Memorial Day Deals: Whether to Shop or Not

by Kaitlyn Ranze

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, and that means it’s time to break out the grill and stock up on all the essentials for warm weather fun. Many retailers offer sales over the holiday weekend, but not all of them are created equal.

Here’s a breakdown of what you can expect to see on sale over the holiday weekend, and whether the deals are actually worth your hard-earned cash or not.

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Clothing: stores are offering deep discounts on summer clothing, so it’s a great time to stock up or refresh.

  1. SHEIN has summer styles at up to 70% off. Don’t forget to sign-up for the e-mail list to layer the savings.
  2. Women’s swim is 30% off at Target.
  3. You can stack text message saving with steep discounts at Old Navy.
  4. Nike has many items for 40% off.

Remember, just because it’s not listed, doesn’t mean your favorite retailer isn’t offering saving this weekend.

Pro-Tip: for steeper discounts on clothes, wait.

Summer apparel: Clothing is always a big seller during Memorial Day weekend sales, but you’ll want to be cautious when shopping for summer clothes. Stores often mark up prices on summer apparel early in the season, so the “sale” prices may not be as good as you think. Instead, wait until later in the summer to buy your new swimsuit or sundress.

Home goods: Memorial Day is one of the best times to buy big-ticket items for your home, like furniture, electronics, and appliances.

Electronics: Take advantage of Memorial Day sales to snag deals on laptops, TVs, and other electronics. Need some examples? We have you covered.

  1. HP is running a sale on 30% off laptops, desktops and more.
  2. Amazon has an Apple 10.2-Inch 2021 iPad from $309 (Save $20 to $50)
  3. LG 70-Inch LED 4K TV at Best Buy for $649.99 (Save $150)

Grills: Memorial Day is one of the best times of year to buy a grill, as many retailers offer deep discounts on a wide range of models. If you’re in the market for a new grill, this is definitely the time to buy.

  1. You can opt for specialty sellers like the BBQGuy with up to 60% off some grills.
  2. Check out Walmart for their outdoor cooking and grill deals.
  3. Lowe’s and Home Depot also have specials on different grills

Pro-Tip: Grills go on sale as early as May, peak on Monday, and then will go back on sale Labor Day weekend if you miss out.

Appliances: big ticket items like appliances are usually discounted around holidays like Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Remember to shop around. Also, most stores WILL price match as long as the products are the same.

  1. Best Buy has appliances on sale for 10%
  2. Lowe’s is also discounting appliances
  3. Home Depot has up to 30% off washers and dryers

Caution: Outdoor furniture.

Sales on outdoor furniture are also common during Memorial Day weekend, but you’ll want to be sure to compare prices before you buy. Many stores mark up furniture prices during the summer months, so a sale price may not necessarily be a good deal.

Where to look:   AmazonTargetMacy’s, Wayfair and more are offering sales on indoor and outdoor décor this Memorial Day.

Outdoor gear: If you’re looking to get ahead on your summer adventures, Memorial Day weekend is a great time to buy camping and hiking gear.

  1. Dick’s has 30% off many outdoor items, from camping tents to Hydro Flasks
  2. REI is actually running their anniversary sale from now until May 30th for 30% off.
  3. Target and Walmart don’t just have camping equipment on sale. They also have playgrounds and bikes to get your backyard decked out.

Travel will continue to be expensive.

Looking for travel deals for your summer vacation? You’re not alone, which is why travel prices are more expensive this year. Consider off-season travel to score the best deals.

Memorial Day sales are a great way to save money on summer essentials, but they’re not always what they’re cracked up to be.

Remember, avoiding purchasing items just because they’re on sale. Plan your purchases, stick to your budget, and don’t worry about missing out. Deals come back around every year.

While Memorial Day sales can be a great way to save money on summer essentials, they’re not always the best deal. Be sure to do your research before you shop, and don’t be afraid to wait for a better deal on summer items. With a little patience, you can find everything you need for a fun-filled summer without breaking the bank.

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