By Noah Henry • March 31, 2014
Every month presents an opportune time to buy something. April marks such splendid occasions as Easter, Mother’s Day and Tax Day. (One of those doesn’t belong.) This mid-spring month is the best time to stock up on everything from car parts to cookware to cruises. What makes these special? Shopping trends work in a cyclical pattern, changing in response to demand and anticipation of new seasons. Here are the best things to buy in April and why:
Best Things to Buy in April
It’s a rule of thumb to wait until two months into spring for the deals to come out. Most new collections hit the shelves in January and February, marking April as the ideal time to spring into action. Styles that haven’t leaped off the shelves are now being pushed off the shelves in anticipation for sunnier summer styles. For example, Jos. A. Bank is offering 70 percent off seasonal essentials and J.Crew is currently selling select spring styles for 30 percent off. And although it’s the last day to take advantage of a monumental 50% off promo code from Calvin Klein, you can rest assured the deals will be just as sweet on springtime clothes in the next thirty days.
It’s National Car Care Month
There aren’t too many promotional occasions that give credence to auto parts dealers offering killer deals. April is National Car Care Month, which means retailers will be vying for consumer attention with special sales on parts, tires, and oil. Considering the brutal winter many states’ experience this year, vehicles that have been neglected will be in dire need of a tune-up. Auto Parts Warehouse is offering 10% off and free shipping to ease the stress of getting your vehicle reading for the summer driving season, and Advance Auto Parts is dropping its prices $50 and providing free shipping. Ameliorate the wear and tear of your automobile and keep an eye out for dealers celebrating National Car Care Month.
Mother’s Day Means Affordable Jewelry and Sweets
The early bird gets the worm in this case, because jewelry stores and sweets shops begin targeting consumers in April with offers on potential gifts for Mom. Mother’s Day is May 11, so retailers will be unleashing preliminary sales on all sorts of motherly things like photo canvases, shiny trinkets, and chocolate-filled gift baskets. In fact, Super Jeweler is offering 50% off the latest jewelry trends, Cheryl’s is shaving 15% off freshly prepared gourmet gifts, and Art.com is offering a grand discount of 25% off. Now is a good time to start shopping for Mother’s Day, but the savings might get sweeter as the special day draws near.
Tax Day Freebies
The one day out of the year when taxpayers deserve a break—April 15—is also the same day taxpayers can get a great freebie, if they know where to find it. Although tax deals will relieve some of the burden of worry, last year we saw Tax Day freebies from stores like Office Depot, AMC Theaters, and Seattle’s Best. When the Ides of April strikes, remember you can hold onto some of that refund and do some freebie hunting.
Cruises for Cheap
April isn’t exactly known the world over as an ideal time to take a vacation. MSM Money suggests April is a great month to book cruises due to the drop in demand. And, with respect to recent on-board catastrophes and a likely drop in sales, cruises will likely make a last-ditch effort to keep business afloat this month. Last-minute cruises are currently up to 75% off at Priceline and Orbitz, for example.
Cookware Prices are Sizzling
Wedding and graduation season is on the horizon. According to Kiplinger, you can expect discounts of up to 50% off, as quaint gatherings will no doubt take place to celebrate these occasions. Keep tabs on kitchenware and houseware deals through the month of April.
Noah Henry Noah Henry is an amateur movie critic, foodie, bowler, and beer reviewer. But he's no amateur when it comes to saving money, so listen up!