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Looking for Bargains in May

Deals and duds for the month



    Many people trekked back to stores to return their Christmas gifts on Monday.

    Shoppers love bargains when they see them, and this month, there are plenty to find.

    It's out with the old and in with the new at local department stores.

    Winter clothes should be gone. Spring fashions are now hitting discount displays. Look for deals on Easter dresses, sweaters and shoes.

    Summer styles will be selling at full price, however.

    Speaking of summer, this is the time to find the best selection to replace your old barbeque, outdoor furniture and mowers, but you're going to pay full price. These items won't go on sale until August and September, so you may want to wait.

    If you have been thinking about getting a new refrigerator, the new models start hitting the showroom floor in early summer. There could be clearance sales starting this month.

    Many say this is a good time to buy a mattress. It seems mattress stores are always advertising specials, but in May you'll find deeper discounts.

    Mother's Day is around the corner. Jewelry prices often go up leading to Mother's Day; smaller jewelry stores may be more willing to bargain just before or after the holiday.

    You'll also find lower prices on party supplies after the traditional graduation and wedding season starts wrapping up. That could be late May through June.

    Now is a good time to get a new Blu-ray player.  They are going down in price because more and more people are streaming video. It is also a good time to pick up a Roku, but you might want to hold off on the Apple TV.  Prices are dropping on the Apple TV, but many think that is because Apple may be announcing an upgrade later this month.

    And speaking of upgrades, if you're in the market for a new car, the Memorial Day weekend is historically a good time to negotiate a deal. Car companies often add special incentives, from lower prices to lower interest rates.