Best Buys in April
We’re a few days early (and where is this year going?), but here’s all the things to buy and to avoid in April. And we also found some freebies for this month.
Some fast-food outlets and nationwide chains will be offering free items on April 15 aka Tax Day. If it’s anything like last year, then you should be on the lookout for opportunities to get a free cup of coffee, free breakfast foods, or free side orders or desserts with the purchase of an entrée.
What’s A Great Deal?
If you’ve been wanting to buy an Apple Watch, do not buy from Apple. While they may have slashed the price by $50, you can find better prices from Target and Best Buy. You will have to regularly monitor the ads. Look for prices around $249. And DealNews is predicting it could drop to $199 at Target since they consistently offer $100 off the cost of the Apple Watch.
Generally the rule of thumb is to wait about two months after a new season of apparel hits retail stores before you’ll see sizable discounts. So retailers begain debuting Spring clothing in February. April is that two month sweet spot. Look for 15-30% off on Spring apparel and clearance discounts on Winter wear.
Planning ahead for Mother’s Day? There are some good deals out on jewelry right now, and the prices should stay reasonable throughout April. Expect the prices to increase in May the closer you get to Mother’s Day.
If you have the time, now is a great time for a Canadian vacation. The US dollar is rallying and the Canadian loonie’s valued at a 12-year low. Even airfares have dropped 15% in the last two years. If you’re traveling domestically, American and Southwest are both offering some bargains. Spend some time poking around and book that flight.
For TV sets, the best deals are still on name-brand 55″ HDTVs. The price has dropped below $500. Even 4K TVs have some really good deals from $700. Look at the price of last year’s models as they will be discounted to clear room for the new 2016 models.
What to Avoid?
Wait two more months for deals on the new iPad Pro. They’re normally introduced in October right before Black Friday. Then Apple offers modest deals on the iPad about two months after the release of the product. So, DealNews is anticipating seeing the 9.7″ iPad Pro for about $527 by the end of May. If you can wait another two more months, you can expect to see the tablet starting at around $467.
Hold off on laptops until the Back to School deals start this summer.
Spring cleaning fever hitting hard? Hold off on a new vacuum. The prices are better in November. Black Friday seems to have the best prices for vacuums for the entire year.
Ready to replace your mattress? Wait until the big Memorial Day sales.
What’s In Season?
Cooking with the seasons means choosing fruits and vegetables that are at the peak of freshness and flavor. Buying locally grown produce is the best: local produce is less likely to be damaged, uses less energy to transport, ripens more naturally and you support your local economy.
Some of the fruits and vegetables that are in season for April include:
- Arugula (Rocket)
- Dandelion greens
- Fava Beans
- Fiddlehead Fern
- Leeks (end of season)
- Lettuce (leaf and head)
- Morel Mushrooms
- Sweet Onions