While many consumers will hit the road to celebrate Memorial Day with a weekend getaway, millions of others will be heading to the mall to hunt down the season’s best bargains. Memorial Day weekend represents one of the biggest sale events of the year and also the best time to buy certain items, including mattresses and refrigerators.
Discounts will be plentiful this weekend, but savvy shoppers know there’s more to getting a deal than just buying something on sale. To spend less on your purchases this Memorial Day weekend, read up on the following seven “s’s” to saving even more.
Study the deals.
Since retailers will try to trick you into believing that everything is on sale this weekend, it’s important to study the deals to differentiate the best and worst buys. Summer items like clothing and swimsuits will see some discounts, but this biggest deals will be found on spring clearance, home goods and mattresses. Grills and patio furniture will headline ads and store circulars, however, these big-ticket items are better priced later in the season when retailers focus on fall and winter products. Check out Dealnews for a comprehensive Memorial Day buying guide.
Retailers typically start offering Memorial Day sales the week before the holiday itself. Plan to shop early to take advantage of a larger selection of sale items. If you wait untilMonday, most of the good stuff will be picked through. In addition to in-store offers, online deals will abound making it possible to avoid the crowds altogether and take advantage of savings from the comfort of your home, or road if you’re traveling.
Seek out stackable savings.
Scored a sale? Don’t stop there. Look for coupons to deepen the discount even further! Memorial Day weekend will see tons of stackable savings, so download a free coupon app like Coupon Sherpa for extra in-store deals like a free $20 Babies’ R Us gift card with $100 diaper, wipe, food or formula purchase through May 30. Also look for promo codes for online purchases, like $15 off your $75 order from The Gap or 20% off your highest-priced product with $60 purchase with an Aeropostale coupon.
Sign up for savings.
If you can’t find an additional coupon or promo code to sweeten your Memorial Day haul, sign up for savings by opting into a retailer’s email newsletter program. Most stores will send new member discounts of 10 to 20% off! Consider signing up a few days before the sale starts to ensure you receive the coupon in time to use it for your shopping spree. You may even consider creating a separate email account for all your retail offers to stay organized.
Don’t assume the 20 to 30% savings is the best one around. Comparison shop to make sure you’re getting the deepest discount by using the ShopSavvy app, which scans the barcode of a product you’re looking at and provides a list of local and online prices. You can also use CamelCamelCamel.com to compare the price histories of products sold on Amazon, and setup deal alerts to get notified when something you’re shopping for drops in price.
Swing by an outlet center.
Malls, department stores and boutique shops aren’t the only ones hosting Memorial Day sales. Your nearby outlet center will also offer store-wide sales as well as additional discounts for even bigger savings. In addition to looking up coupons on a mobile app, visit the outlet center’s website for information about available deals and coupons. Also remember that not everything at an outlet center is a good deal, so learn how to get the best deals from outlet shopping before you go.
Score cash back.
Get something back for the purchases you’re making online with EBates, which gives you between two and 10% back on online orders just by shopping through their portal. You can also use Paribus to receive reimbursements when something you purchased online drops in price. The tool scans your inbox for online receipts and tracks prices for you, taking a cut of the refund they find.
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