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What’s Open & Closed on St. Patrick’s Day

Wondering what is open and what is closed on St. Patrick’s Day? You’re not alone! Here’s a quick list of what is open and closed on St. Patrick’s Day: Friday, March 17, 2017:

Government offices will be open. Federal, state, county, and city offices will be open regular business hours. Post Offices will be open and mail will be delivered on regular schedule. Public buildings such as libraries have normal hours of operation.

Banks will be open.

Stock markets will be open.

Schools will be open. This includes primary schools, high schools, colleges, and universities. The exception is if you’re in an area which has experienced severe winter weather. If that’s the case, you may have a snow day today!

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

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

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

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

Movie theaters and cinemas are open.

Nearly all casinos and other gaming facilities will be open.

Liquor stores and ABC stores are open.

Recreation centers are open.

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

Buses, trains, subways, and other public transportation will run as normal.

In summary, nearly everything will be open with normal hours of operation on March 17, 2017. Although St. Patrick’s Day is a fun holiday, it is not a legal holiday such as Christmas Day or the 4th of July. May the luck of the Irish be with ye as you take advantage of the special deals that are available today. Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone!

What’s Open & Closed on Easter Sunday

Wondering what is open and what is closed on Easter Sunday? You’re not alone! Used to be, almost everything besides churches, convenience stores, and gas stations was closed on Easter. Today, some businesses are open while others remain closed for the holiday. Here’s a quick list of what is open and closed on Sunday, April 16, 2017:

Because Easter falls on a Sunday, government offices will be closed. This includes federal, state, county, and city offices. Post Offices will be closed and mail will not be delivered. Public buildings such as libraries are likely closed as well.

Banks will be closed.

Stock markets will be closed.

Schools will be closed. This includes primary schools, high schools, colleges, and universities.

Most shopping malls and shopping centers will be closed. 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, Younkers. Sears stores with separate outside entrances may be open.

These supermarkets and grocery stores will be open, running on holiday schedule with reduced hours in most cases: Albertsons, Baker’s, BI-LO, Carrs, Cashwise/Coborn’s, Dillons, Food4Less, Food City, Food Lion, Fry’s, Genuardi’s, Gerbes, Harris Teeter, Hornbacher’s, Hy-Vee, Ingles, Jewel-Osco, King Soopers, Kroger, Meijer, Owens, QFC, Raley’s, Ralphs, Randalls, Safeway, Save-a-Lot, Shaw’s/Star Market, Sweetbay, Vons, Winn-Dixie.

These grocers will be closed at most locations: A&P, ALDI, Cub Foods, Fred Meyer, Giant Eagle, H-E-B, Publix.

Some “big box” stores will be open holiday hours: Bass Pro Shops, Gander Mountain, The Home Depot, Kmart, Lowes, Menards, PetSmart, Toys R Us, Walmart.


Other retailers will remain closed on Easter Sunday: Academy Sports + Outdoors, Barnes & Noble, Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Big Lots, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Burlington Coat Factory, Cabela’s, Costco, Dick’s Sporting Goods, IKEA, Kohl’s, Office Depot, Office Max, Old Navy, Ross Dress for Less, Sam’s Club, SkopKo, Staples, Target, Trader Joes. .

Because many chain restaurants and bars are franchise operations, hours and open/closed status will vary by location.

Most movie theaters and cinemas are open.

Nearly all casinos and other gaming facilities will be open.

Liquor stores may or may not be open. State and local laws regarding the sale of alcoholic beverages (liquor, beer, and wine) on Easter Sunday and other holidays vary by location.

Recreation centers are likely closed.

Trash and garbage will not be collected in most areas. Collection will proceed on holiday schedule.

Parking meters are not enforced on Easter Sunday in many locations.

Buses, trains, subways, and other public transportation may not be running or will run on holiday schedule.

Enjoy your Easter holiday! For 2017, it happens on Sunday, April 16.

Presidents Day Appliance Electronics Sales & Deals

If you’re in the market for new home electronics or appliances, you should know Presidents Day weekend (February 18-19-20) 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 Presidents 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 Presidents Day sales will be a good time to shop for new models. This winter, 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 Presidents Day electronics and appliance sales online for the best prices. Happy deal hunting!

What’s Open & Closed on Presidents Day

Wondering what is open and what is closed on Presidents Day? You’re not alone! Here’s a quick list of what is open and closed on the combination holiday for George Washington’s birthday and Abe Lincoln’s birthday: Presidents Day Monday, February 20, 2017:

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

Some banks will be closed, but others will be open.

Stock markets will be closed.

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

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

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

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

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

Movie theaters and cinemas are open. Since some kids are out of school, Presidents Day 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 are usually open. State and local laws regarding the sale of alcoholic beverages (liquor, beer, and wine) on Presidents 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.

In summary, some private businesses observe Presidents Day with special hours of operation or close for the holiday while others do not. Government entities are nearly always closed on Presidents Day.

Enjoy your holiday! Presidents Day only comes once per year. For 2017, it happens on Monday, February 20.

Presidents Day Computer Sales Deals & Specials

If you’re shopping for a new laptop or desktop computer, don’t forget Presidents Day weekend (February 18-19-20) 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, 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.

Presidents 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 Presidents 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 Presidents Day computer sales in your local area and online for the best deals. Happy computer shopping!

50% Off Half Price Valentine’s Day Candy Deals

There are 4 times per year to buy bagged candy: the day after Valentine’s Day, the day after Easter, the day after Halloween, and the day after Christmas. Hershey, Nestle, Mars, and other major candy companies all create special candy assortments to commemorate these holidays. Usually, the candy isn’t anything special, but the packaging makes it unique to the particular holidays. Beginning the day after the holiday, 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. Leftover Valentine’s Day candy, Easter candy, Halloween candy, and Christmas candy is put on sale at a substantial discount.

Many stores offer this clearance holiday candy at 50% off, beginning the day after Valentine’s Day. In my area, Walmart, Kroger, Target, and Walgreens are good places to search. Readers 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, Safeway/Von’s, Cashwise, CVS, and RiteAid. Basically, 1/2 price Valentine’s Day 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 well worth your time!

One more thing: if you’re going to take advantage of these half price holiday clearance candy sales, 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!

Presidents Day Cell Phone Sales Deals & Specials

If you’re in the market for a new smartphone or wireless cell phone, you should know Presidents Day weekend (February 18-19-20) 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.

Watch for special Presidents 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. Presidents Day weekend will be a good time to shop for a new phone. We should see some good iPad and tablet sales, too. This winter, 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 Presidents Day cell phone sales in your local area for the best prices. Happy wireless phone deal hunting!

Presidents Day Car Truck SUV Sales & Deals

If you’re in the market for a new car or truck deal, don’t forget Presidents Day weekend (February 18-19-20) 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 Presidents Day car, truck, and SUV sales.

In addition to savings of several thousands of dollars on most models, look for Presidents 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 Presidents Day holiday weekend will be a good time to shop for a replacement. This winter, 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 Presidents Day car, truck & SUV sales in your local area for the best deals. Happy auto shopping!

Presidents Day Furniture Sales Deals & Specials

If you’re shopping for new home furnishings, don’t forget Presidents Day Weekend (February 18-19-20) 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 Presidents Day 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 Presidents 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. This holiday 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 Presidents Day furniture sales in your local area for the best deals. Happy furniture shopping!

Martin Luther King Day Car Truck SUV Sales & Deals

If you’re in the market for a new car or truck deal, don’t forget MLK Day weekend (January 14-15-16) 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 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day car, truck, and SUV sales.

In addition to savings of several thousands of dollars on most models, look for MLK Day offers of free airline tickets and gift cards. 0% financing will 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 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday weekend will be a good time to shop for a replacement. This winter, 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 MLK Day car, truck & SUV sales in your local area for the best deals. Happy auto shopping!