Mother’s Day Sales & Shopping Hours: May 10

For 2015, Mother’s Day is on Sunday, May 10. Many stores and restaurants have special Mother’s Day sales, deals, and offers on this day. Several shopping malls have Mother’s Day promotions as well. Free flowers for mom, special lunch or dinner menus, and discounts on purchases can all be found on May 10th. Sometimes, these promotions extend the entire Mother’s Day Weekend or for several days preceeding the holiday.

Mother’s Day shopping hours are usually the same as they would be on any other Sunday. The exception would be restaurants which open early for special Mother’s Day Brunch or breakfast. Be sure to call your favorite stores and restaurants for their specific Mother’s Day hours as well as information on particular Mother’s Day sales and deals they may be offering.

Be sure to do something nice for your mom and show her how much you appreciate all she has done for you. Mother’s Day only comes once per year. For 2015, it happens on Sunday, May 10.

Open or Closed on Memorial Day: Monday, May 25

For 2015, Memorial Day happens on Monday, May 25th. If you’re planning on spending the day shopping or dining out, I have great news: most stores, restaurants, shopping centers, and malls are open on Memorial Day. However, some may be operating on holiday schedule with limited or reduced hours of operation. Some businesses are closed on Memorial Day in order to give their employees the day off. Here’s a quick rundown of what is open and what is closed on May 25, 2015:

BANKS are CLOSED on Memorial Day

BARS & CLUBS are OPEN on Memorial Day

BIG BOX STORES are OPEN on Memorial Day: Walmart, Kmart, Target, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Trader Joe’s, Bass Pro Shops, Cabelas, PetSmart, Kohl’s, Belk, Bed Bath & Beyond, Staples, Office Max, Office Depot, Best Buy, Academy Sports + Outdoors, etc.

CASUAL RESTAURANTS are OPEN on Memorial Day: Golden Corral, Olive Garden, Applebee’s, Chevy’s, Red Lobster, HuHot, Outback Steakhouse, Longhorn Steakhouse, Logan’s Roadhouse, Texas Roadhouse, Pizza Hut, Montana Mike’s, Lone Star Steakhouse, Buffalo Wild Wings, Beef ‘O’ Brady’s, Perkins, Denny’s, Ryan’s, etc.

CONVENIENCE STORES are OPEN on Memorial Day: 7-Eleven, Kwik Trip, Circle K, Kum & Go, Casey’s, QuikTrip, SuperAmerica, Speedway, Raceway, etc. Many locations are open 24 hours, even on holidays.

FAST FOOD RESTAURANTS are OPEN on Memorial Day: Arby’s, Hardee’s, McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, Taco John’s, KFC, Long John Silver’s, Captain D’s, White Castle, Krystal, Carl’s Jr., Jack in the Box, In-N-Out Burger, Popeyes, A&W, Rally’s/Checkers, Wendy’s, etc.

GROCERY STORES are OPEN on Memorial Day: Kroger, Publix, Winn-Dixie, Cub Foods, Walmart Neighborhood Market, Food 4 Less, Albertsons, Safeway, Price Chopper, Von’s, Fred Meyer, Food Lion, Gerbes, Dillons, H-E-B., Ingles, Q.F.C., Hy-Vee, Harris Teeter, BI-LO, etc. Some locations may be operating with reduced hours. ALDI is an exception. All ALDI stores will be CLOSED on Memorial Day.

GOVERNMENT OFFICES are CLOSED on Memorial Day. Nearly all federal, state, county, and city agencies are closed on Memorial Day.

LIQUOR STORES may be OPEN or CLOSED on Memorial Day. This depends on which state and/or city you are located in. Some areas allow alcoholic beverages to be sold on Memorial Day while others prohibit these sales.

MOVIE THEATERS are OPEN on Memorial Day: AMC Theaters, Cinemark, Carmike, Regal Theaters, etc. Many theatres have additional holiday show times scheduled for Memorial Day.

PHARMACIES & DRUG STORES are OPEN on Memorial Day: Walgreens, CVS, Rite Aid, etc. These retailers are almost always open. However, the actual pharmacy may be closed or operating reduced hours for the holiday. Pharmacy departments in grocery and big box stores also have varying hours of operation during the Memorial Day holiday.

POST OFFICE (USPS) is CLOSED on Memorial Day

SHOPPING MALLS AND MALL ANCHOR STORES are OPEN on Memorial Day: JC Penney, Sears, Neiman Marcus, Bergners, Bon-Ton, Boston Store, Carson’s, Herberger’s, Younkers, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Gordmans, Lord & Taylor, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, Nordstrom, etc.

SCHOOLS are CLOSED on Memorial Day: grade schools, middle schools, high schools, colleges, universities, etc.

Of course, these are general rules and there may be exceptions. If you’re not sure, be sure to call your favorite store or restaurant and confirm their holiday hours before leaving home. This avoids unpleasant surprises and unnecessary drives, only to find your favorite shopping or dining place is closed on Memorial Day. Plan ahead, be safe, and have a great holiday weekend!

Tax Day Sales, Deals & Freebies: April 15

Tax Day is on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. While few people think of Tax Day as a holiday, it has become somewhat of a promotional event for stores and restaurants during the past few years. Many stores are having special Tax Day Sales or offering freebies on April 15. Several restaurants are featuring specials and free menu items. Your favorite shopping mall may be having a Tax Day promotion with special deals at participating stores.

As far as shopping hours, nearly all stores, restaurants, and shoppping centers will be open with regular hours of operation on April 15. They don’t close early on Tax Day. In fact, some businesses have extended hours to coincide with Tax Day promotions. Even though few Post Offices still stay open until the 12:00 midnight deadline for last-minute filers, you’ll see some restaurants and stores promoting “last-minute Tax Day sales and deals.”

Don’t forget to get your income tax returns done before the April 15 deadline. The IRS frowns on late returns! Nobody wants to pay extra interest and penalties. Then, relax and take advantage of the numerous special discounts and promotions taking place on Tax Day: April 15, 2015.