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NEW YORK(CBSNewYork) — Memorial Day weekend is in sight, and while the weather isn’t guaranteed holiday weekend sales are expected to deliver.

The weekend is the launch of beach season in the Tri-State area, and if you take a lap around local stores you may find that the sales are hotter than ever, CBS 2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported.

After a long hard winter shoppers are in a spending mood, according to Zarb Business professor Joel Evans.

“Don’t go into the store and with one item on sale and then buy nine other items that aren’t on sale, you’re not saving money then” Evans explained.

Appliance stores are offering big savings on washers, dryers, and refrigerators, as well as special pricing on TVs. P.C. Richard said that kitchen packages are also big sellers right now.

“This is one of the busiest weekends of the year. It’s probably the busiest holiday to start out the year, the Memorial Day Weekend the stores are booming with customers that didn’t go out-of-town,” P.C. Richard & Son sales counselor Chris Gabriel said.

Memorial Day is also the biggest weekend for outdoor furniture stores.

“This is going to be the last weekend where you’re going to have real good prices and you have a selection,” Winfried Breuer, owner, Sundown Ski and Patio, said.

After outfitting your backyard, you can outfit yourself.

Clothing and shoe stores at Roosevelt Field Mall have already started slashing prices on summer wear and Father’s Day gifts.

Big retailers like Macy’s and J.C. Penny are also offering deep discounts.

If you can stand the heat, lower prices on air conditioners and grills are in the forecast for the end of summer, and Apple may be cutting prices in mid-June when its new models debut.

Should you happen to find something now but see it on sale later, many retailers will refund the difference or match a competitor’s price up to 30 days.

Retail experts also said that it is a good time to go car shopping as Memorial Day Weekend signals the start of big summer car sales.

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