By Chris Dato • August 27, 2014
With the last long weekend of summer rapidly approaching, you are probably feeling the pressure to cram as much vacation as possible into these last few days. However, the chaos of everyone frantically trying to relax presents a great opportunity for you to score big savings on big ticket items you might need. Even if you hadn’t thought about shopping for them yet. Check out our recomendations for Labor Day Sale best buys!
Inside the home
As summer draws to a close, many major retailers are desperately trying to get rid of their inventory to make room for the new seasons items. This applies not only to tank tops and swim trunks, but also appliances, which give you the opportunity to save a lot on expensive item you use every day. Home Depot will be offering 10% off major appliances $369 and up. Similarly, Lowes will be offering up to 30% off major appliance $399 and up. That makes this a great time to replace that Jurassic washer and dryer with a newer, energy efficient model at a great price.
Of course we all think of Black Friday when it comes to deals on televisions, but why wait? Walmart already has many online only Labor Day Weekend promotions available on their website, which means you can take advantage of them right now! They have a Sceptre 32” LED 1080p HDTV for $189, as well as the same model with a built in DVD player for just $10 more. Best Buy also has some great deals for televisions this weekend, like an Insignia 32” LED 1080p HDTV for $199.
Another great deal in Walmart’s Labor Day online sale is a 12g iPad Mini for just $279! Pick one up for yourself, or take advantage of the deals to pick up some early Christmas presents for someone who has been especially good this year.
It is easy to forget that the best place to soak up the last rays of summer might be in your own backyard, especially if your patio furniture has seen brighter days. Labor Day Weekend is the time to find the best prices on patio furniture. Retailers are desperate to get rid of any patio furniture they have left, which translates to savings for you. Lowes is offering up to 75% off their remaining inventory of patio furniture, and Kmart has announced that it will be discounting all of its patio furniture 70%. Not only is this a great way to give your backyard an affordable facelift, but if you hurry you can even break the furniture in while you squeeze the last drops of summer out of this weekend.
But what about when you work up an appetite enjoying your beautiful new backyard? Not to worry, we’re sure BBQ burgers from a shiny new grill will hit the spot. If you are a fan of cooking with charcoal, Home Depot has the deal for you: an Aussie Walk About charcoal grill for only $39.97, and while it would be a mistake to buy the same grill from Lowes (they will have it on sale for $49), be sure to stop in and take advantage of their 2 for $20 sale on 20 lbs. bags of charcoal.
If you are one who enjoys the natural, clean burning flavor of propane, well you are in luck! Menards has a Charbroil 3 Burner Gas Grill for $79 after a $20 rebate. If you are looking for something with a little more space for your meat, Walmart’s online specials include a Grill King 5 Burner Gas Grill for $198.
On the Road
For those of you who prefer the open road to a day in the backyard, bikenashbar.com has got you covered. Nashbar is having a blowout sale on all of the bikes and bike accessories on their website, including 58% off road bikes and 50% off mountain bikes as well as hybrids. Even among the great deals, this Schwinn City Single Road Bike stands out at just $299.
Be sure to enjoy your last days of summer, but don’t relax so hard that you miss out on the great deals retailers are offering. Now is not just a great time to put the finishing touches on your tan, but it is also perfect for updating your home on a budget or getting some savvy Christmas shopping done early. Spending a little now will help you save a lot in the long run.
Chris Dato A Southern California kid born and raised, Chris is happiest with sunglasses on his face and sand under his back. Although a self-proclaimed master money saver, he prefers the term 'responsibly frugal' to 'cheap.'