Where to find the best shopping deals for Labor Day 2021
3. Use promo codes, deal trackers and cash back sites
While the selling prices are great, you can often beat them, McGrath points out. Do a little research and you may find that the retailer of your choice has a promo code valid for an additional discount. “To make sure you don’t miss out on any promo codes, check out the retailer’s homepage or sign up early for your favorite stores’ mailing lists to get them,” she says. Of course, you’ll have to take the extra step of grabbing them at checkout for additional savings, adds McGrath. Many sites offer them, including RetailMeNot, CouponCabin, TechBargains, Capital One, and Amazon Coupons. Some can also be used in store.
Additionally, you can get Cash Back on your purchases at some sites including Rakuten, Be Frugal and Ibotta, some of which have deals in thousands of stores. Some sites will be offering higher than usual cash back rates and exclusive Labor Day offers. “Use these programs to stack cash back offers on sales to maximize your savings,” says Gall.
How do you make sure you get the best deals possible without countless hours of research? One way is to automate the process by signing up for a transaction tracking site and then downloading an extension to your browser. (Read the privacy policies first.) When you join these sites, you give them permission to search for offers for you. They automatically add discount codes at checkout or notify you when a cashback offer is available. There are several to choose from, including RetailMeNot, To cut and Darling. Besides, Popcart sends a pop-up notification whenever a product you check out is cheaper on another site.
4. Use store pickup to avoid longer shipping times.
When people talk about supply chain issues, they mean everything from ships blocking the Suez Canal to shortages of truck drivers. This means longer delivery times for you. If you know what you want to buy but want to avoid mingling with other customers inside the store – and want to have your purchase soon – consider using in-store pickup. You’ll get your shopping done faster and you’ll maintain social distancing as well.
5. Buy products later in the year
All of this ignores a question: should you buy now, or should you wait for the Black Friday or Cyber Monday sales, which seem to arrive earlier each year? Dwyer advises waiting to buy holiday toys, Halloween decorations, fall clothes, and electronics. Also, you can see some tech devices and products on sale during Labor Day, but the deals will be better in late October and November, she says.
The technology is definitely worth the wait, agrees McGrath. Electronics, TVs and smart home devices tend to be heavily discounted during Black Friday sales, so she advises waiting until November to see the lowest prices of the year. “Video games and game console bundles are also a smart buy for Black Friday.”
Gall Adds Laptops, Keyboards And Tablets To This List: “Retailers Know Demand Will Be High [right now] due to the start of the school year and the continuation of working from home, they will therefore be sold at lower than average prices. You will likely pay less if you wait for a bigger business event like Cyber Monday, she says.