Memorial Day 2020 Sales: Where to Find the Best Deals
You know if it involves saving money, we're interested. Thanks to Google Trends, we know home improvement megastores Lowe's and Home Depot captured the top Memorial Day sale searches last year. As money expert Andrea Woroch previously told us, this upcoming holiday weekend is one of the best times to buy big-box home items like appliances and furniture, with stores offering deals on top of discounts for major savings.
But as some stores remain closed, and shoppers stay home to safeguard communities against further spread of COVID-19, shopping the holiday sales might look a bit different this year. Instead of waking up at the crack of dawn to wander aisles for a new washer-dryer duo this Memorial Day weekend, more purchases are likely to take place online. And that's where Honey comes in handy.
Ahead, find our predictions and confirmed tips for where to grab the steepest discounts on whatever it is you need to make your home life that much more comfortable — from kitchen gear to beauty products to jean shorts. Because if we’ve learned anything in our first few months in quarantine, it’s that home is where the most silent washer and dryer, coziest backyard, and most luxurious skin-care regimen is.
Is it us or have we all started to yearn for home additions in the past few months, as living arrangements have begun to feel tighter and tighter? If the walls seem to be closing in on you, why not consider an add-on outside of your home? Throw together a modern sectional (nearly 40% off at Home Depot last year), an outdoor rug, and a few strings of party lights — and you’ve got yourself a second living room with romantic lighting to rival an episode of Too Hot To Handle. No matter what your dream configuration, be sure to comparison shop — or add selected items to Droplist — when browsing online. You'll need to keep track of all the offerings, especially since Sears is expected to offer online purchase of select patio furniture (which can be picked up in store) for half off plus an extra 10%. Not to mention, West Elm is slated to cut outdoor furniture prices by 60%.
Those looking for a better night’s sleep (and who isn’t?) may find it in a brand-new bed. Out-of-the-box mattresses, like those from Casper, can be snagged now through Memorial Day weekend for 10% off (along with most other things on the site), using code MEMDAY10. Purple, best known for its out-of-the-box mattresses made with a proprietary polymer geared to cool sleepers, is expected to offer a similar discount. Last year, the brand gave shoppers $100 off mattresses and a free set of sheets, along with 10% off all other items from the brand, including a cushy bed for your pup.
Other sites to look to for killer furniture deals: Bed Bath & Beyond, which will slash a massive 75% off sofas, desks, and accent furniture; Pottery Barn, which will take up to 70% off furniture for the bedroom and living room; and Wayfair, where indoor furniture will be discounted up to 65%.
If your in-home tech can’t keep up with the weight of Zoom calls and binge watching, Memorial Day sales can help you upgrade for less. Dell has offered some pretty killer Samsung QLED TV deals already that will save shoppers up to a cool two grand. While the steepest laptop deals tend to peak around the holidays, some savings are available now: Microsoft is reducing gaming and other PC laptops by up to $900. Finally, perhaps one of the greatest gifts of all: A year of babysitting Disney+ is also available for $69.
Old Navy is known for its holiday-centric mega sales. Last year’s Memorial Day offering was no different; as the company set its steepest discounts ever, with t-shirts, tank tops, shorts, and swimsuits all slashed by half. Time will tell whether the store will match or beat last year’s massive markdowns, but we anticipate the savings to be the most competitive among clothing retailers. Outdoor footwear brand Merrell isn’t waiting until Memorial Day weekend to reduce its prices on trail shoes: For the entire month of May, its offering 25% off some of its most popular designs, including the Moab 2 Waterproof shoe, our best pick for hikers. For the widest selection of fashion on sale, check department store sites, like Bloomingdale's (which will reduce the price of items by another 50% through May 25) and Last Call, the outlet store from Neiman Marcus (which is anticipated to offer an extra 60-75% off already-reduced items).
No speculation is needed for some of this year’s biggest beauty deals to hit Memorial Day weekend. Milk+Honey has confirmed hair accessories brand Kitsch will offer 30% off its wares sitewide, with code MEMORIALDAY30 from May 22 through May 26, making it hard to say no to celebrity hairstylist Justine Marjan’s bling-y statement clips (which have been worn by Ashley Graham and Ariana Grande). Also offering 30% off and a gift with purchase is Ahava, known for its dead sea mineral-infused skincare. Biotech-meets-skincare company Vitabrid is practically giving away its $32 Daily-C Balancing Foam Cleanser for an unheard of $1, while supplies last. (Those who don’t get in on the offer can snap up buy-one-get-one deals on Daily-C Balancing Foam Cleanser and Daily-C Balancing Cleansing Balms.) Men’s grooming line Fulton & Roark will bump up its military discount to 40% off, using this link. Not to be outdone, retail giant Ulta Beauty will offer buy-one-get-one 40% off deals on brands like Botanics and No7 Laboratories.
Other beauty brands offering major deals: Bliss will be offering 20% off sitewide from May 20-25. Sephora, a.k.a. the reason why our bank accounts are empty, is offering 30% off goods like Clarisonic Mia Smart devices from May 21-25. Finally — and this is a big one — It Cosmetics is offering 25% off site wide and a free Lash Blowout Mascara with any $60+ purchase from May 18-31. On Memorial Day, get a free Keep it Cool Makeup Bag with any $75+ purchase.
Fridge on the fritz? Now might be the time to pull the trigger on a fresh model. Last year, Lowe's, Sears, and Home Depot offered up to 40% off appliances, like Frigidaire and Whirlpool refrigerators and Samsung washer and dryers, with savings that knocked up to $1,500 off of suggested retail prices.
We used to get jealous of the neighbor’s perfectly-manicured yard. Now we’re jealous of not just a killer garden or abundant blooms, but of the outdoor time, purpose, and zen that comes with gardening itself. The good news: There may not be a more budget-friendly time than now to start planting roots — because this Memorial Day weekend, Lowe's is expected to offer some pretty sweet deals on hoses, mulch, veggie starters, perennials, and about everything else you need to make your yard the envy of the neighborhood. Last year, the store offered eight-packs of petunias for just a buck and select herb and vegetable plants for just $2.50 a piece, so even those with black thumbs can get into the gardening game at little financial risk.