The Best and Worst Things to Buy in April

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April showers might bring May flowers, but they also bring excellent sales! There’s something for everyone, whether you’re hunting for spring clothing or clearance Easter items. And don’t forget about Tax Day and Earth Day freebies!

Below, you can check out all the best buys of April, as well as the stuff you should avoid. But first, let’s talk about the best stores to shop this month.

Stores to shop in April

From spring bargains at Target to jewelry deals at Macy’s, here are some of the best stores to shop in April.

Target

Last year, Target’s Spring Stock-Up Sale took up to $25 off select orders. Better yet, it also offered shoppers a $10 gift card for purchasing three cleaning products. (Hello, spring cleaning deal!) Target also hosted its annual Car Seat Trade-In Event last April, taking 20 percent off for anyone who participated. Best of all, there was a toy sale early in the month that knocked 50 percent off.

6pm

April 2018 was a great time to shop 6pm, especially for brands like The North Face. If those sales return, we could see free shipping sitewide and up to 65 percent off regular prices and at least 70 percent off clearance.

Macy’s

Macy’s will roll out jewelry deals for Mom long before Mother’s Day. We should see up to 85 percent off select sparkly items. However, April could also be a good time to pick up men’s suits, as those could see discounts of 85 percent off again. Additionally, we could see designer handbags at 30 percent off, and furniture closeouts at 70 percent off.

Gap

Watch for Gap‘s Spring Sale to kick off with hefty discounts of around 70 percent off. If you wait a few days, you might see the store offer an extra 40 percent off of sale prices.

Bath & Body Works

The Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual Sale is still a couple of months away. That said, the store had some deals worth checking out last April. Look for a 25 percent off sitewide coupon to return, as well as a “buy three, get three” sale on body items. (You might even get an extra 20 percent off your purchase!)

Things to buy in April

From raising an extra glass to finding a new furry friend, here are some things to buy in April.

April Fools’ Day pranks

April 1 is April Fools’ Day, which means you should take everything you see with a few extra grains of salt. Watch for audacious news stories and product announcements, and beware of any friends who are acting suspicious.

Beer for National Beer Day

National Beer Day is April 7, which is the perfect excuse to buy a six-pack of your favorite brew, or swing by a local brewery.

Adopt a pet for National Pet Day

April 11 is National Pet Day, so it’s a great time to gift your furry friends with treats and toys — or to adopt a pet.

Spring clothing sales

April is a good month for clothing deals in general, but at least 6 percent of the sales we saw last year were branded specifically for spring.

Stores like Gap, Loft, PacSun and Barneys Warehouse took up to 70 percent off during spring clothing sales. Expect discounts of at least 50 percent off in most cases, though select retailers will have very modest savings of 20 percent to 25 percent off.

Look for warm-weather clothes to fall below $20. In 2018, we saw shorts for $10, although some athletic shorts were only $3 at retailers like Walmart. Dresses and rompers will also hit $10, but you’ll also find them closer to $20 at stores like Urban Outfitters. Expect to snag kids sandals for as little as $6, while footwear for adults will fall between $12 and $20.

Early Mother’s Day sales

Mother’s Day is May 12, but the second week of April will bring early sales on mom gifts. Last year at that time, Nordstrom Rack knocked up to 79 percent off during its Mother’s Day sale, and TechRabbit cut a huge 97 percent off new and used electronics when its sale began later in the month.

If your mom is in need of a new bag, expect Coach to take 50 percent off this month. For its part, Macy’s will discount jewelry by at least 80 percent off.

Tax Day freebies

Whether you filed early or barely make the April 15 deadline, you can treat yourself to Tax Day freebies. We can’t be exactly sure which 2018 offers will return, but Great American Cookies typically gives away a free cookie every year. Also look for free shaved ice from Kona Ice, and a free HydroMassage at participating Planet Fitness locations.

Need to get rid of some documents? Watch for stores like Office Depot & OfficeMax and Staples to offer free paper shredding. Just be aware that they usually limit the amount of paper you can offload.

Clearance Easter items

Easter falls late this year, on April 21. Even so, the sales for holiday candies and stuffed animals are pretty easy to predict. Starting on April 22, expect to see bunny- and chick-themed treats and toys dropping to around 30 percent to 50 percent off.

Look to the usual suspects like Target and Walmart for the best deals in the short term. If you can wait longer, the discounts will only get better — expect 70 percent to 90 percent off by the end of the week following Easter. However, by then your selection will likely be far smaller.

Earth Day freebies

April 22 is Earth Day, which means you’ll be able to take advantage of green freebies. National Park Week begins on April 20; you can celebrate Earth Day early with free admission to parks that day.

If Caribou Coffee follows its trend of the past few years, expect it to release a limited-availability Earth Month tumbler for around $40. That’s an investment up front, but with it you can grab free coffee from Caribou for the whole month of April!

Additionally, look for gyms to offer an open house to let you check out their facilities. Last year, Youfit did this for 12 hours, hosting free workouts, games and giveaways.

Lastly, in 2018, Ikea hosted a free event called Make Room for Nature. Shoppers could take part in workshops and score giveaways.

Thrift store treasures

Spring cleaning is always a thing, but this year could be even better. Thanks to the popularity of Netflix’s “Tidying Up With Marie Kondo,” a ton of people are jumping aboard the decluttering train. And that will likely mean a bounty of new used treasures at your local thrift stores.

April is always a great month to hit thrift stores. According to the Salvation Army, donations jump in April and May. Pro tip: Be sure to shop early in the week, as that’s when weekend donations hit the shelves.

Shopping at Goodwill? Check out its price list to see how little you can expect to spend. Apparel may sell for as little as $2.99, accessories for as little as 99 cents and shoes for just $4.99.

In-season produce

Shopping in-season produce has more than a few benefits. Sure, your fruits and veggies will taste better, but you’re also likely to save around 50 percent on these fresh groceries! This month, look for lower prices on asparagus, beets and morel mushrooms. You’ll also find deals on fruits like limes, oranges, papayas and strawberries.

Things NOT to buy in April

Some deals are better left until May — or later. They include:

Home goods

If you’re in need of a new bed or kitchen appliance, don’t spring for it in April. Hold off until Memorial Day, which falls on May 27 this year.

We saw more than twice the number of mattress deals in May last year, compared with the month before. Expect to see discounts of up to 60 percent off at a number of stores. Look to retailers like Sam’s Club to cut around $500 off a variety of mattresses.

Memorial Day is a good time to shop for most large appliances, too. Watch for Best Buy to cut appliance prices by up to 40 percent, while Home Depot could knock up to 64 percent off appliances, as well as tools and home decor. Lowe’s sale might be more on par with Best Buy’s 40 percent off discounts.

Laptops

Obviously, November’s Black Friday sales are typically the best time to grab a new laptop. But if you can’t quite wait, June will have a decent amount of computer deals. Better yet, July 2018 hosted almost as many laptop sales as November did! Look for Dell to take 35 percent to 40 percent off in July on a variety of models — just in time for back-to-school shopping.

Gardening tools

April isn’t a terrible time to buy gardening tools, but you’ll see more deals by waiting until June or even August. At the beginning of summer, we expect to see shears and hoses fall to $20, hedge trimmers drop to $45 and leaf blowers hit $64.

If you hold off until August, you should see garden hoses drop even lower, to around $12. Leaf blowers could be as low as $45 in late summer.

Running shoes

It might be tempting to buy a new pair of running shoes to take advantage of mild spring temperatures. But if you can wait, September and October tend to have the most sneaker deals. That’s when you can expect to pay around $20 for athletic shoes, or take 30 percent to 40 percent off during shoe sales.

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