Labor Day weekend is here, and if you’re lucky enough, you'll have a day off work to lounge around, get in that final vacation or host one last barbeque before summer ends. But if you’re a savvy shopper, you also know that Labor Day, which falls on Monday, Sept. 2, is the best time to score bargains with the countless sales offered by retailers.
Mark Ellwood, the author of “Bargain Fever: How to Shop in a Discounted World,” told Fox Business that Labor Day weekend is an even better time to score sales than the most infamous discount holiday, Black Friday, in November.
“Labor Day is full of bargains, Black Friday is full of cheap things,” Ellwood said. “It’s not the same thing."
Ellwood added that major appliances, cookware and back-to-school apparel are the best discounted items during September and October. He also recommended shoppers start early when shopping the Labor Day weekend sales, but also get ut there Monday, when stores will offer even more discounts.
“Monday is the fire-sale moment, when a request for a better deal will likely be honored since they’re trying to clear the shelves,” he said.
Ellwood also shared general advice to help shoppers become savvier: “Never, ever, ever buy anything marked down less than 30 percent during any sale period, Labor Day or otherwise. 30 percent is the price of entry to a real sale these days – anything less is a retail insult.”
Retailers have slashed their prices for a wide variety of items this year, ranging from electronics to apparel to home goods to outdoor items. During the three-day weekend, many stores will offer the same discounts both in stores and online.
However, if you choose to shop the Labor Day weekend sales online, remember to look for additional savings coupons or special offer codes; many large retailers offer additional savings like free shipping to entice shoppers off their couches.
After scouring the Web, we came up with this list of the 27 best places to score deals during Labor Day weekend sales, both online and in stores.
Kmart: 40% off fall clothing for all, all TVs on sale, 50-60% off mattresses plus free box springs, 10% off furniture, 10% off bed & bad, 10% off items for the home, 10% off patio furniture, 5% off grills, 5% off outdoor play
Kohl’s: $10 Kohl’s cash for every $50 spent through Sept. 2; 3-day sale on small appliances, 40-50% off dinnerware, 40-60% off bath towels and rugs, 20-40% off furniture
JCPenney: 4-day sale with 25-50% off items until Monday, including home, apparel, shoes and accessories, jewelry and more. Plus, online only, get an extra 20% off if you use your JCPenney credit card or 10% off using any other method of payment with code 30BUY until Sept. 2. Free shipping on orders over $75.
Macy’s: 20% off and free shipping on orders of $99 or more using promo code DEALS; 15% off home and select home items; Additional 25% off clearance items; sales on clothing, home, shoes, accessories, kitchen, jewelry, kids and furniture
Sears: Free shipping on orders of $59 or more until Sept. 7; 50-60% off mattresses plus free box spring and free delivery; 30% off Kenmore appliances; 15% off other major appliances; 30% off tool storage; 20% off lawn and garden; 50% off other items; 15% off purchases of $75 or more in apparel
Target: 20% off select furniture purchases of $150 or more; sale on backpacks and school uniforms; 30% off Emerson fridges and microwaves; 50% off patio furniture; 20% off kids’ Halloween costumes
Walmart: Labor Day sales and specials on electronics, home, outdoor and apparel
American Eagle: 40% off everything using code 74693461
Ann Taylor: Buy one full-priced item, get a second 50% off
ASOS: 20% off non-sale items until Monday
Club Monaco: 50% off sale styles using code FINAL50
Express: 40% off everything until Monday in stores and online
Forever21: 50% extra off select sale items using code LABORDAY
H&M: 10% off entire purchase
J.Crew: 25% off denim styles
LOFT: 50% off non-sale items using code SHOP50
Mango: 20% off accessories using code 6USATOUCH
Neiman Marcus: 50% off shoes, apparel and more
Nine West: Up to 60% off select styles
Victoria’s Secret: $15 off $100, $30 off $150, $75 off $250, $150 off $500 using code FALL13
Apple: Buy a Mac for college by Sept. 6 and get a $100 App Store Gift Card or buy an iPad or iPhone and get a $50 card
Best Buy: Friday through Monday, 30% off major appliances and free delivery on purchases of $429 or more; $200 off MacBook Pro with Retina Display, Insignia 65” LES HDTV for $999.99 with free delivery; LG 55” LED HDTV for $749.99 with free delivery; and more discounts on laptops, cameras, televisions, cell phones, GPS devices and home theaters
New Egg: 330+ deals for Labor Day, including an LG 42” LED HDTV for $399.00 and more
Home Depot: $40 gift card with purchase of select 5-gallon paint buckets; $10 gift card on purchases of select 1-gallon paint cans; 10% off appliances of $397 or more with free delivery and haul away; free shipping on grills of $399 or more
Lowe’s: 10% off major appliances of $399 or more until Sept. 3; 20% off Char-Broil Commercial Series Gas Grills; $5 mail-in rebate on purchases of gallon-size Paint and Primer in One or Stain and Sealant in One
Overstock: 10% off furniture, area rugs, mattresses, memory foam, kitchen, dining, bedding, window treatments, lighting
Pottery Barn: 60% off items until Monday; 20% off throws and free shipping
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Nadine joined IBTimes in July 2011 and is the editor of the Continuous News Desk, which covers trending news. She writes about retail, the fashion industry and pop culture...