Make way for some major deals with Minus70

Make way for some major deals with Minus70

Dining outdoors and sleeping under the stars is what many of us love about May. It’s a month to sit back, relax and celebrate our surroundings—especially after all that spring-cleaning. Whether you’ll be celebrating Memorial Day or a recent grad, you’ll find discounts to make it all doable. If you’re interested in grilling, you’ll be happy with the savings on outdoor entertaining, cookware and camping gear. If chilling is more your style then sales on mattresses will help you do exactly that.

A-CAMPING WE WILL GO

If you’re one of the 40 million Americans who like to sleep under the stars, take a few minutes to ensure that all your gear is in tip-top shape. Smyth found that camping gear was a prominent feature of Memorial Day sales last year at outdoor retailers like Cabela’s, Sears and Bass Pro Shops, with discounts of up to 50% on tents, coolers and more. My tent is perfectly fine, but I’m more than a little tempted to get the Lightspeed Outdoors Instant Setup Tent ($109.73 at REI), which pretty much assembles itself. Wouldn’t you rather spend your time enjoying the scenery than figuring out how to pitch a tent?

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Sierra Trading Post: Get 35% off your one item.
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Backcountry.com: Save up to 50% sitewide during the Memorial Day sale. Two-day shipping is free on $50 or more.
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Moosejaw: Take 70% off sitewide.
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Cabela’s: Enjoy up to 70% off in the summer sale.
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Bass Pro Shops: Save up to 70% off and get free shipping on men’s and women’s shorts.
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Sportsman’s Guide: Shop camping gear that’s discounted up to 65%, and get $10 off $99 or more or $7.50 off $75 or more.
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Cabela’s: Get free shipping on clothing and footwear orders of $99 or more.
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Altrec: Get up to 70% off hiking apparel and gear. (Expiring soon)
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GRAD GIFTS GALORE

Sure, money makes a great grad’s gift—it’s easy, and you know they’ll like it—but we can’t always rely on our beloved grads to spend that money wisely (keg party, anyone?). Put your dollars to good use between May 6 and 9 when discounts on general gifts, like home decor and small appliances, reach up to 90% off. One popular deal from 2014 was 20% off one home appliance at Best Buy. The discounts became less compelling as the month wore on last year, so shop early!

Kohl’s: Get 30% off with Kohl’s Card. (Expiring Aug 20)
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Brookstone: Take $20 off $99 or more. (Expiring Aug 22)
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Keurig: Score $3 off coffee pods and 20% off accessories. (Expiring Sept 25)
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Best Buy: Score 20% off one small appliance in stores and online.
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The Container Store: Enjoy free shipping on orders $75 or more. (Expiring soon)
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Target: Save $5 off $50 on your purchase of home items. (Expiring soon)
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TIME FOR SOME OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING

Simply stated, grilling is what we do in this country. According to a 2013 study by the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, 80% of us own a grill or a smoker, and 97% of us have used it in the past year. If your grill has lost its spark, consider buying in late May, when grill deals start sizzling. Smyth says that some models should be discounted as deeply as 40%.

Retailers assume you’ll be hosting outdoor parties, especially for the grad in the family, so look for discounts in the 15 to 50% off range from stores like Target, Party City and Oriental Trading. Hartman found that in 2014, there were a lot of deals in the entertaining category throughout May, peaking in the last two weeks with an average of 37% off. So stock up on useful supplies like colorful melamine pitchers and cups and citronella candles.

West Elm: Get 70% off outdoor furniture and textiles.
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Hayneedle.com: Patio party sale! Save up to 70% off outdoor essentials.
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Overstock.com: Take 70% off home and garden supplies. Shipping is free.
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Kmart: You can get 70% or more in lawn and garden purchases. Shipping is free on $59 or more.
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Home Depot: Save up to 70% off on select outdoor lighting.
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Pottery Barn: Grab 70% off all outdoor furniture and umbrellas. (Expiring soon)
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SPRING INTO A NEW MATTRESS

Rather sleep inside? Many a savvy shopper knows that Memorial Day is the time to buy a mattress. Discounts of up to 60% off are common before and during the three-day weekend. But take note, sleepy shoppers: Hartman found the strongest deals in 2014 were leading up to Memorial Day weekend, averaging 45% off with a high of 70% off.

And though no one really likes shopping for a mattress—it’s right up there with car shopping—lots of companies are making it easier for you. Casper mattresses gives customers a 100-day trial; Sleepy’s has free next-day delivery and setup; and Mattress Firm has a 100-day “happiness guarantee.” Note: Mattresses have come a long way, too. I’m intrigued by the new hybrid mattresses, which are a combination of the popular memory foam and the traditional spring versions.

1800Mattress: Shop mattresses up to 70% off, and get free shipping on $299 or more.
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Sears: Get up to 70% off mattresses.
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Sleepy’s: Save 70% sitewide.
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Mattress.com: Knock 70% off orders of $599 or more and free shipping.
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Gilt: Take up to 70% off mattresses. (Expiring soon)
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