What to Buy and Skip During Labor Day Sales

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In addition to barbecues and late summer getaways, Labor Day weekend is a great time to snag top deals from your favorite stores. While it appears everything is on sale this weekend, not all buys are great for your budget. Here to tell us what to buy and what to skip this Labor Day is CouponSherpa.com Savings Expert Kendal Perez.



Swimwear & Summer Apparel

  • Labor Day is the unofficial end to the summer season, which means swimwear and warm-weather clothes and accessories are on sale and clearance. In addition to storewide and sitewide savings, be sure to look for coupons for extra deals including:
  • Other sales include:
    • Up to 60% off everything from Eddie Bauer
    • 60% off clearance from American Eagle
    • Up to 30% off clearance swimwear from Target
    • 50% off entire store - Carter’s
    • Up to 70% off swimwear from Victoria’s Secret


Back-to-School Items

Kids are already back in school which means supplies and other classroom essentials are on clearance. Look for savings from office supply stores as well as department stores and even dollar stores on everything from pens to backpacks to notebooks to clothing.


  • Zulily -- Up to 75% off Back-to-School essentials
  • Macy’s -- Save 30-50% on Back-to-School items
  • Stride Rite -- BOGO 40% off Back-to-School essentials
  • Staples -- 25% off select backpacks, plus basic supplies for less than $1


Garden & Outdoor Items

Gardens are nearing harvest mode and most home improvement stores and garden centers are clearing out plant inventory, mulch and tools as well as patio furniture, grills and outdoor decor.


  • $100 off Weber Grills from Lowe’s/Home Depot/Ace Hardware.
  • Extra 25% off Outdoor Clearance with a Pottery Barn promo code.
  • Extra $20 off your $159 purchase with a printable IKEA coupon.



Fall Apparel & Denim

For those of us eager for fall, booties and plaid will be tough to pass up this weekend. However, October is a better time to buy fall apparel, shoes and denim since these items see sale and clearance prices during another holiday weekend -- Columbus Day.


Harvest & Halloween Decor

Shoppers are already seeing Halloween costumes and decor sharing aisle space with harvest-themed items and stores like TJMaxx, Pier 1, World Market and more. However, you’ll pay a premium for these products right now and should hold off until mid-October when prices drop as much as 50%.



Though Labor Day weekend may seem like a great time to get a head start on your holiday shopping list, avoid buying toys for your little ones until later in the season. The list of hot toys is typically released at the end of the month, and experts agree the Saturday before Black Friday and the first two weeks in December represent better times to purchase toys.