Funny how holidays change meaning through time. And Memorial Day has morphed into a holiday for sales. Sales and BBQs. But which sales are the best? Here is a list of the 5 best Memorial Day weekend sales according to fatwallet.com.

  1. Mattresses - There always seems to be a mattress sale going on, but Memorial Day weekend is usually when they're priced the best.
  2. Summer clothes - I thought the best time to save on summer clothes would be the end of summer when it's on clearance, and that's true. But you won't be wearing those clothes. This weekend is when the stores are pushing the clothes and usually have the best sales this weekend for something you'll actually wear at that time.
  3. Plane tickets for the summer - Websites like Expedia and Priceline usually offer pretty good sales this weekend.
  4. Appliances (refrigerators, washing machines, etc.) - If, for any reason you don't buy one this weekend, don't worry, Black Friday is also a good time to these items.
  5. Patio furniture and grills - Just like summer clothes, you can probably get a better deal when things are on clearance in the fall. But again, you'll buy it, and not use it.

Two things to NOT BUY this weekend are laptops and power tools. Laptops are best with back to school specials late in the summer and power tools are best saved for Father's Day.