SPOKANE, Wash. - If you're going to say goodbye to summer, at least you can say hello to some bargains. And there are some great deals over the Labor Day weekend.
One of the first may be the fuel it takes to go shopping the weekend. AAA says the current price of gas is $3.44 on average, 15 cents less than it was at this time last year, although that's not quite the cast here in Spokane.
But, lower prices could be why AAA projects nearly 35 million Americans will travel this weekend, the most since 2008.
So, what deals are on the table?
Kiplinger.com says, look for those larger appliances in your home. Discounts can be up to 45% on major appliances, with chances to save the most by purchasing online and using coupon codes.
Next, think about what you'll miss when winter arrives, and chances are you'll find opportunities for sales. Bicycles go on sale this time of year, along with camping gear and patio furniture.
Kiplinger says last year, Lowes, Target and Walmart took up to 75% off patio furniture over Labor Day. It says discounts look to be in the same range this year.
And it's time to think about how to make long winter nights a bit easier to bear. Mattresses go on sale this weekend with discounts up to 60% from Sears. Kiplinger says Macy's is making mattresses cheaper as well.
But, not every deal is going to be great this weekend.
Even though a lot of outdoor gear being on sale, this isn't a great time to buy patio grills. Kiplinger and Dealnews.com both say to hold off a bit longer. Prices usually dip on grills more in September.
Plus, keep the summer wear out as long as possible. Fall apparel prices will get lower the later it gets into fall.
The same is true for electronics. The best deals on electronics will come closer to Black Friday, which is only three months away.