Smartest Memorial Day Weekend Purchases

Memorial Day Weekend is well-known for it’s gigantic sales from some of our favorite retailers. But what’s really a great deal?

First, did you know that the month of May is the perfect month to buy spring apparel? *Not only is the season coming to an end — pushing spring threads to the clearance section — but Memorial Day sales make the month an even hotter time to shop for clothing. In fact, 25% of all the deals we listed last May were for apparel or accessories. You can expect Memorial Day sales to begin around two weeks before the big day, but the very best clothing offers won’t drop until a few days before the holiday.

Major appliances, cars and mattresses are also deeply discounted on Memorial Day weekend.

*Outside of the Black Friday season, holiday weekends are generally the best time to shop home appliances — and Memorial Day is among the very best of those. Last year, 34% of all Memorial Day weekend deals were for home items, including appliances and kitchen supplies.

**Last year, online retailer Wayfair discounted patio furniture by up to 70%, and Mattress Firm offered up to $300 off mattresses storewide. Best Buy even gave away a free TV with the purchase or lease and activation of select smartphones.

Do your homework, too. Price history tracker websites like CamelCamelCamel and price alert browser extensions like Slice Watch can help you verify that a discount price is in fact better than what the item was selling for in the months prior to the sale.

*DONNA DOYLE, For the full article please click here.
**Courtney Jespersen, Nerd Wallet

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