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Memorial Day sales: What to buy, what to wait on

Biggest sales until Black Friday
Posted at 5:00 AM, May 19, 2023

If you need something for yourself or your home, it has been tough to find big events the past couple of months during what has been termed a "deal drought."

But that is finally changing now with Memorial Day just around the corner.

Mark Schlotterbeck manages an outdoor furniture store, the midwestern chain Watson's.

He says their Memorial Day deals are some of the best of the year.

"Memorial day is a huge event for us here," he said, walking along a row of sale signs on outdoor furniture. "We are super busy."

And unlike the last two years, he says, there is plenty in stock, which means big markdowns.

"Spas are in stock, we can get them to you next week," he said. "We also have scratch and dent, we have floor models, and everybody likes that, everybody likes a deal."

Browse a few retail websites, and you'll see Memorial Day sales being advertised everywhere.

It's a big change from the peak of the pandemic, when stores couldn't keep up with demand, and so sales were limited.

Shopping expert Trae Bodge says the sweet spot for deals is typically the Friday before the holiday.

"However," she cautioned, "because it's such a competitive landscape, we might see retailers offering early deals this year."

What to buy, what to hold off on

Bodge says Memorial Day is always reliable for sales on bigger-ticket items, including:

  • Large and small appliances.
  • Beds and mattresses.
  • Furniture, both indoor and outdoor.

But she recommends you hold off on buying new electronics.
"We have Amazon Prime Day coming up, and Black Friday in July sales, and that's when I'm expecting to see more exciting discounts in the tech category," she said.

In addition, laptops see big markdowns during Back to School sales in July and August.

Meantime, if you see a great deal on something you use often, like cleaning products or makeup, Bodge suggests you stock up during the sale.

And make sure you're shopping with the credit card that offers the most rewards or cash back.

Michael and Suzanne Kosla were buying a hot tub, telling us the Memorial Day deals can't be beat.

"They are amazing," she said. "We are going to get something for sure!"

So take some time out from enjoying the outdoors to grab a markdown on something you need.

And that way you don't waste your money.


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