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How to get the most out of Labor Day sales

Summer is almost over. The kids are back to school, and it’s almost Labor Day. Of course, the history of Labor Day has nothing to do with shopping, but it does have to do with honoring workers. What better way to honor a worker than to provide a strategy to top savings?

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Labor Day has also become the unofficial end of summer and the kick off for some fantastic sales. Just because there are sales signs everywhere doesn’t mean it’s the best bargain. Some items offer a better savings than others. Get the most out of Labor Day sales by following these helpful tips and buying guide.

Some great savings to look for include items for the back yard. Pick up an outdoor grill at reduced prices just in time for a Labor Day BBQ. Labor Day is also a great time to buy patio furniture on clearance. Stock up on pool toys or swim gear or outside sports gear to store away until next season.

Enjoy the time off work, but don’t overlook savings on a nice wardrobe. Grab great deals on work and evening clothes. Save big on all summer clearance items, many of which can still be worn under a jacket or by adding tights or leggings. Don’t be afraid to hit the major department stores that you usually go to just to window shop. Look for huge savings at stores like Nordstrom or Dillards on luxury apparel from designers such as Ralph Lauren clothing.

There are a few things that are not good to buy on Labor Day weekend, name electronics. Stores tend to gear up for Black Friday sales and are known to bump up the prices on some electronics just enough to make Black Friday prices look like an even deeper savings.