But when dozens of major retailers have yet to release their Black Friday ads, how can you know you’re getting a good deal?
Here are some tips on how to make the most of your Veterans Day shopping:
In-Store Shopping: Bigger Is Better
When you’re trying to decide which sales to check out, think big. Large department stores and major apparel retailers tend to have the best discounts on Veterans Day. Consider visiting Kohl’s, Macy’s, JCPenney and Old Navy.
This year, Kohl’s is offering $10 off purchases of at least $25 with the promo code VETSDAY10 – that’s up to 40% off. The offer, which ends Nov. 11, is valid both in stores and online. The department store is also featuring Veterans Day doorbusters, including major markdowns on towels ($1.99-$21.99 instead of $5.99-$49.99), women’s riding boots ($36.99 instead of $84.99), luggage ($108-$179.99 instead of $239.99-$359.99) and men’s flannel button-downs ($14.99 instead of $36).
Not to be beat, Macy’s is featuring a similar deal. Customers can get $10 off a purchase of $25 or more with the code VETS25, or they can opt for an extra 20% off on most departments, with the code VETS. During its three-day special ending Nov. 11, the store is featuring 50% off select women’s coats; 40% off select blenders, juicers and coffee machines; and more than 60% off sheet sets.
At JCPenney, you can find discounts of 30-50% on select styles in the home department. The promotion includes 30-50% discounts on bedding, bath, kitchen, dining and home décor, as well as 40-50% off in the window and luggage departments.
Shop Smaller Stores (and Big Ones, Too) Online
Although you’ll find great markdowns at large retailers, don’t forget about the smaller stores altogether. Instead, turn to the Internet when you do your shopping at these stores.
Brand-name retailers such as Ann Taylor are offering discounts up to 60%, while others, like Eddie Bauer, feature discounts of 50% with free shipping thrown in. During its Veterans Day promotion offered exclusively online, Brooks Brother is featuring up to 70% off select clearance merchandise.
As always, when it comes to online shopping, Amazon is a great bet for unbeatable deals. The e-commerce giant is featuring early Black Friday deals every day throughout November. On top of those savings, you can grab a Veterans Day discount of 20% by applying the promotional code 20OFFVET to your purchase.
Even some of the larger brick-and-mortar retailers are offering extra discounts to their online shoppers.
Old Navy is featuring a discount of up to 50% in its stores, but shoppers who make their purchases online can add on a 25% discount with no coupon code needed. By opting for the online route, you could save up to 75%!
At Macy’s, consumers can get an extra 25% off clearance items by shopping online.
Rather than offering greater discounts, Sears is extending its sale for online customers. While the promotion ends Sunday, Nov. 16, at brick-and-mortar locations, online shoppers can enjoy Veterans Day savings until 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18.
Collect Coupons and Apply Promo Codes
To apply most of the discounts you’ll come across on Veterans Day, you’ll need to present a coupon at the cash register or online checkout. Make sure to clip coupons before you head out the door. If you don’t have access to paper ads, go online to download and print the coupons you need.
For online shoppers, promotional codes are key. Keep an eye for each store’s codes – available for only a short time, they’re quickly replaced by new codes, so don’t lose track of deadlines before you make your purchase and be sure to apply the right code.
No to Electronics, Yes to Towels and Boots
There’s nothing like buying an item on sale, only to see it marked down far more drastically a few weeks later. To avoid the disappointment of mediocre savings during Veterans Day sales, make sure you get swayed by only the deepest discounts.
Stay far away from electronics (Black Friday deals are almost certain to be lower), home appliances (again, Veterans Day prices aren’t going to beat Black Friday bargains) and everything entertainment-related (think DVDs, video games, books and Blu-rays).
Instead, opt for cold-weather clothing, seasonal shoes, and bath and bedroom accessories. Among the highlights of Veterans Day sales, you’re likely to find coats, boots, towels and bedding. Fortunately for holiday travelers, suitcases are also a frequent target of major markdowns.
Don’t Wait: Sales End Quickly
Although Veterans Day marks the occasion for the sales, you’ll miss out by waiting until Tuesday, Nov. 11, to go shopping. Most sales kick off days before. While you may have already missed out on some weekend-only sales, you’ll still find plenty of promotions that last through Monday, Nov. 17, so take advantage of them before they disappear.
Written by Melinda Szell
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