Labor Day usually offers people that last chance to get away
before the school year starts and fall activities kick into high
gear. The three-day weekend also is a time when retailers have
sales to clear out summer merchandise. Here's what you can expect
to see marked down.
Expect numerous sales on summer apparel that can be worn to
transition into fall, says Lindsay Sakraida of
. Don't expect to find deals on fall clothing, though. Prices will
be at least 10% higher this fall because of increased cotton and
labor prices earlier in the year, according to dealnews.com.
Appliances and outdoor items.
New models of big appliances roll into showrooms in September and
October, making Labor Day weekend and early fall a good time to get
a deal as stores clear out the old to make room for the new. Home
Depot is offering 10% off all appliances $397 or more. Lowe's is
taking 15% off Energy Star appliances $397 or more and marking down
other major appliances by 10%. It also has grills and patio
furniture on clearance. Sears is marking down select Kenmore
appliances and Craftsman power lawn and garden tools by 25% over
Bed and bath.
Dealnews.com expects to see a repeat of last year's good discounts
on bedding, towels and similar items from stores such as Walmart,
Kohl's and Bed, Bath & Beyond. Sears is offering 50% to 60% off
on mattresses (plus an additional 10% off on purchases more than
Shop now for an end-of-the-model-year car deal. You'll get a good
combination of price and selection as dealers clear inventory for
the new models. Bargains will vary by car model and dealer, but
it's not uncommon to haggle your way down to the invoice price, or
within a few hundred dollars of it. Take our quiz to find out
how to get the best deal on a new car
Find your own best deal
Start by checking out the
lists of Labor Day sales and coupons
. You might also want to visit some of
our favorite deal sites
to look for Labor Day discounts.
To find out if your favorite store is having a Labor Day sale,
sign up for its
, or follow it on
. If you have a smart phone and are out shopping, download the
to "check in" at stores and unlock discounts or get freebies.
If you're buying a big-ticket item, such as an appliance, go
research the average price
before hitting the stores for Labor Day sales. Our favorite
price-comparison sites are
to lower the price on marked down items even more. And look for
coupons to score even deeper discounts on already marked-down
items. Labor Day coupons usually offer 15% to 25% off, Sakraida
says. You can find coupon codes and printable coupons at sites such
, which has a free iPhone app you can use to get coupons while
you're in stores.
to avoid the crowds and save on gas costs. Many retailers are
offering free shipping, and some will have special markdowns only
online. For example, Macy's is taking 25% off clearance items
online. You can get an extra 40% off clearance items online at
Abercrombie & Fitch. JCPenney has free shipping on orders of
$49 or more, and Lands' End is offering free shipping with
purchases of $50 or more.
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