According to the calendar, winter is over. And though it may take awhile for weather to truly warm up, there’s so much to look forward to in spring. Spring clean fever motivates us to get our home in order and start the season with a fresh start. There’s more opportunity to enjoy the outdoors whether it’s planting your vegetable garden or an evening workout. And, as always, you can look forward to a fresh batch of deals in April.
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April’s Best Buy’s on the Today Show
Get the scoop on when you should buy and when you should wait for great deals! Jeanette shares this month’s best buys on the Today Show:
1. Office furniture
Tax season puts us in a business state of mind, so many sales on office furniture happen around Tax Day — this year it’s on Monday, April 18. If you’re looking for a great deal on used furniture, check out county auctions. This is where schools and government agencies sell off their surplus office goods.
Look for coupon codes for popular office supply stores, like this one from Staples that saves you up to $100 on select office chairs and furniture (Exp. 5/31) or this one from Office Depot and Office Max that saves you up to $100 on select office chairs (Exp. 5/31).
Japanese Plum Tree – Santa Rosa, $29.95
National Arbor Day is always celebrated on the last Friday in April because you want to plant trees when weather is mild and the tree has a chance to establish itself before it gets too hot or too cold. Trees can be expensive, but a mature tree can add a lot of value to your property, making it not only a pleasing and worthwhile investment.
April is Soyfoods Month, which makes it an ideal time to try out soy-based products. Look for sales on all things soy at your local grocery store. Think beyond soy milk and tofu, and try a veggie burger, edamame, or a soy fruit bar!
4. Summer airfare
Book summer airfare by mid-April while the deals are still aplenty. Enter your itinerary into a travel booking site like Expedia and be sure to set up price alerts so you get a heads up when a great deal comes along.
If possible, plan your trip during shoulder season, which tends to be May, the first half of June, September, or October at many popular destinations. This means the weather is good but crowds are lighter and prices are lower.
5. Allergy medications
Spring is also home to one very unfortunate thing, allergy season. However, it’s also home to deals on all things allergy. Look for sale prices on HEPA filters, dust mite covers, and allergy medications.
When buying allergy medications, you have two ways to save — with a printable coupon from the Health Care section or at an online drugstore with a coupon code. Be sure to compare prices and save!
If sneezing and sniffles are a part of your day, gain some relief with a coupon to save $4 on a Flonase Allergy Relief 120 spray bottle or save $3 on two Vicks QlearQuil products.
6. Second-hand items
Between warmer weekends and spring cleaning, expect to see an increase in garage sales, flea markets, and perhaps better stocked thrift and consignment shops.
Visit flea markets on the opening weekend for a larger selection of items accumulated throughout winter. And if you have your own goods to offload, look for postcards in the mail for curbside donation pickup locations.
Last year’s vacuum models go on sale in honor of spring cleaning and to make room for new models that are usually released around June. Vacuums can get pricey, but it’s a worthwhile investment to get a vacuum that performs well. You don’t necessarily need to buy the $500 model, but plan on spending a couple hundred dollars and look for savings of around 20-30 percent off.
If you miss this year’s vacuum sales, look for coupon codes like this one from Sears that saves you an extra $25 on any $300+ appliance purchase (Exp. 1/31/2017).
8. Athletic apparel
Better weather and longer days inspire many to up their exercise regiment. It also means more people are shopping for athletic shoes and stores are competing for your workout dollars by offering great sales. Designer discount stores typically have a well stocked athletic department in April with rock bottom prices.