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Memorial Day Sales Have Started! Here's What to Expect

Kick off your summer by saving up to 80% on clothing and home goods.
Memorial Day deals

Summer doesn't officially start until the solstice on June 21, but many consider Memorial Day to be the beginning of the season. This year Memorial Day falls on May 28, and you can expect plenty of Memorial Day sales in the coming days. In fact, some of these sales have already arrived!

Memorial Day is one of the best holidays for finding awesome deals, as long as you know where to look and what kind of items to shop for. Buyer beware: This is not the time to stock up on summer items. So what should be on your shopping list? Check out our guide below.

Sales Have Already Started

In 2016, we saw Memorial Day-branded sales arrive as early as May 6. However, last year, we didn't see an official sale until May 16. In both instances, the first or second sale was from Dick's Sporting Goods. We've already seen that sale pop up again this year, as well.

Last year, 66% of the Memorial Day sales we saw were listed between May 21 and May 27.

We're seeing even more sales as we get closer to the holiday weekend. The most sales we saw last year actually fell the week before, with 66% of them being listed from May 21 to May 27. Only about 14% of the sales fell on Memorial Day weekend, including the day before and through the end of May. So don't discount the holiday weekend itself, but be on the lookout for savings all month long.

Save Up to 80% on Clothing

While May isn't necessarily a great time to shop for summer clothing, it's not a bad time for sartorial selections in general. About 50% of the Memorial Day sales we saw last year were clothing sales. Expect to score anywhere from 20% to 80% off at retailers like L.L.Bean, Reebok, Charlotte Russe, Vera Bradley, Hanna Andersson, and The Children's Place. Last year also saw deeply discounted shoes, with Shoes.com taking up to 75% off.

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Looking for designer labels? Those will be on sale, too! Cole Haan, Ralph Lauren, Bloomingdale's, and Rebecca Minkoff all featured Memorial Day deals in 2017, discounting items anywhere from 20% to 60% off. Cole Haan and Ralph Lauren have already started their Memorial Day sales this year, too, taking 40% and 30% off, respectively.

And don't forget the coupons! These sales often include stackable coupons that could take 15% to 35% off, depending on the retailer.

Coupons Cover More Than Clothes

You'll find coupons for items besides apparel, too. It's not surprising to see deals for travel, home items, baby items, auto parts, furniture, and even musical instruments.

Last year, Hotels.com took $50 off select hotel stays, while eBay discounted a wide variety of items — including crafts, food, and sporting goods — with a coupon for 20% off $50. Look for 15% to 20% off on travel sites, eBay, Advance Auto Parts, and Musician's Friend to be a distinct possibility again.

Grab Home Goods at Up to 80% Off

Memorial Day is known as an excellent time to stock up on home goods, and this year should be no different. Last year, about 23% of sales covered home and garden categories, including furniture, patio items, and decor.

If the trends are similar to 2017, expect patio furniture and grills to be discounted up to 50% off at Home Depot, while Walmart could take up to 76% off during its own patio sale. Lowe's is already discounting home improvement items by up to 40% again, which means it's a good time to snag anything you need for DIY projects. It's also discounting appliances, grills, and lighting by the same amount.

Expect patio furniture to be discounted up to 50% off at Home Depot, while Walmart could take up to 76% off during its own patio sale.

Kicking it up a notch in the kitchen? Sur La Table has had a Memorial Day sale boasting up to 75% off the last two years running, and we expect to see it again in 2018. We're expecting noteworthy sales once more from JCPenney, Groupon, and Target.

However, Memorial Day won't be the best time to buy a grill. If you absolutely can't wait, Home Depot should offer around 15% off during this shopping season.

Get a Better Night's Sleep for Less

If you need a new mattress, the long Memorial Day weekend is a great time to shop. Last year, JCPenney took up to 55% off select mattresses and offered an extra 15% off via a coupon code. We also expect to see discounted mattresses from stores like Amazon and Walmart, where you could snag a Twin-size memory foam mattress for as little as $70 last Memorial Day.

Look for other memory foam mattresses to be affordable, as well. Last year, Home Depot discounted a 12" Lucid Queen mattress to $310, and Amazon offered select Brentwood Home mattresses for as little as $249.

Amazon also discounted foundations, selling a Queen foundation for $64 with free shipping. Walmart followed suit and offered a Full foundation for only $52, proving it was a good time to upgrade your bed overall.

Book Your Next Getaway

The start of summer also brings time for vacations and relaxation. Whatever kind of getaway you prefer, consider booking your next trip over Memorial Day weekend. Look for respectable deals on flights, hotels, and vacation packages of all kinds.

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You could save 50% on airfare in general, or find select routes as low as $64 over the weekend. Plus, Travelocity offered hotel stays at a 15% discount earlier in May 2017, and like we mentioned earlier, Hotels.com took $50 off select stays.

Looking for a bigger getaway? Last year, deals for long vacations included seven nights in Italy for $1,829 per person, eight nights in Egypt for $1,799 per person, and five nights in Iceland for $775 per person.

Save Beyond the Long Weekend

Many sales will wrap up at the end of Memorial Day or the day after. But some retailers will extend the sales for at least a few days after the holiday has ended. Keep an eye out through June 3 for Memorial Day events still hanging around — but note that some could be there through mid-June or even longer.

Use these guidelines, and you can rank among the savviest Memorial Day shoppers. Enjoy the long weekend and serious savings, deal-seekers!

Senior Staff Writer

Julie joined DealNews in 2015. Her work has been featured on MSN, Business Insider, Lifehacker, The Motley Fool, GoBankingRates, and Moneyish. In her spare time, she enjoys baking sweets, reading thrillers, and listening to an ever-growing list of podcasts.
DealNews may be compensated by companies mentioned in this article. Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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