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What interests you on Presidents’ Day? Finding bargains, traveling, or celebrating America?


By Rita R. Robison

It’s a strange custom. The holiday to honor two great presidents and the history of our country is becoming one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

However, if you want to shop rather than contemplate history, President’s Day sales do offer consumers great deals on cars, furniture, clothing, suits, handbags, and white goods. Prices on some items, such clothing, are better than Black Friday. For cars, it’s the biggest sale of the year.

To keep from making “sale fever” mistakes, follow these tips:

  • Make a list of what you’re looking for.
  • Compare prices. Check the Internet for what’s up in sale prices before you hit the mall.
  • Start early so you can get the sale items in your size before they’re gone.
  • Use apps that scan bar codes to see what others are selling the item for.
  • Look for coupons on sites such as RetailMeNot before you go.
  • Check social media sites, especially Facebook, because companies may be advertising their sales there first.
  • Look for travel deals. You can still get big savings and there’s lots to do in historical cities such as Washington, D.C., Boston, Philadelphia, and New York.

If you want to do some serious thinking about Presidents’ Day, see “Presidents’ Day Is a Time to Help America Move Foreword.”

Copyright 2012, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist


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