Hot Sales: Your July Fourth Savings Cheat Sheet

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Fourth of July shoppingAmerican retailers are celebrating the birth of the nation in their usual way -- by trotting out all manner of sales.

For those of you headed to the mall around this holiday, DailyFinance has the low-down on where to find the hottest deals -- complied with some help from bargain shopping websites ShopitToMe.com, FatWallet.com and BradsDeals.com.

We also got experts to weigh in on travel-related discounts surrounding the Fourth, but you'll have to act fast: Once the last firework pops, many of these deals will evaporate.

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Shop Early

As July Fourth falls on a Wednesday this year, shop early in the week for the best deals, Brad Wilson, CEO of coupon and savings site BradsDeals.com, tells DailyFinance.

Compare Prices Online for Deals on Seasonal Products

Look on the web first for deals on summer-weather products such as outdoor furniture and home-improvement gear.

But keep in mind that even if top-line prices on the web beat those at bricks-and-mortar stores, don't forget to factor in shipping costs to get the true price comparison, Wilson says. "Especially when dealing with bulky items, like lawnmowers and grills, shipping charges can be a real deal killer."

If a big shipping charge is ruining an otherwise great deal, "check to see if the retailer offers free store pickup, where you buy online and pick it up locally yourself," he suggests.

Be Coupon-Code Savvy

Find the best coupon code. "Just because a store is featuring a specific code prominently on their site doesn't mean it is the best or only code available," Wilson says.

"Many stores will be offering site wide promotions for the Fourth, but you may be able to get even bigger savings by researching other coupon options," he says.

Scour BradsDeals.com, which posts hundreds of coupons daily during the holiday period, including many hard-to-find and exclusive offers, Wilson.

Designer fashion outlet The OutNet.com will be holding an American All-Stars USA sale to "celebrate America's fashion heroes," offering up to 40% off "all-star designers" including Alexander Wang and Michael Kors, Charlie Graham, founder and CEO of ShopItToMe.com, which bills itself as your personal online shopper and bargain hunter, tells DailyFinance. (Sale ends July 3.)

Timberland's holiday summer sale, which ends July 4, trims 20% off your entire purchase with the code JULY2012.

Kate Spade is offering 25% off select sale items. (Sale ends Tuesday.)

Jones New York's semi-annual sale is offering savings of up to 75% plus free shipping on purchases over $50. (Sale ends Wednesday.)

Nautica's  Fourth of July sale trims up to 40% off all merchandise by using the code, Fireworks. (Sale ends Wednesday.)

Bloomingdale's (M) is deep-discounting clearance merchandise from 25% to 65%, and lopping an extra 15% off sale and clearance items with the code SUNNY15. (Sale ends Wednesday.)

Shoes.com is holding a 15%-off sandal sale, which ends Wednesday. Use the promotional code FREEDOM, and get free shipping, too.

During its Fireworks sale, which ends Thursday, intimate apparel retailer Bare Necessities is reducing clearance items by up to 60%, and taking an additional 30% off swimwear.

Club Monaco'sholiday sale, which ends Thursday, is offering an additional 30% off already reduced styles.

On Wednesday and Thursday, Calvin Klein is slashing all clearance merchandise by up to 75% during its semi-annual sale.

Shop through FatWallet.com, the money saving shopping site, to redeem these cash back rewards through July 4:

Shop for Hewlett-Packard products, and get back 5% cash back rewards.

Earn 6% in cash back rewards at Bloomingdale's.

Shop Radio Shack and get back 6%.

Nab 6% in cash back on Dell  products.

Earn 8% cash back rewards on Intercontinental Hotels.

Hotels.com is cutting hotel rates by up to 30%, and FatWallet is sweetening the deal with a 4% cash back reward, but you need to book a room by Wednesday and travel by July 10.

If you're heading to the Windy City this summer, Expedia.com is offering up to 35% off Chicago hotels, and FatWallet will give you up to 5% cash back, but again, you must book by Wednesday.

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