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What to Buy in April

April 2nd, 2015

Beautiful colorful shelvesWhat to Buy in April

We’re a day late, but here’s all the things to buy and to avoid in April. And we found freebies for this month.

What’s Free?

Some fast-food outlets and nationwide chains will be offering free items on April 15 aka Tax Day. If it’s anything like last year, then you should be on the lookout for opportunities to get a free cup of coffee, free breakfast foods, or free side orders or desserts with the purchase of an entrée.

What’s A Great Deal?

If you’ve been wanting to buy an Apple Watch, they’ll be available this month, but don’t look for any sales or promotional pricing.

Looking for a new phone? Several flagship Android phones were announced last month, and as they start to make it to the market, previous generation models will see clearance pricing. The Samsung Galaxy S5, for example, has dropped to just $1 with a 2-year contract, since the S6 is due for release soon. Look for other notable Android and Windows phones to drop significantly in price, or to even be free with a contract renewal. These deals can pop up any time from a variety of sellers, so keep an eye on our weekly roundup of the best phone deals to find the model of your dreams

Planning ahead for Mother’s Day? There are some good deals out on jewelry right now, and the prices should stay reasonable throughout April. Expect the prices to increase in May the closer you get to Mother’s Day.

If you have the time, now is a great time for a European vacation. The weather is pleasant and the dollar is strong. The steepest discounts are found in Russia and Ukraine, but more tranquil options like Sweden and Norway are up to 19% cheaper.

The latest MacBook features a new USB-C port that requires a different kind of charger, and Apple reportedly won’t stand in the way of third party devices for the port. This means that a host of manufacturers are now allowed to legally produce chargers for the laptop, whereas in the past a user could only fork up $79 for the MagSafe, Apple-branded chargers. Already, Belkin is working on an adapter that would make its chargers compatible with the MacBook, saving the user at least $29 overall.

For tv sets, go big to get the best value. The best deals on name-brand 55″ HDTVs have averaged $500 since the start of the year, which is just $20 shy of their all-time Black Friday low. Off-brand models, unfortunately, continue to fluctuate in price with deals raging from $250 (an absolute steal) to $443 (an overly-high price for this type of TV).

If you’re looking for a smaller set, name-brand 42″ TVs have plateaued at $300 since October of 2014. However, as new 2015 TVs begin to enter the market, prices on 2014 models could fall slightly.

Finally, look for some good deals on last gen laptops. If you don’t need the bells and whistles and the latest technology, you can find some great deals.

What to Avoid?

Spring cleaning fever hitting hard? Hold off on a new vacuum. The prices are better in November. Black Friday seems to have the best prices for vacuums for the entire year.

Ready to replace your mattress? Wait until the big Memorial Day sales.

Fresh produce may see a bump in price especially avocados because of our drought. And fine wines (over $20/bottle) will see an increase.

What’s In Season?

Cooking with the seasons means choosing fruits and vegetables that are at the peak of freshness and flavor. Buying locally grown produce is the best: local produce is less likely to be damaged, uses less energy to transport, ripens more naturally and you support your local economy.

Some of the fruits and vegetables that are in season for April include:

  • Artichokes
  • Arugula (Rocket)
  • Asparagus
  • Beans
  • Beets
  • Chicory
  • Chives
  • Dandelion greens
  • Fava Beans
  • Fiddlehead Fern
  • Horseradish
  • Leeks (end of season)
  • Lettuce (leaf and head)
  • Limes
  • Morel Mushrooms
  • Oranges
  • Papayas
  • Peas
  • Ramps
  • Rhubarb
  • Shallots
  • Strawberries
  • Sweet Onions
  • Turnips
  • Watercress

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