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What's hot in Memorial Day sales

Start of summer already? Better get shopping. But give the grills and new electronics a miss for now, according to the experts at Dealnews.

By Smart Spending Editor May 15, 2013 4:44PM

This post is by Louis Ramirez of partner site Dealnews.

MSN Partner siteAs the unofficial start of the summer, Memorial Day is typically associated with a sunny afternoon BBQ. But for in-the-know shoppers, this holiday is also an excellent time to flex that credit card; historically, Memorial Day weekend offers the best sales since the start of the year, frequently with stacking coupons that slash prices on already-discounted goods.


So what can you expect from Memorial Day sales this year, and when should you start looking?

$100 bills growing in grass © REB Images, Blend Images, Getty ImagesMemorial Day sales now start in March, apparently

Traditionally, Memorial Day sales have started as early as the first week of May, but 2013 is proving to be a complete anomaly. This year Amazon kicked off its Memorial Day sale in late March, taking 60% off shoes and accessories. Likewise, Orbitz slashed 50% off Memorial Day hotel stays back in April.


As far as retailers are concerned, Memorial Day sales now start in March, which is a boon for consumers as there will be more deals to be had and more time to make purchases.

Clothing sales and deals on home goods lead the pack

Memorial Day is a great time to stock up on spring apparel, since we typically see deep discounts that qualify for an additional price cut via a stacking coupon; combined, this can yield some big savings.

Last year, for example, we saw promotions that slashed an additional 20% to 40% off sale items at stores like, Original Penguin, Anne Klein, Perry Ellis, Macy's, and Speedo, oftentimes with items already marked 30% to 70% off. Additional retailers that offered some of the best clothing sales last year included ShopEcko, Old Navy, Betsey Johnson, and Backcountry.

If you're done with spring cleaning, then Memorial Day is also a great time to furnish your home, as the second-most discounted category this month is home goods. Expect to see Memorial Day deals from the likes of Brylane Home, Pottery Barn, West Elm, and eSaleRugs, and look for discounts that range from 15% to 50% off.


Keep in mind, however, that last year we didn't see as many stacking coupons for home goods as we did for apparel.

Give electronics a break

By now many of 2013's new HDTVs have hit the market, and although some retailers may have already started slashing away at MSRPs, May is typically not a good time to purchase electronics: it's generally a month of transition. Newer HDTVs are just hitting the market (which means we'll see better prices on these models later this summer.


Plus, next-gen gaming consoles are scheduled to be announced in June at E3, and Apple is slated to make a few announcements of its own in June at its World Wide Developer's Conference.) Any tech you buy today will likely either be outdated or deeply discounted within the coming weeks.

However, laptop deals are still going strong, and we can expect to see Memorial Day sales from Fry's Electronics, Dell Home, and MacMall (as we did last year). But unless you're in dire need of a new system, we'd recommend holding off until later in the summer when you can take advantage of back-to-school laptop sales and save a few extra bucks, or snag a laptop bundle. Otherwise, you can expect to see computers receive anywhere from 15% to 85% off; just be aware that the latest models may not always receive the discounts.

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Skip the summer seasonal items
As much as we'd all love to fire up a new grill this month, Memorial Day isn't the best time for summer-specific goods either. In fact, items like grills and patio furniture will see better discounts toward the end of the season, particularly in August. Summer outdoor gear will also see better discounts toward the beginning of fall as opposed to its commencement. But on the bright side, Memorial Day is usually a good time to join a gym, as most gyms spend this time trying to lure fitness buffs back indoors and away from outdoor activities.

As with any holiday, if a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. But make no mistake, 2013 Memorial Day sales are expected to boast a surplus of deals on clothing and home goods. Just make sure to check Dealnews in the coming days for the best Memorial Day deals.

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May 23, 2013 6:10AM

memorial day is NOT about sales & shopping....HOW DISGUSTING. Do you guys need to look up Memorial Day to remind you what it is actually for?!


May 23, 2013 8:20AM
Here's an idea. How about celebrating Memorial Day for what it is, a day to honor our fallen.  I don't care how extreme this sounds, but companies should not even be allowed to have or advertise "Memorial Day" sales since they do not have anything to do with the purpose behind it.  I can see Vet discounts at places, but otherwise give the corporate greed a break.  Otherwise, everyone enjoy the weekend, crack a beer open and toast one to our fallen.  Semper Fi
May 23, 2013 6:16AM
Give America a Break and try to buy things made in America by American workers
May 23, 2013 7:52AM

I agree with shirleV, this weekend isn't about sales but some stores such as Lowes and Home Depot give 10% discounts to veterans. This can be significant with home projects and appliances. To all of the vets and those who honor our fallen heroes, have a great weekend. Jim USAF

May 23, 2013 8:16AM
I'm putting in a bid to buy the Constitution, since obviously our government doesn't use it anymore.
May 23, 2013 9:02AM

This article is digusting.  NOT ONE mention of my brothers and sisters who paid the ultimate sacrifice. 


We are at war, America is at the Mall...

May 23, 2013 7:04AM
Hey, another reminder:  buy things you *need* not because they're on sale!
This is what the new generation thinks Memorial Day is more shopping. Never been to a grave yard, never lost a family soldier or loved one. Memorial Day is a time to remember those who have gone. But in todays PC world its all about more spending, just like the government does. What a shame.
May 23, 2013 8:05AM
Christmas and Easter are NOT about buying and shopping either, but all these companies think only one thing for any holiday.....Sell!  Sell!  Sell!  Make Money! Make Money! Make Money!
May 23, 2013 9:37AM
This is an article about the SALES. Everything is not about veterans. Therer are other articles about the brave men and women. Read those! There will be articles about picnics and parades and yes, the wars and the sacrifices which (don't get me wrong) are tremendous. But people, stop the 'more-righteous-than-thou' attitude and just understand the piece for what it is. I need some stuff and I am very happy for the 'advice'. Give it a break. Please! 
 I will try to buy things made in America by American workers ...
May 23, 2013 8:13AM
 Buy American. Complain that there are no American products to look at. 
May 23, 2013 9:08AM
Memorial day is not about shopping or grilling out, it's about the solders that gave it all so we can be free, shame on you for making this another shopping day...
May 23, 2013 8:51AM
I buy most of my clothes at consignment stores, Goodwill and Salvation Army, do visit yard sells sometimes.  Goodwill and Salvation Army help those in need and that's a good way to support American's in need.  Due to our stores not having American made products, I refuse to visit them much and when I do buy its on the 75% sale rack or more off. I fuss about not having American made goods all the time when I shop and speak to the management. I don't want to give them any more money than I can. Our jobs are gone, now our government wants to give our country away to illegal, once again. I use to work at a Dept. of Social Services and see the poverty that our people are going through because they can't find work. Refuse to use the self checkout lanes. That's a person's job there. You can pay for them to be on Medicaid/Food Stamps or you can support American products. Buy American people.
May 23, 2013 8:56AM
I know Memorial Day is about our veteran's who have fought in our government's wars.  As far as I'm concerned, there hasn't been a war since WWII. The rest have been conflicts.  Our guys and girls are going into the services because they can't find a job and now have either died or been maimed by the effects of war.  I support our veterans but not the wars/conflicts.  USA needs to get out of everybody's business and country and mind it's own business and take care of IT'S countrymen and country. 
May 23, 2013 11:38AM
well i don't know how grilling and drinking is any more about remembering the deceased than shopping is but that seems to be a completely acceptable activity to most of the commenters getting riled up about celebrating memorial day "the right way".   why? i guess if you spend the entire time talking about lost loved ones that might be the case but i think most people just party, and getting drunk is not the way to honor the lives of the deceased either. so before judging others maybe you should look at the way you celebrate the day and do an honest analysis and see if its really the best way to do it or if its just your tradition and therefore "the right way". (ps, i'm not defending these sales or companies either, just trying to make a point).

May 23, 2013 10:52AM

This post is by Louis Ramirez of partner site Dealnews.


What do you mean we missed the point AGAIN? The Holiday isn't about shopping????


And those that don't get it haven't served or been close to those whom have... To them it's just another Monday off.....


And here I thought Memorial Day was to Honor the Stores that stayed open..... that is sarcasm...

May 23, 2013 7:31AM
It says "gas prices have taken a big jump in ohio and the US."   Did i miss something? Did Ohio finally succeed from the union?

Why is gas $3.24 In the blue state of joisey and $3.89 in the red state of Ohio? Must be higher Taxes in the red state. lol
May 23, 2013 12:51PM
Many of us do know the meaning of Memorial Day, however, the purpose of this article was to inform people of things they could save money on.  With that said, cut the trash talk.... it makes you look stupid! 
May 23, 2013 12:03PM


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