Welcome April! It’s all uphill from here as we get closer and closer to the warmer weather. April brings with it some great bargains and some other items you should stay clear of.
[tweetthis]If you’re looking to save money in April, here’s what to buy and not to buy.[/tweetthis]
Things to Buy
Looking to get away? Have some cash stashed away ready for your next trip? April is your last chance to book a springtime cruise, but is also a great time to plan a late summer trip. Deals on cruises to Bermuda, Europe and the Mediterranean are available starting in April.
You can typically find the best deals in April because it’s in between low and peak season, generating the money-saving deal period. Prices for cruises tend to drop to their lowest after spring break is over.
2. Tax Day Giveaways
April 15th can be painful enough for some. If you have to pay, it can be a real downer. Businesses all across the country offer special giveaways, freebies and discounts to take the pain out of tax day. You’ll start seeing free coffee, discounts on meals, free ice cream as well as discounts at retailers.
Why April? Well, it’s the start of the wedding and graduation season. Retailers know it’s a great time to give cookware as a gift so they offer deep discounts, often as much as 55% off during this time. I was super happy to find out April is the best time to purchase cookware. I’m in the market for new cast iron pans, so I’ll be on the hunt for the best price.
4. Running Shoes
Runners are just starting to head outdoors to start their running regimes again. Often times they dig around for their shoes only to find they are worn out. Retailers capitalize on this and put running shoes on discount starting in April. They also try to capitalize on people’s failed New Year’s resolutions by offering deep discounts during the month to get folks into running shoes and outside.
5. Car Tires
With the worst of winter behind us, and the fact that April is National Car Care Month, retailers are hoping folks will be urged to have their car maintained ahead of summer time vacations and road trips. Maintenance shops offer free inspections during the month, as well as discounts on tires and other car care accessories.
Things Not To Buy
Unless your mattress is completely unbearable, you’re best to wait until Memorial Day when deep discounts make it worth it to purchase a new mattress.
7. Grills and Patio Furniture
Although grills and patio furniture can be found in stores right now, if you buy them you’ll end up paying full price. Waiting just a few months will save you big. July and August is when you can expect to see the deepest discounts.
You might be tempted to run out and get a new vacuum to help with your spring cleaning, but you’ll be paying far more than you should. The best deal on vacuums occur on Black Friday. If you can hold out till November to make the purchase, you’ll save a great deal of money.
Maybe your refrigerator has been on the fritz a bit or you’re unsure how much longer it will last. If you can hold off until May, specifically Memorial Day, you’ll save more money as retailers will be rolling out their new models.
10. Baby Gear
Just like refrigerators, baby gear will see the biggest discounts when new models are rolled out, typically in January and February.
Did you miss some of the deals?
Here’s an easy trick, take this list and develop a calendar in your outlook or other calendar program. Put the items that offer the deepest discounts in your calendar so you’ll always have a running list of when you’ll get the biggest discounts on the products you need.