It’s spring like we’ve never seen it: Empty shelves and barren checkout lines. It may be a weird time, but there are still things you can buy in April — and maybe even get a deal on them, too!

Here are 10 of the best things to buy this April.

Note: Please keep in mind that inventory and prices can be affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

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1. After Easter, hit up the holiday clearance section.

Easter is Sunday, April 12 this year.

Usually, right after the holiday (and maybe even a couple days before at some stores), you can find big savings on all things Easter. To snag the best of the clearance lot, go early in the day. KCL will alert you in our Deals page and in our KCL app. Target and Walgreens typically start their sales at 50% off the day after Easter and go down to 90% off about a week after the holiday. Walmart, on the other hand, typically marks down their holiday clearance to 75% off just two days after a holiday! Remember craft stores such as Joann and Michaels will have Easter clearance too!

Last year, we saw 50% off Easter clearance items at Family Dollar, 70% to 90% off Easter stuff — like plastic eggs and edible chocolate bunnies — at Walmart, and 90% off Easter goodies at Target.

 

2. Buy and freeze some eggs.

Did you know you can freeze eggs for up to one year? I like to buy eggs when they’re cheap or on sale and freeze them for later. Learn how to do this yourself with our “How to Freeze Eggs” post. Depending on inventory, you can find eggs at grocery stores, big-box retailers, and even drugstores.

Last year, I found three dozen eggs for just $0.38 — or $0.13 per dozen — at Walmart.

Don’t forget to check out coupons and deals before you hit up the grocery store.

Under normal circumstances, here’s the benchmark for a good deal:

  • Eggland’s Dozen Eggs $0.99 – $1.50
  • Generic Dozen Eggs $0.50 – $0.99

 

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3. Bring life into your home with new plants and gardening tools.

I love the way plants make my home come alive — inside and out.

April is peak spring, which means there are lots of deals on plants, gardening equipment, and flowers. Check out Home Depot, Lowe’s, and Ace Hardware.

There might even be deals to have plants shipped right to your door this month! In April 2019, we found cheap house plants on Zulily.com, and two for $10 deals on succulents from Succulent Studios.

If you’re going in store, keep in mind that Home Depot and Lowe’s both have Low-Price Guarantees. They’ll both match a local competitor’s sale prices. Plus, Home Depot will even beat their competitors’ price by an additional 10%.

 

 

4. April is a great time to buy patio furniture.

Spending all this time at home has got me thinking about sprucing up my backyard.

If you have an outdoor space that you want to feel like your little oasis, now is the time to buy new decor. Outdoor umbrellas, chairs, and lights all seem to go on sale around time of year as people gear up for summer.

In the past, we saw:

  • Kohl’s 7.5-foot Sonoma Umbrellas (reg. $99.99) $39.99
  • JCPenney Pure Garden Solar Light Patio Umbrella (reg. $110) $38.58
  • Macy’s set of five Zuo Dalien Outdoor Dining Chairs, (reg. $879) $89

 

5. Get yourself a big ol’ ham.

You’ll find the best deals on ham at big-box stores like Target and Walmart as well as grocery stores.

In 2019, we saw spiral ham for only $0.60/lb at Target. When prices are that low, buy two or three that can be frozen for later. Did you know you can freeze and use ham for up to six months?

One way to save even more is by buying ham that isn’t already pre-sliced. A spiral cut ham costs as much as $0.50 per pound more than the old-fashioned cut-it-yourself variety.

 

6. Say ‘yes’ to seasonal produce.

Artichokes, asparagus, avocados, beets, broccoli, cabbages, carrots, cauliflower, grapefruit, greens, leeks, mushrooms, onions, peas, rhubarb, and strawberries are all in season in April.

Always check for produce coupons. They’re rare but do exist. For instance, Driscoll’s usually releases a $0.25 off coupon in the spring that can be stacked with a rebate-app offer from Ibotta at Target. In the past, KCL has scored 1 lb. of fresh strawberries for just $1.75.

Fresh produce like strawberries freeze extremely well. So stock up while the prices are cheap, and freeze everything you won’t be using right away. Strawberries can be frozen for up to 6 months and most veggies for up to 18!

 

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7. Now is a great time to get new boots and umbrellas.

April showers bring rain gear sales! Rain attire started going on sale in March, but you’ll find big markdowns come late in April when stores make room for summer apparel.

In the past, we’ve seen sales at Sorel and the Ruelala. Use coupon codes when buying online at these stores — you can often stack multiple coupon codes at online retailers.

In the past, we’ve also seen at Zulily:

  • Nomad women’s rain boots (reg. $47) $18.99
  • Hunter boots for 35% off
  • Kids’ rain boots (reg. $50) $9.99

 

 

8. Spending more time at home? May as well bake.

Baking products like food dyes/coloring, sugar, spices, baking mixes, flour, chocolate chips, and refrigerated cookie dough are often on sale in April.

Under normal circumstances, here’s the benchmark for a good deal:

  • Cake mix (15.25 oz.): $0.50
  • Flour (5 lb): $1.25
  • Chocolate chips (12 oz.): $1.49
  • Sugar (4 lb.): $1.00

 

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9. Go green with Earth Day sales.

Earth Day is April 22. Expect to see lots of natural and organic foods and personal-care products, as well as reusable bags and water bottles, Energy Star appliances, CFL and LED lighting on sale throughout the month.

Whole Foods is a great place to find Earth Day sales — but don’t forget to use coupons when shopping there. Check the Whole Foods page on Amazon before heading to the store, and look for rebate-app offers from Ibotta, Checkout 51, and Fetch Rewards.

 

10. April is National Soft Pretzel Month.

April is obsessed with pretzels. Not only is the whole month National Soft Pretzel Month, April 26 is also National Pretzel Day.

Be on the lookout for soft pretzel sales as well as free pretzels all month-long. In the past, Auntie Anne’s, Pretzelmaker, Philly Pretzel Factory, and more all gave away free pretzels. Follow your favorite pretzel brands on social media to see if they will be giving more away this year.

In the past, we’ve also seen SuperPretzel Soft Pretzels for just $1.64 at Walmart and just $1.24 at Target.

Under normal circumstances, here’s the benchmark for a good deal:

Snyder’s of Hanover Pretzels (12 oz.): $1.50

 

Don’t Scroll Up! Here are all the articles we linked to:

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The Ultimate Guide for How to Freeze Just About Anything
Make-Ahead Freezer Dinners for Busy Moms

 

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