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The 10 best beaches in America

It's time to hit the beach!

But if you haven't made plans to visit the shore, Dr. Beach has his suggestions on ones that are not to be missed. 

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Did your favorite oceanside destination make the cut?

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Best freebies and deals for Memorial Day weekend

Memorial Day is one of the top shopping weekends of the year. Retailers offer goods at deep discounts, and they offer deals for current and former military members.

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Here is a compilation of some of the best deals and freebies, with help from DealNews and Offers.com:

7-Eleven: Buy one Slurpee, get a second for free now through May 30 at participating stores. The offer applies to all sizes.

Amazon: Receive 60 percent off some clothing, and use your prime membership to get free two-day shipping.

Best Buy: Receive up to 35 percent off select items including microwaves and stoves through June 8.

Boston Market: On Memorial Day, receive 25 percent off any family meal at participating locations by using this coupon.

The Children’s Place: Receive 50 percent to 60 percent off everything online, including clearance. The popular children’s clothing and accessories retailer also is offering free shipping Memorial Day weekend. The deal ends May 30, DealNews says.

Helzberg Diamonds: Members of the military receive a 10 percent discount on both in-store and online purchases.

Home Depot: Receive up to 25 percent off select appliances, grills and more through June 1. Plus, get up to 50 percent off select patio furniture, DealNews says.

Hooters: Current and former members of the military can receive a free meal on Memorial Day of either a buffalo chicken salad, buffalo chicken sandwich, Hooters burger, or 10-piece boneless or traditional wings, Offers.com reports.

LegoLand Florida: DealNews says active-duty servicemembers get free admission to LegoLand’s themepark and water park all year long. Military families, National Guard members and veterans receive up to 25 percent off tickets and get a second day free.

Microsoft: If you’re an active-duty member of the military, get the entire Microsoft Office suite for $9.95, DealNews says.

Newegg: DealNews says the tech site is offering military personnel a one-year Newegg Premier membership for free. Shipments to an APO address also receive 50 percent off shipping.

Old Navy: On Memorial Day, save 50 percent off select items online, plus free shipping on orders of $50 or more.

Perry Ellis: During the store’s Memorial Day weekend sale, get an extra 40 percent off sitewide. Orders over $75 get free shipping, DealNews says.

Ralph Lauren: A couple of coupon codes can save you quite a bit of money on the Ralph Lauren website. Use code “MEM30” to receive 30 percent off select sale items, and use “FREESHIP125” to get free shipping off orders of $125 or more.

Sprint: Active-duty military, reservists, veterans and National Guard members receive a $100 reward card and a 15 percent discount on Memorial Day.

Stride Rite: Using coupon code “MAY40” through May 31, receive 40 percent off some styles online.

Twin Peaks: On Memorial Day, current and former service members, police, firefighters and first responders receive a free meal from the restaurant’s special Memorial Day Appreciation menu, Offers.com says.

Winn-Dixie: Through May 31, the grocer is offering customers a buy-one-get-one-free deal on spare ribs. The company also is donating $1 to Hope For The Warriors for every dozen roses or Stars and Stripes bouquet sold.

Memorial Day sales: What to buy, what to skip

If you are planning to shop the Memorial Day sales this weekend, you may want to consider these tips before you hit the stores.

The deal-hunting website FatWallet.com has put together a list of recommendations on what to buy, and what to skip this Memorial Day.

The website says you can expect to save big on summer travel,  clothing and mattresses. But the site’s deal hunters suggest waiting to purchase other big-ticket items like laptops and power tools.

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Here is FatWallet.com’s complete list of recommendations:

Summer Travel – BUY

 Online travel sites like Expedia, Priceline, Orbitz and hotels.com compete to feature their best offers on airfare and hotel deals, cruise deals and car rental coupons for Memorial Day shoppers, according to FatWallet.

Summer Clothing – BUY

Memorial Day marks the kick-off of the summer clothing retail season. Roughly 34 percent of Memorial Day shoppers buy clothes and another 21 percent buy shoes, prompting deep discounts from top retailers, FatWallet said. 

Mattresses – BUY 

There is no better time to buy a mattress, or mattress sets, than during Memorial Day sales, according to FatWallet.  Specialty sleep, furniture and department store retailers typically offer their biggest savings and brand selection of the year during the Memorial Day holiday. 

Appliances – BUY and WAIT –

Home improvement stores like Home Depot, Sears and Lowe’s will feature Memorial Day deals with up to 50 percent off refrigerators, ranges, washers and dryers, etc. that rival their Black Friday prices, FatWallet said. 

Laptops – WAIT

 

 

Like TVs, there are always one-off sales for laptops, especially older models. While roughly 12 percent of shoppers will look for deals on electronics during Memorial Day sales, the best time to buy a new laptop is during Back to School sales in July, or on Black Friday when selection and prices on MacBooks, touchscreen laptops and 2-in-1 hybrid tablet/laptops can drop as much as 50 percent, according to FatWallet. 

Patio Furniture and Grills – BUY and WAIT

Spring discounting on patio furniture and grills hit its peak during Memorial Day weekend. Prices go back up in June until summer clearance in the fall when these items are cheapest, but are also ready for storage, FatWallet said. 

Lawn & Garden Supplies – BUY 

May brings sweeping spring sales on lawn and gardening supplies that ramp up as Memorial Day nears. Holiday deals offer some of the best seasonal discounts on mulch, soil, plant food, fertilizers, pesticides and grass seed, FatWallet said. 

Power Tools – WAIT 

A recent survey reports Father’s Day is the best time to buy tools, and 1 in 10 buy them as gifts for dads. Although some tool deals in May offer good savings, especially for outdoor power equipment, waiting until June offers a better over-all selection of savings options that can rival Black Friday tool deals, according to FatWallet.

10 Mother's Day food freebies and deals

Want to treat your mom to a Mother's Day meal without breaking the bank? Here are some restaurants that are offering freebies and deals for the holiday!

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Quiz: How much do you know about Mother's Day?

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9 fresh margarita recipes for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo, which is celebrated more in the U.S. than south of the border, isn't Mexican Independence Day. But for many, it is an excuse to eat delicious Mexican foods and indulge in margaritas and beer.

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Whether frozen, blended or on the rocks, a margarita is the perfect drink for any festive party or celebratory occasion.

Here are nine easy recipes to create the perfect cocktail:

Daddy Days: A letter for Mother’s Day

In honor of Mother’s Day, I thought I’d share a letter the 1-year-old wrote to my wife.

A couple weeks ago he pulled me aside and said he had jotted down some thoughts for a Mother’s Day card. He knew I had some writing experience, so he asked if I could look it over. This sounded reasonable, so I obliged.

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I had to polish it up a bit (man, kids can babble on), but here’s the finished product:

Dear Mom,

We’ve been close since the beginning. For whatever reason, we just seemed to click. I’m hungry, you have food. I want to sleep, you put me in bed. I need a clean diaper, and you detect this through some magical power — I’m convinced is hidden inside your nose — and give me a fresh diaper.

From vicious vacuums trying to eat me to loud noises coming from the radio, you’ve saved me so many times. I love that.

I also love that you understand how challenging walking can be. And how any shirt I’m wearing might as well be a straight jacket when it comes to me trying to remove it.

I love that you appreciate my prowess at climbing the two steps to the top of the 24-inch slide in the backyard. And also how you celebrate my slide down every time as if I just scored a perfect 10 in the high dive event at the Olympics.

I’m sorry about the whole splashing in the toilet thing and that “code brown” situation in the bathtub. I should know better. But I’m thankful you were there to handle it, because that Dad guy doesn’t know what he’s doing when it comes to bathroom situations.

(Just between us, he totally asked me if I could just “hold it until Mom gets home” the first time he was watching me while you were gone.)

I have to admit I was confused by people patting your tummy and saying, “the baby will be here soon.” I thought I was the baby. I did some research into the subject and it appears I’m going to be an older brother. I’m assuming this isn’t going to impact your ability to protect me from the vacuum.

But this isn’t about me. It’s about how wonderful you’ve been. No one has made sure I was more completely taken care of than you, and I know my baby brother is going to be just as well taken care of.

In the 15 months I’ve been in this world (and the two years we’ve been together), no one has more thoroughly shown me what love is than you. I love that.

I hope you have a great Mother’s Day. You’re certainly a great mother.

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