What to buy in May 2021: All the best deals to shop this month

Get your credit card ready! Here are the best deals to shop this May. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Today marks the first day of May 2021, and there’s more to celebrate than just warmer weather and full blooms! The start of a new month also means the start of plenty of new May sales —particularly with Memorial Day weekend coming up at the end of the month. To help you prioritize, we’ve broken down which sales and products (hint, hint: fire pits) you’ll want to shop now to make the most of your savings. 

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For instance, May is a great time to buy a new mattress, as top brands begin to roll out new models for summer and may be desperate to get rid of the old ones. Pair that with major holidays, such as Mother’s Day 2021 and Memorial Day, and you’ve got a bonafide savings bonanza. 

Keep reading to find out what else you should be investing in this month at a serious discount. 

The best sales to shop in May 2021

You'll be jumping with joy over the grill deals at BBQ Guys. (Photo: Z Grills)

adidas: Through Saturday, May 15, you can get mom a $50 gift card for just $40 at adidas, so she can pick out all her favorite active apparel. 

AncestryDNA: Ancestry’s famous DNA kits are also on sale for Mother’s Day, with the original kit starting at just $59. Shop before May 9 to take advantage of this sale. 

Anthropologie:Head to the retailer’s sale section, where apparel and accessories will be marked down by an extra 40% in your cart at checkout.

BBQ Guys: Through May 3, BBQ Guys is hosting a massive spring Black Friday sale that encompasses its most popular electric, pellet, and gas grills models. Shop our top picks here. 

Brooklinen: The Brooklyn-based company is honoring its seventh anniversary through May 5 by offering 20% off almost all of its products with coupon code BDAY at checkout. (P.S: Our favorite bed sheets, the Brooklinen Luxe Core sheets, which we love for their soft feel and incredible comfort, are included as part of this sale!)

Coach Outlet: Get a head start on Mother’s Day gift-giving by shopping the retailer’s holiday event, where you can save up to 70% on leather bags, wallets and more—you’ll even get free shipping! Customers who purchase a bag will also receive 20% off an accompanying wallet purchase.

HelloFresh: Save a whopping $90 on your first four boxes of HelloFresh, a.k.a., one of our favorite meal kit food delivery services. You’ll get a $40 price cut on your first box, $20 off your second and third and $10 off your fourth shipment. In testing, we were thrilled with the service’s large portions and easy-to-follow recipe cards. 

HP: If a year of working from home has finally taken a toll on your tech, you can shop HP’s 72-hour flash sale, which encompasses some big-time discounts on tons of top-rated laptops, monitors and more.

Kate Spade: You can currently get up to 78% off gifts for mom at the Kate Spade Surprise Sale, and we’ve already ferreted out the very best deals from the savings event here.

Kohl’s: Through tonight, May 1, only, you can shop the Kohl’s one-day sale to get tons of discounts on the site’s best-selling items. In addition, you’ll get an extra 20% off select sale items with coupon code FRIENDS20 and $10 back in Kohl’s Cash for every $50 spent through May 2, which you can redeem from May 3 to Sunday, May 16,

Macy’s: Through Monday, May 10, the department store is offering up to 30% off tons of regular-priced and already marked-down items when you enter promo code FRIEND at checkout. You’ll also be able to snag 15% off beauty products with the same code. 

Maytag: One company getting ahead of the Memorial Day appliance sales? Maytag. Through Wednesday, June 2, the brand will be hosting rebates on tons of large appliances, including fridges, dishwashers and more. 

Mirror: Through Sunday, May 9, you can use coupon code MOTHERSDAY10 to receive $150 off The Mirror, dropping the cost from $1,495 to $1,345. You’ll also receive free shipping and installation, saving you another $250.

Michael Kors:Right now, you can shop the retailer’s Mother’s Day event to save 25% on sale and regular-priced items, including tons of popular handbags, apparel and more. There’s no code required, just add your favorites to your cart at their marked-down prices!

Overstock: Right now, you’ll save up to 70% on top-rated picks for nearly every  category for your home as part of the brand’s Spring Black Friday sale, plus, all of the items listed in this sale qualify for free shipping. 

Venus Swim: Get swimsuits for women from as low as $15.99. 

The best deals to shop in May 2021


It's time to replace that old, lumpy mattress. (Photo: Nectar)

If you’ve been waiting for the right time to replace your old, stained and kinda’ squeaky mattress, May is the best time to do so. Some of our top-tested brands, such as Tuft & Needle and Nectar, will start to release new models around this time of year while subsequently discounting older ones. Plenty of retailers will also undoubtedly be kicking off Memorial Day sales early, so there’ll be no shortage of discounts. Whether you prefer a soft, cloud-like bed or a firm one, you’ll find it below for less.

  • Get the Nectar Memory Foam Mattress with Cooling Pillow, Sheet Set and Mattress Protector at Nectar from $499 (Save $299 to $399)
  • Get the Tuft & Needle Mint Mattress with Mother’s Day Bonus Bundle at Tuft & Needle from $695 (Save $155 to 225) 
  • Get the Amerisleep AS3 with Bedroom Bundle  at Amerisleep from $804.30 with coupon code AS30 (Save $543.70 to $1117.40)
  • Get the Leesa Hybrid Mattress and Two Pillows at Leesa from $949 (Save $150 to $300)
  • Get the Awara Organic Luxury Hybrid Mattress with Mattress Protector, Cotton Sheets and Cooling Pillows at Awara from $999 (Save $799)

Large appliances 

Now's the best time to upgrade your kitchen. (Photo: LG Electronics)

Your home can finally get the makeover it deserves this month as retailers face off against one another to compete for the lowest Memorial Day appliance prices. Much like mattresses, May is the time when these companies begin to release new models, giving you an opportunity to snag older-but-similar variations at incredibly discounted rates.

Whether you need a bigger refrigerator for all those summer beverages or a new dishwasher to speed your nightly clean-up, we’ve got you covered. Here are the best deals on large appliances for May.

  • Get the LG Electronics Front-Control Built-In Dishwasher at Best Buy from $409.99 (Save $220)
  • Get the Insignia Top-Freezer Refrigerator at Best Buy for $549.99 (Save $50)
  • Get the LG Electronics Side-by-Side Refrigerator with ColdSaver at The Home Depot for $1,598 (Save $201)

Fire pits 

These fire pits will change your backyard dynamic. (Photo: Solo Stove)

The days might be getting warmer, but come evening, we’re still bundling up. That’s why May is a great time to invest in a fire pit. Not only will it help you keep warm on the chilly nights before we’re swamped by July’s sweltering summer weather, it will set up you up for all the summertime bonfires, S’mores and ghost stories to come. Better yet, May also happens to be when most models go on sale, as new outdoor items tend to hit stores from March through May, creating a need to get rid of old stock (new indoor items, meanwhile, arrive closer to fall). No matter what your budget is, there’s an option on sale for you below. Prepare to breathe in the deep, rich and woody fumes from your crackling fire!

  • Get the KINGSO 22-Inch Fire Pit at Amazon for $47.49 with coupon (Save $22.51)
  • Get the Havenside Home Danau Fire Pit at Overstock for $104.79 (Save $44.22)
  • Get the Solo Stove Ranger at Solo Stove for $229.99 (Save $40)
  • Get the Solo Stove Bonfire at Solo Stove for $299.99 (Save $50) 
  • Get the Solo Stove Yukon at Solo Stove for $479.99 (Save $120) 

Small appliances 

Prepare all the delicious waffles you want, every morning. (Photo: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar)

Just like large appliances, small appliances, such as waffle makers and pressure cookers, tend to be heavily discounted around big holidays, such as Mother’s Day and Memorial Day, especially at retailers such as Kohl’s and Amazon. That makes May a great time to nab all the picks you’ve been eyeing. We’ve listed some of our favorites right down below. 

  • Get the Cuisinart WMR-CA Round Classic Waffle Maker at Amazon for $26.99 with coupon (Save $2.93)
  • Get the Cosori Air Fryer Max XL at Amazon for $99.98 (Save $20.01)
  • Get the Instant Pot Duo Plus 6-Quart Pressure Cooker at Kohl’s for $99.99 (Save $20)
  • Get the Instant Omni Plus at Macy’s for $169.99 (Save $80)
  • Get the Philips Premium Air Fryer XXL for $249.99 (Save $50) 

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