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Deals worth scoring this Labor Day, what should wait until Black Friday

Posted at 4:36 AM, Aug 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-31 10:11:25-04

Let's talk Labor Day stats. According to Wallethub, 52 percent of Americans left vacation days unused in 2017! I hope you aren't one of them. Over 40 percent of Americans plan to barbecue over Labor Day weekend. But, if you don't have a grill, is now the time to get one? We're breaking down what to buy and what to avoid this holiday weekend!

We looked at Wallethub, Retailmenot,, and researched a whole bunch of other sites. Get ready to make two lists: what to buy and what to avoid!

Let's start with...

What to Buy:

  • Outdoor furniture
  • Outdoor gear
  • Summer clothing and shoes: stores are making room for fall and winter inventory, so expect discounts!
  • Back-to-school essentials (good time to stock up for next semester or next year)
  • Mattresses
  • Travel: Many sales happen mid-week, so be sure to look Tuesday through Thursday and follow our tips online!
  • Grills: stores are saying farewell to summer because they need to make room for new products.
  • Some appliances: There will be even more during Thanksgiving and Black Friday.
  • also says car dealerships are bringing out the new 2019 models, so Labor Day could be a great time to get a car.

What to Avoid:

  • Diamond jewelry
  • Electronics: There will be better deals on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
  • Halloween costumes: You will actually get the best discounts after October 31st when they want to quickly unload the rest of the inventory.

Click here and/or here to see more about what to buy and what to avoid.

Click here to see what to wait until Black Friday to buy.

Click here to see the best Labor Day deals for your home.

Click here to see Retailmenot's favorite Labor Day deals.

Click here to see an in-depth list of the best items to buy for Labor Day weekend by category, according to Wallethub.

Also on that site, you'll find that 818 hot dogs are eaten every second from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Click here to learn more fun facts about the holiday.

Have a great, and hopefully long weekend!