What Are The Best Things To Buy In April?

9 Apr

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Attention shoppers, it’s time once again for the best deals of the month. Don’t forget to  follow me on Facebook, simply visit Real Penny Wise and click LIKE to receive the best tips daily. Be sure to SHARE with your friends too. Just a quick review before I list this months best buys…

Most bargains follow a predictable pattern:

  • End of the model year (varies depending on product)
  • End of the retail season (ends sooner than calendar season)
  • Holiday sale (usually new, but sometimes older models)
  • Directly after a holiday
  • Off season
  • In season (fresh produce)

The downside includes:

  • Lack of inventory/choices
  • Open box/damage/refurbished
  • Older model/style
  • Unable to use/test until season changes, long past refund date

Brick and mortar stores clear out first since retail space is at a premium, but many online stores will offer competitive pricing even though their inventory will linger longer. The longer you wait, the lower the price, but you could miss out on finding what you need. Remember that a retailer’s season ends much sooner than a calendar season; that’s why you’ll find great deals on winter apparel in January & February, but you will hard pressed to find a winter coat in March when there’s still a foot of snow on the ground. Don’t forget to check out my post 15 Super Tips For Shopping Success to learn how to save even more on online purchases.

So here’s where you can save the most in April:

  • athletic shoes
  • small appliances
  • vacuum cleaner (last year’s models)
  • cookware
  • electronics (last year’s models)
  • TV (last year’s models)
  • small gardening tools & supplies

When it comes to food, the best deals are to buy in season since there is a greater supply. Obviously holiday themed food bargains are best directly following the holiday, but do not overlook the perishables; starting January 2nd stores practically give away huge pork roasts that never made it to the New Year’s Day dinner table. One disclaimer on the produce; because there is some controversy regarding what is truly “in season” as the USA has very diverse growing patterns and hothouses are often used, I have placed and asterisk next to the items that are generally agreed upon.

Here are the best food deals in April:

  • Artichoke*
  • Asparagus*
  • Apple
  • Banana
  • Beets
  • Blueberries
  • Broccoli*
  • Cabbage
  • Cucumbers
  • Fava Beans
  • Figs
  • Grapes
  • Lettuce*
  • Mangoes*
  • Pineapples*
  • Quince
  • Rhubarb*
  • Scallions
  • Spring peas*
  • Strawberries
  • Watermelon
  • Zucchini*

Often times you can get first rate products for a bargain prices, it just takes a little planning & patience; but don’t wait too long or you may miss out altogether. Want more posts like this? Let me know!

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4 Responses to “What Are The Best Things To Buy In April?”

  1. Canadianbudgetbinder April 10, 2013 at 3:30 am #

    I noticed the price of the asparagus is pretty cheap right now around $1.29lb. I was always under the impression it was cheaper in June/July but I guess I was wrong. It’s my favourite.

    • realpennywise April 10, 2013 at 8:16 pm #

      Thanks for your comment! It may have to do with the use of greenhouses rather than farm grown.

      • Canadianbudgetbinder April 10, 2013 at 8:51 pm #

        Good point, never thought of that. In June you can pick it for free in the ditches on farm roads… that’s my little secret.

      • realpennywise April 10, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

        LOL good to know!

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