Look out for major store deals during President's Day weekend - expert advises

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Now that Valentine’s Day is over, shoppers will turn their attention to President’s Day sales, which starts this weekend with the holiday coming up on Monday, Feb. 19.

Long three-day weekends are reliably good for retailers – for Presidents’ Day, look for sales on home goods.

“So appliances and mattresses. We will see lots of sales across those two categories and then I would also look at things like home decor,” said shopping expert Trae Bodge.

It’s best to shop for mattresses in-store.

“I always recommend going in-store. This is such a personal purchase, and so make the time to do that; lie on it, sit on it, ask lots of questions, and then look for those deep discounts,” Bodge said.

Advertised sales typically range from 20-50% off.

“With appliances, definitely do your research, there’s so much to know about a certain appliance. So dig around, read reviews, look at something like Consumer Reports and then look for the sales because the sales will be significant,” Bodge said. “So what I’m seeing is at Best Buy up to 40% off major appliances that’s a really good sale, Samsung is having up to $1,600 off of major appliances. So these are really good deals to take advantage of.”

Sometimes you’ll find bundle deals on appliances that can shave $1,000 or more off your bill.

“Furniture is another one, I really do like to go in-store, especially if it’s something that you sit on, a couch,” Bodge said. “You should definitely go and sit on that couch, because you’re going to spend a lot of time there, especially during the winter. So go and look around, feel the fabrics ask lots of questions. There are furniture stores that are having deals, Ashley, for example, is having a large sale, the discounts are quite deep. The sale items start as low as $59.99. So that’s a really good one to check out. JC Penney is having a very notable home sale where you can save as much as 50% off.”

Some online tools can help you find deals — At Yahoo Shopping and Google Shopping, you can enter the name of the item, and the site will tell you where that item is sold, and for how much, and give you historical pricing as well.