Your guide to the best Memorial Day discounts on cars, clothes, and more

Jeanie Ahn
Senior Producer/Reporter

Retailers will be clamoring for your dollars this holiday weekend, so plan to cash in on some great deals. To help save you time and money, we tapped Vera Gibbons, retail expert and Gasbuddy correspondent, to point out some of the best bargains.

The best car deals

Auto deals typically roll out this weekend as manufacturers look to push older models off the lots. Gibbons highlights some stand-out offers:

  • 2017 Acura TLX : $9,000 off
  • 2017 Toyota Camry: $2,500 cash-back and 0% financing for six years
  • 2017 Chevy Malibu: 20% off MSRP
  • 2017 Ford Expedition: $10,000 off MSRP
  • 2017 Lexus CT 200h: lease for $250 a month with $1,500 down

What’s with the hard-to-believe savings? “The reason you’re seeing these cars heavily incentivized is because manufacturers have plans to redesign these models with special enhancements for the new year,” explains Gibbons.

Drivers can also expect savings at the pump as the weekend nears. Gasbuddy is projecting Memorial Day prices to come in at a nationwide average of $2.39 per gallon, well below the 10-year average of $3.15 for the high-traffic Memorial Day weekend.

Appliance liquidation sales

You can also expect some steals on appliances—especially refrigerators. Gibbons says that Memorial Day sales are known for featuring fantastic deals on fridges. Among the best places to shop for appliances are Lowe’s and Home Depot. And as a result of multiple store closings, Sears also has attractive offers on brands like Kenmore and Frigidaire.

Mattress sales

If you’re in the market for a mattress, look for 50% off this weekend. After President’s Day weekend, Memorial Day weekend is the best time to shop for a bed (though you might find close-out sales over July 4th weekend). “You do tend to see the higher discounts on the lower-end brands, and the lower discounts on the higher-end brands,” said Gibbons. And don’t forget to ask the salesperson to include any special financing offers and free delivery before you seal the deal.

Up to 90% off clothing

With more people shopping online, it’s been a record year for store closures and bankruptcies. In years past, Memorial Day weekend meant sales of 20% to 60% off. This year, retailers are offering as much as 90% off.

Be sure to rummage through the racks at brick-and-mortar retailers like JCPenney, Sears, Nordstrom and Macy’s. Stack prices of 50% off with additional coupons and rebates to get up to 90% off the original price.

Items to score right now include spring apparel such as light jackets, cardigans and long-sleeved shirts. For sales on summer items, wait until mid or late summer to shop.

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