Our timeless strategies for making money never take a day off.

So we don’t either.

Which is why I’m able to greet you on this hot day in July and wish you a very happy Independence Day.

Independence — freedom — comes in many forms. But to achieve true independence, you need fiscal freedom.

That’s why we spend so much time and energy gathering the best income-producing opportunities for you…

Along with the best, backed-by-actual-things investments out there…

And a number of tips and tricks to break free from the entanglements corporations use to snare you.

But all that’s a little heavy — and work-y — for a holiday. Especially one that — as long as you can avoid going into the office tomorrow — will be a four-day weekend for most folks.

Which is why today I’m not going to talk about any of that.

Instead, I’m going with something fun: shopping!

Hopefully, one or two of the deals I’ve unearthed below will help you save money. Money you can turn around and invest.

But if you just want to use your extra cash for a fun splurge… well, it’s the holidays. No one’s here to judge.

Except, of course, for the judgment we’ll cast down on anyone who pays retail price for these categories. Holiday sales are so plentiful — and so frequent — if you’re making purchases during “regular” periods, you’re wasting money.

Mattresses, Again?

Yes, that’s right. Just like every major and minor holiday out there, the Fourth of July brings you plenty of mattress deals.

If you like the newfangled, online, delivered-in-an-improbably-small-box mattresses, there’s a nearly unlimited number of deals out there:

  • Purple is offering 10% off everything sitewide…
  • Helix Sleep is offering $100–200 off, plus throwing in free pillows with a mattress purchase…
  • Tempur-Pedic — online and off — is giving customers a $500-off coupon…

There are plenty of brick-and-mortar sales as well, but the deals are more localized to individual franchises. So you’ll have to call or visit shops in your area to find out what deals abound.

But don’t worry — they abound. If you’ve been thinking about getting a new mattress, now’s the time.

The Holidays Are All About Food

So it’s no surprise that you can find plenty of deals on your barbecue needs or dining experiences.

But you might be a little surprised to see which restaurants have the best offers…

The headliners are two Italian chains: Carrabba’s and Olive Garden.

Both are offering buy-one-get-one offers on entrées — with the second entrée wrapped up as a take-home meal to eat later.

The offers are both good through July 6 as well — so you don’t have to rearrange your holiday plans to take advantage.

Walmart, meanwhile, is offering discounts on all your barbecue favorites and free pickup on online orders — plus $10 off your order if it’s your first time ordering Walmart groceries.

Which mean there’s still time to get that cookout together… even if it feels too late now.

Appliances Galore

July Fourth isn’t about electronics — this isn’t a televised event like the Super Bowl — but it sure is about cooking. Which is probably why so many companies push major appliance deals around this time:

  • Home Depot is offering up to 40% off regular price. Plus, a discount of $50–600 when you buy more than one appliance (the more you buy, the more you save)
  • Best Buy has a similar deal — 40% off the sticker price, plus a $500 Best Buy gift card when you purchase two or more appliances spending at least $999. Might be a good time to update that washer-dryer set… at up to a 70% discount when you figure everything in.

Sitting Around the Fire Pit

Finally, outdoor furniture is deeply discounted for the Fourth of July weekend:

  • com has patio furniture marked way down — starting at $99 — with a further 20% off anything you buy, just about site-wide
  • Home Depot makes the list a second time with 40% off patio furniture, 20% off grills and 20% off outdoor power equipment like lawn mowers
  • And Big Lots wants you to take over the neighborhood with a 20% discount on all pools (and even bigger discounts on a variety of patio furniture).

Look — you shouldn’t shop just because there are sales. That’s an awful way to spend your money… You’d do much better putting your cash to work.

But there are plenty of necessities out there. And if you need to make a purchase (or several) — there’s no better time than during massive sales.

Because, to paraphrase I’m-not-even-sure-who, retail is for suckers.

Unconventionally yours,

Ryan Cole

Ryan Cole
Editor-in-chief,Unconventional Wealth  

Ryan Cole

Ryan Cole is the editor-in-chief of Unconventional Wealth. He’s been covering the alternative investment space for nearly a decade and writing about finance and investment for almost 20 years.

Ryan has walked the walk for years, living a very unconventional life. He’s led snowmobile tours through the mountains of Colorado, settled in Japan for five...

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