Sept. 3, 2010 -- If you're looking for bargains, this really could be the best Labor Day ever!
I teamed up with MyCityMommy.com, a group of mommy bloggers who share deals in their cities to find the best bargains out there.
Trade Baby Gear
Toys 'R Us is helping get old, outdated – and sometimes unsafe – car seats, high chairs, strollers and similar items out of people's homes. If you bring in almost any used baby gear like this, you will get 25 percent off of new replacement gear. There's no limit to how much you can trade.
Click HERE for the web-extra Labor Day promo codes.
While you're there, can pick up something fun for the older kids. Toys 'R Us will be offering Lego City sets and Hot Wheels – buy one, get half off. And on Zhu Zhu Pets add-on playsets are buy one, get one free.
Click HERE to learn more.
Get Good Tires
If you're taking a holiday weekend roadtrip, good tires are so important.
Starting this weekend, Midas shops are offering a deal where, if you buy and install four select Bridgestone tires you will get an Amex gift card worth up to $100, depending on which tires you buy.
Click HERE to learn more.
A Time to Grill
The Coleman Roadtrip grill works for backyard cookouts or tailgating at the game. It has wheels – that's because it was designed by Paul Teutel Jr. of "American Chopper" fame. The man knows how to put things on wheels! It folds up to the size of a rolling suitcase for easy transport.
The website price yesterday was $179, but if you go to Coleman's Facebook page right now and "like" Coleman you will get a discount code that knocks $50 off that price.
Final price: $129. More and more discounts and deals are offered on Facebook these days.
Click HERE to visit Coleman's Facebok page.
Price Cut on Knives
There's a neat website called HousewaresDeals.com that offers one deeply discounted item per day. The more people buy, the more the price drops. They carry a Farberware 14-piece professional cutlery set that normally retails for $100, but if you buy it on Sunday, you can get it for $22.
Plus, HousewaresDeals.com is offering free shipping all week.
Go to the site and use the promo code "MDMFREE" for free shipping all week.
Eat Out For Less
Fifteen thousand restaurants nationwide participate with restaurant.com, a site that offers discounted gift certificates. This weekend restaurant.dom is offering $25 gift certificates for only $3. That's a 70 percent savings.
Click HERE to visit restaurant.com, and use the promo code "savory" to get the $25 gift card for just $3 from Sept. 3 through 7.
Another great way to get low cost or no-cost restaurant food is to sign up for your favorite chain's e-mail club.
I keep a separate e-mail account just for offers like this. It pays off right away. For example, just signing up can get you a second Bob Evans breakfast and Aussie-tizers at Outback steakhouse – for free. Hundreds of other restaurant chains offer similar deals.
I also like to try mom and pop restaurants, especially when I'm traveling. So sign up for daily deal sites like Groupon, Living Social and more. Many people join those sites in their hometown, but it's a great idea to check the sites in cities you're visiting, too. For example, I found a deal where you get $25 worth of food for $10 at McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon in Grand Rapids, Mich., with just a few clicks.
Here are some other sites where you can find similar deals:
Deals for Travel
Everyone has been griping about the fees for checking bags. So the IHG group, which owns Holiday Inns and Crowne Plazas, came up with a solution. If you stay at one of their hotels worldwide for any two-night weekend, IHG will reimburse you for the cost of checking your bags. The value of this offer is $50, but you can take advantage of it every time you stay from now until the end of the year. Just use your Visa card to pay the bill.
Click HERE to learn more about IHG's offer.
Another great deal comes from Hotels.com, but you have to get moving. Book your stay by Monday and you can get a discount of up to 40 percent off.
Click HERE to learn more about the offer.
If you're staying home this weekend, you can get deep discounts on movie tickets at major chains by buying passes ahead of time from citydeals.com instead of buying directly. We're talking as much as 50 percent off – and you know how pricey movie tickets are these days.
Click HERE to visit citydeals.com
Even More Deals
The only thing more intriguing than a sale is a freebie! Target and Bank of America are separately sponsoring free museum weekends in cities around the country. From the Spring Preserve in Las Vegas to the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, N.H., and hundreds of cultural attractions in between.
Here are links to the freebies:
Click HERE for Target-sponsored events.
Click HERE to see free events for Bank of America cardholders.
More About MyCityMommy.com
MyCityMommy.com is a group of 31 women who regularly share great deals in their home cities, from shopping to groceries to travel and more. Click HERE to go to their website, search for your city and then imitate the experts for huge savings.
Don't see your city? You could be the next mommy blogger to share deals in your area with your community.
Web-extra Promo Codes
This Labor Day weekend, scores of online stores are offering even deeper discounts if you have a promo code to enter in the little box at checkout. Here are 15 hotties, and if you don't see your store here, just type the name of the store and words "promo code" or "coupon code" into a search engine and see if anything comes up.
Airbak: Get 10 percent off of your entire purchase! Use promo code: WGN.
Carters & Osh Kosh: Get 20 percent off when you order online and there is no minimum purchase. Use promo code: LABORDAY
Catherines.com: You can score $15-$25 off. PLUS accessories are buy one, get one half price. Avoid the $7 shipping fee by having your order shipped to any of their local stores such as Lane Bryant, Cacique, Fashion Bug or right to Catherine's. No promo code necessary.
Chadwicks: Take $25 off on orders of $75 or more and take $50 off orders of $150 or more. Use promo code CHAFF209
Gap: Take advantage of free shipping on orders of $50 or more. Use promo code: GAPSHIP50 at checkout.
Great Indoors: Take an extra 15 percent off regular & sale items plus take $20 off purchases of $150 or more. No need for a promo code.
Jos. A Banks: Take 60 percent off your 1st order and 70 percent off your 2nd order. Keep an eye out for items as low as $19.99. PLUS orders of $175 and more ship for FREE. No promo code needed.
Justice for Girls: Take 40 percent off your entire purchase through Labor Day. Use promo code 708.
Kohls: Get an extra 15 percent off your purchases over Labor Day weekend. Use promo code: LABORDAY
Macy's Online: Get free shipping with any $99 purchase at the Labor Day sale. This deal expires September 6. Use promo code: LABORDAY.
New York & Company: Tops are up to 50 percent off this Labor Day. You can also use promo code 5199 to get $50 off a $100 purchase or use code 5198 to save $20 on a $50 purchase.
Old Navy: Use promo code ONSAVEBIG to get 20 percent off purchases of $100 or more and 25% off purchases of $150 and up. PLUS enjoy free shipping on purchases of $50 or more by using promo code: ONSHIP50
Payless: Take advantage of this buy one get one 50 percent off sale at Payless and combine it with an offer to take an extra 20 percent off your order. Offer good through September 6. If you order online, shipping to your local Payless store is free. Use promo code: 36522.
Sam's Club:- Check out free eValues for Sam's Club members through September 6.
ULTA: Receive 20 percent off your entire purchase. Use promo code: 48173