These Are the 5 Best Things to Buy During Memorial Day Sales

Aside from President’s Day, Memorial Day weekend and the week leading up to it are some of the best times to save big as stores lower their prices. As with every holiday sale, certain items get bigger discounts than others. Below, I’ve pulled together the five best things to buy during Memorial Day sales. The best part? Rakuten is offering extra Cash Back at certain retailers for Memorial Day, so check them out.


When it comes to discounted, big-ticket items, appliances generally top the list during Memorial Day sales. Home improvement stores like Lowe’s, Ace Hardware and Home Depot are notorious for deeply discounting washers and dryers, fridges, and ranges in the neighborhood of 20% to 30%. Best Buy is another place where you’ll find big savings. If you have a Best Buy card, you’ll also have access to special financing.

Outdoor gear

Summer is right around the corner, and if you’re planning an adventure, Memorial Day is the time to stock up on outdoor gear. I like Backcountry for their overall selection and customer service. They offer discounts for first-time shoppers, and their holiday sales are always full of items you’d actually want or need. Check out this three-season tent that’s deeply discounted for the holiday.



In need of a technology upgrade? You’re in luck as the long holiday weekend is the ideal time to save on that device you’ve been eyeing. If you’re looking at laptops and just need something for around the house, I suggest taking a look at the latest Chromebooks. They’ve come a long way since their introduction back in 2011 and are surprisingly powerful for the price if you’re on a budget. This model from Acer has 16GB of storage and a 12-hour battery life all for under $200.

A new mattress

Ready to upgrade your old, lumpy mattress? Now is the time. After all, you spend a huge portion of your life sleeping, so your mattress had better be good. The “bed in a box” movement has grown over the past two years, which has forced traditional stores to rethink their pricing to compete with Purple, Casper, and others. Purple is offering $100 off mattresses and free sheets for Memorial Day.

Concert tickets

This might seem like a bit of an odd choice, but 2019 is shaping up to be the year of the concert. Every week I hear of a new show, and bands that haven’t toured for years all decided that this was the year to get back on the road. StubHub is offering a cool sale for Memorial Day. If you buy tickets to Hangout Festival, Bottlerock, Firefly or Lollapalooza, you’ll get 15% off your next concert.

If you’re not a member of Rakuten, now is the time to join and start earning Cash Back in the form of a Big Fat Check. You’ll get $10 after your first purchase of $25 in any participating store, and you can earn an additional $25 for every friend you refer.

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