What to Expect From Presidents' Day Sales in 2022

Shop for deeply discounted clothing, electronics, and furniture during the long holiday weekend.
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Presidents' Day is a great excuse for a long and relaxing weekend, but it's also a time to take advantage of terrific holiday sales. And these Presidents' Day sales are finally here! They boast deals on everything from electronics to mattresses.

Ready to shop? Check out our guide below to Presidents' Day sales in 2022, including when they started and the kinds of savings to watch for.

When Do Presidents' Day Sales Start?

In 2021, Presidents' Day was on February 15, but we saw sales as early as February 1. This year we also saw Presidents' Day sales arrive by the first day of February; that's when JCPenney kicked off their Presidents' Day home sale. However, the bulk of the sales should occur around the long holiday weekend itself. Note that Presidents' Day happens annually on the third Monday of February, and this year it falls on February 21.

The first Presidents' Day sale we saw in 2022 showed up on February 1.

Also remember that these sales can go by any number of names that don't include the word "president." Watch for some of them to be called "end of season" or "winter clearance" sales. Really, though, does it matter? A rose by any other name and all that. It's the savings that we're after.

Can You Shop Valentine's Day Sales at the Same Time?

Valentine's Day and Presidents' Day are always relatively close to each other, but in 2021 they were on consecutive days. This year, though, they're a full week apart. Because of that, we saw some sales for the holidays overlap but not a huge amount, as most Valentine's Day deals tend to end by February 14 or soon after. Almost all of the Presidents' Day sales we saw in place at that time are still going.

What to Expect From Presidents' Day Sales in 2022

Electronics

We may sound like a broken record on this topic, but yes, November and December reign supreme when it comes to finding the best deals on electronics. But Presidents' Day sales are a good opportunity to save on select items, as well, even if the discounts won't be as deep as what we see at the end of the year.

SEE ALSO: The 9 Best Things to Buy in February (Including Presidents' Day Sales!)

Look for laptops and desktops to be discounted by up to 68% at retailers like Dell Home, Lenovo, and HP. However, these events aren't all about computers. Expect retailers like Best Buy, eBay, and Walmart to have bigger sales that encompass even more items. Those sales will probably include TVs, tablets, major appliances, and headphones, as well as other types of electronic gear.

Clothing

If past trends repeat, around a third of all Presidents' Day 2022 sales will feature clothing. But don't count on the newest items being discounted. Retailers will be trying to clear out any remaining winter stock, so new spring apparel won't see deep discounts. Watch for savings to range from 20% to 50% off, but some stores will likely knock up to 70% off, and could even go as high as 87% off.

Last year, major stores like Macy's took up to 87% off during Presidents' Day sales, while PUMA knocked up to 70% off in its Private Sale, and J.Crew Factory cut up to 60% off in its sitewide sale. Also keep an eye out for Eddie Bauer, Sperry, and Columbia to boast their own sales taking around 40% or 50% off. Wherever you choose to shop, know that Presidents' Day should be a good time to stock up on basics, plus cold-weather items for next winter.

Mattresses

If the last two years staying home have proven that you desperately need a new mattress, Presidents' Day is your next great time to shop! Mattress retailers tend to celebrate with their own holiday events, but even stores like Macy's join in on the action, sprinkling mattress deals in among their other discounts.

For instance, last year Macy's cut 20% to 60% off a variety of mattresses and furniture, and JCPenney cut up to 60% off mattresses and other items, plus an extra 10% off via a coupon code. Additionally, major brands like Tempur-Pedic could knock up to $500 off, while Cocoon by Sealy could cut up to 35% off. Need even more options? Be sure to watch for any sales boasting deals on furniture — this is how retailers often categorize mattresses, so there's a good chance if furniture is on sale, beds will be part of the promotion.

Watch for online mattress stores to offer their own Presidents' Day savings, too. Just know the discount amounts will probably be much smaller.

Furniture and Home Goods

As mentioned above, Presidents' Day sales often include furniture, along with home goods and even decor. Expect these events to encompass everything else you'll need for a new bed, from frames to cozy bedding.

Expect to see discounts as high as 70% off at Presidents' Day furniture sales.

Look for home discounts to reach at least 20% off at stores like Walmart and Target, but there's a chance we'll see deeper discounts, as well. Ashley Furniture and Overstock.com took up to 70% off, and Macy's had a wide range of savings — from 20% to 60% off — around Presidents' Day 2021.

Large Appliances

If it's time to upgrade your major appliances, you should be on the lookout for sales on refrigerators, washing machines, and more around Presidents' Day. Historically, we've seen retailers like Home Depot cut up to 35% off select large appliances during the holiday weekend, and we expect this year to be similar. Other stores to check for a Presidents' Day appliance sale include Best Buy and Sam's Club.

What Not to Buy on Presidents' Day

Not everything on sale will be worth shopping for Presidents' Day, and you definitely shouldn't buy something just because it's discounted. Check out what to skip below.

Outdoor Furniture

We definitely see furniture on sale during Presidents' Day sales, but it's mostly of the indoor variety. Even if some wicker and glass pieces make their way into the sales, the discounts will likely be modest at best. If you can, hold off until late summer, when you'll find much better prices in end-of-season sales.

SEE ALSO: Want to Buy Furniture Online? Here's What You Should Know

Grills

Along the same lines, grills may be part of sales, but most discounts you see right now will likely be minimal; it's best to wait for bigger sales later in the year. If you can hold off until Labor Day, that might be when you find some of the best offers.

Ready to shop? Check out the best Presidents' Day deals going on right now!


Julie Ramhold
Senior Staff Writer/Consumer Analyst

Julie's work has been featured on CNBC, GoBankingRates, Kiplinger, Marketwatch, Money, The New York Times, Real Simple, US News, WaPo, WSJ, Yahoo!, and more. She's extolled the virtues of DealNews in interviews with Cheddar TV, GMA, various podcasts, and affiliates across the United States, plus one in Canada.
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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