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What to buy and what to avoid during Labor Day sales

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If you’re not using store rewards programs, you’re missing out. KELLY TYKO/TCPALM
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A long holiday weekend is a good excuse to shop.

Labor Day weekend is full of big sales, lots of bargains and coupons. If you haven’t already started shopping for Christmas and Hanukkah gifts, it’s not too early to start.

But not all sales are worth considering.

Here’s what to shop for and what to hold off on during the Labor Day weekend:

Shop for

Summer clothing: A lot of stores recently put bathing suits, shorts and other summer items on the clearance rack. If you can’t find your size, ask a sales associate to check if the item is available at a nearby store or online. In-store apps can help you check inventory. Combine markdowns with holiday weekend coupons including $10 off a $25 purchase at Kohl’s and J.C. Penney. Also don’t forget to use store rewards programs.

School supplies: As stores continue to make more room for Halloween merchandise, look for markdowns on school supplies. Stock up on additional supplies your kids may need later in the school year. It’s better to have a healthy inventory rather than paying full price in the spring.

Outdoor: Grills and outdoor furniture will be on sale at some of the lowest prices of the year.

Mattresses: Labor Day, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July are considered the three best times to buy a mattress. When buying a new bed, ask about delivery costs, return policies and warranties and gifts with purchase. It’s also a good weekend to shop for furniture.

Cars: Like traditional holiday weekends, Labor Day also is a good weekend to buy a car. Car dealerships see Labor Day as their Black Friday and use it to move cars to make room for more of the newer models.

Designer clothes: It’s a great time to shop for designer apparel and accessories at outlet malls. For instance, many stores at Vero Beach Outlets, will have special sales over the holiday weekend.

Hold off

Electronics: You may find some good sales on televisions and other electronics but Black Friday has the deepest discounts. If you can’t hold off until then, do your homework and compare prices.

iPhones: The new iPhone 8 will be unveiled Sept. 12 so if you want the newest model, you just have to wait a little longer. Hopefully wireless carriers will offer trade-in and upgrade offers as they have for past releases. If not, during the holiday shopping season, some stores likely will offer gift card bonuses and specials. If you don’t need the latest iPhone, after the unveiling, you’ll likely be able to find last year’s models at the lowest prices.

Appliances: Like cars and mattresses, appliances also are marked down during long holiday weekends. However, Black Friday and pre-Black Friday sales also will offer deals and you’ll definitely want to wait till then to buy small kitchen appliances.  

Columbus Day sales: If you need fabrics, rugs, fishing gear, coats, gloves and scarves, you may want to hold off until the big October sales.

Labor Day weekend meal deals

Arby’s: Through Tuesday, get a free small fries and drink with purchase of any full-price Bourbon BBQ sandwich when you sign up for this coupon.

Auntie Anne’s: Through Sept. 7, My Pretzel Perks rewards members, get a free classic pretzel when you buy any two pretzel items with a coupon in the smartphone app

Boston Market: Only on Monday, get 25 percent off a family deal purchase at participating locations with a coupon from the restaurant website.

Carrabba’s: Through Monday, when you dine-in and order Chicken Bryan, Chicken Marsala or Pollo Rosa Maria, get a free order spaghetti and meatballs to take home. Just mention the offer to redeem.

Chick-fil-A: Now through Sept. 30, get a free breakfast entree with the Chick-fil-A smartphone app. Learn more here.

Dairy Queen: Through Sunday, Blizzard treats are buy one, get one for 99 cents at participating locations.

Firehouse Subs: Only on Monday, get a free medium sub when you purchase a medium or large sub, chips and drink at participating locations with a coupon sent to email subscribers and posted on its Twitter page.

Papa John’s: Through Sept. 10, earn a free pizza when you spend $15 or more on online order with promo code GAMEDAY. You need to be a Papa Rewards member and the free pizza needs to be redeemed by Sept. 24. Learn more here.

TooJay’s: Take $5 off a $20 purchase through Monday with this coupon, which you can print or show on your smartphone. Use for dine-in, take-out and catering orders. Find locations here.

Kelly Tyko is a columnist for Treasure Coast Newspapers and TCPalm.com, part of the USA TODAY NETWORK. Read her Bargainista tips at TCPalm.com/Bargainista and follow her on Twitter @TCPalmKelly. Sign up for her upcoming newsletter here.

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