Best Labor Day Buys for Smart People

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Labor Day is one of the biggest sales of the year. Another excuse to spend our hard earned cash, right? Labor Day is the perfect opportunity: Summer is over but it’s not quite the holiday season yet, so why not spend a little on yourself?

Whether you’re a keen shopper or not, the Labor Day 2021 sales aren’t to be missed. That’s why we’ve rounded up a list of the best Labor Day buys for people on the go. Don’t have time to browse through the shops for hours trying to locate some good stuff? You’ve come to the right place. This is your go-to list for Labor Day shopping inspiration.

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When do Labor Day sales start?Labor Day sales usually start to pick up a couple of weeks before the holiday itself, which this year falls on September 6 2021. However, the sales peak over Labor Day weekend, particularly on the holiday itself, while most people are enjoying a day off work.

Why is Labor Day considered one of the biggest shopping days?

Let’s face it: in America, we love to shop. Particularly when we have a scheduled federal holiday. What better way to spend your free time? The retailers know that, which is why every year they wait until Labor Day weekend to discount their products to consumers in one of the biggest sales events of the year.

In 2018, American consumers collectively spent a jaw-dropping $2.08 billion on Labor Day. You can expect to enjoy up to a 40 percent discount at some places, like Home Depot, for example. That’s nearly half off! For big purchases like furniture or technology, it makes perfect sense as to why you’d wait until September to buy your items.

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What if you hate shopping?

But sometimes finding the deals is part of the problem. Our readers and customers of FitMyFoot are active people. You’re people who like to stay busy and active, enjoying the great outdoors and making the most of life. For many of you, scouring the internet or the stores to locate a good deal or even deciding what to buy - is not your idea of fun.

So for all you, we’ve put our heads together to come up with some of the top items you should look into getting this Labor Day, and some of the best sales around town. Let’s get into the list.

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Best Labor Day buys for smart people

  1. Sofas

Do you need a new sofa? Will you need a new sofa within the next year? If so, it might be an idea to purchase this big-ticket item on Labor Day. Sofas can break the bank, so you’ll be happy to hear that many furniture stores are offering huge savings on sofas over the Labor Day weekend.

Tip: West Elm is a hugely popular seller of sofas. Over Labor Day they have their Buy More, Save More Event with 15 percent off orders of $150 or more; 20 percent off orders of $500 or more; 25 percent off orders of $1,000 or more; and 30 percent off orders of $3,500 or more with code SAVEMORE.

If you want more tips on buying a sofa this Labor Day weekend, check out this article written by ApartmentTherapy which covers some of the best sofa sales events you can enjoy.

  1. Outdoor furniture

According to NerdWallet, outdoor furniture sales happen between the Fourth of July and Labor Day. This makes sense when you think about the fact that summer is drawing to a close - the majority of people would have already purchased their outdoor furniture to enjoy while the weather is warmer.

If you want to snag a deal on a patio set, now is your time. Sure, it’s a little premature for next summer - but there is still a good amount of time to enjoy outside seating before winter rolls around.

Sale tip: Try Ashley Furniture’s Labor Day sale to enjoy savings ranging from 10 to 50 percent. For an extra 10 percent off, use the code LASTCHANCE.

Outdoor furniture by fireplace
  1. Summer clothes

Much like the deal with outdoor furniture, retailers are keen to shift their summer clothing stock to make room for fall fashion. If you live in a colder climate, this might not be of interest to you. But if you live in a state with transitional weather, like California or Texas, getting some summer pieces at a major discount is bound to be an appealing prospect.

Sale tip: Many high street clothing stores offer huge discounts - up to 70 percent in some places like H&M, and Nordstrom is offering up to 65 percent off on clothing! If you’re looking for more killer clothing deals, try visiting an Outlet center. These stores are already heavily discounted, and you can expect to find even greater discounts on Labor Day weekend.

  1. Mattresses

Did you know that Labor Day weekend is known to be the best time of the year to buy a mattress? Many stores offer sizable discounts on mattresses and bedding over the weekend, for reasons unknown. But make the most of it!

Sale tip: Casper the increasingly popular online mattress retailer is offering 15 percent off all mattresses, and has a money-back guarantee if you’re not pleased with the quality. If you’re struggling with back issues and want to upgrade your current mattress, go to Tempur-Pedic. You’ll be saving 30 percent on a Tempur-Cloud mattress, and 25 percent on pillows and bedding.

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  1. Back-to-school items

Labor Day coincides with children and teenagers going back to school. You may have already picked up all the back to school essentials like pens, paper, books, school clothes, and electronics. But if you have waited until the last minute, you’re in for a treat! Often retailers try to get rid of their back to sale stock after everyone has gone back to school, so you’ll be getting some awesome discounts.

Back to school supplies

Sale tip: Best Buy, Dell and Microsoft have the best laptop sales around. If you prefer Apple, you’ll be able to get education pricing if you’re using it for that purpose. Plus, they’re giving out free AirPods on select Macs and iPads through most of September.

Final thoughts

Shopping isn’t for everyone. But the fact of the matter is, sometimes you need to get new stuff. Labor Day sales are an ideal time to do so. We hope this list has been helpful - if it has, share it with a friend!

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