While it is certainly no Black Friday, Columbus Day not only celebrates the discovery of the New World, but gives us a chance to be a bit thrifty before the holidays and enjoy some great Columbus Day sales. Here's a guide of where you can save on some great deals and score bargains on your Monday off from work (if you are so lucky) both online and in stores.
Many stores from apparel to electronics to home have slashed their prices and offer special discounts for the holiday. Most stores offer the same discounts in stores and online, but Oct. 10 could be the last nice day to enjoy some mild weather and sunshine before winter strikes for most eastern states.
However, if you choose to shop Columbus Day sales online, remember to check for coupons on special offer codes, as many retailers offer additional savings hidden within the Web site. In addition, always check for free or reduced shipping.
Here are 35 stores to score the best deals and bargains during Columbus Day sales, both online and in stores in 2011. Happy savings!
Electronics and Media
Staples: 65% off select items and free shipping.
Best Buy: Two-day only sale on all merchandise. $329.99 Lenovo IdeaPad Tablet and $249.99 Acer Netbook.
Office Depot: $200 off BlackBerry Tablets.
New Egg: $249 for Sony Home Audio Speaker System. $269 for Westinghouse 32 HDTV.
Apparel and Shoes
Aeropostale: 70% off Bulldog sale.
American Eagle: 50% off clearance items using code 82476531.
Puma: 30% off storewide.
Coldwater Creek: 70% off fall items and 40% off all clearance items. 50% off everything site wide.
The Limited: 40% off all regular-priced merchandise.
Gap: 50% off all store merchandise.
Coach Factory Outlet: 30% off through Oct. 16.
Anne Klein: An extra 25% off sale items through Oct. 11.
Old Navy: $10 off purchases of $50 or more through Oct. 13. Rocktoberfest sale ends Oct. 13.
The Children's Place: 75% off store-wide.
Express: $15 off any purchase of $60 or more using code 1753.
Lord & Taylor: 15% off using code CDAY.
Payless Shoes: 15% off entire purchase.
ESPIRIT: 30% off entire order using code COLUMBUS11.
Nautica: 30% discount using code SAVINGS30 until Oct. 10.
Shoes.com: 25% off total purchase using code 25SALE.
H&M: 25% off one item until Monday.
Famous Footwear: 20% off entire purchase using code 20SPORT.
Lowe's: 10% off any appliance purchase of $397 or more. 15% off any Energy Star qualified appliance.
Yankee Candle: $10 off $25 until Oct. 30. 50% off Halloween merchandise.
Department Stores with Storewide Discounts
JCPenney: $10 off purchases of $50 or more through Oct. 10.
Sears: 50-60% off mattresses and 20% off Kenmore appliances. Free shipping on orders over $99 using code COLUMBUSDAY.
Kohl's: 15% off storewide. 20% off for those who spend $100 or more until Oct. 10.
Christmas Tree Shops: Downloadable coupon for $10 off purchase of $50 or more.
Walmart: Free shipping.
Kmart: 5-10% off entire store. Free shipping using COLUMBUS at checkout.
Macy's: 15% off all items and free shipping. Other savings are 25-75% off.
Target: Buy one, get one 50% off on shoes and handbags. 15% off all Halloween merchandise. 30% off furniture.
Petsmart: 50% select items. Additional 10% off $60 purchase or more using code SALETEN60.
ELF Cosmetics: $1.98 shipping using code CD1492.
Michael's Arts and Crafts: 50% off one item.