In just a couple of days, we'll all be sneaking out of work early (or giving thanks that the office is already closed) and hitting the road, the beach, or the backyard to celebrate the last leisurely days of summer on the final holiday weekend of the season. For many of us, it also means that we'll be taking advantage of the many Labor Day 2018 sales being offered by our favorite retailers.
The nice thing about a three (and if you're lucky, four) day weekend is that, unless you're spending all of it in a secluded vacation spot far from the malls and outlets (and if you are, then I am *so* living vicariously through you), you have plenty of time to study the circulars, check the holiday hours of your favorite stores, browse Amazon, and discover the many bargains on clothes, furniture, appliances, and more.
Naturally, some of the best buys this weekend are on items that need to be cleared out before the cold-weather goods come in. This is the time to stock up on marked-down shorts, skorts, and t-shirts for next summer (go for a size larger than your kids wear now, to allow for those growth spurts), and to snag the deals on seasonal goods that you won't be able to find once the leaves start dropping off the trees.
Best of all, you don't even have to wait until the holiday weekend officially starts on Friday to start saving. Many stores have already begun their sales this week, and many are extending their sales well beyond Monday; some are even offering deep discounts through next weekend. So whatever it is you're looking for, you're bound to find it if you just do a little research. Here are just a few thing stellar finds that are already on sale now.
Dining Table Set
Hagerstown 5-Piece Dining Set
It's not too early to think about updating your home dining decor for the holidays, especially when Wayfair is offering spectacular furniture deals this weekend. This smart dining-room set is 57 percent off its original $1,006 price, which leaves you with enough savings to buy a sumptuous Thanksgiving meal to serve on it.
Gas And Charcoal Grill
Char-Griller Duo Black Dual-Function Combo Grill
Which gives you better burgers and ribs — a gas grill, or a traditional charcoal BBQ? With this dual-function grill, you can have the best of both worlds. Make a run to Lowe's before the holiday weekend (stores open as early as 7:00 a.m.) and bring home this or another of their many on-sale grills just in time for your Labor Day BBQ.
Style & Co Plus Size Printed Cross-Back Swing Dress
Some of your favorite stores, such as Macy's, are enticing shoppers with limited-time discount items like this cool and stylish swing dress, which is nearly 50 percent off its $60 regular price. But it's a choose-it-or-lose-it opportunity; if you don't buy within the sale window, you miss out on the savings. Fortunately, Macy's is offering bargains all weekend long, so you're sure to find something you've been looking for.
EveryWear Graphic Tee
Let the world know that you don't need a cape to be awesome — and you don't need to have a superhero's X-ray vision to spot a fantastic deal. This tee, marked down 40 percent, is only one of Old Navy's holiday weekend specials. They're offering a 40 percent off *everything* through Wednesday the 29th, but don't assume the savings ends there. With clearance items as low as $3, this is the time to start loading up your cart, whether it's in person or online.
Better Homes and Gardens Rectangular Fire Pit
While Walmart has other insane deals on more summer-oriented items, such as patio furniture and backyard pools, why not go with an outdoor option that will take you through chilly autumn nights as well? Particularly when you can get such an amazing bargain: This highly-rated gas fire pit is priced waaaayy below its original retail rate of $500.
Baby Girl Dress
Carter's Sleeveless Fit & Flare Dress
Expect to see tons of price-slashing on summer and back-to-school clothing from your favorite retailers, as they push to get rid of inventory before they have to stock their sweaters and ski jackets. The result is a hefty savings for you on items such as this cute toddler dress, marked way down from the original $18.
The Big One Down Alternative Reversible Comforter
It may be sweat-drippingly hot outside now, but it won't be long before the weather shifts and we're back to long sleeves and buttoned-up jackets. That's when you'll be grateful you took advantage of Labor Day sales on blankets and comforters, such as Kohl's pre-holiday sale, which ends today. Use the code 15FORSUMMER at checkout for an extra 15 percent discount.
Kids' Glow-in-the-Dark Splatter Painted Backpack
Still looking for back-to-school supplies? Now's the time to grab a bargain on essentials such as this awesome backpack, available online at J. Crew. It's already marked down 20 percent from its original price, but add the code BIGSALE when you check out, and you'll take an additional 30 percent off. That's such a great savings, you'll want to go ahead and buy the matching lunchbox, since the discount applies to that, too.
Gap Kids Star Wars Windbuster
May the savings be with you! Your young Jedi will happily brave the autumn chill in this stylish jacket from the Gap. Now through August 30, shoppers can save up to 40 percent in stores and up to 50 percent (*plus* an additional 20 percent off at checkout) on online purchases. We wouldn't be surprised to see additional discounts being offered over the weekend, either.