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Labor Day bargains and travel

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Though gas prices are up, more people are traveling this Labor Day weekend.

If you’re staying in a hotel, watch out for extra fees.

If you’re a bargain hunter, you’re in luck.

Labor Day Travel:

Despite the recent increase in gas prices, the last major holiday of the summer is expected to be busier than ever.

According to AAA, 33 million Americans will hit the roadways, traveling at least 50 miles for the long weekend.

Travelers are also expected to spend more on their trips but are saving money by staying with friends or relatives.

The survey found that two-thirds of Americans said their current financial status would not affect their Labor Day plans.

If a hotel is in your weekend travel plans, you’ll want to take an extra look at your bill at checkout.

Those extra fees that sometimes get tacked on to your bill can easily add up.

According to a survey from New York’s Center for Hospitality, U.S. hotels will collect almost $2 billion in fees and surcharges this year alone.

So, make sure to avoid things like wireless internet and phone calls as well as mini bar re-stocking fees, in-room safes and room service gratuities.

Labor Day Bargains:

For a lot of Americans, Labor Day signals the end of summer and back to school for the kids.

However, the first Monday in Sept. can also be a great time to pick up bargains.

During the Labor Day weekend, retailers will be offering up end-of-the-season holiday sales and discounts on summer merchandise.

If you’re in the market for a grill, patio furniture or gardening supplies, you should see plenty of markdowns.

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