Category Archives: Holiday Shopping Tips

4th of July Car Truck SUV Sales & Deals

If you’re in the market for a new car or truck deal, don’t forget Independence Day and 4th of July Weekend (July 1-2-3-4) is one of the biggest holidays of the year for new auto sales. 2017 is no exception. Your local Honda, Toyota, Chevy/Buick/Cadillac/GMC, Suzuki, Ford/Lincoln, Hyundai, BMW, Volkswagen, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep, Kia/Hyundai, Infiniti, Nissan, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Subaru, Lexus, and Volvo dealers will have large inventories and be ready to deal via their websites. Many independent used car dealers will also have big July 4th car, truck, and SUV sales.

In addition to savings of several thousands of dollars on most models, look for Independence Day offers of free airline tickets and gift cards. 0% financing is once again being offered on some models. Plus extended warranties and discounts on service/maintenance plans.

Because of the “challenging” economy these past few years, most of us have kept our cars and trucks longer than we normally do. The average used vehicle is now over 11 years old. The 4th of July holiday will be a good time to shop for a replacement. This summer, many people are in a better financial situation today vs years past, so auto dealers are rolling out the sales, discounts, and rebate incentives. Check the 2017 July 4th car, truck & SUV sales in your local area for the best deals. Happy auto shopping!

4th of July Furniture Sales Deals & Specials

If you’re shopping for new home furnishings, don’t forget Independence Day and 4th of July Weekend (July 1-2-3-4) is traditionally one of the biggest holidays of the year for new furniture sales. 2017 is no exception. Your local Broyhill, Sauder, La-Z-Boy, Drexel Heritage, Ethan Allen, Council, Durham, Century, Henkel Harris, Stickley, Hickour Chair, Hooker, Lane, Vaughan Bassett, Pennsylvania House, and Berhnardt dealers will have large inventories and be ready to make a deal via their websites.

Several independent furniture dealers such as Ashley Furniture, IKEA, Havertys, Kane’s Furniture, Slumberland, HOM Furniture, and all the big box stores will have large July 4th sales. The many North Carolina furniture outlets will have special offers on your favorite pieces.

In addition to savings of several hundreds of dollars on most dining room, living room, and bedroom/mattress sets & suites, look for Independence Day coupon and promo code sales to get substantial savings off the furniture group or set of your choice.

Because the economy has been less than spectacular these past few years, most of us have kept our furniture and bedding sets longer than we normally do. The 4th of July holiday will be a good time to shop for new furniture. Many people are in a better financial situation today vs years past, so manufacturers and dealers are rolling out the sales, discounts, coupons, rebates, and special promotional offers. Check the 2017 July 4th furniture sales in your local area for the best deals. Happy furniture shopping!

What’s Open & Closed on the 4th of July

Wondering what is open and what is closed on Independence Day? You’re not alone! Here’s a quick list for Tuesday, July 4, 2017:

Most government offices will be closed. This includes federal, state, county, and city offices. Post Offices will be closed and mail will not be delivered on July 4th. Most public buildings such as libraries are closed or may be open limited hours.

Most banks will be closed.

Stock markets will be closed.

Most public and private schools will be closed. This includes primary schools, high schools, colleges, and universities.

SOME UPS Stores will be open while others will be closed. UPS observes the Independence Day holiday, so there will be no pickups or deliveries on July 4th.

Most shopping malls and shopping centers will be open holiday hours. This includes the anchor stores typically found in malls.

Most supermarkets, grocery stores, and “big box” stores will be open holiday hours.

Your favorite bars and restaurants will be open holiday hours with Independence Day food and drink specials.

Movie theaters and cinemas are open. Since most people are off work, the 4th of July is a big movie day. Some cineplexes offer additional early and/or late showings on this day.

Nearly all casinos and other gaming facilities will be open.

Liquor stores and ABC stores may be open or closed. State and local laws regarding the sale of alcoholic beverages (liquor, beer, and wine) on July 4 and other holidays vary by location.

Recreation centers are generally open.

Trash and garbage collection will proceed on normal schedule in most areas.

Buses, trains, subways, and other public transportation will run. Some locations will be on holiday schedule.

Enjoy your holiday and the unofficial middle of summer. Independence Day only comes once per year. For 2017, it happens on Tuesday, July 4.

Memorial Day Car Truck SUV Sales & Deals

It’s not too early to start thinking about Memorial Day vehicle sales! If you’re in the market for a new car or truck deal, Memorial Day Weekend (May 27-28-29) is one of the biggest holidays of the year for new auto sales. 2017 is no exception. Your local Honda, Toyota, Chevy/Buick/Cadillac/GMC, Suzuki, Ford/Lincoln, Hyundai, BMW, Volkswagen, Chrysler/Dodge/Jeep, Kia/Hyundai, Infiniti, Nissan, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Subaru, Lexus, and Volvo dealers will have large inventories and be ready to deal on the lot and via their websites. Many independent used car dealers will also have big Memorial Day car, truck, and SUV sales.

In addition to savings of several thousands of dollars on most models, look for Memorial Day offers of free airline tickets and gift cards. 0% financing is once again being offered on some models. Plus extended warranties and discounts on service/maintenance plans.

Because of the “challenging” economy these past few years, most of us have kept our cars and trucks longer than we normally do. The average used vehicle is now over 11 years old. The Memorial Day holiday weekend will be a good time to shop for a replacement. This spring, many people are in a better financial situation today vs years past, so auto dealers are rolling out the sales, discounts, and rebate incentives. Check the 2017 Memorial Day car, truck & SUV sales in your local area for the best deals. Happy auto shopping!

Memorial Day Computer Sales Deals & Specials

If you’re shopping for a new laptop or desktop computer, don’t forget Memorial Day Weekend (May 27-28-29) is traditionally one of the biggest holidays of the year for new computer sales. 2017 is no exception. Best Buy, Walmart, Office Max, Office Depot, Staples, Sam’s Club, Costco, hhgregg, Fry’s Electronics, Radio Shack, CircuitCity.com, Micro Center, Dell.com, CompUSA/Tiger Direct, and Amazon.com will all have large inventories and be ready to make a deal online and in their stores.

Save on the latest desktop and laptop computer models from HP, Lenovo, Asus, Compaq, Acer, Dell, Advent, Toshiba, Apple Mac, Everex, Sony Vaio, Gateway, Samsung, and Toshiba. Sales can be found on the various store websites.

Memorial Day is also a good time to purchase computer accessories, peripheral devices, and related products such as the iPad and other tablets, iPod, portable hard drives, printers, laptop cases, and software.

Because the economy has been less than spectacular these past few years, most of us have kept our computers longer than we normally do. The Memorial Day sales will be a good time to shop for new desktops and laptops. Many people are in a better financial situation today vs years past, so manufacturers and dealers are rolling out the sales, discounts, coupons, rebates, and special promotional offers. Check the 2017 Memorial Day computer sales in your local area and online for the best deals. Happy computer shopping!

Memorial Day Appliance Electronics Sales & Deals

If you’re in the market for new home electronics or appliances, you should know Memorial Day Weekend (May 27-28-29) is typically one of the busiest holidays of the year for appliance and electronics sales. 2017 is no exception. Washers, dryers, dishwashers, ranges/microwaves, refrigerators/freezers, flat screen LCD/LED/plasma TVs, gaming consoles, plus laptop/desktop computers/printers and accessories will all be featured with deep discounts.

Watch for special Memorial Day promotional offers on appliances and electronics from Amana, LG, Samsung, Frigidaire, Sony, Toshiba, Dell, HP, Apple, and many other manufacturers. Deals can be found on the various store websites.

Because of the “challenging” economy these past few years, most of us have kept our home electronics and appliances longer than in years past. The Memorial Day sales will be a good time to shop for new models. This spring, many people are in a better financial situation today vs years past, so appliance and electronics dealers are rolling out the sales, discounts, and rebate incentives. Check the 2017 Memorial Day electronics and appliance sales online for the best prices. Happy deal hunting!

Memorial Day Furniture Sales Deals & Specials

It’s not too early to start thinking about Memorial Day furniture sales! If you’re shopping for new home furnishings, don’t forget Memorial Day Weekend (May 27-28-29) is traditionally one of the biggest holidays of the year for new furniture deals and special promotional offers. 2017 is no exception. Your local Broyhill, Sauder, La-Z-Boy, Drexel Heritage, Ethan Allen, Council, Durham, Century, Henkel Harris, Stickley, Hickour Chair, Hooker, Lane, Vaughan Bassett, Pennsylvania House, and Berhnardt dealers will have large inventories and be ready to make a deal via their websites.

Several independent furniture dealers such as Ashley Furniture, IKEA, Havertys, Kane’s Furniture, Slumberland, HOM Furniture, and all the big box stores will have large Memorial Day sales. Many North Carolina furniture outlets will have special offers on your favorite pieces.

In addition to savings of several hundreds of dollars on most dining room, living room, and bedroom/mattress sets & suites, look for Memorial Day coupon and promo code sales to get substantial savings off the furniture group or set of your choice.

Because the economy has been less than spectacular these past few years, most of us have kept our furniture and bedding sets longer than we normally do. The Memorial Day weekend will be a good time to shop for new furniture. Many people are in a better financial situation today vs years past, so manufacturers and dealers are rolling out the sales, discounts, coupons, rebates, and special promotional offers. Check the 2017 Memorial Day furniture sales in your local area for the best deals. Happy furniture shopping!

Memorial Day Cell Phone Sales Deals & Specials

If you’re in the market for a new smartphone or wireless cell phone, you should know Memorial Day Weekend (May 27-28-29) is typically one of the busiest holidays of the year for new phone sales. 2017 is no exception. Your local Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint, and U.S. Cellular stores and authorized agents will be well-stocked and ready to deal. There are many phones available FREE with activation of a qualifying service plan and contract. Expect many competitive deals on the new Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+.

Watch for special Memorial Day promotional offers on prepaid phones and service from Boost Mobile, Cricket Wireless, NET 10, TracFone, Straight Talk, and Virgin Mobile.

Because of the “challenging” economy these past few years, most of us have kept our cell phones and smartphones longer than in years past. Memorial Day weekend will be a good time to shop for a new phone. We should see some good iPad and tablet sales, too. This spring, many people are in a better financial situation today vs years past, so wireless phone dealers are rolling out the sales, discounts, and rebate incentives. Check the 2017 Memorial Day cell phone sales in your local area for the best prices. Happy wireless phone deal hunting!

What’s Open & Closed on Memorial Day

Wondering what is open and what is closed on Memorial Day? You’re not alone! Here’s a quick list of what is open and closed on Monday, May 29, 2017:

Most government offices will be closed. This includes federal, state, county, and city offices. Post Offices will be closed and mail will not be delivered on Memorial Day. Most public buildings such as libraries are closed or may be open only for limited hours.

Most banks will be closed.

Stock markets will be closed.

Most public and private schools will be closed. This includes primary schools, high schools, colleges, and universities.

SOME UPS Stores will be open while others will be closed. UPS observes the Memorial Day holiday, so there will be no pickups or deliveries on May 29.

Most shopping malls and shopping centers will be open holiday hours. This includes the anchor stores typically found in malls: Belk, Bergners, Bloomingdale’s, Bon-Ton, Boscov’s, Boston Store, Carson Pirie Scott, Dillard’s, Elder-Beerman, Gordmans, Herberger’s, JCPenney, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sears, Younkers. Several stores will be featuring Memorial Day sales with deals, discounts, and special promotions.

Most supermarkets and grocery stores will be open holiday hours: A&P, Albertsons, ALDI, Baker’s, BI-LO, Carrs, Cashwise/Coborn’s, Cub Foods, Dillons, Food4Less, Food City, Food Lion, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, Genuardi’s, Gerbes, Giant Eagle, H-E-B, Harris Teeter, Hornbacher’s, Hy-Vee, Ingles, Jewel-Osco, King Soopers, Kroger, Meijer, Owens, Publix, QFC, Raley’s, Ralphs, Randalls, Safeway, Save-a-Lot, Shaw’s/Star Market, Sweetbay, Vons, Winn-Dixie.

Most “big box” stores will be open holiday hours: Academy Sports + Outdoors, Barnes & Noble, Bass Pro Shops, Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Big Lots, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Burlington Coat Factory, Cabela’s, Costco, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Gander Mountain, The Home Depot, IKEA, Kmart, Kohl’s, Lowe’s, Menards, Office Depot, Office Max, Old Navy, PetSmart, Ross Dress for Less, Sam’s Club, SkopKo, Staples, Target, Trader Joes, Toys R Us, Walmart.

Your favorite bars and restaurants will be open holiday hours with Memorial Day food and drink specials: Applebee’s, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery, Bonefish Grill, Buffalo Wild Wings, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Chili’s, Hooters, Logan’s Roadhouse, Longhorn Steakhouse, O’Charley’s, Olive Garden, On The Border, Outback Steakhouse, Red Lobster, Red Robin, Romano’s Macaroni Grill, Ruby Tuesday, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Texas Roadhouse, T.G.I. Friday’s.

Movie theaters and cinemas are open. Since most kids are out of school, Memorial Day is a big movie day. Some cinemas offer additional early and/or late showings on this day.

Nearly all casinos and other gaming facilities will be open.

Liquor stores and ABC stores may be open or closed. State and local laws regarding the sale of alcoholic beverages (liquor, beer, and wine) on Memorial Day and other holidays vary by location.

Recreation centers are likely open.

Trash and garbage collection will proceed on normal schedule in most areas.

Buses, trains, subways, and other public transportation will run, but some locations will be on holiday schedule.

Enjoy the holiday and the unofficial start of summer. Memorial Day only comes once per year. For 2017, it happens on Monday, May 29.

50% Off Half Price Day After Easter Candy Deals

Easter Monday (April 17) and the next few days are a great time to buy Easter Candy. Hershey, Nestle, Mars, and other major candy companies all create special candy assortments for Easter. You’ve no doubt seen these in the stores. Usually, the candy isn’t anything special, but the packaging makes it unique to Easter. Beginning the day after Easter Sunday, this candy is no longer marketable. It cannot be sold at full price because the packaging is outdated. It cannot be saved and resold the following year because it would become stale long before then. So, this Easter candy is sold very cheap, at a substantial discount.

Many stores offer Easter candy at 50% off, beginning the day after the holiday. In my area, Walmart, Kroger, Target, and Walgreens are great places to search. Target usually starts at 30% and gradually increases the discount to 50%. eaders in other parts of the country have told me the other Kroger family stores also offer discounted holiday candy: Ralphs, King Soopers, City Market, Dillons, Fry’s, QFC Quality Food Centers, Baker’s, Owen’s, Jay C Food Stores, Hilander, Gerbes, and Pay Less Super Markets. Others have mentioned Cub Foods, Rainbow, Albertsons, and the Safeway family stores: Vons, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Genuardi’s and Carrs. Also, try Cashwise, Shopko, CVS, Giant Eagle, and RiteAid, if they have locations in your area.

Basically, 1/2 price Easter candy is likely to show up at any supermarket, drug store, or large discount retailer. You might have to do some searching, but a deal like this is worth it when you can save 50%.

One more thing: if you’re going to take advantage of these after Easter candy deals, do so quickly. The “good stuff” always goes within a few days. Come early and you’ll find Kit Kats, Twix, Snickers, Milky Ways, Reese’s, Three Musketeers, and M&Ms for 50% off. Wait too long and there will be nothing left besides suckers and the goopy glop that nobody wants. If you’re a true CheapoLifer, half the fun is the hunt and finding the deal. Good luck!