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American flags (Photo by Valentino Funghi on Unsplash)

Memorial Day in the United States of America is observed annually on the last Monday of May to honor the lives of military troops who sacrificed their lives in the line of service. Many do so by enjoying a day off of work to kick off the summer. This may mean heading to the beach for the long weekend or having a backyard cookout to commemorate the holiday. This also means some of the best Memorial Day sales swing back around. If you look forward to the annual discounts, keep reading to find out what’s out there this year.

While it is used as a day of fun, the holiday’s significance is still very important to remember. “For many Americans, Memorial Day is a much-needed day off to relax and enjoy their family. It is important to understand that it is also a solemn day of remembrance. For me, as a combat veteran, and for military members and their families, this day holds great significance. Not everyone I served with was fortunate enough to return home,” says Brian Ishmael, senior director, University of Phoenix Office of Military and Veteran Affairs and former U.S. Army sergeant, in a recent study.

As Americans remember and honor those who have sacrificed for their country, Americans also look forward to the joys of summer. With the start of summer comes longer days, warmer weather, and, of course, the sales and discounts that come with the start of the season. With current technology at our fingertips, it is easier than ever to seek out and purchase holiday sale items and services.

Be forewarned though, if you are planning to do your shopping online, be wary. Research indicates that shopping with a touch screen could make shopping a little too easy and lead to splurge purchases. Study author Ying Zhu found that students were more likely to purchase the less practical items on their phones. “The playful and fun nature of the touchscreen enhances consumers’ favor of hedonic products; while the logical and functional nature of a desktop endorses the consumers’ preference for utilitarian products,” Zhu explains in a university news release.

Cautionary tales aside, the holiday’s hot deals are something to look out for this year. That’s why StudyFinds has scoured the net for the best Memorial Day Deals of 2023. Let us know what deals you are looking for in the comments below or any suggestions you have for the holiday’s shopping!

usa flag on pole under sunset sky with clouds
The American flag at sunset (Photo by iStrfry , Marcus on Unsplash)


The List: Best Memorial Day Sales, According to Experts

1. Smart Watches

A watch that connects to your smartphone has become more and more popular with people-on-the-go. The newest batch of smart watches combine sleek exteriors, powerful tech capabilities, and even biometric health tracking for fitness.

Apple Watch Series 8
Apple Watch Series 8

“Apple Watch 8 (41mm/GPS): was $399 now $329* @ Amazon. The Apple Watch 8 sports a new skin temperature sensor to monitor sleep tracking and cycle tracking. It also comes with new advanced safety features like Crash Detection, which can sense when you’ve been in a car crash. In our Apple Watch 8 review, we called it the best smartwatch hands down. This is the cheapest Apple Watch 8 deal of all time,” says Tom’s Guide.

For those who don’t mind previous models there is also the, “Our favorite Apple Memorial Day deal is the best-selling Apple Watch 7 on sale for a record-low price of just $329* at Amazon. That’s a $70 discount and the best deal we’ve ever seen for Apple’s latest and greatest smartwatch. The Series 7 features a larger display, faster charging, and tracks heart rate, sleep, stress, and more,” adds Tech Radar.

Android system users aren’t left out either! “This is huge — the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 is on sale right now for the lowest price we’ve ever seen. If you’ve been waiting for the price to drop on the coveted smart watch, now is your chance. The stylish wearable is one of the top smartwatches of 2023 and it’s never this cheap. The Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 features 10W smart-charging capabilities — a notable upgrade from the slower 5W charging offered by the prior model. It offers an advanced workout algorithm and sleep tracking technology. The watch includes an advanced bioactive sensor that collects more accurate data. This data can be managed and tracked in the Samsung Health app. You can get the Galaxy Watch 5 for as low as $220*. Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 (40mm, Bluetooth), $219* (reduced from $270),” points out CBS news.

2. Patio Furniture

In the United States, Memorial Day is considered the unofficial kick off to summertime. Outdoor theme parks and swimming pools are open and the time is right to relax outside with family and friends. One of the most popular deals in 2023 is for a great variety of outdoor patio furniture. “Serwall Plastic Adirondack Chair for 104.99* (71% off). We also found this weather- and UV-resistant Adirondack chair on sale for 61% off. We love that it provides timeless style and comfortable seating in your yard while remaining foldable and lightweight, making it easy to put away during the off-season. It also comes in a variety of different colors,” says Good Housekeeping, referencing chairs from Walmart.

Patio furniture
Patio furniture (Photo by Collov Home Design on Unsplash)

“Get your patio or outdoor space ready for warmer days ahead with the best spring patio furniture deals available now. You can save hundreds on a home makeover with sale prices on furniture sets and outdoor chairs, sofas and more,” adds ET online, specifically noting deals going on at Walmart.

Target is currently slashing prices on outdoor furniture, making it the perfect excuse to upgrade your patio and backyard. This four-piece patio set comes with a love seat, two chairs and a matching table — you can grab the entire set for about $200*,” mentions Today.

3. Grills

When summer arrives it’s time to grill! Carnivores, omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans can all enjoy summertime grilling. Cold drinks, great music, and friends add so much to the summer ritual of grilling that when the sales pop up many consumers can’t help but click on that buy now button.

person grilling hamburger patties
Grilling burgers (Photo by Zac Cain on Unsplash)

According to Yahoo! Life, the Nexgrill 5-Burner Propane Gas Grill is now $299* at Home Depot when it is normally $50 more. “This popular grill features five burners and enamel grates that can stand up to years of repeat use. Enjoy 618 square inches of cooking space, including a side burner, to give you ample room to flip a family-size supply of burgers this summer.”

ET also points out that the Expert Grill Pioneer 28-Inch Portable Propane Gas Griddle at Walmart is 22% off*. “It’s perfect for outdoor entertaining, thanks to the large griddle — it can cook 22 burgers at the same time!”

4. Mattresses

There might be neither rhyme nor reason as to why mattress sales seem to coincide with Memorial Day, but why not take advantage of lower prices? “Finally, get the night’s sleep you’ve been waiting for without overpaying. Bring home a new mattress at a bargain price with the Memorial Day mattress sales! Our choice of mattress is vital to our overall health, so get ready to upgrade to the latest sleep technology at a snip of the price…Here are some online stores with the best Memorial Day mattress deals: Ashley Furniture, Casper, Nectar Sleep, US Mattress” says CNET.

Tech Radar mentions the Nectar Memorial Day mattress sale which “includes $100 off* the popular Nectar Memory Foam mattress – plus $499-worth* of free sleep accessories added to your order too. Our top pick is the Nectar Memory Foam mattress: it’s medium-firm, with a cooling cover, and we found it to be extremely comfortable and supportive.”

“Memorial Day is one of the best times of year to save on a brand-new mattress and even leading up to the three-day weekend, there is (sic) plenty of sales worth considering. Every year, we see many of The GH Institute’s lab-tested best mattresses go on sale — including Saatva, Bear Mattress, Mellanni and more — making it a great time of year to replace your old bedding,” recommends Good Housekeeping.

5. Beauty Products

Beauty sales are another great way to treat yourself to luxurious self-care. Today’s Parent mentions these discount codes to use at different stores: “Cardon:  From May 25 through 29, take 50% off first set subscriptions with code ‘MDW50’ at checkout. Additionally, take 20% off one-time purchases of $75 or more with code ‘MDW20’ at checkout. Daybird: From May 25 through 30, take 20% off 4-in-1 Tinted Skincare when you use code ‘SUMMER20’ at checkout. Shipping and returns are always free. Le Mini Macaron: From May 26-29, receive a gift with purchase of Bye Bye Cuticles on all orders above $40 with code ‘MEMORIALDAY’ at checkout. Three Ships: From May 19 through 25, receive a free Discovery Day Kit with orders over $100.”

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Makeup bag (© photoguns –

As Bed, Bath and Beyond shutters more and more stores as of 2023, this year’s Memorial Day sales are often also clearance sales meant to wipe out inventory at local stores. In other words, a bargain hunter’s dream scenario! “The Bed Bath & Beyond Memorial Day sale always features amazing deals on a variety of home goods and small appliances. You can find discounts on outdoor furniture to freshen up your outdoor living space and even appliances like margarita makers and Dyson vacuums. As this retailer starts to close up shop, we expect the savings will be even bigger this year,” adds Black Friday.

Bio-Oil Skincare Body Oil
Bio-Oil Skincare Body Oil

Though not the biggest discount on this list, but $2 off* on Bio-Oil on Amazon could be a delightful splurge for folks on a budget. “Stretch marks? Scars? Dark spots? This bestselling body oil is designed to help fade them all. Made for all skin types, the fast-absorbing and non-comedogenic oil contains vitamin A oil, vitamin E oil, chamomile oil, sunflower oil and more skin-friendly oils that the brand says help promote skin renewal and hydrate skin,” mentions Today.

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