8 best Veterans Day sales of 2016

Without the hype and hysteria surrounding Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Veterans Day is often overlooked as a shopping holiday.

But while Veterans Day weekend may pass without stampedes of shoppers and brawls over TV sets, the holiday does see its share of excellent sales.

During Veterans Day weekend, major retailers release some of the month's best deals on home goods, apparel and other products. Shop Veterans Day sales, and you can kick off your holiday shopping long before the malls swarm with chaotic crowds.

[See: 6 Ways to Treat Yourself on a Budget.]

To help you catch these spectacular pre-Black Friday sales, we've rounded up a guide to some of the year's best. Before you start shopping this weekend, make sure that you have this list of the eight top Veterans Day sales in hand.

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Best Veterans Day sales 2016

1. Macy's Veterans Day Sale

Dates: Nov. 9 – Nov. 13

Nary a year has passed without Macy's hosting a superb Veterans Day sale. This year, Macy's is expected to offer an extra 20 percent off sitewide, plus free shipping on orders over $50. The sale encompasses a wide range of products, including apparel, accessories and home goods from top designers.

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2. Sears Veterans Day Sale

Dates: Nov. 2 – Nov. 19

The Sears Veterans Day sale runs for more than two weeks and features significant savings on appliances. Highlights from the sale include:

• 40 percent or more off Kenmore refrigerators, cooktops, washer-dryer bundles and other large appliances.
• 20 percent or more off appliances from other top brands.
• Up to 30 percent off vacuums and floor care.
• 50 percent to 60 percent off top-brand mattresses.
• Up to 50 percent off select tools.
• 10 percent to 50 percent off shoes.
• 60 percent to 70 percent off fine jewelry.
• An extra 15 percent off apparel when you spend up to $49.99.
• An extra 20 percent off apparel when you spend $50 or more.
• Free shipping.

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3. Kmart Veterans Day Sale

Dates: Nov. 10 – Nov. 12

In honor of Veterans Day, Kmart is taking 10 percent off apparel, toys and home goods. Kmart's clothing collection includes casual basics, activewear and accessories for men, women and children. The store's home goods department offers bed, bath and kitchen items. Kmart also features an extensive selection of toys, including tech toys, video games and movie action figures.

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The Overstock.com outlet store stands in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S., on Tuesday, April 26, 2016. Overstock.com Inc. reported first-quarter revenue of $413.7 million with a four percent increase in sales in an earnings report released on May 3. Photographer: Cayce Clifford/Bloomberg via Getty Images

5. Amazon Veterans Day Sale

Dates: TBA

With Thanksgiving mere weeks away, Amazon is already counting down the days until its massive Black Friday sale. Still, the online retailer hasn't forgotten Veterans Day. Over the days leading up to the holiday, Amazon is hosting "online deals, low prices, and sales on electronics and more." The site has also created a Veterans Day collection page with special offers on patriotic products, including apparel and accessories featuring the American flag.

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Veterans Day Free Food

Remember: Retailers aren't the only businesses offering deals on Veterans Day. Restaurants and treat shops are also joining in the celebrations, offering free food and other goodies to service members. A handful of the hundreds of Veterans Day food freebies include:

• A free meal from a special Veterans Day menu at Applebee's.
• A free stack of red, white and blue pancakes at IHOP.
• A free double chocolate fudge Coca-Cola cake at Cracker Barrel.
• A free appetizer or dessert at Red Lobster.
• A free small coffee or tea from Peet's Coffee & Tea.
• A free draft beer or $5 off your check at World of Beer.
• A free haircut at Great Clips.

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