5. Compare Online Prices
“Not all sales are equal,” she asserts. Use comparison apps to check out online prices before making an in-store purchase, and don’t forget to compute for shipping costs! For those who don’t have an app yet, she recommends Lifehacker’s list of the best mobile apps.

6. Get Up Early
“As with Black Friday, you’ll want to hit stores early, to avoid missing out on deals.” It’s also a great time saver to check ASAP for any information on how many sale items a store is offering for Memorial Day, so you know whether it’s worth hitting a particular merchant for that item.

7. Avoid Impulse Purchases
“It’s easy to fall for deals on products you don’t really need when you’re inundated with sales and promotions. Remember that just because something’s on sale, it doesn’t mean you need to grab it before the day is over,” said Andrea. An advanced list (see #1) should give yourself time to think about the purchase. Also, this not the last shopping event of the year, especially with the Fourth of July and Labor Day sales around the corner.

From smart spending tips to personal finance advice, Andrea Woroch transforms everyday consumers into savvy shoppers. You can follow her on Twitter for daily savings advice and tips.