The Best—and the Worst—Presidents Day Deals for Your Home
Everyone's favorite midwinter reprieve—Presidents Day—is coming up. And the three-day weekend means one thing to homeowners: bargains galore! If you’ve been looking for deals on bigger-ticket items for your home, now may be the time to treat yourself to a new sofa, flat-screen TV, or fresh coat of paint.
“If Black Friday is synonymous with electronics, Presidents Day is synonymous with appliances and mattresses," Courtney Jespersen, consumer savings expert for NerdWallet.com, recently told NBC News. "Sales over the holiday weekend revolve around products for the home, and it’s not uncommon to see discounts in the neighborhood of 35% off on appliances, and around 70% off on home decor."
Here’s a rundown of the sales you won’t want to miss. (We also threw in a few that are smarter to skip.)
Somehow, blowout mattress sales have become synonymous with Presidents Day. Don't waste time wondering why—just pounce on the opportunity to get some zzz's in a new, plush bed. Check out mattress-in-a-box Casper, which is offering 10% off everything (including pillows and comforters) with the code PRES. So you'll save almost 100 bucks on a queen-size mattress that normally costs $995. Another bonus? Free shipping (and not having to pretend-sleep in a mattress store instead of enjoying the long weekend).
But if you prefer to test-drive your bed in-store, Sears is dropping some mattress prices by up to a whopping 60%.
"New furniture collections hit stores in the first two months of the year, so Presidents Day is a great opportunity for merchants to clear inventory, and for consumers to get a great deal," says Regina Conway of Slickdeals.net. "Target has up to 25% off online, plus get an extra 15% off furniture and rugs."
You'll also find amazing markdowns at stores such as West Elm, to the tune of 30% off sofas and 40% off select rugs. Go ahead and check out the Carlo midcentury couch that was pricey at $1,199 but is a bargain at $839.
Ashley Furniture and Wayfair are also offering bargains on furniture for every single room of your home during their Presidents Day blowout. And Joss & Main—featuring cute throw pillows and accessories—is offering an extra 20% discount with the promotional code SCORE.
Uh, paint goes on sale now? Yup. And the time is now to scoop up gallons of the stuff. Especially if, instead of taking a trip this weekend, you want to tackle some painting projects around the house. This coupon from Sherwin-Williams will ease the pain of paint spatter by saving you 30%.
So why are flat-screen TVs such good deals on Presidents Day? According to Consumer Reports, "the first 2019 TV models will start to arrive in stores in just a few weeks, so retailers may be looking to clear out inventory to make room for them."
One LCD TV model that did well in Consumer Reports testing is the 49-inch Toshiba 4K Fire TV ($249.99 at Best Buy).
“The very best time to buy a refrigerator is always in late November,” says Min Kim Bryant in Consumer Reports. However, Presidents Day is a close second.
“If you need a refrigerator now, there are plenty of deals to be had,” Bryant adds.
And if you're in the market for a refrigerator with a bottom freezer, you're in luck! Sears has a model on sale this weekend that has a stainless-steel finish, an ice maker, and digital controls.
"It’s rare to find a bottom-freezer that costs less than $1,000, which makes this Kenmore 69313 a steal," according to Consumer Reports. Originally $1,399.99, the model is now $890.00 (that's a difference of $510)—and you’ll also get free delivery!
If you’re in the market for a new stovetop, washer/dryer, or other major appliance, stores such as Best Buy and Lowe's also offer tidy savings on all appliances during their Presidents Day sale.
What not to buy on Presidents Day: Bad deals in disguise
Even if you see what looks like a good deal—15% off new patio furniture!—hold off on buying that new teak table unless you absolutely need to. The same goes for anything that makes you think spring, such as grillsor garden equipment. That's because the prices you're paying for outdoor products are at their peak now, as summer approaches.
The best time to pounce on savings for these items is August through October, according to Maria Lalonde at Offers.com, when prices fall by as much as 80%. So if you can make it through one more season with an older item, you'll save a bundle come fall.