Welcome to spring cleaning season! You're probably currently in the process of reducing clutter, simplifying, and trying to streamline your life as much as possible right now. You may not get a summer vacation like you did in grade school anymore, but getting yourself organized in spring will make your summer feel breezy, even if you do still have to go into work each day. Your shopping habits for April should focus on organization, simplification, and getting ready for summer. Here are the best deals of the month:
You can't do your spring cleaning without a good vacuum, and now that allergy season is here, it's a good idea to keep your home regularly vacuumed. Good news -- with new vacuums introduced in April, older models go on sale now.
Hot Prices: Dyson DC24 All Floors Ultra Lightweight Upright Bagless Vacuum Cleaner for $369.99
| Hoover Tempo Blue Bagless Upright Vacuum for $68.39
| iRobot Roomba Cordless Robotic Vacuum for $193.77
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April is the perfect time to get started on home improvement projects. All kinds of tools are traditionally on sale in early spring, and the nice weather will motivate you to spend some time outside working on your projects.
Hot Prices: Makita BDF452ZW-R 18V Cordless LXT Lithium-Ion 1/2 Compact Drill/Driver for $59.95
| KD Tools 5 Piece Hammer Set for $78.99
| Craftsman 283 Piece Mechanics Tool Set with box for $299.99
| More Tools
The backyard BBQ scene doesn't really heat up until the kids are out of school, but all the grilling goodies are on sale right now. If you wait until the week before Independence Day to load up on your barbecuing necessities, you'll pay inflated prices. Shop now, and take advantage of the nice weather to have some friends over for the first cookout party of the year. It's not too early!
Hot Prices: Grills Minden Stainless Steel 4 Piece Barbecue Grill Set for $39
| Corn on the Grill Basket and Serving Set for $29.95
| More Barbecue Accessories
In most parts of the US, April is the perfect time to start planting seeds in your outdoor garden. If you wait much longer, it will be too late. You want to plant vegetables once the soil has warmed up for the season, but you need to do your planting early to get the timing right -- if you wait until summer, you probably won't see the best results. Plan your garden now and get to planting!
Hot Prices: Sprouting Seed Super Sampler for $32.95
| Certified Organic Alfalfa Sprouting Seeds for $8.65
| More Vegetable Seeds
What better way to put the finishing touches on your spring cleaning than to update your appliances? New refrigerator models typically come out in early spring, which means the previous year's models go on deep discount. Now's the time to upgrade your fridge without putting a big dent in your wallet.
Hot Prices: LG Electronics 25.0 cu ft Energy Star Refrigerator for $1359
| Hotpoint Energy Star 16.6 cu ft Top Freezer Freestanding Refrigerator for $413.10
| Frigidaire 20.6 cu ft Energy Star Top Freezer Refrigerator for $809
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Even though the spring weather is only just beginning, shorts, sun dresses, tank tops, and flip flops have been on store shelves for over a month already. Now that the weather is actually right for that type of outfit, everything's on sale!
Hot Prices: Men's Linen Shorts from $14.95
| Fun, Spring Dresses from $11.97
| Plus-Size Floral Dresses from $16.79
| Alternative Apparel Women's Eco-Heather Racerback Tank Top for $12.00
| More Tank Tops
What not to buy in April
Laptops & other new computers -- You can almost always find a deal on computers somewhere. They're one of those items that you never expect to pay full price for, because there's always some kind of special going on. That's true even now, but if you can hold off a little while, you'll find the best deals at the very end of the school year, in June. That's because demand drops sharply when students turn in their last research paper of the semester.
Swimsuits -- Retailers put out new swimsuits around this time, and it's tempting to grab a new one now when you see all the hot new styles, but wait just a bit. Why pay full price now when the pools won't even be open for two more months? Swimsuits will be on sale before you're ready to get in the water, but wait a few more weeks.
Lots of valuable advice (and deals!) here. Forward it to your family and friends!