Citizens’ group urges FDA to stop plastic surgery groups’ misleading advice on breast implant-related cancer
What were your best and worst consumer experiences this week?

Watch out for deals that don’t save you money at Presidents’ Day sales


It a strange way to honor two of America’s greatest presidents – going shopping. Seeing George Washington and Abraham Lincoln’s images used to sell clothing, cars, electronics, white goods, and carpeting seems, well, disrespectful.

How did this shopping extravaganza emerge?

Presidents Day sales were created by a car a salesman, Alvan T. Fuller, who was named the “most successful automobile dealer in the world” in 1920. The sales grew throughout the years to the shopping phenomena we know today.

Presidents Day is considered by many as one of the best times of the year to get a good price on a car. However, you could also be fooled.

Tough economic times are turning around slowly, but dealers and used car lot owners who haven’t been making the money they normally do will be using their usual techniques to squeeze every cent they can out of you. And, they may even have some new tricks.

See “Thinking of Buying a Car at the President’s Day Sales?” for information on how to protect your self as a baby boomer consumer when you shop.

If you’re buying other items, consider these tips from The Money Pit:

  • Start shopping early for “early bird” specials.
  • Make a list.
  • Check the Internet for coupons and to compare prices.
  • Bring a friend or relative to help you.

For more information, see Money Pit's article, “Presidents Day Sales Shopping Tips.”

Also visit The Consumerist’s archives to find information on companies or buying problems.

Copyright 2011, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist


Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

gojane coupons

this might be a great offer, but it seems outdated though. :(

Reebok Coupons

The post is quite well laid out. I saved your site for future blog posts such as this one.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.


Post a comment

Your Information

(Name and email address are required. Email address will not be displayed with the comment.)