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Labor Day weekend signifies start of holiday deals

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Labor Day weekend is close, and for many people, time on the road will be in search of holiday sales.

But which deals should you target over the next few days, and which buys may be best left for later?

One of the first may be the fuel it takes to go shopping this Labor Day weekend. Triple A Travel says the current price of gas is $3.44 a gallon, 15 cents less than it was at this time last year. That could be why Triple A 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 the appliances that help you put food on the table. Discounts can be up to 45 percent 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, all that summer time spent outside, and chances are you'll find opportunities for sales. Bicycles go on sale this time of year, and so does camping gear and patio furniture.

Kiplinger said last year Lowes, Target and Walmart took up to 75 percent off patio furniture over labor day, and 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 percent from sears. Kiplinger says Macys is making mattresses cheaper as well.

While we talked about outdoor living deals, here's an exception - patio grills. Both Kiplinger and dealnews.com say hold off on getting a new grill for a bit longer. Even though there are discounts, the prices will drop even more in September.

Fall apparel prices will get lower later in the fall, and the same is also true for electronics. The best deals for electronics will come around Black Friday, which is only three months away.

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Read more: What to expect from 2014 Labor Day sales

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