From Mothers’ Day to Memorial Day, this May will be a great time to take advantage of traditional sales events as well as discounts on things that are just starting to come back as we emerge from the pandemic, such as travel deals.

Here are some of the best things to buy in May and a couple of categories you should skip.

WHAT TO BUY IN MAY

Mother’s Day Tech Gifts and Fitness Gear

Forget the flowers and scented candles and give your mom something with a little more zip this year. “Active moms account for more than half of all fitness tracker sales,” says Vipin Porwal, founder and consumer expert at Smarty. “And today’s moms want the latest tech to monitor their health and fitness while also keeping them connected to others.”

Porwal says that wearable tech devices as well as high-tech fitness accessories and apparel will be featured during Mothers’ Day sales. Look for savings from 20 percent to 50 percent off at top sporting goods and department stores such as Target, Best Buy and Dick’s.

Mattresses

Whenever there’s a three-day weekend, there’s bound to be some big mattress sales. Porwal says nearly every specialty retailer, home improvement and big-box store, including Home Depot, Walmart and Mattress Firm, will have Memorial Day sales that feature some of the best discounts of the year on mattresses and sets, up to 60 percent off.

Travel Deals

After more than a year of lockdown, you may be itching to get away. “Vacation booking season will bring deals and discounts from an industry in recovery,” Porwal says. He says to expect hotel and vacation package travel deals with savings ranging from 10 percent to 30 percent at online travel sites including Expedia, Travelocity, Priceline and Hotwire.

Summer Apparel

It’s almost time to put away those cozy sweats that got you through the pandemic and start sporting some fresh outfits. The period leading up to Memorial Day is a really great time to find deals on summer clothing. “Look for an assortment of ‘Buy One, Get One’ coupons and competitive discounts from 15 percent to 30 percent off shirts, shorts, dresses, sandals and accessories from larger retailers,” Porwal says, including Kohl’s, Macy’s, Old Navy, Nordstrom Rack, Nike and Bloomingdale’s.

WHAT TO SKIP IN MAY

Computers

Considering how much time we spend on our devices, there’s always the temptation to upgrade. But this is one major purchase worth waiting to buy later in the year. “Laptops, desktop computers and tablets will have better and more competitive pricing this summer during back-to-school sales,” Porwal says. “That said, if you need a device, look for items on sale during Memorial Day sales at stores like Best Buy, Microsoft Store or Newegg.”

Swimwear

Unless you’ve booked that beach trip for this month, you’ll find bigger savings on swimsuits and board trunks, as well as pool accessories, if you wait until June. “While some clothing sales may feature select deals on swimwear, next month the discounts could swell to as much as 25 percent to 40 percent off the latest styles and trends of the year,” Porwal says.

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