Presidents Day is a federal holiday originally known as Washington’s Birthday. The United States unofficially began commemorating the Feb. 22 birthday of George Washington, the first president, in 1800 following his death in 1799. In the late 1870s, it became an official federal holiday. With the implementation of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act in 1971, Washington’s birthday celebration moved to the third Monday of February.
Because many states at the time recognized Abraham Lincoln’s Feb. 12, the name Presidents Day gradually edged out Washington’s Birthday to celebrate both former presidents. And it didn’t take long after the Monday holiday took effect for retailers to start billing the three-day weekend as a perfect opportunity to shop.
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Presidents Day this year falls on Feb. 21, and retailers will mark the entire three-day weekend with savings and specials. Nowhere are the savings greater than in the home-furnishing sector, with big deals available on furniture and mattresses, in particular. And clothing retailers also are marking the holidays, with the best discounts on winter apparel.
Keep reading to learn the best savings strategies for holiday shopping.
Best Buy: Grab the savings on select appliances: $400 or more on for the laundry room, $500 or more on refrigerators or up to $600 or more on ranges. Save big on dishwashers, too, like the GE stainless steel model marked down to $498.99 – a savings of $113.
Costco: Significant savings abound on kitchen and laundry appliances. Members can take $800 off the Samsung washer and dryer duo, for example.
Home Depot: Not to be outdone, Home Depot also is offering up to 30% off washers and dryers, up to 25% cooking appliances or kitchen packages, up to 20% off floor care, up to 15% off dishwashers and up to 10% off refrigerators. A stainless steel Samsung four-appliance package, originally priced at $4,176, is now $2,909.
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Ashley: Select furniture is up to 40% off, and Ashley also has 12 months of special financing. Among the deals: the Ashley-exclusive Effie panel bed, dresser and nightstand to give your bedroom the urban farmhouse look at an affordable price. The king-sized bed is $369.99, marked down by $290.
Jerome’s: The Southern California chain says it is offering its best prices on furniture and mattresses this weekend. Plus, the store is giving away more than $100,000 worth of prizes, such as a throw blanket of $100 gift card, on its scratcher cards – with every card a winner.
La-Z-Boy: Take up to 35% off everything during the Presidents Day sale. The Morrison Wall Recliner starts at $599, reduced from $1,029.
Raymour & Flanigan: The East Coast furniture chain is offering 30% off select furniture. The Prentiss leather power sofa is priced at $1,470 – down $630.
Sam’s Club: Check out the savings on recliners. For the ultimate in comfort – and savings – Sam’s has the Ultra Intelligent Design Zero Gravity Massage Chair, marked down $1,000 to $1,999.
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Casper: Save up to $595 on mattresses by using the code PRESDAY22 at checkout.
Mattress Firm: Mattresses start at $159.99 for the holiday sale, and bed sets and headboards, pillows and bedding are 20% off. Want a bed in a box? The retailer is offering free shipping on those.
Sleep Number: If you’ve been dreaming of a really high-end bed, now’s your chance to score a great deal. The Sleep Number 360 iLE Limited Edition Smart Bed is 50% off, and 0% interest for 24 months is available.
Tempur-Pedic: Save up to $500 on adjustable mattress sets.
Tuft & Needle: Take 20% off mattresses, including the Mint model, which has an extra layer of foam to keep two sleepers comfortable. With the discount, the queen mattress is $956.
Others Home Goods
JCPenney: Save on just about everything for your home – with up to 60% off select items, including window coverings, bath and bedding, décor, rugs, home technology amd kitchen and dining. Check the website for coupons before going to the store or buying online.
Overstock: The online retailer has up to 70% off thousands of select items for the home, plus free shipping on everything.
Wayfair: Big savings cross a variety of departments. Take up to 60% off lighting, living room seating and bedroom furniture, up to 70% off area rugs and wall art, and up to 50% off Moen faucets and fixtures.
Columbia: The retailer’s end-of-season winter sale coincides with Presidents Day. Take 40% to 50% off – or more — for men, women and kids, and on footwear and accessories. A great buy: the women’s insulated women’s Crown Point jacket, priced at $89.98 from $200.
Eddie Bauer: Take 40% off Presidents Day specials for men, women and kids, as well as outdoor gear. Some items, such as the Stowaway Packables, are 50% off.
Macy’s: The retail giant has 50,000 items on its Presidents Day sale, according to its website. The deals run from clothing to furniture to shoes to other home goods, but the savings are especially sweet on end-of-season items, such as coats. Stylish coats from designers ranging from Calvin Klein to Michael Kors are 50% off.
Reebok: A variety of shoes and apparel are on sale, including men’s cross training shoes at 20% off.
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