6 Must-Buy Items During Memorial Day Weekend

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Memorial Day sales are a lot like playing chess. You have to make wise decisions or you’ll find yourself tricked in the blink of an eye. Most stores will have a variety of Memorial Day offers, but some are more beneficial to your wallet than others.

Just like chess, it’s all about strategy. Some discounted products are truly steals, and others are just for show. Know which is which, and you’ll have more money to spend on those weekend barbecues and celebratory fireworks.

In other words, you’ll be winning at Memorial Day. Checkmate.

Sales on most appliances occur later in the year, but refrigerator prices are lowest in May, according to LifeHacker. Because retailers introduce new models in the summer, they want to clear out the previous versions fast. As a result, the cheapest prices of the year can be found during Memorial Day sales.

Although mattress sales aren’t uncommon throughout the entire year, DealNews reports that mattress prices are lowest around Memorial Day and Black Friday. But if you want to sleep well sometime between now and November, Memorial Day is the best time to buy. Prices will increase during summer months.

Summer wedding season quickly follows Memorial Day, but don’t wait to purchase your outfits. According to DealNews, Memorial Day clothing sales can be up to 75 percent off original prices. Women’s clothing is especially cheap, so look for summer dresses and shoes before the season starts.

Home Goods
If you need new throw pillows and bedding to go along with your new mattress, you’re in luck. Memorial Day discounts on décor, kitchenware and other home items are the best of the year, partly because it’s graduation season. Utilize the low prices and pick up not only a grad gift, but also something for yourself.

Gym Memberships
Gym membership subscriptions are lowest in the summer months because the warm weather lures people outdoors. To lure people inside, gyms will offer extra incentives, starting around Memorial Day. DealNews suggests looking for bargains that cut initial costs, such as no activation fees and first-month-free offers.

If you’re ready for a summer road trip in a new set of wheels, Auto Liquidator recommends taking advantage of the Memorial Day sales. Although some models’ prices will decrease more later in the year, you can still save big during Memorial Day because you have the time to shop around, do your research and make an informed decision.

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