Best Presidents Day Sales 2014

NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Presidents Day initially took place on February 22 each year in celebration of George Washington's birthday. Although it is still officially referred to as "Washington's Birthday" by the federal government, the holiday was moved to the third Monday in February each year as part of the Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1971. The Act was an attempt to give the working people more Mondays off throughout the year, and it succeeded in doing just that.

Most people are now spending their Presidents Day Monday home from work, enjoying all the perks that come along with an extended weekend. One of those benefits is being able to shop! For years, businesses everywhere have started advertising sales for Presidents Day weekend, offering discounts and slashed prices that are hard to say no to, even for the "frugalistas" among us.

Here is a list of 5 great places to shop this President's Day weekend!

If you're looking for clothes, be sure to check out the sales at Kohls!

Kohls is one of those all-in-one department stores where shoppers can purchase an entire outfit, including intimates and shoes, as well as items for the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and living room. They also offer an extensive children's section for clothes and toys! According to the company's website, Kohls Charge cardholders can now take an extra 15% to 30% off all merchandise. Also, through February 17, for every $50 that shoppers spend, Kohls will give each shopper a $10 gift certificate of "Kohls Cash" to use at a later date. For all of you charity supporters out there, Kohls will also donate $1 for every Kohls Cash coupon, redeemed February 18 through March 8, to the Susan G. Komen Foundation to support breast cancer research. (Shopper's tip: As a Kohls shopper myself, I've come to find that Kohls accepts Kohls Cash even if it's past the expiration date. It does depend on how expired it is, though. Happy shopping!)

If you're looking to jazz up your kids' wardrobes, Carter's is the store to shop.

Spring is just around the corner, and for those of you with new babies and small children at home, you know how much fun it is to dress them in brand new, "aww-worthy" outfits! With 50% off all merchandise in-store and online through February 17, is it even possible to say no? And, as if it couldn't get better, Carter's is also advertising to take an extra 25% off purchases of $50 and over with online promotional code "PRESDAY." Carter's offers clothes and accessories for babies, toddlers, and kids, with sizes spanning from babies size "preemie" to kids size 12. If you plan to order online, Carter's offers $6 flat rate shipping.

If you're in the market for a new car, GMC is the place to be!

It's not often that a car dealership is willing to pay prospective buyers to shop for a new car, but GMC has decided to do just that! The website is now advertising bonus cash on all GMC models for the entire month of February in honor of its 2014 President's Day sale. This arm of GM has 2014 models like the all-new GMC Sierra 1500 Double Cab, the GMC Terrain SLE-1, the GMC Acadia and the GMC Yukon Denali. Offers shown range from over $1,000 per vehicle in Presidents Day bonus cash, over $2,000 in Presidents Day discounts, low mileage lease amounts for qualified lessees, and 0% APR for 60 months for qualified buyers. For those of you who have been dealing with extreme temperatures, now may be the time to invest in a new car with heated seats and remote start!

If you're searching for flights, check out the current deals at American Airlines!

With all the snow that's been coming down this winter, it's easy to assume that many people are dreaming about booking a warm vacation. If you're in need of a getaway, you should immediately head over to American Airlines' website and register for the company's mileage plan. The airline is advertising a great deal with frequent flier miles for its "AAdvantage" members for the month of February. The deal is also a co-advertisement for the company's merger with U.S. Airways, offering fliers a chance to earn a 50% mileage bonus for all travel on U.S. Airways flights. The promotional code for cashing in on this deal is "AAUSM." With thousands more flights to choose from, the destinations are endless! Beware, though, this deal only lasts until March 2.

If you have been looking to spruce up your home, now is the time to shop Williams-Sonoma!

A home-specialty store that has a little bit of everything, as well as a great reputation, Williams-Sonoma is always a big hit when it comes to shopping for the home, especially the kitchen. Limited-time Presidents Day weekend sales include 20% off bedroom items, 20% off Hotel Linens and Dorset Glassware, up to 55% off cutlery, and up to $300 off Nespresso Maestria espresso machines. If you plan to order your goods online, the company is also offering free shipping on orders over $49 with the promotional code "SHIP4FREE." Some of the top sale items include this vegetable and nut chopper, on sale for $10 off the regular price of $44.95, and this six-piece Shun Haru knife block set that's priced down from $483 to $279.99. Sales like this are definitely a guilt-free way to stock up on those much-needed kitchen gadgets.

--Written by Ciara Larkin for MainStreet

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