What to expect from Memorial Day sales in 2014

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On Monday, May 26, Americans will celebrate Memorial Day by honoring the men and women who died while serving their country in the Armed Forces. The holiday dates back to the American Civil War, and is considered the unofficial start of summer. It is a time for all of us to remember those who gave their lives so that we could enjoy parades, grill copious amounts of meat, and take in the National Memorial Day Concert, now in its 25th year. Memorial Day can also inspire Americans to act, to help military families in a variety of ways – such as sending comic books to active troops via Operation Comix Relief.

And, it's typically a great weekend for bargain shoppers.

Smart shoppers know the days surrounding May 26 will also offer excellent shopping opportunities. Historically, Memorial Day weekend serves up some of the best sales since the start of the year, frequently featuring coupons that stack with already-discounted goods," says DealNews.com.

Will 2014's sales measure up to those from years past? To answer that question, Yahoo Shopping teamed up with DealNews to scour their archives from the past two years to see what kinds of discounts you can expect from this year's Memorial Day sales.

Memorial Day Sales Are Feeling Shy This Year

"In 2012 and 2013, we started seeing a sale creep, with some merchants beginning their Memorial Day-themed events very early on. In 2012, we saw our first Memorial Day deal on April 24; last year, Amazon inexplicably began its sale on March 27! Usually, we start seeing Memorial Day sales begin in earnest during the first full week of May," says DealNews.

This year, however, DealNews didn't see a Memorial Day sale mention until May 12.

"This is an odd turn of events to be certain, but it might mean that this year's Memorial Day sales will stick around longer than usual. For the past two years running, we've seen our last Memorial Day deal on May 31. Maybe 2014 will be the year these sales get extended into the first week of June."

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Stuff Your Closet With Memorial Day Clothing Steals

Memorial Day, like the last few months leading up to May, is always a great time to stock up on spring apparel. This year is a little different. Retailers are struggling to keep up with the unusual demand for more cold-weather gear. As a result, DealNews has seen tons of clearances since early April, with retailers trying to get rid of their spring stock in time for the arrival of summer styles.

"As such, Memorial Day is certain to offer spring clearance blowouts, with stacking coupons offering the steepest discounts we've seen since January. If patterns from 2012 and 2013 hold, you can expect to see clearance apparel discounts of up to 80% off on average. Better yet, you'll see a ton of stacking coupons that take an extra 15% to 40% off sitewide at retailers like Macy's, JC Penney, and American Eagle. Many of these clothing sales are sure to include free shipping, so you can dodge the mall crowd altogether."

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Skip the Summer Seasonal Items

For those of you who suffered through another tough winter, it's nice to step outside and see the sunshine. It's the time of year when you want to check in on a new grill and some outdoor furniture. Sadly, it may feel right but the timing is wrong.

"Grills and other outdoor items are summer's big-ticket seasonal grabs, and they aren't at their best prices yet! As we mentioned in our buying guide, June and July are the best months to buy a grill. As for patio furniture, you won't start seeing the hottest deals until August."

Other home goods are fair game this time of year. Look for deals on news tools and appliances.

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Time to Score Name-brand TVs and Touchscreen Laptops

"Shopping during Memorial Day weekend offers a rare opportunity to grab big savings on name-brand HDTVs. Over the past two years, the best Memorial Day TV deals have been for brands like LG, Panasonic, and Samsung. You can expect Editors' Choice-worthy deals on a wide variety of sizes."

If you're looking for a laptiop, expect to see a glut of touchscreen laptop deals. Touchscreens played a big role in last year's Memorial Day laptop deals, with retailers like Dell, Lenovo, and Toshiba offering up to $389 off on these systems.

"However, for the best bargains on more barebones configurations, you'll want to keep your eye out for refurbished laptops from sellers like eCOST, Woot, and Groupon; these merchants offered savings of up to $140 on refurb laptops last year."



Grab the Apple Pie, Not the Apple Products

Don't go looking for deals on Apple products this Memorial Day weekend as the company's annual WWDC conference is just around the corner. DealNews predicted that the 2013 MacBook Air could drop as low as $750 after the conference in early June. The exception to this rule is the iPhone.

"We're not expecting an iPhone 6 reveal in June. Typically, Memorial Day offers a nice crop of deals on current- and previous-gen iPhones, but recall that we've already seen outstanding deals on these phones this year. If you're shopping for an iPhone 5S or 5C this Memorial Day, just remember that we've already seen the 5S for $100 and the 5C for free — so don't over-pay!"

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