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What to Expect From 2018 Presidents' Day Sales

Look for deals on home goods, tech, and clothing. Just don't expect discounts on Valentine's Day items.
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Presidents' Day is an excellent time to shop for deals on home goods, tech, and clothing. Sales will be starting before you know it, so start keeping an eye out for discounts now. Here's our guide to the Presidents' Day sales and deals you can expect in 2018.

When Is Presidents' Day 2018?

This year, Presidents' Day falls on Monday, February 19.

When Do Presidents' Day Sales Occur?

Last year, we saw the first Presidents' Day-branded sale on February 7. It was 13 days early and came from Overstock.com. Then, Best Buy dropped its Presidents' Day appliance sale a couple of days later. Even if we don't see sales that early this year, they're still expected to pop up right after Valentine's Day. And more will crop up as the holiday weekend gets closer. At the latest, we expect most sales to start around February 17 and 18 this year.

SEE ALSO: 6 Best Buys for February — And It's More Than Presidents' Day Deals!

What Deals Should You Expect?

Tech

Tech is always a big category during this holiday, and there's no reason to think it won't be one again this year. The last few years, Best Buy has celebrated the holiday with a 4-day sale over the weekend. In 2017, the retailer discounted laptops, tablets, TVs, printers, computer accessories, and more by up to $500. Presidents' Day was a good time to upgrade appliances, too, since Best Buy dropped the price on those by up to 35%.

There were also notable sales from the Microsoft Store and HP. Microsoft cut prices across the site and took up to $250 off Surface tablets. It also discounted laptops by up to $1,100, and cut prices on Xbox One games; titles started at just $20. HP had a flatter sale, taking up to 50% off sitewide. It was coupled with free shipping, and yielded the second-best price we had seen on a current-generation Kaby Lake laptop (at $310 off its retail price).

Home Goods

Home goods of all kinds tend to be popular, as well, but Presidents' Day is an especially good time to look for bedding. Last year, shoppers could get up to 75% off at Pottery Barn and up to 65% off at Bed Bath & Beyond when buying furniture, bedding, decor, bath items, and more. Target had its own sale, offering 15% to 30% off select furniture, apparel, shoes, and bedding.

Clothing

Clothing is yet another category to keep an eye on. In 2017, quite a few clothing sales began around Valentine's Day and lasted through Presidents' Day (or just after). Discounts of at least 50% were popular at stores such as Gap Factory, Banana Republic Factory, and Eddie Bauer.

In 2017, quite a few clothing sales began around Valentine's Day and lasted through Presidents' Day (or just after).

Several stores that hosted sales throughout the month upped the ante for the holiday weekend. Savvy shoppers could save 40% at Gap, as well as getting an extra 10% off and free shipping via coupon codes. And Nasty Gal took an extra 50% off just days before the holiday, but increased the discount to 70% that Monday.

Mattresses

Finally, mattresses are popular over the holiday weekend. Last year, US-Mattress took up to 60% off, and up to an extra $25 off select orders. JCPenney also discounted furniture and mattresses by 40% to 60%. And 1800Mattress had sets starting as low as $160.

Shoppers okay with buying online could also snag great deals from sites like GhostBed and Casper — and with added perks. For instance, last year GhostBed offered three GhostPillows for free with the purchase of a mattress, and let you buy one GhostPillow and get one free. Casper offered $75 off via a coupon code. Even Tempur-Pedic had notable savings, taking up to $300 off mattresses and up to $200 off adjustable bases for the holiday.

What Deals Won't You See?

Don't expect many discounts on Valentine's Day gifts like chocolates, flowers, or the ubiquitous stuffed bear. Odds are, after weeks of trying to entice both early and last-minute romantic shoppers, retailers aren't going to be feeling generous when it comes to those traditional presents. If you're waiting until after February 14 in hopes of scoring discounted Valentine's goodies, don't hold your breath.

SEE ALSO: What to Expect From Valentine's Day Deals in 2018

Double the Holidays, Double the Sales?

Valentine's Day and Presidents' Day sometimes fall within a few days of each other, so sales covering both holidays makes sense. However, even when they're further apart, the February sales still stretch through the later part of the month.

While sales for the romantic holiday are typically clearly marked, Presidents' Day sales might not be noted as anything special. No matter what the promotions are called, it's good that Valentine's Day and Presidents' Day fall so close to each other. Whether you love the holidays or not, they usually give shoppers access to more deals over a longer period of time.

Readers, what's on your shopping list for Presidents' Day? Let us know in the comments below.


Staff Writer

Julie joined DealNews in 2015, after many years of becoming well-versed in technology issues as a communications professional for a software company. She first entered journalism in college, reporting on issues facing frugal students for CollegeCandy.com. Julie lives in DealNews' hometown of Huntsville, AL.
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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