It's a chance to avoid the crush of Black Friday sales shopping - without the usual mad rush!
Even so, it will take the fervor of a patriot and the tactical planning of a 4-star general to successfully navigate the first big sales day of the holiday season.
This year, Veterans Day is on Sunday, November 11. 2018 with the federal holiday observed the following Monday. The result is a three-day weekend full of bargain shopping at malls and department stores nationwide.
How to shop Veterans Day sales
Every year, Christmas sales start earlier and earlier as the starting bell is rung on Veterans Day.
Heading into the 2018 holiday season, watch for the first "Super Saturday" sale of the year falling on (you guessed it) Veterans Day weekend.
If you haven't already, first check local newspapers or hunt online for store circulars advertising when, and where, the best Veterans Day sales are taking place. Have your holiday gift list ready, and plan out the appropriate stores to hit along your shopping route.
On arrival at the stores, look for Veteran's Day sales on toys, kids clothing, and gifts sets of gloves, scarves, hats and other winter gear at the mega-department stores such as Walmart, Sears, Macy's, and Target.
Also watch for retailers such as Best Buy and PC Richard to start pushing early holiday electronics sales with great buys on everything from laptops to flat screen TVs.
Looking for a new or used car this time of year? Auto dealers also have a deal for you as they begin to drive their current inventory off the lot to make room for next year's models.
Finally, if you're an active duty military, veteran, or an immediate family member, take advantage of free meals offered by a dozen or so nationwide restaurants chains (Applebee's, Olive Garden, and T.G.I. Fridays, to name only a few) in honor of the holiday. Lowe's and Home Depot also traditionally offer 10% discounts to anyone with a valid military ID on Veteran's Day.
In the end, no worries if you haven't completed all of your holiday shopping by the end of Veteran's Day sales. Remember that Black Friday -- on Friday, November 23, 2018 -- is less than 3 weeks away...
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