Labor Day Sales That You Should Check Out This Weekend

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On Tuesday, August 13, 2013, surrounded by a wall of backpacks at L.L. Bean, Leanne MacKay helps her
Gordon Chibroski/Portland Press Herald/Getty ImagesL.L. Bean offers a rare 10 percent discount.
"Got any big plans for Labor Day weekend?" your coworker asks you in the elevator. There are plenty of good responses. Maybe you'll hit the beach one last time before fall arrives. Maybe you'll have a barbecue. Maybe you'll spend all weekend wearing white, while you still can.

But deal-hunters know there's only one good answer: Hitting the Labor Day sales, baby.

Plenty of retailers are holding Labor Day sales this weekend; some offer genuine steals, while some are just run-of-the mill clearance sales. We've gone through the bunch to identify the sales that are really worth checking out.

Always on Sale?

Banana Republic (GPS) holds sales so frequently that it's not worth shopping there if it's not. Still, we suppose it's worth mentioning that the brand is taking 40 percent off this weekend. The discount is good in-stores and online through Sept. 1, and if you're buying online you'll need the code BRLABOR.

Another sale-happy retailer, Express (EXPR), is offering the same 40 percent off everything in its stores except watches and gift cards. The sale is good in-stores or online through Sept. 1; you can also get free shipping for purchases over $50, but that offer is only good through midnight ET Friday night.

LL Bean offers sales a lot less often, so the 10 percent discount it's offering this weekend is worth noting. You'll need to use the code LABORDAY if you're buying online, or print out the coupon from its site if you're shopping in stores. The offer is good through Sept. 1, and some exclusions apply.

20 Percent Off Online at Macy's

Macy's (M) is taking 20 percent off online purchases on Aug. 30. There are plenty of caveats – the site lists dozens of brands excluded -- and select departments offer a more modest 15 percent off. Clearance items get an extra 25 percent off. You'll need the coupon code SUPER at checkout.

JC Penney (JCP) offers 15 percent off apparel, shoes, accessories, fine jewelry and home items; lower discounts apply for other departments. You can bump that discount up to 20 percent if you're using a JCP store credit card. Print this coupon if you're shopping in stores, or use the code BUYNOW.

Walmart (WMT) is offering a bunch of online specials for Labor Day, covering everything from clothing to electronics. You can get an iPad Mini for $280 (a $20 discount), a polo shirt for $3.97, a Hamilton Beach slow-cooker for $19.88 (originally $34.88) and discounts on various TVs.
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