Here’s What to Buy in April to Save on Spring Needs
Tax Software & Office Supplies: The first 2 weeks of April have many in frenzy to get their taxes done. Tax software deals are plenty for DIY filers this month, as are an abundance of other office supply deals from stores like Staples and Office Depot/Office Max. On top of discounts ranging from 20-50% off software, paper, printers and organizing and filing items–extend savings shopping through Ebates.com where retailers like TurboTax (7.5%), H&R Block (10%) and TaxAct (10%) all offer hefty cash back this month.
Tax Day Freebies: On Tuesday April 18, just after Easter weekend, tax filings are due for most Americans. Some retailers offer stress relief (and gain free PR) by offering tax payers free items, including restaurant deals, drink specials and even spa perks. Online resources like FatWallet Hot Deals forum reveal this year’s trending freebies, as well as heady last minute tax tips in their Finance forum.
Pre-Easter Sales: Most major retailers bring timely savings on candy, gift baskets, decorations and kids toys, including outdoor items, games, bicycles and video games. Clothing retailers also offer the seasons first batch of discounting on spring apparel for men, women and children featuring 10-30% off new styles. Mother’s Day sales and spring fashion sales collide late in April, bringing better savings on a variety of casual and activewear, shoes and accessories like jewelry and handbags. Smart TIP: Use Ebates.com to earn up to 20% cash back on nearly any spring fashion purchase imaginable.
Yard and Garden Tools and Supplies: Whether just getting out in the yard for the first time, or pushing past lawn prep and into spring projects, April offers savings from huge lawn and garden deals through the month. Expect 20% off and more on lawn seed, fertilizers, perennial bulbs and plants, shrubs and trees and many of the tools to do the work. Plus, bigger-ticket items like patio furniture, grills and lawn equipment will be on sale with savings that beat May and June prices on these items.
Home Items: April sales feature savings on a variety of items for the home as consumers look to wash off the winter with a refreshing cleaning and new look. Expect some of the lowest prices of the year on vacuum cleaners and cleaning supplies and tools, as well as deep discounts on area rugs, window treatments, bedding and home accents from major retailers like JCPenney, Macy’s, Kohl’s.
BONUS Buys: Well past the new year’s big electronics and mobile device shows and announcements for new products, prices for last year’s wireless gadgets, smartphones, tablets, wearables and digital cameras creep to all-time lows. This is a great time to secure graduation and Mother’s Day gifts, or make an upgrade for family needs, especially smart home and security devices that possibly coincide with spring home projects. Expect savings exceeding 50% on consumer electronics deals in April.