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Best Memorial Day Weekend Sales

Anderson Ross/Brand X Pictures(NEW YORK) -- If you are on the hunt for the best Memorial Day weekend shopping deals, you might want to start sooner rather than later, said Tamra Feldman, vice president of marketing for the personalized shopping deals site, Shop It To Me.

After analyzing over 693,000 online deals through 2011 and over 8,000 from Memorial Day weekend last year, Shop It To Me, which provides users with personalized updates of items in their sizes with their preferred brands, found that the best markdowns come Friday and Saturday. The discounts then tapered off on Sunday and Monday.

"The good stuff is going to go quickly," Feldman said, adding that the sale items are mostly summer wear and products.

Because some sales began this year as early as Wednesday, the best deals may be flying off shelves earlier than expected, Feldman said.

For those who prefer to honor the nation's veterans this holiday weekend away from shopping crowds, many online retailers offer free shipping and returns, such as Nordstrom, Zappos and Piperlime.

Here are some of the best shopping deals pulled together from Shop It To Me and ABC News:

Ann Taylor:  Shoppers get an extra 40 percent off women's clothing styles during Ann Taylor's Summer Kick-off Sale. Ends Monday.

Black  In time for wedding season, online custom suit tailor, Black Lapel, offers men's wear with free shipping and a "Flawless Fit Promise." Black Lapel's custom-tailored Solid Navy suit, at $449, is sold at less than half the price of Brooks Brothers' off-the-rack 1818 Madison line which starts at $998. Both are made of the same 100 percent wool fabric.

Bloomingdale's:  Take an extra 20 percent off select sale and clearance items with code SALE20 online at department store Bloomingdale's Big Brown Bag Sale. Exclusions apply, see site for details. Ends Monday.

Club Monaco:  Free shipping over $175 on all online orders for men and women. Ends Tuesday.  Deals site features Memorial Day weekend deals, including $59 for four pounds of large shrimp, including taxes and shipping from Nature's Prime Organics, normally $145. The site also features a $25 deal for two AMC movie tickets plus a $50 gift card, a $50 value.

Endless by Amazon:  Get up to 50 percent off select styles, including Frye, Sperry Top-Sider, Seychelles and other brands at Endless, Amazon's independent shoes and accessories online store which launched in 2007. Ends Monday.

Gap:  Shop the Memorial Day Sale at and save up to 40 percent off select styles. Ends Monday.  Get 30 percent off and free shipping with code WEEKEND at Histoire, an online retailer of socially conscious goods, which means "story" in French. Sale items include hand-woven Linen Square Pillows for 65 percent off, an antique glass candle stick for $9.80 and a T-light holder for $6.30. Ends Tuesday.

Home Depot:  Home improvement retailer, Home Depot, launched its Memorial Day weekend sale on Thursday. Its national advertisement features sales on everything from paint ($5 off a gallon and $20 off five gallons), barbecue grills ($199 for a $399 Nexgrill gas grill), briquettes ($5.88 for Kingsford 2-pack ), drill kits ($99 Ryobi One+ Lithium-Ion) and more.

J.Crew:  Get an extra 30 percent off spring sale items with code LOVEIT at for men, women and children. Ends Monday.

LOFT (Ann Taylor):  Ann Taylor's LOFT is featuring an "Everything under the sun $29 and under" event for women. Ends Monday.

Lucky:  Lucky brand is offering an extra 30 percent off sale jeans, no code needed. Ends Monday.

Macy's:  Retailer Macy's is offering buy one get one free pillows, dresses for 25 to 50 percent off, men's suits for 50 percent off and more. Online shoppers can use MEMDAY for further discounts. Macy's Memorial Day sale kicked off Thursday and ends Monday in store and online.

Madewell:  Get an extra 20 percent off sale, plus free shipping on all orders with code WEEKENDER. Some exclusions apply. Ends Monday.

Maidenform:  Get 25 percent off site wide at the women's intimates retailer's online store. Discount applied at checkout. Ends Monday.

Nordstrom:  Nordstrom's biggest sale of the season, its Half-Yearly Sale for women and kids, is online and in stores. Ends Sunday.

Ralph Lauren:  Enjoy 25 percent off select men's & women's styles, plus free shipping with code MAYFS12. Ends Tuesday.

Rugby by Ralph Lauren:  Get 25 percent off polos, shorts and swimwear, plus an extra 25 percent off already-reduced styles, no code needed. Ends Tuesday.

Saks Fifth Avenue:  Receive $50 off your $250 sunglasses purchase with code SUN2012 (valid for all women's sunglasses). Ends Saturday.

Steve Madden: 
Spend $75 and get 20 percent off with code STOCK20. Spend $100 and get 25 percent off with code STOCK25. Ends Tuesday.

Target:  The Shops at Target includes five design partnerships for men, women and girls which launched May 6. The collections aren't having Memorial Day sales but shoppers can snag deals like on the clothing boutique collection by The Webster. Actress Jessica Alba's daughter, Honor, was spotted on Thursday wearing The Webster at Target girl's tie smocked dress in palm print which is $16.99.

  Enjoy $50 off any purchase of $250 or more with code SUMMER50. Ends Monday.

Trina Turk:  Shop the Trina Turk Memorial Day Sale and get up to 60 percent off. Ends Monday.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Lower Gas Prices Driving More to Travel on Memorial Day

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Summer unofficially kicks off this weekend and millions plan to hit the road for Memorial Day.

The automobile group AAA expects that nearly 35 million Americans will travel 50 miles from home for the holiday weekend -- a 1.2 percent increase over last year.

That boost is partly due to drivers getting some relief at the pump.  Gas prices have fallen about 25 cents in April, contradicting predictions by experts who said they would hit $5 a gallon by Memorial Day.

Yahoo! Finance's Daniel Gross says several global factors have led to the drop in price.

"Tensions with Iran have lessened and that was pushing oil and gas prices up.  The global economy has certainly slowed down," he notes.

Another reason for the decrease, Gross explains, is that Americans are using less gasoline.

"Our cars are much more fuel efficient.  GM sold 100,000 cars in March that got 35 miles a gallon or more.  A lot more people are riding the bus.  There's a lot more light rail than there used to be," he says.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Memorial Day Weekend’s Busiest Airports

Medioimages/Photodisc/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- It’s the unofficial kick-off to the summer travel season, and automobile club AAA predicts 2.5 million people will take to the skies over Memorial Day weekend alone.

That’s a decrease from last year, but don’t think you’re going to breeze through the check-in line and airport security, especially if you’re flying out of one of the airports below.

FourSquare has analyzed check-in data to find out which of our nation’s airports will be the busiest over the upcoming holiday weekend.  Here are the top 10 busiest airports for Memorial Day weekend:

1. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
The world’s busiest passenger airport won’t get a break this Memorial Day weekend.  As a Delta hub, there’s a good chance you’ll be flying through ATL if you’re on a Delta flight.

2. San Francisco International Airport
SFO comes in at number two this Memorial Day weekend.  Morning flights are frequently delayed due to fog, so book a mid- or late-morning flight instead.

3. Chicago O’Hare International Airport
It’s coming in at number three, but not because it’s a major hub. Bad weather in Chicago can ground flights all over the country.  Hopefully the weather will cooperate this Memorial Day weekend.

4. John F. Kennedy International Airport
It’ll be the busiest of the three major New York City-area airports.  Flying out of LaGuardia or Newark?  You’re not off the hook, they’re just a little further down the list.

5. McCarran International Airport
Bet on crowds at the Las Vegas airport, coming in at number five on Foursquare’s list.  It’s also the number one summer destination on Orbitz’s top 10 list of summer destinations.

6. LaGuardia Airport

Over 24 million people flew out of New York’s LaGuardia Airport last year.  It’s just eight miles from Manhattan and the favorite area airport of many New Yorkers.

7. Denver International Airport
The best part of Denver International Airport is the volunteer airport greeters that are there to help with all your airport questions.  Look for the white cowboy hats.

8. Boston Logan International Airport
If Boston’s too crowded or too expensive this Memorial Day weekend, try the nearby airport in Providence, R.I.  It’s usually less crowded and sometimes cheaper.

9. Seattle-Tacoma International Airport
The airport’s website claims it’s the 17th-busiest overall, but this Memorial Day weekend it’s expected to come in at number nine.

10. Newark Liberty International Airport
Rounding out the top 10 is EWR.  Even though it’s in New Jersey, it’s a popular choice for New Yorkers as well, especially for international flights.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio


Driving This Weekend? Three Keys to Finding Cheap Gas

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- At least 35 million people are expected to hit the road this Memorial Day Weekend, choosing cheaper hotels and restaurants because of high gas prices. If gas prices will determine if you're going to get behind the wheel, here are some tips on how to find the cheapest way to fill up your car's tank.

Fill Up On Fridays: Using mapping firm Esri, ABC News looked at prices at more than 5,100 gas stations in four areas of the nation: Chicago, Boston, Orange County and Jacksonville. In April, when the average price of gas shot up 30 cents, ABC News found that filling up on Friday saved the most money. In three of the areas, gas prices increased most on Saturdays.

Go to Warehouse Clubs: Gas prices at warehouse clubs like Sam's, Costco, and BJ's are at least 3 percent lower than the average gas station. With gas prices hovering at nearly $4 a gallon, you could save nearly $2.25 every time you fill up at a warehouse club.

Choosing the Right Location: On the way to the beach, the countryside, or the big city, it might seem easiest to fill up along the highway, but that could cause you more pain at the pump. ABC News found that finding a gas station just one minute from a highway can save you 11 percent or about $7 to fuel your trip. Also, avoid filling up downtown.

With gas prices hovering near $4 a gallon, Americans are already feeling the effects of gas prices well before the summer driving season kicks off this Memorial Day weekend. Gas prices are the highest they've been since August 2008. The national average for retail gas prices is $1.07 per gallon more than last Memorial Day Weekend.

There are some signs of relief. The national average for unleaded regular gasoline was $3.81 on Thursday, 9 cents less than it was last week.

Pump prices this weekend are expected to drop even more because oil prices are down about 12 percent since the beginning of the month.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Almost 35 Million Americans Expected to Travel This Weekend

Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(HEATHROW, Fla.) -- Americans hate high gas prices, but they hate staying home more.

That explains the need to jump in the car and travel this Memorial Day weekend even as gasoline prices are averaging a dollar more compared to this time last year.

AAA says that close to 34.9 million people will be on the move from now through Monday, which is up from Memorial Day weekend 2010, though not by much.

The organization says Americans will be venturing farther away from home than they did last year.  There's also an increase in those taking planes, although car trips comprise about 90 percent of travel.

According to AAA, travelers will try to cut back on expenses during the holiday by heading to beaches and public parks rather than festivals and theme parks.

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Save on Gas Money this Memorial Day Weekend

Hemera Technologies/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) With Memorial Day just around the corner and average gas prices at a dollar more per gallon than they were a year ago, motorists stand to spend more money travelling this holiday weekend.

But drivers can save a lot simply by changing the way they drive.

"The best thing you can possibly do is slow down," says ABC News financial contributor Melody Hobson. "For every five miles you drive over a 60 mile an hour limit you spend about 24 cents."

At 24 cents extra for every mile you drive, 40 miles would amount to $10, explains Hobson.

"This is real money," she says.

Avoiding traffic jams or times of the day when roads are crowded can also help you save on gas.

"In traffic, the stopping and starting and stopping actually also costs you money. It costs you about 33 percent more when you drive that way," Hobson says.

Another way to save on driving costs: leave early so you don't hurry.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio


Budget Buster: Gasoline, Food Prices Trend Higher

ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Newly released numbers confirm what most Americans have already noticed: gas prices are rising faster than ever – the national average, now at $3.82, up well over 5 percent this month alone – and some analysts predict we’ll be paying a record-shattering 30 to 40 cents more per gallon in the coming weeks.

Gas prices in five states have risen to $4 or more for a gallon of regular, and two more states may hit that mark on Saturday, including New York. Prices have already gone up a dollar per gallon from a year ago at this time in places like Connecticut, among the most expensive in the country. And the normal summertime highs that usually hit at July 4 are peaking early this year.

Add up the costs of your Memorial Day weekend and this year could be a budget buster. Food costs are up 3 percent from a year ago, due in no small part to higher gas costs. Hamburgers for your Memorial Day barbecue could cost you 40 cents more per pound than last year. Milk is up 15 percent per gallon.

Food costs are so high that they're stealing tomatoes by the truckload in Florida.  Thieves made off with more than six loads of tomatoes and other food valued at $300,000.

And fuel thefts are popping up, too. In North Carolina, thieves cut the fuel lines on more than a dozen rental trucks, stealing hundreds of gallons of gasoline.

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