Your May WalletPop monthly planner

Swimming is on the May monthly plannerAh May, when northerners come out of hibernation and dust off the wood ashes, flowers bloom in profusion and foliage grows so quickly we dare not miss a day of mowing. It's the launch of barbecue season, beach season, and a blissful break from furnace and air-conditioning expenses.

May is a great time to buy:
  • Cookware: piggyback on sales for wedding presents
  • Electronics: According to, Japanese electronics firms release new models at this time of year, so stores are clearing shelf space. Take advantage of the changeover.
  • Picnic food: wait for those Memorial Day sales.
  • Linens and towels
  • Vacuum cleaners for spring housecleaning
  • Gym memberships

It's not a great month to shop for:
  • Houses
  • Cars
  • Airline flights to vacation destinations
  • Swimwear
  • Golf equipment
  • Country club memberships
Ways to save or make some money:
  • May is a great month for a yard or tag sale.
  • Youngsters: offer to cut the grass of neighbors who seem to have trouble keeping up.
  • Buy a season pass to your city pool.
  • Download your summer reading on your computer, iThingy or phone free from Project
  • Cook a meal for Mom instead of fighting the hoards for table time on the busiest restaurant day of the year.
  • Compost your grass clippings.
Do your homework:
  • Plant annuals after the frost-free date.
  • Check/repair all your outdoor play equipment.
  • Get the pool ready for summer.
  • Clean and store winter supplies like snow blowers.
  • Check your jewelry for loose stones, etc. Take them to a jeweler for repair.
  • Check your roof for winter damage.
  • Seal your asphalt driveway.
Enjoy seasonal foods:
  • Okra
  • Rhubarb
  • Asparagus
  • Broccoli
  • Lettuce
  • Cherries
  • Pineapples
  • Brussels sprouts
  • Cilantro
  • Spinach
And celebrate!

This is a month with three major holidays In addition to:
  • Free Comic Book Day, May 1
  • Motorcycle Mass and Blessing of the Bikes Day, May 2
  • Military Spouse Appreciation Day, May 8
  • Root Canal Appreciation Day, May 13
  • World Turtle Day, May 23
  • National Tap Dance Day, May 25
  • National Bike to Work Week, May 17-21
  • Work At Home Moms Week, May 3-9
  • Jewish-American Heritage Month
  • National Barbecue Month
  • National Smile Month

So smile!
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