On Memorial Day we honor and remember all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and freedom.

Memorial Day weekend is the “unofficial” start of summer with many people gathering together for parades, BBQs, parties, picnics, or traveling to visit family and friends.

How are you planning to spend your Memorial Day weekend? Please let me know in the comment section below!

Memorial Day 2023 Travel Plans

Inflation is on nearly everyone’s mind this year, and 76% of Americans expect inflation to impact their Memorial Day 2023 shopping. And, 78% of Americans expect to spend less than $100 on their weekend purchases.

According to Wallethub.com:

  • 44% of Americans plan to BBQ over the Memorial Day weekend (compared to 59% last year)
  • $1.6 billion will be spent on purchasing meat for Memorial Day
  • 818 hot dogs are consumed every second from Memorial Day through Labor Day (7 billion total)

An estimated 42.3 million people will travel for the Memorial Day 2023 weekend. Most travelers, 37.1 million people plan to drive to their destination. Gas prices are down 11% from 2022, which likely contributes to the 6% increase in people planning to travel by car. Air travel continues to increase, with 3.4 million people expected to travel by plane. That’s an 11% increase over 2022!

Fun fact: Orlando, Florida, is the most popular destination for Memorial Day weekend travel!

Panel Members: Please Remember To Scan!

We know you’ll be busy this Memorial Day weekend, but don’t forget to scan all your regular purchases, along with any you make for the holiday weekend.

Besides the food purchases including meats, condiments, vegetables, and seafood, be sure to report non-food purchases like charcoal, lighter fluid, paper products, insect repellent, sunscreen, outdoor games, and so on.

If you’re traveling by car, don’t forget, you can also record gas purchases using the Gas category in the Non-Barcoded Items list if you use the NCPMobile App or in the Barcode Reference Booklet if you use NCP’s handheld scanner.

Select “Gas Trip Only” if you only purchased gas during a trip to the gas station and no other items.

Select “Gas With Purchase” if you purchased gas along with other items from the gas station’s convenience store.

You should even scan items “on the run” which we refer to as items that don’t make it home. This might include stopping on the way to a BBQ or party to pick up a dessert or beverages, or, if you’re traveling, stopping at a roadside rest area for a snack, gum, soda, water, etc.

NCP Support Center

Our Support Center will be closed on Monday, May 29th, in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

Have a nice holiday weekend. Honor and Remember.

Best Regards,

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