Mac is offering rebates of up to $200 off and giving free iPod Touches to college students—as well as teachers—when they buy a new Mac through September 7. Dell is also offering student discounts on its dedicated educational Web page and promises to match lower prices if you find one on the day you buy your new computer.
For those still trying to squeeze in a summer vacation, American Airlines' Labor Day sale offers $49 fares to select destinations, as long as you book now and travel September 4, 5, and 8. Frontier Airlines is featuring a similar deal for those who make their purchases by the end of the day on September 3. A one-way ticket from Denver to Tucson, for example, runs just $49. Meanwhile, Expedia.com features hotel discounts of up to 45 percent over the holiday weekend.
If you're trying to decide whether to shop online versus in the store, you can make the decision purely based on personal preference. According to Davis, retailers are discounting just as aggressively online, but in different forms. They might offer free shipping to online shoppers while giving $5 coupons to in-person shoppers, for example. As always when shopping online, be sure to check for any last-minute discounts before placing your order. Visit sites such as RetailMeNot.com or CouponCabin.com to check for promotional codes, or do a Web search of the retailers' name and the word "coupon."