April’s Must Buys and Ones To Avoid
Only two more days of March left, Spring is here, and the warm sunshine is on its way. Tax returns are in the mail or maybe you’ve already received them and have the itch to go out and do some shopping with your new stack of cash. But you might want to think twice before making some major purchases.
So following March’s “Do and Don’t Buys,” set by WCVB, here’s the list of April’s do and don’t buys:
Running Shoes: With the start of the running season, you could see sale pricing reaching discounts of almost more than 70 percent. So if you’re getting ready to lace up the kicks, now is the time to buy a fresh pair.
Tax Day Giveaways: Local and National businesses tend to offer special discounts and giveaways on April 15 to commemorate Tax Day and to give shoppers a little something special to relieve their stress. So keep an eye out for your free coffees, treats, and special discounts.
Cruises: Who wouldn’t want to plan a cruise? Well they say it’s the perfect time to book a cruise for the late Summer to places like Bermuda, Europe, and the Mediterranean. But you can find deals for April, which is slated between the peak and lull season. Watch out on airfare costs though because pricing could be higher than average.
Car Tires: April is National Car Care Month and car care pros know this, so they tend to offer discounts on tires and other car care products, along with free inspections. With Summer vacations and trips are on the horizon, so it’s important to make sure your vehicle is in tip-top shape after the snowiest winter in Southcoast history.
Cookware: Cookware makes a great gift for graduates and newlyweds. Who couldn’t use a new frying pan? Now is the time to buy with discounts reaching more than 50 percent off.
Late Model Electronics: Watch for deals on late model electronics. New 2015 models are hitting the market, forcing price drops for 2014 models to make room for the new stuff. Look out for deals on televisions, notebook computers, and cell phone devices.
Grills and Patio Furniture: Once again, you should hold off on buying these outdoor items because retail stock is still fresh and full pricing is expected. It’s supply and demand at its finest because we’re all itching to get outside and enjoy the warm sunshine. Try to hold off till July or August when retailers are looking to move product to make room for the Fall and Winter products.
Refrigerators: Try to hold off till May when new products are released and the Memorial Day Weekend sales hit. You should probably wait to buy your new coolers too, till later in the Summer season.
Mattresses: You’re looking to replace that old, stinky, and worn out mattress, and the bad news is that you should probably wait till next month to make that purchase. Just the refrigerators, sale pricing can be seen over the Memorial Day Weekend.
Vacuums: High pricing is expected during the Spring months with Spring cleaning kicking off, it’s painful to say and it’s a ways away, but if you can wait till Black Friday to make the purchase, you probably should.
Baby Gear and Spring Apparel: Don’t expect sales on these products during April. New baby gear usually gets released after the first of the year. Spring apparel is at a premium right now with the season just starting and retailers are loaded with product, so you’ll top-of-market pricing. Try to hold off till later in the season when discounts are offered and the Spring rush is over.