April 2018 Deals: 6 Biggest Spring Sales & Discounts

By: Jimmy Rhoades Posted: 6:11 PM, Apr 3, 2018

Every month has its deals. But how do you know when to buy what? Luckily, our pals at DealNews have a huge database. We spoke with analyst Janice Lieberman, who walked us through all the April deals. It's the first full month of spring, so look out for the following discounts!


1. Spring Clothing


The first sales to take advantage of are on spring clothes! “If you've been itching to get spring clothing because it's been such a long, arduous winter – this may be the month to start buying,” suggests Janice. Last year, DealNews saw discounts of up to 80% off from the Gap, Wilsons Leather, and Saks Off 5th. Men’s shorts fell to just $3 at Walmart, and dresses and sandals started at around $6 at outlet stores. Why so low? “To get you exited to start buying,” reveals Janice.


2. Tax Breaks


Next, around the middle of the month, don't miss the opportunities for tax breaks! “Look for sales on April 17, you'll get some tax freebies,” shares our expert. In the past, Great American Cookie Co. has offered free cookies on Tax Day. Kona Ice has also given out shaved ice. And last year, Planet Fitness offered online coupons for free HydroMassages to taxpayers recovering from math-induced stress. “They want to give you a break after you've paid your taxes,” explains Janice. Hey, you've earned it!


3. Early Mother's Day Sales


Chances are you know a mommy in your life, so why not snag some early Mother's Day sales? “We're looking at Nordstrom Rack for your mom, [and] Saks Off Fifth – there'll be sales out there.” Find discounts as high as 90% at Nordstrom Rack and TechRabbit. Amazon has also had big price drops on designer brands like Burberry, Versace, and Fossil. And jewelry fell as low as $30 at Zales.


4. Hit the Thrift Stores

Next, empty out that minivan and hit the thrift stores! “If you're cleaning out your closet and your house, and you're doing your spring cleaning, you're donating,” says Janice. You're not the only one, so this is all about selection. “Salvation Army says they get the best merchandise in April. You can walk away with a bed for fifty bucks, [or] a couch for seventy-five.” Check out your thrift store's online calendar for daily deals to get even better prices on all those choices.


5. Savings on Saving the Earth

Earth Day falls on April 22nd. Score a limited supply of free LED Bulbs and UTZ-certified coffee at IKEA. Recycle those unused boomboxes and Betamaxes at Staples to nab a $10 coupon for a future purchase of $30 or more. Last year, Amazon's Earth Day Sale knocked an extra 20% off all pre-owned items in its Warehouse. And to kick off National Park Week, entrance fees are waived at any National Park on April 21.


6. What Not to Buy, and When to Buy

Now you know what you should buy in April, but what about what not to buy? Let’s take a look at things you should hold off on buying, and when you can get them at a better price.


Mattresses, tools, and appliances (until Memorial Day): Memorial Day falls on May 28 this year. Since it's one of the biggest shopping holidays of the season, you can expect to see far better deals on mattresses, tools, and appliances next month. Last year, we saw triple the number of mattress deals in May than in April, for example, when discounts peaked at up to 70% off.


You can also expect to see an average of two more tool deals per day in May than in April, with the price of hand tools dropping as low as $3. Stores like Home Depot and Lowe's should knock up to 40% off both big-brand and lower cost essentials. The same can be said for most appliances too, as we saw significantly more deals and Editor's Choice offers in May last year — with washers falling as low as $300, and refrigerators to $665.


Laptops: Believe it or not, we start to see back-to -school discounts as early as June, which means that April isn't quite the best time to splurge on a new laptop. Hold off for a few weeks, and you could save an extra $50 on low-cost touchscreen build – while the cost of gaming laptops should plummet by an extra 10%.


Gardening tools: April is certainly not a terrible time to shop for gardening tools (we saw nearly double the number of deals in this category in April than in March last year!), but prices are set to drop even further in May. Then, you can expect electric blowers to fall as low as $16 (a $9 drop since April), while trimmers will drop by another 50% to around $20.


Running shoes: While the big thaw has green-fingered gurus out mowing the lawn, April inspires joggers to once again hit the pavement running. However, you should know that April saw less deals on running shoes than in March or May. Hold out until next month when Reebok’s adult shoes will start at just $21, and Puma at $28.


Happy shopping!


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