Looking to save on retail purchases is one thing that never changes. Goodsworth’s monthly series highlights the best and worst buys each month. April is the bridge between spring and summer, meaning there are plenty of smart buys and good deals to shop as the seasons change. Here are the best things to buy in April and the categories you should skip.
Toys and Games
April is always a good time to refresh your playtime options, because we don’t really see a lot of sale activity in this category earlier in the year. You will find good deals on both indoor and outdoor toys, although not a lot of activity around video games. Look for board games or STEM-related games, and outdoor items like volleyball nets.
Yet in the children section, April is a good time to stock up on children’s shoes. You can expect an average savings of 23 percent. Promotions on shoes tend to decrease when children are resuming for a new school session, so retailers start offering big discounts in April. Expect great deals on last season’s styles, as retailers are working to add more seasonal items to stores.
Easter Goodies Clearance
Easter has come and gone, however, this can only mean that you can expect clearance Easter goodies to appear on April 5. Hit up the seasonal aisles at stores first thing on Monday for the best selection. Discounts typically are around 30% to 50% off early on, and can include everything from spring-themed candies like Reese’s Eggs, to toys featuring chicks and bunnies. If you wait, discounts get even better but the selection will seriously dwindle, so shop early — unless you really love those generic jelly beans.
Many of us are probably well into our cleaning routines already, but if you need a new vacuum before you can check off your list, we have good news. Some vacuum models will likely fall under $100 this month, including more-affordable stick models starting around $75. But discounts on higher-end units should pop up, as well. Also keep an eye out at stores some for hefty discounts on Shark vacuums.
If you spent last year — or at least the last few weeks — cleaning out your closet and donating items you no longer need, you’re not alone. Thrift stores often see a huge influx of donations around the start of the year, and then when everyone begins spring cleaning. What does that mean? Well, April is a particularly good month to thrift shop and check out consignment stores.
In-Season Farm Produce
April is the first full month of spring, and so what could be a better time to buy fresh green produce? Look out for farm produce like bright artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, leeks, lettuce, and spring peas. It’s not only green veggies, though — watch for cauliflower, mushrooms, radishes, and rhubarb to be in-season, as well. Want a sweeter option? Pineapples should see some great deals in April, and are a great way to usher in warmer weather.
Home Improvement Tools
Cleaning and fixing couldn’t come at a better time! If you’ll be doing any of those things around the house this month, make sure to take advantage of the seasonal sales and discounts on tools and more at home improvement stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s.
April is a great time to snag a deal on jewelry, because jewelry stores are gearing up for Mother’s Day in May. Take advantage of all the sales and discounts on jewelry this month, and then you won’t be scrambling for a gift next month!
Retailers typically feature April promotions on pots, pans, and cooking tools in time for bridal showers, weddings, and college graduations. And if mum has her eye on some new cookware, don’t forget that Mother’s Day is just around the corner.
Outdoor Tech and Furniture
As the temperatures warm up, the great outdoors beckons everyone who has been homebound for months. Be on the lookout for deals on camping gear, screens, outdoor projectors and related tech items. You should also find teaser deals on patio furniture and rugs.
Do Not Buy These Items in April
More than a year of remote working and learning has meant we’re all more plugged in than ever. But if you don’t really need new electronics, it is recommended holding off until July to take advantage of Amazon Prime Day sales and other deals.
If your refrigerator or washer/dryer is on its last legs, try to hold off until May for the best deals in this category.
Late summer brings sales on these items, as retailers try to clear shelves and make room for fall apparel.
You can get these in May at the earliest and summer can bring a number of grill deals.
There will be undoubtedly sales and plenty of deals in May for mattresses.