It’s April, which means it’s a great time for spring cleaning, gardening, home repairs, and let’s not forget, pressing the button on those last-minute tax documents that could yield a refund large enough to make a few purchases for the home. Retailers are ready with sales in all the right categories.
Home and garden
Expect seasonal discounts on plants and garden equipment, paint, tools and home repair supplies as DIYers venture outside to get their homes in shape. Ditto for outdoor grills, patio furniture and lawn mowers. You’ll typically find the best selection March through May.
With the April 15 tax deadline looming, many consumers purchase new laptops to file their taxes — or treat themselves to a new electronic gadget with refund money. Retailers know this and often offer attractive discounts.
Expect sales and discounts on high-definition televisions, blu-ray players, surround sound speakers, and other entertainment equipment to lure consumers with tax refunds in hand.
Retailers often offer sales on office furniture and printers alongside tax software.
Watch for sales to help you get the spring cleaning done more efficiently. Vacuum cleaners and pressure washers, for example, typically go on sale in April and May.
Before making any major purchase, do your homework. Consumer advocacy groups, websites and magazines such as Consumer Reports, Wise Bread, Nerd Wallet, and Money, regularly publish buying guides and tips.