Best Deals in May 2020 (and What to Avoid!)

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May is a month that so many of us look forward to. School is coming to a close. The weather is beautiful just about everywhere in the US. And it’s almost wedding season. Year after year, retailers offer deals on athletic apparel and footwear to entice us to get out and get fit. We celebrate Pet Week with our furry friends, and we have Mother’s Day and Memorial Day sales: two reliable opportunities to save big.


National Pet Week (May 3-9)

National Pet Week was created almost four decades ago by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) to both celebrate our animal companions and to share best practices for responsible pet care. During this week, retailers get in the game with discounts on all sorts of pet products, from CBD products to pet apparel.


Anytown USA: This site that specializes in goods made in the U.S. has two pet deals: Throughout Pet Week, will have lots of offers — including 20 percent off toys — depending on what you’re ordering. You can find these offers at

Crown and PawThis fun service will turn a photo of your pet into a work of art inspired by authentic 19th-century portraits and Renaissance-era paintings. Select a costume from their online catalog, like The Dutchess or The Admiral, upload a photo and they do the rest! During National Pet Week, get 20 percent off.


Dr. Marty Pets: This site offers pet foods that are made with freeze-dried fresh ingredients, as well as healthy pet supplements. Through June 1, save 25 percent off all regularly-priced products with code PETS25.


Highline Wellness: This CBD wellness brand is offering 15 percent off of CBD (non-THC) Dog Treats through May 15 with code DOG15.


I and love and you: This premium pet food and treats brand featuring real meat and healthy ingredients is offering 20 percent off sitewide May 1-7 with code PETWEEK2020.


JCPenney: For National Pet Week, everything from Paw & Tail, JCPenney’s exclusive pet accessories collection, will be 50 percent off. The collection includes chew toys and pet beds.


Mutts & Meows Pet Accessories: This brand offers over 100 different styles of hand-sewn pet bandanas, bowties, neckties, and matching scrunchies. From May 1-10, save 10 percent off sitewide with code PETWEEK10.


FurZapper on Zulilly: Throw this reusable, sticky disc in with your laundry and it helps to gently remove pet hair throughout the washing and drying process. From May 3-9, save 20 – 25 percent on FurZapper via


Petmate: Petmate carries a wide variety of pet products including food, portable kennels, and toys, like the Chuckit! Ultra Fetch Value Pack.  From May 3-9, save 20 percent off any order of $35 or more with code PETS20.


Pink Papyrus: This brand of stylish and eco-friendly waste bag holders, leashes, and other accessories is offering 25 percent off sitewide from May 1-7 with code MUSTLOVEDOGS.


PrintArtPets Note Cards: Transforms photos and portraits of your favorite pet into custom stationery! Buy one set of 8 notecards and get one free! Maximum 2 BOGOs per order.  Valid May 3-9 with code PetBOGO.


Rewind by Rodney Wallace CBD Dog Chews: From May 1-11, receive 25 percent off plus free shipping on these all-natural beef-flavored CBD dog treats. The treats are free from major pet allergens.


Rocco & Roxie: This family-owned pet supply company is offering 15 percent off sitewide for National Pet Week. Items include new all-natural dog biscuits and pet accessories, like bandanas, dog tags, and collars.


Tooktake: These vinyl-coated labels are a simple dosage reminder system for medications. Use for pets or people! From May 1-31, save 20 percent off.


Vital Pet Life: This line of clean pet wellness products is offering 30 percent off their best-selling 32oz. Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil, which helps to relieve dry, rough skin and coat. Valid May 1-7 on Amazon with code PETWEEK.


Wholetones for Pets: This music frequency device can help keep prevent pets from suffering from common stressors, like loud noises and separation. From May 1-15, save 20 percent off with code TrueTrae (originally $49.95.)



Deals on Athletic Apparel & Footwear 

As we celebrate the arrival of spring, many of us are kicking our fitness routines into high gear to prepare for summer. If you’re in need of something new to wear, you’re in luck! May is a great time to treat yourself to some new duds and kicks.


Aktiv Style: This athletic wear company with sustainable and responsible practices is offering 20 off their Athletic Apparel collections from May 1-15 with code May20.

Finish Line: Save 15 percent off $150 and an extra 50% off select items.

Fitness Hub Activewear Boutique: This hub for luxury activewear from top designers around the world, including Adidas by Stella McCartney, Spiritual Gangster, and Beach Riot, is offering 40 percent off regularly-priced items with code BEWELL40. Valid May 1 – 15.


IBKÜL: This activewear brand offers UPF50+ fabrics and ICEFIL Cooling Tech for men and women. Through May 30, save 25-74 percent off select styles.


Kin Boutique: This Philadelphia-based high-end boutique is offering 50 percent off all Live the Process brand athletic apparel and activewear for the month of May.


Matador Meggings: These leggings have a tailored, supportive fit, designed specifically for men. Through May 15, save 25 percent off sitewide.


Merrell: During the “Hike May” sale event, most hiking products from this brand of well-designed and thoroughly-tested performance products will be 20 percent off. Valid May 13-30.


SUAVS Zilker Shoes: These comfortable, breathable shoes are made from 100% recycled knit with post-consumer recycled plastic bottles. Save 20 percent off from May 1-31.


Tucketts Allegro Grip Socks: These grippy fitness socks ensure a safe sneaker-less workout. Through May 9, save 25 percent off plus free shipping with code TUCKETTS25.


Superfeet GREEN InsolesThese professional-grade unisex orthotic insoles will be 25 percent off from May 15-June 3. Every year, 1 percent of Superfeet sales and 1,000+ volunteer hours go to support a variety of charitable organizations.


Mother’s Day Deals

Mother’s Day means sales on gifts for Mom. We see deals on everything from beauty products to items for the home and the discounts can be quite generous.  One notable category is jewelry, which doesn’t go on sale very often. It’s a good opportunity to take a look for Mom, or for someone else special.


AeroGarden: Grow herbs, vegetables, or flower varieties any time of the year, inside your home. No green thumb required. Through Mother’s Day, save 20 percent off sitewide. Order by May 6 for on-time delivery for Mother’s Day.


Bevara Skin Essentials Kit: This skincare kit includes the Exfoliating Cleanser & Moisturizer, two calming and nourishing favorites from this CBD skincare brand. From May 4-10, save 15 percent off, plus free shipping.


Clarkson Avenue Crumb Cake Company: These cakes are baked using family recipes from the 1950s in Brooklyn, NY.  For the month of May, use code MOM2020 and receive 15 percent off plus free shipping on the Cake of the Month, which is Kitty’s Carrot, a carrot cake with cream cheese frosting.


Demeter Fragrance: Throughout the month of May, enjoy the Buy One Get One Free sale on Atmosphere Diffusers (originally $25), which are available in over 300 delightful fragrances, including Salt Air and New Baby.


Doll 10 Beauty Iconic Eye Collection: This 8-piece set of doctor-formulated eye essentials includes brow gel, eyeliners, and an array of eye shadows in a cute pink bag. The price is $49 (originally $195).


Elizabeth Reid Terry socks: Mom could probably use some ultra-comfy, stylish socks right now. These socks are a luxurious twist on the classic terry style. Through May 10, save 15 percent off sitewide with code Mothersday15.


Everyday CaliforniaThis lifestyle brand, specializing in stylish and comfortable SoCal-inspired apparel, is offering 20 percent off sitewide from May 1-31, including loungewear and beach gear.


Fluenz: Give Mom the gift of a new language with this digital language-learning program designed specifically for English-speakers. She can choose from Spanish, French, Italian, German, Mandarin, Portuguese and more. Pricing begins at $187. From April 26 – May 10, save 33 percent off with code Newsweek33.


GelPro: This manufacturer of stylish floor mats is offering 25 percent off all residential comfort mats, including its new line of Ergo Comfort Mats. Valid through May 10 with code SHOPMOM20. GelPro has converted part of its Texas manufacturing facility to produce face shields for healthcare professionals, and purchases support this effort.


HAOMA: From April 30 through May 10, this plant-based prestige skincare brand is offering 20 percent off sitewide.


Isabelle Grace Jewelry:  Save 25 percent off the Just for Mom Collection, which features motherhood-themed and -inspired necklaces and bracelets. Valid through May 15 with code MOM25.


KAZI: This brand offers beautiful items for the home, including wall decor, tabletop pieces, and baskets. From April 28 – May 10, save 30 percent off all Mother’s Day Meaningful Gifts. Use code: MDAY2020.


Koolaburra by UGGDoes she need new footwear? Through May 5, save 25 percent off the entire spring collection of furry slippers and comfy sneakers.


Martino by Martino Cartier Power Ball Compact Hair Dryer + Turbo Spray: Through Mother’s Day, this dryer and styling spray combo is on sale for $39.99 (originally $129)! The compact drier fits in the palm of the hand and the spray treats the hair while helping to reduce frizz and breakage. A portion of the proceeds is donated to Wigs & Wishes®, a non-profit organization that provides wigs to women and wishes to children fighting cancer.


Miage Bloom La Milpa Lip Treatment: The newest launch from this skincare brand that utilizes stem cell science, is a healing treatment for the lips that can be used alone, layered over another color to provide shine or worn overnight as a lip mask. Through May 31, buy one, get one 50 percent off (original price $30).


M.M.LaFleur Cashmere Robe: This luxurious cashmere robe is perfect for a lazy day at home. While supplies last, it can be purchased for only $98 (originally $195).


nügg Beauty: These perfectly-portioned products are Leaping Bunny certified and free of petrochemicals, parabens and synthetic fragrances or colors. From May 1-10, save 30 percent off gift sets with code LOVEMOM.


Rastelli’s: This family-owned butcher can deliver delicious meats and seafood to mom’s door. Through May 10, save 10 percent off with code TRAE10. One use per customer and for new customers only.


Suki Skincare: This brand of clean and effective skincare products are Leaping Bunny Certified and free of harmful chemicals. Save 35 percent off with code MOM35 when you purchase two products (one for you and one for mom). Valid on the Rescue and Renew Collections.


Paul Stuart: This fashion brand specializing in timeless and sophisticated pieces is offering 25 percent off sitewide, including their Striped Beach Tote (originally $125) and matching Sunhat with Navy Brim (originally $165).


Primal Kitchen: Help Mom mix it up in the kitchen with the healthy condiments in the Primal Pantry Kit (15 percent off $38.80), which contains mayonnaise, ranch dressing, balsamic vinaigrette, and avocado oil.


Soma: Through May 10, this brand of sleepwear, swimwear, and undergarments is offering their silky Cool Night PJ Set for $49 (originally $60). The set, which consists of a short-sleeve top and long pants is available in several colors.


Sterling Forever: These on-trend jewelry pieces inspired by celebrity favorites and high-end designers will be 25 percent off sitewide from April 27 – May 7 with code MOTHER25.


TakeLessons: Does Mom have interests she never takes the time to pursue? Give her classes from TakeLessons, where she can learn everything from singing to sewing, to chess. From May 7 – 14, 2020, buy 5 lessons, get $15 off, buy 10 lessons, get $45 off, buy 15 lessons, get $95 off, and buy 20 lessons, get $145 off. The average price per class is $20.

TAO Clean Orbital Facial Brush and Cleansing StationShe’ll feel like she’s at the spa with this waterproof facial cleansing brush, which is currently $69 (originally $79.99). The charging base has a dryer and a UV-C light to kill 99.9% of bacteria.


Teema Towels & Blankets: These beautiful and affordable 100 percent Turkish cotton towels can be used for everything from a picnic blanket to a sarong to a lightweight throw. From April 28 – May 6, save 20 percent off sitewide, or buy 3, get 1 free. $36 and up.

These easy-to-use hair irons create lots of volume! From May 1-10, save 25 percent off sitewide, plus $5 expedited shipping.


Wishbeads: These bracelets have a brass cylinder with a screw-on cap, inside of which Mom can place a wish. Save 30 off with code MOM30.  Valid through May 4.


Wondergloss Rose Love Mother’s Day Set: For the mom who loves the smell of roses, this gift set includes three rose-scented beauty products; facial mist, a cleanser/makeup remover balm, and lip balm. Through May 17, the set is $50 (regularly $75).


Ziri Skincare: This all-natural luxury skincare and haircare brand is geared towards fitness enthusiasts of any gender.  Save 20 percent off your first purchase.



Memorial Day Deals

Three-day weekends are usually good for sales, and Memorial Day is one of the best when it comes to deep discounts. The sales will be across many categories, but some of the standouts are mattresses, bedding, and other items for the home, like small and large appliances.


Allswell: This Home brand, which offers ultra-comfortable mattresses, bedding and bath items, is offering 20 percent off sitewide (excluding mattress toppers) from May 14-25.


Beautyrest Black AIRCOOL Two-Stage Crib and Toddler Mattress from  This mattress has innovative features to ensure your child’s safety and comfort. From May 23-25, save 25 percent off (originally $249.99).

Betterair Biotica800 This air and surface purifier that eliminates harmful pathogens and allergens in the home will be 25 percent off through June 1 with code BA25.


Bliss: From May 20-25, these spa-inspired high-performance skincare products will be 20 percent off sitewide with code HELLOSUMMER.


Buttercloth: These stylish and comfortable dress shirts are created with the signature, extra-soft Buttercloth fabric. From May 22 at 9 am through May 25, save 10 percent off one shirt, 15 percent off two, and 20 percent off three.


DIY Easy Blinds: This online retailer offering custom-made and easily-installed window treatments is offering 20 percent off sitewide, including blinds with high-tech features, like motorization. Valid May 21-27 with code MEMORIALDAY20.


eBags: From May 1-31, save up to 60 percent off packing cubes, weekender bags, and more with code TrueTrae.


Foxcroft: This maker of stylish, size-inclusive and wrinkle-free and shirts and shirt dresses is offering an extra 40 percent off sale and clearance merchandise from May 22 – 25.


HUROM: Through May 31, this slow juicer brand is offering 15 percent off plus free 3-day shipping on all juicers and blenders using code NUTRITION.


JCPenney:  From May 4 – June 3, the Beautyrest BR800 Medium Queen Mattress will be only $299 — 74 percent off!


Maytag: May is Maytag Month promotion from April 30 – June 3. The following promotions are available:

  • Purchase a laundry set and receive up to a $100 rebate in the form of a Visa prepaid gift card.
  • Purchase select kitchen appliances and receive up to a $600 rebate in the form of a Visa prepaid gift card.
    • Buy three select kitchen appliances, receive $250
    • Buy four select kitchen appliances, receive $400
    • Buy five select kitchen appliances, receive $600


Mellanni Fine Linens: This bedding brand, which has earned an “Amazon’s Choice” badge, is offering up to 33 percent off the 1800 Collection Sheet Set along with additional select items from May 9-11 and May 24-27.


Nest Bedding: This family-owned, factory-direct bedding and mattress company is offering 25 percent off your cart when you purchase a mattress. Valid May 14-31.


PlushBedsThis online luxury mattress manufacturer specializing in organic latex mattresses, will be offering the following deals from May 19-June 22 with code MEMORIAL20:

  • $1,200 Off all Latex Mattresses + 2 Free Organic Latex Pillows + Plush Luxury Sheet Set + Protector
  • $600 off Memory Foam Mattresses + 2 Pillows + Plush Luxury Sheet Set
  • $100 off all Sofa Bed Mattresses and Toppers


Pure Fiber: This eco-friendly bedding brand is offering a 40 percent discount off of their luxurious Bamboo Viscose Sheet Set from May 18 – 29 with code MEMORIAL40. Original price, $160 and up, sale price $96 and up.


PureWine: This gadget helps to filter out common wine allergens while maintaining the integrity of the wine’s flavor. From May 11-25, save 20 percent with code WINE20.


RSP Nutrition: From May 22 – 25, save up to 30 percent off this brand of all-natural nutritional supplements, including energy supplements and snack bars.


STM Goods: This brand of stylish, innovative tech accessories is offering 30 percent off all bags and protective laptop cases for Memorial Day weekend. Cannot be combined with other offers Valid May 22-25 with code Newsweek30. US + AU only.


What NOT to Buy in May

Summer apparel

You could find some sales on summer clothing during Memorial Day, but best to wait until mid-late summer (if you can) for the best buys. The longer you wait the deeper the discounts will be.


Computers and electronics

The back-to-school sale season begins in July and many retailers participate in electronics-focused sales in July.


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