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Best Things to Buy Over Labor Day Weekend

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August 19, 2016 · 5.4k Views

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It's that time of year again. Labor Day lands on Monday, September 5 this year, but prepare for weekend-long celebrations. It's the three-day weekend during which we celebrate America's workforce by taking a break from work. It's a weekend of grilling, all-white getups, and most importantly, sales. Yes, it's one of the best weekends to shop because you can find sales, deals, and coupons for up to 80% off at some of the most popular stores.

Although there will be innumerable sales happening that weekend, there are specific departments that will feature prices that can't be beat. Stay on the lookout for this list of goods so you know you're getting the best price possible.



 Back to School Items

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Did you know 10% of shoppers wait until Labor Day weekend to shop for back to school supplies? That's because they know Labor Day weekend is a great opportunity to snag school essentials for thrifty prices. Whether you are in the 10% who are patiently waiting or it turns out your child is missing some school supplies come Labor Day, be smart and shop!

>> Where to shop: Office Depot OfficeMax, Staples, Walmart, Target. See how Costco is helping shoppers save big on school supplies, too.



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Year after year, mattress retailers offer amazing discounts on this necessity. Typically, a quality mattress can run you hundreds of dollars. If you shop during Labor Day weekend, however, you'll be sleeping happily on cloud nine in no time. Find a new mattress, a box spring, or even an entirely new bed set at savings rates you might not believe.

Pro tip: As a matter of fact, it might be worth a look to peep into the prices of furniture and home décor. Labor Day weekend can also be a prime time to make a move on chairs, tables, couches, and entire bedroom sets. Of course, you're going to need some beautiful accents to go with all that new furniture. Rugs, curtains, throw pillows, and wall hangings will also be on sale. If you've been itching to redecorate, now is your chance! 

>> Where to shop: Mattress DiscountersSearsMacy's, JCPenney


 Summer Attire and Gear 

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As the end of summer nears, shoppers can prepare for sales, sales, sales on all things appropriate for warm weather. We're talking swimsuits, shorts, sandals, beach towels, and even outdoor accessories to accompany that grill that is also on sale (because no one wants to grill in the cold). Don't forget to enjoy your grilled meal on your new patio furniture set because that's on sale, too. If you have the extra space to store these large items, jump on it because you can score these goods for up to 70% off. When you're out hunting for deals, think seasonal goods and think ahead so you can guarantee that all of these items will be useful to you next summer.

Pro tip: It may be pricier upfront, but investing in a gas grill can save you money in the longrun. The price per cookout with a charcoal grill can be costly, while a full tank of propane can last longer and be cheaper.

>> Where to shop: For summer clearance apparel, visit our coupon pages for Old Navy, 6PM, H&M, and Forever 21. For grills and outdoor accessories, check out Target, Walmart,  Kohl's, and Lowe's.



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If your refrigerator or microwave just isn't cutting it anymore, end the suffering and shop appliances this Labor Day weekend. You can find them for 40% to 65% off their original prices, and if that's not a bargain, I don't know what is. Again, appliances are undergoing the "Out with the old, in with the new" bustle, so older models are getting the boot. Although they're older, they will function way better than your deteriorating stove.

>> Where to shop: The Home Depot, SearsBest Buy



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You won't be able to complete a vehicle purchase online, but you can still get out and search for a great deal on a new car if that's what you're looking for. The 2017 models are just about ready to make their ways to the dealerships, so if you're okay with cruising along in a spanking new 2016 version, this might be your chance. If you want even more savings, check out how you can save money by purchasing a used car.



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Wineries and alcohol retailers will be discounting their current shelf-stockers to make room for the incoming vintage sellers at the beginning of fall. Wineries are aiming to keep their inventory low and manageable so they can debut the new vinos soon. I guess that means I'll be making a trip to Bevmo in the foreseeable future.

>> Where to shop: Bevmo



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Apple is known to release their latest phone in September, so you will witness a drop in prices for the current phones in anticipation of the new one. Depending on how up-to-date you want to be with your smartphone, you might want to consider a new phone. Hey, an upgrade is an upgrade if it's better than what you currently have.

>> Where to shop: Apple, T-MobileVerizon Wireless, AT&T Wireless


Now that you know what to buy, don't get tempted into buying things you should avoid. Take a look:

  • Fall apparel. Yes, all the retailers are promoting transitions from summer apparel to your new, cozy fall wardrobe, but don't give in just yet. You'll get infinitely better deals if you wait for later holiday shopping dates like Columbus Day or Black Friday because fall clothes are still new right now, so they're unlikely to undergo steep discounts. Let your patience endure a couple more months before you refresh your wardrobe. 
  • TVs and general electronics. It's nice to come home to a brand new 60" TV after a long day of work or a set of amazing, surround-sound speakers to fill your house with your favorite tunes. I get it. But wait. The theme of this section is wait. Hold off until Black Friday to get the absolute rock-bottom prices on all your tech goods.
  • Toys. Looking to do some early shopping for the kids' Christmas presents? All the biggest toy stores and retailers like Toys R Us and Walmart are like you, waiting, but they're waiting until about late October to release the hottest toys for the holidays. Buy toys in December when the prices will be something you'll definitely appreciate.
  • Airfare for holiday travel. With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, people will be jetset from every direction pretty soon. However, you want to wait until early October to purchase your flights when airfare will experience a 10% decrease, according to CBS news. They also note that prices will soar again during mid-October, so don't wait too long.


Even if you aren’t looking to make a hefty purchase, necessities like groceries will also be on sale (delicious meat and sides for that BBQ!). You’ve probably noticed the mounds of flyers filling up your mailbox, and stores are also providing one-time discounts to their shoppers, frequent guests and first-time visitors alike. Regardless of your shopping level radar, don’t let these deals pass you by without taking a peek. You never know what savings you can find on some serious potential upgrades for your pad!

by Daisy Tran
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Daisy loves to write with humor and can be quite the sarcastic commentator when it is appropriate. Loves carbs, fashion, staying active, and pinning the latest DIY projects for her room (which she will actually never do).