Memorial Day, for many, is time to dust off the backyard barbeque, take that vacation and, of course, honor those who served in the United States Armed Forces. But it’s also the first great sale of spring, when retailers offer deals and discounts for shoppers around the country.
In fact, a survey published by RetailMeNot found that half of consumers will shop the long weekend ending on May 26 and spend an average of $183 on purchases. The survey also found that 79 percent of Americans will be hunting for bargains and coupons associated with Memorial Day sales. Stores will be slashing prices on items for the home, especially outdoor items, as well as clothes, Offers.com Vice President Howard Schaffer told The International Business Times.
"Memorial Day weekend is a great time to find deals on mattresses and appliances," Schaffer said. "You can save 30 to 70 percent on these items."
Schaffer said it’s also a good opportunity to snag outdoor items, like grills and patio furniture, but further markdowns come later in the summer.
“You'll save even more in August,” he said. “Waiting a few months to buy outdoor items is the difference between getting a good deal and getting a great deal."
Clothing, on the other hand, will be put on sale or clearance. “Retailers are trying to get rid of inventory, so you'll find as much as 80% off clothing,” Schaffer said. “Plus, some retailers offer coupons that allow you to stack your savings."
Thanks to GoBankingRates.com, Offers.com and our own scouring of the web, here are 46 of the best Memorial Day sales that begin over the weekend and extend through May 26 along with coupons for online and in-store shopping.
For last-minute travel deals that won’t break the bank, check out our roundup of MDW getaways here.
Bloomingdale's: 20% off sale and clearance items using coupon code “TAKE20” through May 26.
Bon-Ton: Extra 25% off all sale items using coupon code “MEMDAYMAY14.”
Kmart: 10% off purchases of $75 or more using coupon code “KMART10PSAVINGS”; Up to 50% off select outdoor furniture, grills, outdoor play sets and pool items; Free home delivery on orders $399 or more on large items.
Kohl’s: 15% off almost everything site wide using coupon code ‘CELEBRATE” through June 17.
Macy’s: Up to 50% off home items; Extra 10% off sale prices for furniture and mattresses using coupon code “MEMDAY”; Extra 20% off Memorial Day Sale items using coupon code “MEMDAY”; Extra 25 percent off clearance items through May 26.
Nordstrom: Up to 40% off during the “Half-Yearly Sale.”
Sears: Up to 60% off mattresses; Extra 10% and free delivery for mattresses costing $599 or more; 10 to 15% off select home items using coupon code “HOTHOMESALE.”
Aeropostale: Everything 50% off. No coupon code necessary.
Aldo Shoes: Extra 20% off select styles through May 26.
American Apparel: Up to 90% off summer sale items using coupon code “SUPER15” through May 28.
Ann Taylor: Extra 40% off all sale.
Barney's Warehouse: 30% off storewide and additional 40% off clearance through May 28.
BCBG: Additional 30% off final sale items.
Bebe: 50% off already reduced merchandise.
Calvin Klein: 30% off the sale through May 31; Free shipping on orders of $75 or more through May 26.
Carter’s: 50% or more off everything. No Coupon code necessary.
Diane von Furstenberg: 30% off all sale items using coupon code “SUMMER30” through May 26.
Express: 40% off site wide through May 26.
Gap: 40% off regularly priced items using coupon code “EVENT” through May 26.
Havaianas: 20% off all sale items on purchases of $60 or more using coupon code “MAYHAV30.”
J Brand: Up to 40% off denim through May 27.
J.Crew: 25% off select items for all ages using coupon code “PACKME” through May 24.
Lacoste: 25% off site wide.
Lord & Taylor: 20% off sale and clearance items using coupon code “MEMDAY” through May 26.
Nordstrom: Up to 40% off select styles during the half-yearly sale.
Old Navy: 50% off the entire store through May 26.
Saks Off 5th: Extra 40% off swimwear through May 26.
Steven Alan: 30% off sale with code "SWEEET30" through May 26.
TOMS: $10 off purchases of $50 or more with no coupon necessary through May 27; All orders over $25 get free shipping through July 1.
Aerie: Buy one, get one for $10 for bras and swimwear.
Perfumania: 20% off the entire site using coupon code “MEM20.”
Sally Beauty Supply: 25% off any online purchase of $50 or more using coupon code “555217” through May 24.
ABC Carpet & Home: 20% off all rugs using coupon code “RUG20” through May 26.
Best Buy: Up to 25% off refrigerators, washers, dryers and more through May 31.
Crate & Barrel: Up to 30% off outdoor furniture.
Home Depot: $5 off purchases of $50 or more using coupon code “MEMHD” through May 26.
Lowes: 10% off major appliances of $399 or more.
Overstock.com: Up to 30% off, and an extra 10 percent off select garden and patio items.
Pier 1 Imports: Up to 25% off patio furniture, outdoor rugs, cushions and pillows; $10 off any purchase of $40 or more using coupon code “MEMORIAL” through May 26.
Pottery Barn: Up to 60% off outdoor furniture, umbrellas, pillows and more through May 26.
REI: Up to 30% off outdoor, camping and sports gear; 20% off one full-price item using coupon code “ANNV2014” through May 26.
Target: Up to 20% off outdoor living (grills, barbecue accessories, patio furniture and outdoor décor); Home style up to 25% off.