April Shopping Guides: What to Buy and What Not to Buy

April showers might bring May flowers, but they also bring excellent sales! There’s something for everyone, whether you’re hunting for spring clothing or clearance Easter items. And don’t forget about Tax Day and Earth Day freebies! Below, you can check out all the best buys of April, as well as the stuff you should avoid.

10 Things to Buy in April

Beer for National Beer Day

National Beer Day is April 7, which is the perfect excuse to buy a six-pack of your favorite brew, or swing by a local brewery. Want the beer to come to you?

Adopt a Pet for National Pet Day

April 11 is National Pet Day, so it’s a great time to gift your furry friends with treats and toys.

New Game of Thrones Episodes

Game of Thrones begins its final season on April 14. Need an HBO subscription? Our guide will help you watch HBO for free or at least spend less on a subscription.

Spring Clothing Sales

April is a good month for clothing deals in general, but at least 6% of the sales we saw last year were branded specifically for spring. Stores like GapLoftPacSun, and Barneys Warehouse took up to 70% off during spring clothing sales. Expect discounts of at least 50% off in most cases, though select retailers will have very modest savings of 20% to 25% off.

Look for warm-weather clothes to fall below $20. In 2018, we saw shorts for $10, although some athletic shorts were only $3 at retailers like Walmart. Dresses and rompers will also hit $10, but you’ll also find them closer to $20 at stores like Urban Outfitters. Expect to snag kids’ sandals for as little as $6, while footwear for adults will fall between $12 and $20.

Early Mother’s Day Sales

Mother’s Day is May 12, but the second week of April will bring early sales on mom gifts. Last year, Nordstrom Rack knocked up to 79% off during its Mother’s Day sale, and TechRabbit cut a huge 97% off new and used electronics when its sale began later in the month.

If your mom is in need of a new bag, expect Coach to take 50% off this month. For its part, Macy’s will discount jewelry by up to 80% off.

Tax Day Freebies

Whether you filed early or barely make the April 15 deadline, you can treat yourself to Tax Day freebies. We can’t be exactly sure which 2018 offers will return, but Great American Cookies typically gives away a free cookie every year. Also look for free shaved ice from Kona Ice, and a free HydroMassage at participating Planet Fitness locations.

Need to get rid of some documents? Watch for stores like Office Depot & OfficeMax and Staples to offer free paper shredding. Just be aware that they usually limit the amount of paper you can offload.

Clearance Easter Items

Easter falls late this year, on April 21. Even so, the sales for holiday candies and stuffed animals are pretty easy to predict. Starting on April 22, expect to see bunny- and chick-themed treats and toys dropping to around 30% to 50% off. Look to the usual suspects like Target and Walmart for the best deals in the short term. If you can wait longer, the discounts will only get better — expect 70% to 90% off by the end of the week following Easter. However, by then your selection will likely be far smaller.

Earth Day Freebies

April 22 is Earth Day, which means you’ll be able to take advantage of green freebies. National Park Week begins on April 20; you can celebrate Earth Day early with free admission to parks that day.

If Caribou Coffee follows its trend of the past few years, expect it to release a tumbler for around $40. That’s an investment up front, but with it you can grab free coffee from Caribou for the whole month of April!

Additionally, look for gyms to offer an open house to check out their facilities. Last year, Youfit did this for 12 hours, hosting free workouts, games, and giveaways. Lastly, in 2018 IKEA hosted a free event called Make Room for Nature. Shoppers could take part in workshops and score giveaways.

Thrift Store Treasures

Spring cleaning is always a thing, but this year could be even better. Thanks to the popularity of Netflix’s Tidying Up With Marie Kondo, a ton of people are jumping aboard the decluttering train.

April is always a great month to hit thrift stores. According to the Salvation Army, donations jump in April and May. Pro tip: be sure to shop early in the week, as that’s when weekend donations hit the shelves.

Shopping at Goodwill? Apparel may sell for as little as $2.99, accessories for as little as 99 cents, and shoes can go for just $4.99.

In-Season Produce

Shopping in-season produce has more than a few benefits. Sure your fruits and veggies will taste better, but you’re also likely to save around 50% on these fresh groceries! This month, look for lower prices on asparagus, beets, morel mushrooms, and fruits like limes, oranges, papayas, and strawberries.


4 Things NOT to Buy in April

Memorial Day Has Better Home Goods Prices

If you’re in need of a new bed or kitchen appliance, don’t spring for it in April. Hold off until Memorial Day, which falls on May 27 this year.

We saw more than twice the number of mattress deals in May last year, as compared to the month before. Expect to see discounts of up to 60% off at a number of stores. Look to retailers like Sam’s Club to cut around $500 off a variety of mattresses.

Memorial Day is a good time to shop for most large appliances, too. Watch for Best Buy to cut appliance prices by up to 40%, while Home Depot could knock up to 64% off appliances, as well as tools and home decor. Lowe’s sale might be more on par with Best Buy’s 40% off discounts.

Laptop Deals Arrive in June

Obviously, November’s Black Friday sales are typically the best time to grab a new laptop. But if you can’t quite wait, June will have a decent amount of computer deals. Better yet, July 2018 hosted almost as many laptop sales as November did! Look for Dell to take 35% to 40% off in July on a variety of models — just in time for back-to-school shopping.

Shop for Gardening Tools This Summer

April isn’t a terrible time to buy gardening tools, but you’ll see more deals by waiting until June or even August. At the beginning of summer, we expect to see shears and hoses fall to $20, hedge trimmers drop to $45, and leaf blowers hit $64. If you hold off until August, you should see garden hoses drop even lower, to around $12. Leaf blowers could be as low as $45 in late summer.

Buy Running Shoes in the Fall

It might be tempting to buy a new pair of running shoes to take advantage of mild spring temperatures. But if you can wait awhile, September and October tend to have the most sneaker deals. That’s when you can expect to pay around $20 for athletic shoes, or take 30% to 40% off during shoe sales.


Top 5 Stores for April 2019

  • Target Last year, Target’s Spring Stock-Up Sale took up to $25 off select orders. Better yet, it also offered shoppers a $10 gift card for purchasing three cleaning products. (Hello, spring cleaning deal!) Target also hosted its annual Car Seat Trade-In Event last April, taking 20% off for anyone who participated. Best of all, there was a toy sale early in the month that knocked 50% off.
  • 6pm April 2018 was a great time to shop 6pm, especially for brands like The North Face. If those sales return, we could see free shipping sitewide and up to 65% off regular prices and at least 70% off clearance.
  • Macy’s Macy’s will roll out jewelry deals for Mom long before Mother’s Day. We should see up to 85% off select sparkly items. However, April could also be a good time to pick up men’s suits, as those could see discounts of 85% off again. Additionally, we could see designer handbags at 30% off, and furniture closeouts at 70% off.
  • Gap Watch for Gap’s Spring Sale to kick off with hefty discounts of around 70% off. If you wait a few days, you might see the store offer an extra 40% off on top of sale prices.
  • Bath & Body Works The Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual Sale is still a couple of months away. That said, the store had some deals worth checking out last April. Look for a 25% off sitewide coupon to return, as well as a “buy three, get three” sale on body items. (You might even get an extra 20% off your purchase!)


Summary: Look for 70% off seasonal clothing, as well as freebies for Tax Day and Earth Day.

Ready to put this information to use? Stay tuned with CouponAnnie’s blog to stay in the know about any and all of the best buys of 2019.

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