Memorial Day is not about buying stuff. It’s about spending time with loved ones and remembering the men and women who gave their lives while serving the United States Armed Forces.
But that’s what we’ll do on the actual day. Right now, and in the days leading up to it, lots of stores are having sales — and we might as well save money when we can, right?
Here, then, are the best Memorial Day deals I’ve found so far. Be sure to check back throughout the week as more items get added.
Abode home-security starter kit and two free sensors: $289 (save $100)
DIY home-security solutions come in all shapes and sizes. Abode’s earned high marks from CNET’s Meg Wollerton for offering everything you need to get started — and the company’s Memorial Day sale not only lops $100 off the Starter Kit and 1-year Secure Plan (which includes professional monitoring), but also adds two free mini window/door sensors to the mix. Discounts are available on other configurations and kits as well.
See at Abode
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Save up to 50% on Lenovo ThinkPad laptops
Between now and Memorial Day, Lenovo is running daily doorbusters on laptops, tablets, desktops and more. For example, today the ThinkPad X1 Carbon fifth-gen is on sale for $849 (regularly $1,679), and on Memorial Day (May 27) the ThinkPad X1 Yoga will drop to $787 (regularly $1,574).
See at Lenovo
Nintendo Switch and Xbox One S Minecraft game console deals
One of the standout deals in Google Express’ Memorial Day sale, the Switch rarely sees a discount greater than $10-15. Seller AntOnline has it for $287, but promo code MEMORIAL15 drops it to $243.95.
Think you might prefer an Xbox One S Minecraft Creators Bundle? Use the same link and add it to your cart for $299.99; at checkout you’ll see it drop by $100, and code MEMORIAL10 will bring the final price down to just $179.99.
See at Google Express
Simmons Beautyrest Recharge Ashaway 11-inch plush queen mattress with free adjustable base: $699 (save $200)
I’m not sure why, but Memorial Day brings out the mattress sales. If you want to save big but don’t like the idea of a mail-order bed, see if there’s a MattressFirm store near you. That way you can lie (down) before you buy. The Beautyrest Recharge is $200 off for the queen size and $300 off the king. Use promo code elevate to score a free adjustable base — which itself is worth up to $699!
See at MattressFirm
Toshiba 50-inch 4K Ultra HD Fire TV: $300 (save $80)
Some TV buyers are uncomfortable with lesser-known brands like HiSense, Sceptre and TCL, but those are where you find the deepest discounts, right? Not necessarily: Here’s a 50-inch Toshiba — with Amazon’s venerable Fire TV baked in — priced on par with the no-names.
See at Amazon
Other Memorial Day sales
- Best Buy: The electronics big-box store is offering major appliances at up to 40% off, plus a $100 gift card if you buy two or more of them. See sales at Best Buy.
- Lowe’s: The home-improvement big box store is offering free shipping on thousands of items (with your free MyLowe’s account) and discounts on appliances, grills, outdoor furniture and more. See sales at Lowe’s.
- Walmart: Save up to 40% on all kinds of items — but the discounts are for online shoppers only. See sales at Walmart.
More to come!
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