Memorial Day tends to conjure images of heavenly BBQs with tricked-out grilling gadgets and (weather permitting 鈥 oh please, oh please, oh please!) pool party fun. But for the savvy shoppers among us, there鈥檚 one more major reason to celebrate the kickoff of summer: THE SALES!

Nearly every major brand you love is likely offering some kind of discount this weekend, giving us every excuse in the book to shop to our heart鈥檚 content for the fierce new summer wardrobe of our dreams. We鈥檙e keeping things simple by giving you our top picks of the sales you can鈥檛 afford to miss below:

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1. Nordstrom: Topping our list is Nordstrom鈥檚 Half Yearly Clearance Sale. Coming just twice a year, it鈥檚 kinnnnd of like Christmas in, well, May. NOW is the time to get that designer bag or pair of shoes you鈥檝e been eyeing all spring, as it鈥檚 likely to be up to 40 percent off 鈥 Tory, Dooney, Hunter, Kate, the gang鈥檚 all here (and seriously discounted)! The pictured Hunter Original Tall Festive Floral Rain Boots (usually $195) are a prime example.

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2. Bath & Body Works: We don鈥檛 know about you, but we鈥檙e pretty much OBSESSED with Bath & Body Works candles (right alongside these 鈥90s scent re-issues, available now for 20 percent off with code SUMMER4U), and right now, the big guys are buy one, get one FREE. Normally $22.50 a pop, that鈥檚 more than enough reason for us to stock up. There are nearly 100 scents to choose from, so it鈥檚 also a good time to experiment with those you鈥檝e always been curious about 鈥 what exactly does a Wine Cellar ($22.50) smell like, anyway?

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3. Anthropologie: Your Anthro prayers are about to be answered, because it鈥檚 an extra 30 percent off sale right now, which means you can actually afford to add that super pretty Trade Route Quilt (once $248-288) 鈥 and anything else that catches your eye!

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4. Michael Kors: If you don鈥檛 already own the Michael Kors bag of your dreams, this is your chance 鈥 the store is offering an extra 25 percent off sale items, with prices as marked. Some styles, like this Kempton Large Nylon Tote (normally $138) are even under $100. Sold!

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5. Forever21: Affordable just got super affordable 鈥 this pictured Dotted Doll Crop Top ($9), for instance, falls to $4 when you enter coupon code EXTRA30, which takes an extra 30 percent off select sale items. $4, people! That鈥檚 practically less than your morning coffee.

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6. LOFT: Regular LOFT shoppers are probabblllly already clued in to the fact that the store offers 30-40 percent off pretty much on the daily, reserving the big guns for special holidays and events, including 鈥 you guessed it! 鈥 good ole鈥 Memorial Day. Forget 40 percent: It鈥檚 60 percent off today, baby! This Pom Pom Straw Bag ($60) is an absolute steal at $24 after discount.

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7. Victoria鈥檚 Secret: Victoria鈥檚 Secret has not one, but two killer sales going on this weekend. Fill your panty drawer with some lovely little new additions (they鈥檙e currently seven for $28) and get an extra 40 percent off their soon-to-be-disappearing (nooooo!!!!) swimwear line when you enter coupon code SAVE40SWIM.

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8. Free People: Okayyyy, so Free People isn鈥檛 offering as big of a discount as some of the aforementioned stores (it鈥檚 an extra 25 percent off sale items in your cart), but it鈥檚 a relatively rare category sale for the brand鈥 and we happen to love their wares, so hey, we鈥檒l take it! Every little bit helps, right?

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9. Nasty Gal: We would鈥檝e paid full price for this Love, Courtney by Nasty Gal Miss World Satin Tutu Dress ($118) (and the rest of the collection, to boot), but now it鈥檚 not only on sale, it鈥檚 an extra 40 percent off in your cart, right along with the rest of the store鈥檚 sale items, and we can鈥檛 even handle it.

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