For some, Columbus Day means a day off school or work -- which many furloughed government workers have been experiencing for nearly two weeks due to the shutdown. But for others, Columbus Day, falling on Oct. 14 this year, means shopping the sales.
While retail sails on the nationally recognized holiday are nothing compared with those on Black Friday (aka the day after Thanksgiving), thrifty consumers can score tons of deals and bargains online and in stores not only on Monday but also over the weekend.
According to the National Retail Federation, online holiday sales will increase by 13 percent to 15 percent this year to as much as $82 billion. So with more online shoppers expected to be opening their wallets wider during the holiday season, it could be best to start as early as Columbus Day should you have your eye on gifts for loved ones.
Many retailers -- from apparel shops to department stores to electronics outlets -- have slashed their prices for the Columbus Day holiday, which honors Italian explorer Christopher Columbus, credited with finding the so-called New World on Oct. 12, 1492.
But, remember, some stores have coupons and special-offer codes for online shopping, so be sure to check for additional savings such as free or reduced shipping. Additionally, check your local newspaper for fliers and more coupons.
We’ve trolled the Internet for the best deals and discounts, and here are some of the best Columbus Day sales, both online and in stores for this weekend:
Kohl’s: 70-90% off items and an additional 25% off clearance in stores and online, $10 Kohl’s cash for every $50 spent until Oct. 14, plus an additional 20% off storewide online and in stores until 10/14 with this coupon or code “OCTFAMILY20”
JCPenney: 20% off using JCPenney credit card or 15% off with any other method of payment until 10/14; extra 10% off furniture, matresses and more using online code “CRED36”; free shipping for purchases over $99, 20 to 60% off sale items
Macy’s: Columbus Day sale on countless items, plus extra 25% off clearance online only, 20% off and free shipping on purchases of $99 or more using promo code “FALL,” 15% Off $100 with code “TXTCLB,” plus an extra 20% off using this coupon (until 10/14) with codes “FALLWIS” and “FALLWIS1”
Sears: 5-15% off plenty of items, plus an additional 5-15% off feature categories online only
Abercrombie: 30% off everything, plus free shipping using coupon code “12530”
Aldo: $20 off combat boots, $30 off purchases of $150 or more using code “SCDAY150” until 10/14
American Eagle: 40% off everything in stores and online with code “09L27551” and free shipping
Ann Taylor: 40% off entire purchase with no code needed
Barney’s Warehouse: 40% off men’s and women’s accessories, 50% off women’s bags and 50% off men’s tailored clothing until 10/16
Bloomingdale’s: 25-50% off fall fashion online and in stores until 10/14
The Children’s Place: 25% off $50 or more using coupon code “E9H2514H” or 20% off everything with coupon code “G9H2014H,” plus entire site on sale up to 75% off
DSW: $10 off $74, $25 off $149 and $50 off $249 online only until 10/15 using code “GOSHOESGO”
Eddie Bauer: Everything on sale until 10/14
Forever21: 50% off all sale items until 10/14 using code “EXTRA50”
Gap: Columbus Day sales event with 35% off entire purchase until 10/14 using code “GAPSAIL,” 40% off select styles in stores
J.Crew: 40% off final sale items using code “EXTRA40” online and in stores
Lord & Taylor: 15% off regular and sale priced items using online promo code “CDay”
The Outnet: Additional 40% off Columbus Day apparel
Piperlime: 30% off fall shoes, clothing and accessories until 10/18 using coupon code “FALL”
Shoes.com: 25% off your total with the code “25SALE,” 20% off boots with coupon code “BOOTS”
ShoeBuy.com: 20% off everything plus free shipping using code “COLUMBUS13” until 10/15
Urban Outfitters: 50% off all sale items until 10/14
Victoria’s Secret: $15 off $100 purchase, $30 off $150, $75 off $300 and $150 off $500 using code “FALL13”
Best Buy: Friday to Monday, save on tons of items, including laptops, HDTVs, tablets, iPods, camera, major appliances and more. Plus get a free $5 savings code when choosing the option “store pickup” on purchases of $50 or more.
Dell: 20% off laptops over $230+ with coupon code “SAVE20LAP$230”
Hhgregg: Up to 25% off nearly everything in stores and online plus an extra 5% off when using hhgregg card, free shipping on any order above $29.99, free 39” LED TV with furniture or mattress set totaling $1,999 or more with this rebate, $300 in-store credit on any furniture or mattress set purchase of $1,999 with this rebate.
HP.com: Extra $20 Off $100 with a Dealsplus exclusive code “DEALSPLUS20”
Office Depot: $40 Off $200 with coupon code “A5FP2XDMXQQ004”
Crate & Barrel: 20% off bedding and bath essentials and free shipping until 10/16
Lowe’s: Up to 75% off Columbus Day clearance and deal items