Sears Labor Day Sale and how to shop for appliances

Links updated to reflect 2011 Labor Day sale!

Labor Day is a great time of year to shop with back to school markdowns and Labor Day sales. This week (September 1st-6th) Sears is having a huge Labor Day Sale. Sears invites customers to make The Big Switch to ENERGY STAR ® qualified appliances and enjoy incredible savings during its storewide Big Switch Labor Day Sale.

This isn’t just any old Labor Day sale, it’s “The Big Switch,” switching your appliances to save you money on energy bills, and make an impact on the environment. As someone with a 20 year old fridge this is very appealing since I know our fridge is costing us a ton to run, and isn’t running that efficiently. I’ve got my eye on something similar to the fridge below.

The Big Switch isn’t just about new appliances that are ENERGY STAR ® qualified. Sears is the first national retailer that is certified to be part of the Responsible Appliance Disposal (RAD) Program in partnership with the EPA. That means when your old appliances are picked up they are recycled-not trashed.

On top of that, some states are even offering additional refunds for purchasing Energy Star appliances! For instance here in Pennsylvania you will get a cash rebate from PECO when you purchase certain appliances.

Sears’ Big Switch Labor Day Sale  features a deep roster of savings on a number of energy efficient appliances and products, including:

  • 30% off all ENERGY STAR qualified appliances from Whirlpool ®, Samsung and Maytag ®.
  • 20% off all other ENERGY STAR appliances.
  • Extra 5 % off all appliances with a Sears Card.
  • Save over $700 on LG washer/dryer pair

Why I recommend Sears:

We have purchased several appliances from Sears over the years, and recently we received a washer and dryer to review from Kenmore. We’ve always been very happy with the purchasing process at Sears-especially the prices.

When you’re shopping-try using their online search tools to peruse the top 10 brands of appliances. You can sort by price range, color, brand, and of course remember to choose Energy Star appliances for even more savings.

If you are looking for even cheaper prices, you can always shop at Sears Outlet where you’ll find scratch and dent, and discontinued models at deep discounts.

Paying for your new appliances:

Pay cash– It seems simple, but if you don’t have the cash on hand the “deal” you’re getting isn’t really a deal. You should consider the lifespan of your appliances (among other things) and try to put aside a little each month so you don’t find yourself with a dead fridge and no way to pay for it.

Using credit wisely– While purchasing on a credit card is something I’d caution against strongly, if you have money set aside for your purchase (in savings) by using a Sears card you can sometimes get deals such as the 5% off they are offering with the Labor Day sale, or even 0% financing for a year. We’ve used the 0% offer in the past-it was a smart move since it allowed us to keep our emergency fund intact.

Layaway– Maybe you don’t want to open a credit card or don’t have cash on hand today to pay for your new appliance. In that case layaway might be a good option. You remember layaway right? Now, Sears offers layaway on appliances along with other merchandise. You can lock in a great deal, and not worry about paying finance charges. You can put 20% down and pay it off over several pay periods. Want more info on how layaway works? Check out Layaway info from

Will you be shopping sales this Labor Day? What’s on your shopping list?


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Sears via Mom Blogger’s Club. I’m also currently reviewing a Kenmore washer and dryer, so look for more info on that soon.

About Kelly

Kelly Whalen is the founder and editor of the Centsible Life blog. She started the blog 6 years ago as her family faced a mountain of debt. The blog became a resource to readers and a hub for everything you need in life for less. Kelly lives in the Philadelphia area with her superhero husband, 4 awesome kids, and one adorable dog. She still believes you can have it all....just not all at once.


  1. says

    If you are shopping online at, remember that you can still pay cash – with eBillme.
    eBillme allows you to pay cash, by paying the bill through online banking (where ever you bank online, SunTrust, HSBC, BofA, etc.. ).

    Just select eBillme at the Sears checkout page.
    Plus: here is the link to an online coupon code to save an extra $10 off $50, until Oct.31, 2010.

    happy shoppping

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