Hoping to take advantage of some of the Memorial Day sales this weekend? Shop carefully.
Stores play up their discounts on certain categories to get shoppers through their doors, but better bargains can often be found on other items, according to an analysis of historical data from Ben's Bargains, a deal and coupon site that was started in 2000 by a student at University of California, Berkeley.
While Memorial Day honors the men and women who died while serving in the country's armed forces, the holiday weekend is also viewed by many as the unofficial start of summer. The most popular Memorial Day weekend activity is visiting friends or relatives, followed by dining out and shopping, with all three activities outpacing going to the beach or sightseeing, according to a AAA survey.
This year, Americans have a little more money in their pockets, thanks to lower prices at the gas pump. The average price for a gallon of regular gas is $2.73, down 25 percent from a year ago, according to AAA.
Many stores will be open extended hours, hoping to lure shoppers and their extra dollars.
But before you open your wallet, read on to learn about which items you should avoid and which offer better deals.