The Best Tips and Tricks for Memorial Day Shopping
The Memorial Day holiday weekend is one of the best shopping opportunities for people who love finding discounts and deals. After Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it’s the biggest sale event of the year. You can find steep discounts on a variety of products for the coming summer season, as well as exclusive discounts on products that stores are rolling out after spring. If you plan to do some Memorial Day shopping, here’s how to find some incredible deals.
Top Tips for Memorial Day Shoppers
Getting the best Memorial Day discounts is all about knowing how to shop. Whether you’re checking out big-box stores or shopping online, here are six tips to help you get the most out of your purchases.
Know When to Start Shopping
Memorial Day is always on a Monday, but that’s not when the sales start. It’s a full holiday shopping weekend, and it will start the Friday before Memorial Day at the latest. Even in-store sales start early. Because Memorial Day is a federal holiday and many people are off work, brick-and-mortar retailers want to create an all-out holiday shopping weekend.
Some sales may start even earlier than Friday. It’s not unheard of for Memorial Day sales to last an entire week, starting the Monday before the holiday. Memorial Day sales are available only for a limited time, but you may be surprised at how early some of them start.
Know How Long the Sales Will Last
You should also know how long the sales will be available after Memorial Day. Plenty of sales don’t actually end on Memorial Day, and may continue into Tuesday, Wednesday or even Thursday. These sales may be called something like “Post-Memorial Day Sale” or “Memorial Day Sale Week.”
Know the Most Common Sales to Check for on Memorial Day
There are some products that just about everyone knows to check for during Memorial Day. There are plenty of other deals, but the major sales are usually on furniture, home decor, kitchen appliances and bedding. Clothing sales are also quite common, especially for spring clothing. You may also find some sales on summer items, so you can stock up on things you’ll need for the months ahead.
Have a List of Brands to Check Out
Just about every store will have a Memorial Day sale, which means you’ll quickly be overwhelmed if you try to check them all. In the weeks leading up to Memorial Day, make a list of the products you’re most interested in, such as entertaining essentials for upcoming parties, kitchen gadgets you’ve been wanting for months or outdoor gear for next winter. Make a list of eight to 10 brands you want to check. That will help reduce stress and allow you to actually look through sale items to find the best discounts.
Keep an Eye Out for Less Common Memorial Day Sales
Everyone will tell you it’s the perfect time to look for mattress sales or get a deep discount on a refrigerator, but it may also be the perfect time to get amazing deals on beauty products or something else interesting. You just need to browse the brands you’re interested in so you can see what sales they’re running.
Use Coupons on Top of Your Purchase
Sale prices by themselves will often be the lowest price on a variety of products, since Memorial Day is one of the biggest sale events of the year. If you can also use a coupon, however, you may be able to stretch your savings even further. Check for a coupon code you can combine with sale (or even non-sale) items to get the best deal every time.
Top Products for Memorial Day Sales
When you’re planning to shop on Memorial Day, there are some items that will almost always be at their lowest price of the season. And there are some items that might not be at a great price, even if they’re on sale. Here are some tips for what to buy and what to try later.
What to Buy
Mattress sales are a staple of Memorial Day weekend. Whether you’re looking for a specialty organic mattress, a basic mattress from a big-box store or mattress toppers for your current bed, these items will almost always be one of the easiest sales to take advantage of on Memorial Day.
This holiday shopping weekend is big on appliance sales. Major appliances, such as refrigerators, are a big part of Memorial Day sales, but small home appliances, such as air fryers, are also very popular.
Furniture (Especially Patio Furniture)
You can find all kinds of furniture at a great price during this pre-summer sale, but outdoor furniture is especially common. Patio furniture is an entertaining essential you should invest in if you enjoy having people over for parties during the summer.
Memorial Day is probably the last time you’ll see spring clothing styles on sale during the year. Stores are clearing out the last spring clothing they haven’t yet sold, and you’ll be able to find steals on a lot of items you can keep wearing into summer.
Small, kitschy home decor is frequently on sale during Memorial Day. That may include small outdoor items, light fixtures, and more. If you’re looking to decorate your home, consider buying during Memorial Day sales.
What Not to Buy
TVs and Electronics
There may be some great electronics deals during Memorial Day, but they’re not especially plentiful. You can expect to find better deals on Amazon Prime Day or during Black Friday in July sales. Cyber Monday is when you’ll find the best discounts, but that’s all the way in November.
Summer is coming, which means brands are unlikely to discount summer sales very much. If you can wait, grab these styles after summer winds down instead. Spring styles are a great option to shop for during Memorial Day, since you can often still wear them during summer anyway.
Barbecue season is coming up fast, which means stores likely won’t discount grills too much. Labor Day is a much better time to grab grills and other outdoor cooking essentials.
Get the Best Deal on Your Memorial Day Purchases
There are plenty of ways to get deals on Memorial Day, and shopping for select styles and products is one of the best. You may be able to save even more by getting coupons and Cash Back on your purchases. Before you place your order, check to see whether you can shop through Rakuten.
Most Memorial Day sales start on the Friday before Memorial Day. In some cases, however, they’ll start even earlier. Some start as early as the Monday before Memorial Day.
Most websites will indicate what they normally sell a specific product for when it’s on a limited-time sale. You can also search around for what other websites sell it for.
Amazon, Walmart and Wayfair are three brands often listed on Memorial Day deal websites. Almost all brands will do something for Memorial Day, however, so it depends on what kind of products you’re most interested in.
Memorial Day is one of the best times for big-ticket purchases. If you’re thinking about buying a new kitchen appliance or a big piece of furniture, Memorial Day is a great time to do it.
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