There are plenty of things to look forward to this April: warm weather, spring break travel, wedding season and great deals on some of your favorite products.
With Easter, Tax Day and Earth Day all right around the corner, you’re bound to find plenty of discounts and budget-friendly buys after a long winter.
Here are some things to keep your eye on as you hit the stores this month.
Home improvement tools
Early April is a great time to shop for any home renovation projects you want to tackle this spring.
Home improvement retailers like Lowe’s, Home Depot and Tractor Supply have historically offered Spring Black Friday deals during the first couple of weeks of April. Look for local ads or online coupon offers to save on your next DIY project.
This year, Spring Black Friday at Lowe’s will run from April 4 through April 17. Discounts include up to 35 percent off select appliances, 30 percent off select outdoor power equipment and 25 percent off patio furniture sets.
Spring cleaning supplies
While you’re busy sprucing up your home’s exterior, don’t forget to get the interior in order as well.
Watch for discounts on home storage and organization items from stores participating in Spring Black Friday. You can also look for deals on cleaning supplies at office supply stores and even cleaning services, says Kristin McGrath, editor and shopping expert at Offers.com.
If you’re in the market for a new vacuum, you’ll find great sales throughout the month at big box stores like Bed Bath & Beyond, Target and Walmart.
“By shopping during spring cleaning season, you can shave an easy $50 or more off the cost of a pricey vacuum,” McGrath says.
Easter Sunday falls on April 21 this year, so look out for savings on candy and other Easter goodies later in the month.
“These after-Easter deals will be for items grocery stores and big box retailers want to get off their shelves quickly — candies with pastel wrappings, Easter baskets and Easter basket stuffers such as small toys and stuffed bunnies,” McGrath says.
And if you want to fill your Easter baskets and stock up on candy before the holiday, don’t wait until the last minute.
“One to two weeks before Easter is really when brands like My M&M’s and JellyBelly will start giving out some really good discounts,” says Tiara Rea-Palmer, head of retail relations at CouponFollow, a coupon tracking website.
Outdoor apparel and formal wear
Now that the temperature is starting to rise, nature lovers everywhere are itching to explore the outdoors.
“With the weather warming up, people are starting to think about heading back outside. That means deals on outdoor apparel for hiking, running and camping,” McGrath says.
Rea-Palmer recommends visiting retail chains like Old Navy, Kohl’s and JCPenney for apparel sales this month, as well as smaller online stores. Keep an eye out for ads and coupons from athletic stores like Dick’s Sporting Goods and retailers like REI.
April is also a great time to score discounts on formal wear.
“There’s a lot of variation on when schools hold their proms, but April through May is going to be a great time for deals on formalwear, including shoes, dresses and suits,” McGrath says.
If you’re still shopping for prom, McGrath recommends checking out department stores like Macy’s, which is offering deals on prom dresses through April 15 and men’s suits through April 8.
Last-minute tax services
The best deals on tax software debuted earlier this year. But if you’re still waiting to file, you can save money by purchasing your service or software sooner rather than later.
“If you can get your taxes done early in the month of April, you’re more likely to save than if you wait until the last minute around April 15,” Rea-Palmer says.
According to RetailMeNot, online filers can still get $15 off federal filing services from TurboTax and 25 percent off H&R Block’s online filing products.
More holiday freebies and discounts
Seek out deals from stores and restaurants on both Earth Day and Tax Day.
On Tax Day, expect to see deals from restaurants looking to help you treat yourself to a discounted meal or free treat.
“That means BOGO deals, free treats and discounts on delivery orders,” McGrath says. “Some retailers will offer discount promo codes for 10 percent to 15 percent off that play off of a tax theme, such as REFUND or TAX.”
Earth Day deals — which McGrath says will pop up the week before April 22 — will be “heavy on energy-efficient appliances, as well as free reusable bag and cup giveaways.”
In the past, McGrath says, Goodwill, IKEA, Best Buy and Amazon Warehouse have all offered Earth Day discounts.