The Best and Worst Things to Buy in April

This post comes from Julie Ramhold of partner site DealNews.com.

Folks in many regions have had to stay inside lately due to inclement weather and the coronavirus outbreak. If you’re stuck at home, know that there are plenty of April deals you can shop online. From freebies to beer to polo shirts, there’s something for every budget.

Check out our April buying guide below, which features the best categories to shop this month, as well as the items should hold off on buying for now.

9 things to buy in April

From clearance candy to a mug of beer, here are some of the best items to grab in April.

Spring apparel

Need to stock up on spring-suitable layers? April is a good month to do so, as we expect to see a fair amount of clothing sales. Don’t count on them being branded as spring sales — some might even be more for clearing out winter gear — but the discounts should definitely be deep.

Watch for shoes that are up to 89% off at retailers like 6pm, and for brands like Reebok and Nike to offer anywhere from 20% to 60% off. Plus, Kohl’s could bring its semi-annual shoe event back, with styles for $34 or less.

For clothing, look to stores like J.Crew Factory to knock an extra 50% to 70% off sale and clearance styles throughout the month. Macy’s will likely cut the prices of dresses and dress pants by up to 60% and 70% off, respectively. And JoS. A. Bank could showcase polo shirts for only $10 again. It’s a perfect time to stock up on business casual styles, as well as some athletic wear to fuel your summer plans.

Discounted vacuum cleaners

Just in time for deep-cleaning your home, April gives you the chance to save big on a new vacuum cleaner. Cheap stick vacuums will likely be as little as $10, and you could even find select Dyson models for $150 or less. And if you’re OK with buying refurbished, keep an eye out for Dyson models that are under $100.

Want a vacuum that runs itself? We expect to see at least a few deals on robotic vacuums this month. Roombas could still be pricey, costing around $450, but if you’re willing to give Shark a try, you could pay nearly $200 less.

Beer for National Beer Day

April 7 is National Beer Day, which means April 6 is New Beer’s Eve. If you’re still practicing social distancing and can’t visit your favorite brewery, consider having your suds delivered. Check out a variety of sites that let you order beer online.

Clearance Easter goodies

Easter is April 12 this year, which means April 13 will bring a variety of sales on holiday items. Look for chick- and bunny-themed toys and candies to be between 30% and 50% off.

The longer you wait, the better the discounts will be — but the selection will also be smaller.

Tax Day freebies

Every year around Tax Day, we tend to see a number of freebies, from free food to complimentary massages.

We were expecting more of the same for 2020, but it’s uncertain right now how — or even if — Tax Day freebies will be a thing this year. April 15 isn’t even Tax Day this year, and there’s a chance that businesses won’t be eager to welcome crowds of shoppers by then, anyway.

Earth Day freebies

A number of retailers opt to celebrate Earth Day by giving out green freebies and discounts. Caribou Coffee tends to offer an Earth Month tumbler for around $40, which gets you free coffee for the whole month of April. Other deals we typically see include free organic milkshakes from Evos and free entrance to the national parks, thanks to the kickoff of National Park Week.

However, due to the coronavirus outbreak, this is another holiday that’s up in the air. These deals may or may not return for Earth Day 2020, which falls on April 22. You can check our list of Earth Day freebies from last year for the other kinds of deals we might see this year.

Free pretzels

April 26 is National Pretzel Day, and plenty of restaurants will be celebrating if last year’s trend repeats. Keep an eye out for deals from Auntie Anne’s, Ben’s Soft Pretzels, Cumberland Farms and even Godiva.

These chains and more tend to offer “buy one, get one free” deals; free drinks with pretzel purchases; and even completely free pretzels, with no purchase required.

Secondhand treasures

You might have just spent several weekends in a row cleaning out your closet and donating items you no longer need. But a large part of the population probably did, too. That translates to now being a great time to check out thrift and consignment stores for some truly great treasures.

The increase in donations means there’s a bigger selection than normal to choose from, and that means you might find great designer goods that are nowhere near full price. Or maybe you’ll score a solid dresser to replace that pressed particleboard one you’ve had since college.

Be sure to check out the shelves earlier in the week. With many people donating on weekends, you could see the newest items hit the store floor early on.

In-season produce

April is the first full month of spring, and it fittingly is a great time to buy bright green produce. Look for artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, leeks, lettuce and spring peas to be tasty this month, along with cauliflower, mushrooms, radishes and rhubarb. And if you want to flavor your Easter ham, know that it’s also a great month to buy pineapples.

Be sure to check out this site for the specifics on what to buy locally at the beginning and end of the month.

4 things NOT to buy in April

Wait at least another month before you shop these goods.

Summer apparel

Late summer is when we’ll see sales on these items, as retailers try to clear shelves to make room for fall apparel.

Large appliances

Memorial Day sales will likely take between 35% and 40% off large appliances, so it’s best to wait for those to roll around before replacing anything.

Grills

We expect better prices and more deals in general once summer is over, though we could see notable deals as early as August.

Mattresses

Memorial Day sales will likely bring excellent deals on mattresses, so it’s best to hold off until then.

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