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Best Things to Buy in April

oFlamingo 3,911 April 2, 2012 at 02:42 PM
The only thing that beats proper deal hunting, coupon clipping and price monitoring is doing all that, compounded with impeccable timing! April is an eventful month and here are a few noteworthy events you should consider before purchasing items on your wishlist.

Spring Break A number of schools and universities had spring break in late March and there will be a few others doing theirs in early April. This means that after the spring break weeks, travel will be cheap again until summer starts. If you’re hoping to use those vacation days without breaking the bank, April will be a good time to do it. JetBlue and Virgin America both carried 20% off coupons earlier in the year for this time period, so wait and see if they do it again.

Easter The yellow, green and purple everything has slowly inundated stores around the country, but in a few days, there will be red ‘SALE’ signs all over those items. If it’s not urgent (and we do understand if it is), hold off on buying candy, chocolates and gift baskets just a few more days.

Tax Day This is a tricky act to balance, especially since your refund or the amount you owe is a big indicator of whether or not this will be a good or bad month. For those who have received a special gift from Uncle Sam, April is traditionally a good month to buy items that were huge in the end-of-year sales, but are still in stock. That includes last year’s models of appliances and cars. TV’s and vacuum cleaners in particular are coming out with this year’s models during the spring, so you should expect an even better discount on those items.

Earth Day There is some speculation that Earth Day may call for a sale in organic items, but we haven’t seen that as much in the past few years. Purchasing Earth-friendly items should be done everyday anyway, but if you’d like to save your own personal greens, hold off until after April 22nd.

Warm Days in General The beginning of spring is simply the end of winter, which means that winter gear and sports equipment are at the tail end of their shelf life. If you tried snowboarding once or twice this past season, now is the perfect time to look for equipment that will end up saving you those rental fees next season. If you know high school seniors who are preparing to brave the Northeast winters, send them an early present in the form of warm winter coats, boots and layers.

Of course, with any of these purchases, make sure to check the coupons forums and for deal hunting help, use the Help Me Find a Deal forum!

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these articles kinda suck.
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reps for truth
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Haters gonna hate.
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For those who have received a special gift from Uncle Sam...

I understand this is perhaps ironic, but, this is not a gift - rather a payback of a no-interest loan to said uncle.

Also, according to my auto dealer acquintance, Feb-April is a bad time to buy a used car - dealers increase the prices for those expecting a tax refund.
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Lifehacker did an article about this (similar) on the best time of the year to buy things: Link []

  • Cruises: Cruise lines are moving ships around the world this month; Book and travel short-notice this month; they'll be happy to have passengers. (via BKIM).
  • Car accessories & parts: Prime car-fixin' season is coming up, so old inventory must go. Commenters point out best spots for online car parts.
  • Laptops: Might be inventory, or some other reason, but laptops go cheap this time of year.
  • Fabric: Craft stores are shifting from heavier winter fabrics to lighter spring stuff.
  • Cookware: Graduations are around the corner, so get in on that going-away gift sale (and consider buying stainless).
  • Vacuum cleaners: The new models arrive in June, so this here is clean-out time.
  • Sneakers: Spring has sprung, charity races are plenty, and sneaker makers are targeting less serious runners.
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these articles kinda suck.

do you know any recommendations for something better?
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Quote from SeriousBadGuy View Post :
do you know any recommendations for something better?

This article isn't much better, but I would still consider it better written. Very odd though that they disagree with each other on the used car sales.
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