The 7 Best Things to Buy in April, and a Few Purchases to Avoid

1. Mattresses, tools and appliances

Memorial Day falls on May 28 this year, and since it’s one of the biggest shopping holidays of the season, you can expect to see far better deals on mattresses, tools and appliances around that time. Last year, for example, April had only a third of the number of mattress deals that we saw in May, when discounts peaked at up to 70 percent off.

You can also expect to see an average of two more tool deals per day in May than in April, with the price of hand tools dropping as low as $3. Stores like The Home Depot and Lowe’s should knock up to 40 percent off both big-brand and lower-cost essentials. May should top April when it comes to most appliances, too, as we saw significantly more deals and Editors’ Choice offers in May last year. Washers fell to as low as $300, and refrigerators dropped to $665.

2. Laptops

Believe it or not, we start to see back-to-school discounts as early as June, which means that April isn’t quite the best time to splurge on a new laptop. Hold off for a few weeks, and you could save an extra $40 on low-cost touchscreen builds, while the cost of gaming laptops should drop by an extra 10 percent.

3. Gardening tools

April is certainly not a terrible time to shop for gardening tools (we saw about 60 percent more deals in this category in April compared with March last year), but prices are set to drop even further in May. Then, you can expect electric blowers to fall to as low as $16 (a $9 drop since April), and trimmers could drop by one-third to around $20.

4. Running shoes

While the big thaw has green-thumbed enthusiasts out mowing the lawn, April inspires joggers to once again hit the pavement. But know that April saw fewer deals on running shoes than March or May last year. Hold out until May, when Reebok‘s adult shoes could start at just $21, and Puma’s at $28.

Top stores for April

Eddie Bauer: April may be the time to shop spring apparel, but winter clothing is also going to hit final clearance at select stores, including Eddie Bauer. We’re hoping it will replicate last April, when it knocked 70 percent off women’s clearance items. This remains one of the store’s highest-ever flat discounts.

Nautica: Another apparel store that hosted a great sale last April is Nautica. We’re hoping it offers no-minimum free shipping bundled with a flat discount as high as 60 percent off again.

Kohl’s: April may not be the best month to buy appliances, with Memorial Day around the corner, but Kohl’s may offer an exception. Last year the store knocked a wide range of small kitchen appliances down to a measly $2 via mail-in rebates, including a slow cooker, toaster and coffee maker.

Sears and Home Depot: If you can’t hold out until May to shop these stores’ epic Memorial Day sales, know that each one hosted a Black Friday in Spring promotion last April, during which they discounted thousands of home goods.

What’s on your shopping list for the month? Share with us in comments below or on our Facebook page.

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