Each year on the last Monday in May, Americans honor fallen soldiers. Memorial Day dates back to the 19th century but its exact origin isn’t known because at least 25 locations claim to be the holiday’s birthplace. What we do know, though, is that Memorial Day is a major holiday that often involves plenty of traveling — AAA projected that more than 38 million Americans will travel this Memorial Day weekend — and shopping.
“Memorial Day is one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year, with everything from mattresses to swimwear to travel services seeing discounts of 15 to 50 percent,” said Kendal Perez, savings expert for Coupon Sherpa.
To help you keep more of your hard-earned money in your wallet, take a look at these great Memorial Day deals.
MEMORIAL DAY APPAREL & ACCESSORIES DEALS
Whether you need to grab a few things for your Memorial Day trip or you’re looking to starting to build your summer wardrobe, these deals can help you save money on apparel and accessories:
Neiman Marcus Last Call: Save an extra 50-60 percent on clearance items and get 30 percent off everything else now through Memorial Day.
Lord & Taylor: Save 20 percent on regular, sale and clearance items from now through May 30 when you use coupon code MEMORIAL.
Ashley Stewart: Get 30-50% off select styles during their Memorial Day sale. Save $15 off purchases of $125 or more and get free shipping with promo code HEYDIVA until June 7.
Junk Food Clothing: Use promo code SUMMERHOLIDAY to get 30 percent off your purchases from May 26 to May 31.
ShoeMall: Save 30 percent on orders over $30 and get free shipping May 29 to May 30. Visit Offers.com on the starting date for the promo code.
Victoria’s Secret: Use promo code SAVE40SWIM to get 40 percent off swimwear and cover-ups until May 31.
Sunglass Hut: Save $40 when you buy two pairs of full-price sunglasses with promo code SAVE40. One pair of sunglasses must be polarized. Offer ends December 31.
Glasses Shop: Save 30 percent on sunglasses until May 31 with promo code SUN30.
HOME DEALS FOR MEMORIAL DAY 2016
If you’re planning a Memorial Day cookout or other in-home event, check out these savings.
Pier 1 Imports: Get 20 percent off Americana décor through May 30. No coupon is required.
Home Depot: Save up to 15 percent on grills and grilling supplies through May 31.
Memorial Day 2016 One-Stop Shopping Deals
If you’ll be shopping for yourself and your home, here are some great one-stop shopping deals.
Macy’s: Get up to 20 percent off your purchases until May 30 with promo code MEMDAY.
Kohl’s: Take $10 off orders over $25 between May 26 and May 30 when you use promo code SUPERSAVER.
HEALTH & BEAUTY DEALS
These deals will help you look and feel your best.
VitaminWorld: Save 25 percent on orders over $49 and get free shipping from May 27 to May 31. Visit Offers.com on start date for the promo code.
SkinAgain: Get 25 percent off your purchases with promo code MEMORIALFLASH between May 26 and May 31.
MEMORIAL DAY FOOD DEALS
Take advantage of these great food deals if you’re planning to eat out or go on a picnic.
McCormick & Schmick’s: Enjoy a free lunch or dinner on Memorial Day if you’re active military or a veteran.
Carl’s Jr: Buy one Burrito El Diablo and get one free with this printable coupon that’s valid through May 31.
Bake Me A Wish: Take 20 percent off your order through June 1 with promo code MEM20.
Subway: Order a sub before 9 a.m. and get a free 6-inch breakfast sandwich. No coupon required. Offer ends May 31.
Harry & David: Save 20 percent on any food basket purchase through May 31 with promo code SAVINGS.
LEISURE & TRAVEL
Whether you’re looking to relax or planning a Memorial Day trip, these deals can help.
Amazon: Prime Members can get a free 30-day trial of STARZ by activating this offer by May 31.
Barnes & Noble: Save 40 percent or more on history books until May 31. No coupon is required.
Hertz: Use code PC #107811 to get a free weekend day when you rent for at least three days. Offer applies to compact through mid-size cars until August 31. Some restrictions may apply.
Advance Auto Parts: Save 20 percent on in-store and online purchases of $50 or more from May 26 to May 30 with promo code MEM16.
Hyundai: Get $1,000 toward a new vehicle if you’re an active or retired service member. The offer is also extended to service members’ spouses and is valid until May 31.
In addition to store-wide and site-wide savings, look for stackable coupons for extra savings of 10 to 40 percent, said Perez.
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