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What to look for at this year’s Memorial Day sales

Planning to hit the stores on Memorial Day weekend to look for great bargains?

Many times, holiday sales are a lot of hype with savings just average.

Pink Dress Park 6-10However, is reporting that Memorial Day is different for a few product categories.

For the past two years, has seen many retailers offer respectable sales that feature sizable stacking coupons. In many cases, these extra discounts were the best had seen so far that year. In fact, 50 percent of Memorial Day branded discounts from 2010 and 2011 were the best it had seen since that February, if not earlier.

What makes up the bulk of those "best of the year" offers?

Sales from apparel retailers and a few home goods stores top the list. The hottest sales from last year, for example, included discounts from Perry Ellis, Last Call Neiman Marcus, ShopEcko, Designer Living, Pottery Barn, and West Elm.

Memorial Day weekend sales are timed well if you're looking for clothes, as spring apparel is already starting to see late-season discounts. A large stacking coupon will make for some good bargains. Expect to see promotion codes that take up to an extra 50 percent off, but more regularly an additional 30 percent to 40 percent off.

However, despite the good news within the apparel category, that doesn't mean all Memorial Day weekend sales are great. It's always an awkward period for electronics and summer-specific items such as patio furniture and grills will see better discounts the longer you wait in the season.

So, as you prepare to shop at one of the many Memorial Day weekend sales, first consider what you're looking to buy. Apparel is more likely to see the best discounts. But, in order to know whether that sale or coupon is something special or about average, check the comparison information that offers.

Copyright 2012, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist


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Thanks for sharing this information. As a young college student, it is very important to find ways to save money here and there. When I first started dating my boyfriend he would laugh at the idea of utilizing the coupons I had collected. A year later we are still together and have let go of the frivolous spending that takes place at the start of the relationship. Now, it is like he is begging me to find more for him because it can be fun! Holiday's are great times to shop and posts like these really help me to plan my shopping around those holidays.

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