales on netbooks and computers in case you're thinking of purchasing one for Mom. Continue reading

Sale rarity: Almost never on sale (12% of year; 10 sale periods; 44 sale days)


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Best time to buy TVs

5. TVs

Why May is a good month to buy

Memorial Day is one of the best holiday sales if you're in the market for a new TV. Retailers start advertising their featured sales early in the month, so keep an eye on your favorite manufacturers so you can nab a new screen for the best price. Continue reading

Sale rarity: Rarely on sale (16% of year; 14 sale periods; 60 sale days)


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Best time to buy refrigerators

6. Refrigerators

Why May is a good month to buy

For Maytag, one of the largest companies to produce large household appliances, May is one of the most important months of the year. The month is known as 'Maytag Month,' and it's one of the few times the company offers rebates on Maytag appliances, which makes finding the right price on a new refrigerator easy. Continue reading

Sale rarity: Often on sale (36% of year; 12 sale periods; 131 sale days)


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Best time to buy washers and dryers

7. Washers and Dryers

Why May is a good month to buy

Major appliance trade shows and events such as the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) normally take place in January and February. These trade shows often feature new washing machine models and technologies which will begin to hit stores near March. Our analysis of the data suggests that Memorial Day, which takes place in May, is one of the first sales periods to feature discounts on the newest models released earlier in the year. It's also Maytag Month, the month where Maytag offers rebates all Maytag purchases. Continue reading

Sale rarity: Rarely on sale (23% of year; 13 sale periods; 85 sale days)


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Best time to buy trucks

8. Trucks

Why May is a good month to buy

Around Memorial Day weekend, many dealers and manufacturers offer special discounts and financing deals to entice potential buyers into purchasing their dream trucks. Continue reading

Sale rarity: Rarely on sale (17% of year; 11 sale periods; 61 sale days)


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Best time to buy appliances

9. Appliances

Why May is a good month to buy

Memorial Day is one of the best times of the year to snag a stellar deal on a new appliance. These sales tend to start early in the month and only get better the closer we get to Memorial Day. May is also Maytag Month, where Maytag offers rebates on Maytag purchases. Whether you're in the market for a new microwave or a new oven, May is a great month to consider purchasing a new appliance. Continue reading

Sale rarity: Rarely on sale (19% of year; 8 sale periods; 70 sale days)


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Best time to buy fitness equipment

10. Fitness Equipment

Why May is a good month to buy

May, especially Memorial Day, is an excellent time to shop for fitness equipment. Starting around mid-May, many brands and retailers offer discounts on everything from fitness machines to dumbbells, making May a great time to find equipment for your home gym. Just in time for summer weather. Continue reading

Sale rarity: Almost never on sale (14% of year; 10 sale periods; 50 sale days)


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Best time to buy lawn mowers

11. Lawn Mowers

Why May is a good month to buy

Retailers will try to capture the interest of buyers at the end of spring with extra deals, and many seasonal manufacturer deals may still be in place as well, offering an additional discount. Just in time for the busiest lawn mowing season. Continue reading

Sale rarity: Rarely on sale (24% of year; 13 sale periods; 87 sale days)


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Best time to buy snow blowers

12. Snow Blowers

Why May is a good month to buy

May is the time manufacturers start releasing the year's newest snow blowers, which means last year's models receive steep price cuts to help create more space for new inventory. Continue reading

Sale rarity: Often on sale (34% of year; 9 sale periods; 124 sale days)


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Best time to buy area rugs

13. Area Rugs

We all strive to make the most of our budget when decorating our homes. This is especially true with the high cost of essential pieces of… Continue reading

Sale rarity: Almost never on sale (6% of year; 12 sale periods; 23 sale days)


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Best time to buy bedroom furniture

14. Bedroom Furniture

Interested in transforming your bedroom on a budget but feeling a bit overwhelmed by where to start? Selecting the perfect furnishings for… Continue reading

Sale rarity: Often on sale (31% of year; 16 sale periods; 112 sale days)


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Best time to buy couches

15. Couches

Why May is a good month to buy

Memorial Day marks the first significant sale of couches following the release on new models in February. While the sales on new models won't be exponential, you will find better prices on couches released during the previous year. Continue reading

Sale rarity: Almost never on sale (6% of year; 11 sale periods; 21 sale days)


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Best time to buy dishwashers

16. Dishwashers

Why May is a good month to buy

Another popular item that goes on sale during Memorial Day, dishwashers also receive special attention during May with Maytag's special rebate. May is Maytag Month, and the company offers special deals and rebate opportunities on appliances purchased throughout the month. This makes May one of the best times of the year to buy a good price on the latest model. Continue reading

Sale rarity: Often on sale (36% of year; 10 sale periods; 133 sale days)


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Best time to buy living room furniture

17. Living Room Furniture

Are you looking to upgrade your living room on a budget but aren't sure where to start? Finding the right pieces for one of the busiest… Continue reading

Sale rarity: Often on sale (31% of year; 15 sale periods; 112 sale days)


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Best time to buy recliners

18. Recliners

Furniture shopping can be overwhelming, but knowing the best time to buy a recliner can help you find the perfect piece for your home… Continue reading

Sale rarity: Almost never on sale (6% of year; 11 sale periods; 21 sale days)


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Best time to buy patio furniture

19. Patio Furniture

Why May is a good month to buy

Memorial Day weekend doesn't just mark the start of summer, it's also the weekend with the highest demand for patio furniture. Thankfully, the high demand doesn't affect price tags as retailers are eager to encourage sales by offering discounts during Memorial Day weekend. Continue reading

Sale rarity: Often on sale (50% of year; 11 sale periods; 182 sale days)


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Best time to buy DNA testing kits

20. DNA Testing Kits

Why May is a good month to buy

Surprisingly, DNA testing kits are one of the items featured on BTTB that go on sale the least. This is partially due to the increase in popularity of at-home DNA tests following the pandemic (who doesn't love being able to skip visits to the doctor's office?) and partially due to how convenient the tests are. Despite the increase in popularity, you can often find great deals during Memorial Day weekend Continue reading

Sale rarity: Almost never on sale (3% of year; 7 sale periods; 10 sale days)


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May FAQ

Yes, May is a good time to buy furniture. Check best dates

Yes, May is a good time to buy mattresses. Why? New mattress models are released in April, which makes Memorial Day one of the first sales periods following this release. Not only will you be able to find discounts and financing opportunities on new, high-quality, and luxury brands, but you'll also find hefty discounts on last year's models. This means more options in the store and great deals on last year's models. (After all, who cares if your mattress is this year's model or last year's?) Check best dates

Yes, May is a good time to buy cars. Why? Until recently, Memorial Day has historically been a great time to buy a car. While we still haven't completely recovered from pandemic interruptions to the supply chain, it's still possible to find sales and special Memorial Day financing rates. Check best dates

Yes, May is a good time to buy laptops. Why? Mother's Day is in May, and while it might not seem like an obvious time for laptops to go on sale, retailers often feature sales on netbooks and computers in case you're thinking of purchasing one for Mom. Check best dates

Yes, May is a good time to buy TVs. Why? Memorial Day is one of the best holiday sales if you're in the market for a new TV. Retailers start advertising their featured sales early in the month, so keep an eye on your favorite manufacturers so you can nab a new screen for the best price. Check best dates

Yes, May is a good time to buy refrigerators. Why? For Maytag, one of the largest companies to produce large household appliances, May is one of the most important months of the year. The month is known as 'Maytag Month,' and it's one of the few times the company offers rebates on Maytag appliances, which makes finding the right price on a new refrigerator easy. Check best dates

Yes, May is a good time to buy washers and dryers. Why? Major appliance trade shows and events such as the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) normally take place in January and February. These trade shows often feature new washing machine models and technologies which will begin to hit stores near March. Our analysis of the data suggests that Memorial Day, which takes place in May, is one of the first sales periods to feature discounts on the newest models released earlier in the year. It's also Maytag Month, the month where Maytag offers rebates all Maytag purchases. Check best dates

Yes, May is a good time to buy trucks. Why? Around Memorial Day weekend, many dealers and manufacturers offer special discounts and financing deals to entice potential buyers into purchasing their dream trucks. Check best dates

Yes, May is a good time to buy appliances. Why? Memorial Day is one of the best times of the year to snag a stellar deal on a new appliance. These sales tend to start early in the month and only get better the closer we get to Memorial Day. May is also Maytag Month, where Maytag offers rebates on Maytag purchases. Whether you're in the market for a new microwave or a new oven, May is a great month to consider purchasing a new appliance. Check best dates

Yes, May is a good time to buy fitness equipment. Why? May, especially Memorial Day, is an excellent time to shop for fitness equipment. Starting around mid-May, many brands and retailers offer discounts on everything from fitness machines to dumbbells, making May a great time to find equipment for your home gym. Just in time for summer weather. Check best dates

Yes, May is a good time to buy lawn mowers. Why? Retailers will try to capture the interest of buyers at the end of spring with extra deals, and many seasonal manufacturer deals may still be in place as well, offering an additional discount. Just in time for the busiest lawn mowing season. Check best dates

Yes, May is a good time to buy snow blowers. Why? May is the time manufacturers start releasing the year's newest snow blowers, which means last year's models receive steep price cuts to help create more space for new inventory. Check best dates

Yes, May is a good time to buy area rugs. Check best dates

Yes, May is a good time to buy bedroom furniture. Check best dates

Yes, May is a good time to buy couches. Why? Memorial Day marks the first significant sale of couches following the release on new models in February. While the sales on new models won't be exponential, you will find better prices on couches released during the previous year. Check best dates

Yes, May is a good time to buy dishwashers. Why? Another popular item that goes on sale during Memorial Day, dishwashers also receive special attention during May with Maytag's special rebate. May is Maytag Month, and the company offers special deals and rebate opportunities on appliances purchased throughout the month. This makes May one of the best times of the year to buy a good price on the latest model. Check best dates

Yes, May is a good time to buy living room furniture. Check best dates

Yes, May is a good time to buy recliners. Check best dates

Yes, May is a good time to buy patio furniture. Why? Memorial Day weekend doesn't just mark the start of summer, it's also the weekend with the highest demand for patio furniture. Thankfully, the high demand doesn't affect price tags as retailers are eager to encourage sales by offering discounts during Memorial Day weekend. Check best dates

Yes, May is a good time to buy DNA testing kits. Why? Surprisingly, DNA testing kits are one of the items featured on BTTB that go on sale the least. This is partially due to the increase in popularity of at-home DNA tests following the pandemic (who doesn't love being able to skip visits to the doctor's office?) and partially due to how convenient the tests are. Despite the increase in popularity, you can often find great deals during Memorial Day weekend Check best dates

No. May is not a good time to buy bedding and linens. Check best dates

No. May is not a good time to buy electronics. Check best dates

No. May is not a good time to buy grills and BBQs. Check best dates

No. May is not a good time to buy cruises. Check best dates

No. May is not a good time to buy coffee tables. Check best dates

No. May is not a good time to buy kids' bedroom furniture. Check best dates

No. May is not a good time to buy dining room furniture. Check best dates

No. May is not a good time to buy tires. Check best dates

No. May is not a good time to buy hot tubs. Check best dates

No. May is not a good time to buy artificial christmas trees. Check best dates

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