Labor Day weekend is here, and millions of Americans will be spending their day off at the mall. The unofficial end-of-summer is a big shopping weekend, with retailers rolling out deals in the hopes people will open their wallets. But not everything is a good deal. Before you hit the stores, check out this list of what to buy this holiday weekend, and what to skip.
Best things to buy on Labor Day
Mattresses: Mattresses stores often run promotions on holiday weekends like Labor Day and Memorial Day. Mattress Firm is offering twin mattresses starting at $37 and free adjustable bases when you spend $599 or more. Sleep Number has discounts up to 50% on its beds, and stores like Macy’s and Sears also have deals.
Appliances: Labor Day is one of the best times of year to upgrade your appliances, since retailers are clearing out inventory to make way for new models that arrive in September and October. Major chains like Sears, Home Depot, Lowe’s and Best Buy are all running deals for up to 40% off major appliances.
Summer clothes: Beach season is over, which means stores are eager to move out any remaining swimsuits, shorts, and sundresses. But you can find deals on all types of clothing, not just summer essentials. Old Navy is knocking 50% off jeans, dresses, T-shirts, and sweatshirts, while Ann Taylor will have discounts of up to 60%. Glamour has rounded up the best sales here.
Back-to-school items: Most kids have already headed back to class, but if you haven’t checked everything off your back-to-school shopping list yet, you can still find deals. JCPenney has $10 kids haircuts in its salons, plus $10 off kids clothing purchases of $50 or more. Staples has a coupon for $5 off $25 in school supplies that’s good through September 1.
Outdoor furniture: Look for clearance deals on patio and outdoor furniture this weekend as stores try to clear out these seasonal items. You can get you to 75% off some items at Lowe’s, and outdoor furniture is up to 65% off at Wayfair.
Cars: Savvy car shoppers already know that Labor Day weekend is one of the best times of the year to look for new wheels. Dealers want to get rid of last year’s cars to make room for 2019 models, so you can score a good deal. This year, you can find discounts of up to $12,000 on a 2018 Ford F-150, says automotive website Edmunds, or $9,000 on a 2018 Chevrolet Malibu.
Travel: The summer travel season is winding down, which means now is a good time to find bargains on flights and hotels for the fall. You can also score bargains on the gear you need for your trip, notes Afar.
What to skip
Not everything is a bargain on Labor Day. Here’s what you should wait to buy.
Grills: You’ll often see sales on grills over Labor Day weekend, but you might save even more if you can hold out until after the holiday weekend. Stores often slash prices on grills right after the holiday, according to U.S. News & World Report.
TVs and other electronics: You’ll probably get a better deal on a new flat-screen TV if you can wait until Black Friday, writes Phil Dengler of Best Black Friday. The same goes for other electronics like game consoles, laptops, and tablets.
Toys: No surprise here. December is the best time to buy toys, according to Dengler.
Sears and Kmart liquidation sales: Liquidation sales are kicking off at the 46 Kmart and Sears stores that will close by November. But the deals usually aren’t great in the early days of a liquidation sale. You’ll get bigger discounts if you wait a few weeks.
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