A holiday weekend inevitably means sales — and Presidents Day is no exception. Droves of retailers across the country are rolling out discounts on various goods; but which deals are actually worth the hype?
NBC News BETTER consulted shopping experts to get their insights on what to buy, what to skip, and how to get the biggest bang for your buck this Presidents Day. Spoiler alert: home essentials are definitely stealing the show.
In this article
- Best mattress sales
- Best furniture sales
- Best TV sales
- Best apparel sales
- Hold off on luggage, spring clothing and jewelry
- Pro tips for saving more this holiday weekend
Best Presidents Day mattress sales
“When you’re spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars, even a small discount like 20 percent off can make a big difference,” Bonebright says. “If nothing else, these sales usually offer a good opportunity to get discounted or free shipping on bulky items. We’re expecting to see mattresses at up to $600 off from major mattress-specific retailers like Mattress Firm, Tempur-Pedic and Serta. That said, don’t neglect big retailers like Overstock.com, Sears, and Walmart — which may cut anywhere from 20 percent to 60 percent off mattress prices.”
Here are some of the most impressive deals in the mattress categories that have been announced, though as Bonebright implied, we can expect more to drop as the holiday weekend unfolds:
Best Presidents Day furniture sales
“While January is typically the best time to buy furniture, rugs, linens and other home items, Presidents Day offers worthy discounts for those who missed out,” says Sara Skirboll, Shopping & Trends Expert at RetailMeNot.
Here are the deals in this category that are most appealing thus far:
- Overstock’s Presidents Day blowout event sees select rugs and furniture discounted by an extra 20 percent off, but that’s just the tip of the sale’s iceberg; though it requires some digging, you can find some items for as much 70 percent off here.
- Serena & Lily is shaving up to 60 percent off sale styles, including furniture, rugs, and more.
- Wayfair has up to 70 percent off living room furniture, wall decor, accent furniture and lamps.
Best Presidents Day TV sales
“Coming off of Super Bowl and CES 2020, Presidents Day will offer some great discounts on last year’s TV models,” says Skirboll. “Right now I’m seeing tons of deals on 4K TVs, some up to $900 off, from Walmart and many are already live. Discounted big ticket items like this are often limited in supply, so hit the stores before the weekend if you’re looking to snag one of these deals.”
Here’s a list of the best deals on 2019 models, according to Skirboll:
Best Presidents Day TV deals at Walmart
You’ll save roughly $1,800 off the list price.
You’ll save $900.
You’ll save $500.
You’ll save $600.
You’ll save $900.
You’ll save $320.
Best Presidents Day TV deals at Best Buy
You’ll save $200.
You’ll save $150 off.
You’ll get $50 off.
Best Presidents Day apparel sales
“There’s a lot of winter left, depending on where you live, and you can use the sale to shop for outerwear, waterproof boots and other cold-weather items,” says Kristin McGrath, editor and shopping expert at Offers.com.
Among the star sales in apparel that have dropped:
- The North Face is cutting 30 percent off clothing and cold-weather gear. “That’s the best flat discount we typically see on this popular brand,” says Bonebright. “The North Face is notorious for exempting itself from discounts.”
- REI is offering up to 50 percent off in its winter clearance. “Some hidden gems in this sale include up 50 percent off hiking boots and 25 percent off select Yeti water bottles,” says McGrath.
- Kohl’s has up to 70 percent off in its clearance sale — and you can find lots of cute stuff for spring, too (a category that these sales are historically pretty weak on).
- You can also find excellent clothing deals at Macy’s and Sears.
Hold off on luggage, spring clothing and jewelry
As with every holiday sale, there are bound to be some “meh” discounts offered in the mix, but when the marketing hype is strong, it can be tricky to tell which are dud deals. Here’s what you might want to pass on given that better deals are likely just around the corner:
“Hold off on buying new luggage over Presidents Day, you’ll find better deals on those items in March,” says Skirboll. “In fact, the second week of March is historically the best time to buy luggage, with discounts around 80 percent off.”
Though you can find some worthy discounts on spring fashion (as mentioned, Kohl’s has some great deals this weekend), in general, you’re better off waiting if you want to score the most savings.
“As tempting as new spring fashions can be, they’re at their highest prices hitting the stores as brand new inventory,” says Skirboll. “Wait a little longer to purchase those warmer weather items and you’ll be rewarded with discounts.”
Though some Valentine’s Day leftovers, like chocolates, will likely be on sale this weekend, deals on other Valentines-related gifts, namely jewelry and flowers, probably won’t be seeing deep sales just yet.
“If you can, wait for Valentine’s Day clearance events later in the month,” says Bonebright.
Pro tips for saving more this holiday weekend
1. Search sales on social media using #PresidentsDay
“If you’re in discovery mode it’s always fun to see the deals retailers are promoting on their social media feeds,” says Marc Mezzacca, founder of CouponFollow. “Combine hashtag #PresidentsDay and the keyword ‘sale’ to perform a quick Twitter search. You [could] come across a brand you weren’t aware of previously, or a sweet last minute sale announcement.”
2. Track prices and use browser tools
“If you’re hoping to snag a deal, your best bet is to track the prices of the items you want to buy so you can see if their price is truly discounted on Presidents Day weekend,” says Kimberly Palmer, personal finance expert at NerdWallet. “You can use tools to help you do that, including the browser add-on Honey or the app ShopSavvy.
Skirboll adds to be sure and check for additional discounts like promo codes or cash back offers before making in-store or online purchases. RetailMeNot Genie, Rakuten and Wikibuy are handy browser extensions that take the work out of hunting coupon codes and might just give you cash back on your purchase.
“Plus, check price-history tools, such as CamelCamelCamel,” says McGrath. “This tool shows you the price history of an item on Amazon (Amazon’s pricing is a good measuring stick for assessing an item’s lowest prices over time, because Amazon price-matches so aggressively). Knowing just how low an item’s price has gone in the past can help you determine if you’re really getting a good deal.”
3. Inquire about what’s included
“If you are buying a large appliance or furniture, be sure to research or inquire about extras, such as free delivery and installation,” says McGrath. “If you’re comparing prices across a few different stores, knowing what’s included helps you compare apples to apples.”