7 Ways to Save Money in May

Check out these money-saving tactics to keep your pockets lined during May.
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Chock full of holidays, May dishes out four and a half money-saving weeks filled with discounts at restaurants, retailers and grocery stores. From community-wide garage sales to price cuts at the mechanic, you'll discover major ways to save money in May.

Go Out to Eat
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Go Out to Eat

May is the ideal time to take a break from cooking and head to a restaurant. With restaurant offers ranging from two-for-one deals to complete freebies, you can save big on your dining out budget.

Check out the hottest Cinco de Mayo specials, deals and freebies. Tantalize your taste buds when you partake in specials at Mexican-themed eateries like Chipotle, Rubio's and Mad Mex. But Mexican restaurants aren't the only ones celebrating. Check for sweet deals and Cinco-themed dishes at Papa Murphy's, Friday's and Sonic, to name a few.

Look for more restaurant coupons and special offers during Teacher Appreciation Week, May 8 through 12. Seek out restaurants offering deals on Mother's Day brunch and free entrees with a military ID or other freebies on Memorial Day.

Spring for Clothing Sales
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Spring for Clothing Sales

Reap the biggest savings on spring wardrobe items during the month of May. Summer sales will beckon you into the store, but hit the clearance racks to find spring clothing for just a few bucks. Shop for savvy separates at spring clearance events that you can incorporate into your summer selection.

Save even more by sorting through your clothing before you shop. First, throw everything on your bed. Put the items that you absolutely love back into your closet, and analyze the pieces that don't make the cut so you know what to avoid on future shopping trips.

Remember that building a good wardrobe is about quality, not quantity. Shop spring clearance sales in high-quality clothing stores. By selecting key investment pieces, you'll get the most wear for your dollar out of your clothing, especially if all the pieces coordinate with one another.

Find the Freebies
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Find the Freebies

Holidays are ripe with giveaways and freebies. You'll find Mother's Day, Cinco de Mayo and graduation freebies, among others.

May 6 is Free Comic Book Day, an event comic book retailers hold the first Saturday of May to help create new readers and fans. Go online to find comic book giveaway events near you. You might even get to meet one of your favorite comic heroes.

Get your first taste of summer at Häagen-Dazs' Free Cone Day. Receive a free kiddie scoop between the hours of 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on May 9. Besides promoting its ice cream, Häagen-Dazs is using this year's Free Cone Day to get the buzz out about the role of honey bees and how to help bolster their declining numbers.

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Get Your Car in Gear
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Get Your Car in Gear

If you missed getting your car serviced during April's National Car Care Month, don't let another month go by. Winter driving can be harsh on cars, from weakening the spark plugs' reliability to rotting metal parts on your car's undercarriage due to road de-icers.

Getting your vehicle to a mechanic before summer heat hits will save you more costly repairs by making sure your car is in good running order. Start the warm season with an oil change and inspection to reduce the chance of car failure in hot weather.

Look for deals on tires, batteries and other auto supplies during May at Sears, JustTires and other automotive retailers. Want more money saving tips? Enjoy a rebate of up to $160 on a set of Goodyear Tires through the end of the month. Or get up to $30 back on a prepaid Visa when you get $100 or more work done on your car at NAPA and charge it to your NAPA EasyPay Credit Card.

Save Big on Groceries
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Save Big on Groceries

Did you know that May is National Barbecue Month? How about National Egg Month? And don't forget about hamburgers and strawberries, which also celebrate their national month in May.

Check out grocery store promotions and coupons that offer discounts on products that coincide with the month celebrations. Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day and Memorial Day also bring steep discounts in the grocery aisles. Clean out your freezer and make room for sale items like grilling meats, frozen pizza and ice cream.

Check out savings on lesser food holidays as well. May has national days for orange juice, apple pie, buttermilk biscuits and chocolate parfait.

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Save at Sales All Month Long
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Save at Sales All Month Long

Discover even more sales to go along with May holidays. Find discounts at department stores, shop online or hunt for May deals at Costco.

Mother's Day and Memorial Day sales both roll out savings on housewares and home furnishings. Wait until Memorial Day to pick up bedding and mattress sets at deep discounts.

The holiday festivities and start of summer barbecue season means you can pick up party supplies at discounted rates. Stock up on paper plates, plastic silverware, tablecloths, cups and other picnic items for the rest of the year.

Buy Second-Hand at the Nation’s Longest Yard Sale
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Buy Second-Hand at the Nation’s Longest Yard Sale

Discover how to save money on a large scale when you shop at some of the largest garage sales in the country during the month of May.

The longest yard sale for May — or any month, for that matter — is the Great U.S. 50 Yard Sale, which takes place May 19 through 21. The coast-to-coast series of sales stretches along U.S. Route 50 from Ocean City, Md., to Sacramento, Calif. Other along-the-highway sales include the U.S. 11 Antique Alley and Yard Sale, running 502 miles from Meridian, Miss., to Bristol, Va., the same weekend.

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Jodi Thornton-O'Connell

Jodi O’Connell is a freelance wordsmith based in Sedona, Arizona, who writes about everything from vacation vagary and adventure sports to real estate and pets. She spent more than a decade in Arizona’s real estate industry advising first-time homebuyers and commercial investors before indulging her passion for the written word on a full-time basis. Her articles appear on websites as diverse as U.S. News and World Report, USA Today, Hipmunk, Roots Rated, and Travelocity.

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