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April 1, 2016

Best Things to Buy in April

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It’s April, which means tax day! If you’re looking to spend some of that refund, you’re in luck — there are a number of deals to be had, including a few that will help with spring cleaning. However, you should still be smart about those purchases. Here are the items that will reach their lowest price of the year this month.

Experts say to wait to go shopping for the current season’s clothes at least two months after they have arrived in stores. Retailers generally put out their spring clothes in February — yes, light spring florals amid freezing temps. So now is the time to buy and actually wear those spring clothes.

Dreaded tax day doesn’t have to be all bad; in fact a number of businesses offer tax-day freebies and discounts. Nationwide chains tend to offer free food on tax day. Last year, chains offered free coffee, breakfast foods, side orders and desserts. However, most sit-down restaurants will require a purchase. Typically, fast-food restaurants will hand out freebies without any purchase necessary.

According to the experts, spring is a great time to buy a home. With that said, prices may not be as low as they were this past winter. However, there is more inventory, which means you’ll have more selection. More selection could equate to more competitive pricing, depending on your local real-estate market.

Consumer experts say that hands-down this is the best month to purchase a vacuum cleaner. With spring cleaning in mind, retailers offer deep discounts. In addition, all the new models are released during the month of April, so consider purchasing last year’s model.

Spring has sprung, which means it’s gardening season. Find a number of discounts on seeds, soil and gardening supplies. Regardless of the sales, you will save a good amount of money by harvesting your own vegetables. Don’t have room for big garden beds? Consider growing fresh herbs.

The weather has changed, and the days are longer, which means runners are returning to those long runs outdoors. Retailers follow this trend and offer consumers a number of sneaker deals. Watch for a number of sales through the month of April.

Households are in the midst of spring cleaning which means out with the old and in with the new. You can donate a variety of household goods — someone else’s junk could be another person’s treasure. If you’re looking to get rid of your old clothes or household items, consider selling or consigning them. A little extra dough this time of year never hurt anyone.

April typically falls after Spring Break and is well before the rush of the summer travelers. If you can swing a trip now, you’ll save big. Cruises aren’t the only thing discounted; there are a number of vacation packages that travel sites have discounted.

Additionally, be on the lookout for retailers to run “tax-free” days this month, where the retailer will pay the sales tax on your purchases. Happy shopping!

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