Every month of the year, certain items are discounted due to overstock, holiday sales, or transitions from one season to the next. Here are the shopping highlights for May in Hawai’i stores. Of course, we think the best way to save money is not to spend it! But, when you need or want to, plan your spending to take advantage of the times of the year when what you buy is at the lowest possible price.
- Special events with shopping discounts and deals in May include Cinco De Mayo (May 5), Free Comic Book Day (first Saturday), Mother’s Day (second Sunday), and Memorial Day (last Monday). For all events this month, visit: May events and entertainment – Hawaiʻi on the Cheap
Seasonal items to buy in May
Be sure to fill up your tank well ahead of the weekend if you can. Prices will be higher after Wednesday that week.
The trick for Mother’s Day is to think outside the box. Typical gifts tend to see a price increase, such as jewelry, perfume, and flowers. For unique gifts, try a museum store. There’s always an interesting selection at a range of prices, as low as $10-$20 and on up. Be sure to check for discount items. We always encourage you to shop at small, local businesses.
- Contemporary Hawaiian Arts: Galleries, Craft Markets, Festivals (hawaiionthecheap.com)
- Best places to buy Hawaiian gifts & souvenirs (hawaiionthecheap.com)
- Oʻahu: Aloha Stadium Swap Meet & Marketplace – Hawaiʻi on the Cheap (hawaiionthecheap.com)
Department stores and major brands usually have great sales in May on outgoing spring clothing and accessories. Hold out for Memorial Day Weekend to get the most bang for your buck. Stores will have holiday sales and discounts.
As with April, people clean out their homes and closets for spring, so secondhand stores continue to see a surge in goods. May can be another good month to peruse thrift stores for recycled clothing and household items. Here’s where to find them:
Memorial Day Weekend Sales
Every holiday weekend is like a mini-black Friday with discounts on many items at mall retailers and factory stores on a wide range of goods including clothes and household items. For Memorial Day, start looking for bargains in the middle of the month.
- Oʻahu: Best shopping malls for holiday sales – Hawaiʻi on the Cheap (hawaiionthecheap.com)
- Maui shopping centers, malls, and outlet stores – Hawaiʻi on the Cheap (hawaiionthecheap.com)
New products to buy in May
Here are the discounts and deals to expect during the month of May.
From refrigerators to vacuum cleaners and toasters to knives, there are deals to be had on a variety of large and small home appliances and kitchen gadgets. Besides household needs, think ahead to weddings and college dorm room supplies for students in your household (but take care not to overbuy).
If you are shopping for furniture or need a new bed mattress. May is one of the best months for a mattress purchase because supplies are high, while prices are some of the lowest of the year.
You’ll see new arrivals at some attractive prices on lawn and garden products, outdoor cooking accessories, picnic and party supplies, camping gear, and outdoor toys. Steep discounts of course come later as summer winds down elsewhere, but there are deals to be had on outdoor goods of all kinds now. (I’ve been looking for a croquet or bocce ball set and hoping to find a good selection that wasn’t available through winter.) Check barbecue prices carefully, you might find a better buy in June ahead of Father’s Day. You might also like these articles from our national site, Living on the Cheap:
- Cheap recipes for your barbecue
- How to save money on a summer party
- Create your own cheap summer camp for kids
- 8 giant backyard games you can build yourself
- Top 10 DIY outdoor toys and summer activities for kids
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