Sure, Black Friday gets all the hype. But seasoned bargain hunters know that Presidents Day weekend can often be the best opportunity to save 50% or more across several big categories, from home decor to clothes to digital devices.
To help you score loot while keeping more Washingtons, Lincolns and Jacksons in your pocket, we’ve hand-picked our definitive list of the biggest holiday discounts you’ll find, both online and in stores.
Furniture, Appliances and Mattresses at Up to 70% Off
Although white sales traditionally happen in January, retailers are just now clearing shelves to make room for new merchandise—like window treatments, furniture and accents—as people begin tossing out old pieces during spring cleaning and browsing fresh ones.
“This year I’m seeing very deep discounts, perhaps because retailers didn’t do as well as they expected over the holidays, so stock is moving slowly,” says consumer shopping expert Trae Bodge, who says shoppers can expect at least 50% off regular price tags over the holiday. Kendal Perez, savings expert at CouponSherpa, has seen deals right now of up to 70% off home goods at Target, JCPenney, West Elm, Wayfair and Overstock.
If you’ve been lusting for a stainless steel fridge or induction range, this is also a prime time to upgrade. “During Presidents Day, large appliances see discounts of 30% to 40% off select models, plus free delivery and haul-away,” Perez says. Best Buy, H.H. Gregg, Home Depot, Lowe’s and Sears are all cutting price tags.
Shoppers who spring for a mattress this weekend can land big bargains—up to 40% to 60% off. “Some stores also offer free delivery when shoppers spend a certain amount,” Perez says. She has spotted fab deals right now at Sleepy’s, Sleep Train Mattress Centers, JCPenney and Overstock.
Winter Gear at Up to 75% Off
With the first day of spring in sight, puffy jackets and knit hats are the last thing you feel like buying. But if you want to snag ridiculous savings, stock up on cold-weather apparel and accessories for next year. Prices on everything from boots to coats to skis will get slashed 50% to 75%, says Bodge.
Since retailers showcase spring fashions starting in late February, retailers are further marking down winter items that were already discounted. “Last year, Anthropologie and Nordstrom offered an additional 40% off sale items for Presidents Day,” Perez says. “Club Monaco and Urban Outfitters advertised an extra 30% off previously discounted winter merchandise.”
Spring Clothing Pre-Sales at Up to 30% Off
Can’t bring yourself to buy more cold-weather clothes? Don’t worry. Right now, retailers know that shoppers are sick of winter and are ready to spend money on colorful warm-weather outfits. “As an incentive to encourage people to buy, they’ll often offer ‘teaser sales’ of 25% to 30% off select spring merchandise,” says Bodge. The hope is that by marking down a handful of new items, you’ll get sucked into splurging on regularly priced spring attire. Resist splurging, but pick up tops, skirts and jackets you know you’ll wear.
TVs, Computers and Smartphones at Up to 40% Off
“Manufacturers have already debuted their upcoming product lines at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, and new gadgets start to arrive in March or April,” Bodge says. “So over Presidents Day, you might see deep discounts on last season’s models.” The hottest bargains are on smartphones—Bodge reports seeing volume deals for couples and families, where if you buy one cell phone, you’ll get two to four extra for free.
With phones covered, think computers and TVs. “In the past, Best Buy has offered up to 25% off HDTVs from Samsung and Sharp; Dell has given a 40% discount on select PCs and laptops; and Apple has advertised $100 discounts on certain iPad, Apple Watch and Apple TV models,” Perez says. So watch for potential sales this year.
Tax Software at Up to 20% Off
OK, it’s not a pretty skirt or sleek TV. But if you haven’t sent in your taxes to Uncle Sam yet, this weekend is the right time to get on it by picking up prep software. “There will be tax software sales of 10% to 20% off all month long on sites like H&R Block and TurboTax,” Bodge says. Consider it a patriotic way to honor Presidents Day.