April and May Sales
April starts a fun season of saving on shopping. I love spring cleaning and then replacing old things with new, fresh items that I can find on my adventures.
I love shopping at yard sales during the month of April. In Texas, we have huge master-planned communities. Most HOA’s have their yard sales on the same weekend. We have a few neighborhoods that we always make sure we hit before 8:00 AM. I’ve gotten fixtures for our house, toys for the kids, and even a deep freeze for pennies! Watch for signs or even call the HOA office to make sure that you don’t miss out!
In May, you’ll want to be on the lookout for linens/towels, furniture, and cruises.
I love to buy linens and towels at Kohls – especially when they offer Kohl’s cash. Frequently, they’ll run a sale where you’ll spend X-amount and they’ll give you $10/15/20 in Kohl’s cash. Kohl’s cash is a gift certificate that you can use the next time you shop there. I typically buy what I need, get my Kohl’s cash – then go back later to buy some more or get the accessories!
If there is an airline hub in your city (or nearby), you are sure to find a great deal in May. Keep your eyes peeled on the airlines website and definitely sign up for their weekly sales specials. Check on flights that leave on lesser-used travel dates, such as leaving on Wednesday and coming home on Tuesday. I don’t recommend using frequent flyer miles on these type trips unless you only have enough points for one ticket. If the whole family is going on frequent flyer miles, save those for a trip you plan to take during a more expensive time of year.
For great cruise specials, sign up for vacationstogo.com and cruiseforless.com. Many times, you will eat more in food than you pay for the price of your ticket. (Well, I WOULD eat more – I guess I can’t speak for everyone!) There is a catch with these sights and those that can truly get you the best rates, many times they are “Last Minute Sales”. But, if you are able to go at the drop of a hat – you can get a steal of a vacation.
Remember … “there’s no cents in paying full price!”