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The Coupon Lady: What's on sale in May

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My vehicle, like so many others, has taken on that familiar yellow sheen that signals allergies for some people. Thankfully, we purchased a few coupon books from a local church fundraiser so we have plenty of buy-one, get-one-free car washes to get through the season.

April has come to an end too quickly for my tastes, but my son is eager for May to arrive. He, like so many other students, has realized there are only a few weeks left in the school year.

With that around the corner, planning for graduation parties and celebrations is in full force. Parents can save money on party decorations by taking advantage of coupons found at craft store Web sites to purchase party favors and supplies. Also, Party City has a coupon on its Web site for $10 off a $65 purchase in stores. For party foods, look for specials on deli and fruit trays in grocery stores. This is also a good time to find deals on memory albums and scrapbooks to cherish end of the school year memories.

Saturday, there will be huge celebration in the Latino community. Cinco de Mayo, which means the Fifth of May is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army’s victory over French troops at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

Fort Gordon will hold a huge weekend celebration starting Friday, featuring a car and bike show; carnival; musical artists including the U.S. Army Signal Corps Jazz Band and singer Bo Bice of American Idol; vendor booths and the huge semi-annual post yard sale, all at Barton Field. Around town, many Mexican restaurants will have food and drink specials and grocery stores will have items on sale.

May is also the time to start preparing for your family’s summer needs. If you are an avid couponer, keep a sharp lookout for a few Summer Coupon Booklets that will pop up in grocery stores.

With the warm weather, look for sales based on grilling, barbecues and picnics. Look for specials on meats such as ribs, steaks, sausages, hot dogs and hamburgers. Sales also will include picnic necessities such as hamburger and hotdog buns, cheese, barbecue sauce, ketchup, mustard, relish, mayonnaise, potato chips, dips, salsa, sodas and ice cream. Picnic supplies on sale include coolers, grills, charcoal, lighter fluid, paper plates, napkins and plastic cups.

Non-food products on sale in May include allergy medication, insect repellent and sunscreen. This is also a good time to find early sales on camping goods, outdoor furniture, pools and supplies, garden decor, beach towels and sand toys.

Vegetables in season include artichokes, asparagus, avocado, beets, carrots, green beans, pod and shelling varieties of peas, new potatoes and Vidalia onions. Fruits in season include strawberries, blackberries and raspberries.

There will be several other promotions in May. National Pet Week starts May 6. Many grocery and pet stores will offer promotions on pet food and treats. Mother’s Day is May 13, so look for deals on items such as flowers, cards and gifts.

Memorial Day is May 28. Over the past few years it has been a major weekend sales event, with many stores offering steep discounts. If you can take your vacation before Memorial Day, you can save a lot of money. Prices on hotels can shoot up by 30 percent or more after Memorial Day.

Remember, couponing keeps more money in your wallet for the things you want to do. Until next time, happy shopping!


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