As we wrap up the last few days of May, trips and projects are being planned and executed before the steamy heat of summer settles. Memorial Day weekend sales may help people stay on budget as the cost of gas, food, and accommodations continue to rise, making a backyard oasis or a staycation more appealing than filling up the RV for a road trip.
In anticipation of more gatherings of friends and family this summer, shopping the sales on outdoor grills, kitchen appliances, mattresses, and bedding can help feed and make comfortable the whole gang. According to Good Housekeeping, holiday weekends are the best time of year to shop for large purchases like furniture and appliances as well as electronics including home computers, smart TVs, and robot vacuums.
Father’s Day is not far off, and because supply chain issues are still delaying the delivery of goods, it may be prudent to shop early for gifts. Computer chips continue to be in short supply, giving way to long wait times for vehicles, appliances, medical devices, and other household electronics. A shortage of truck drivers, warehouse employees, and shipyard workers compounds the problem.
With soaring food prices, especially for meat and eggs, homemade pizza seems like the perfect meal to use up leftovers as toppings and stretch the family budget. Outdoor pizza ovens like the Ooni are on sale until the end of May, and not only will the smell of cooking pizza dough bring the family to the table, but cooking outside will help keep the house cooler in the summer months. For those trying to eat a healthier, lower carb diet, an air fryer like the Ninja AF101, is also on sale this holiday weekend.
Not interested in shopping? There are many items in high demand to sell right now if you are trying to declutter or prepare to downsize. Books, vinyl records, pet carriers, dinnerware, sports and exercise equipment, musical instruments, power tools, vintage clothing, comic books, and collectible jewelry are all popular items to sell online or at a yard sale. Many communities and subdivisions also have a Facebook group for local residents to share “for sale” or “give” postings along with matters of local interest.