Spring is a time for renewal, and for retailers, it’s a time to put a fresh spin on what’s for sale on their shelves. If you are looking to maximize your spring dollars and save on key purchases, here are a few ways you can reap some savings:
Spring Holiday-Related Goods and Services
Passover, Easter, Mother’s Day and Earth Day are the biggest spring holidays, and sales around holiday items abound. If you have a sweet tooth, Easter candy is usually discounted up to 10-15%, according to Retail Confectioners International.
Adorable kid’s outfits are also on sale in April, as well as other lightweight clothing to welcome in the warmer weather. Raingear can sell for 20-30% off, swimsuits by 25-50%, and lighter summer clothing by 25-40% off, according to Dan Butler, president of Maple Point Consulting and senior adviser to the National Retail Federation.
Mother’s Day is usually celebrated with discounts on jewelry, candy, flowers, plants, and services such as spa and skincare deals.
If you’re interested in saving the planet, retailers usually do their part by promoting Energy Star qualified CLF and LED bulbs, home gardening items, and other recycle-friendly articles. Another great way to enjoy the Earth is to get out and visit a National Park: Admission is free during National Park Week from April 15 to 23, 2017.
These are just a few ideas of savings related to upcoming Spring holidays. For more ideas, Deals Plus is a great website to search for holiday related deals and coupons, and well as everyday savings.
Warmer temps bring hot savings on electronics such as laptops and televisions, according to Jim Barry of the Consumer Electronics Association. The reason is that it’s the end of the model year for electronics, and also the end of the fiscal year for Japanese companies. If you have had your eye on a laptop or TV, now may be the time to look a little harder. Barry says that with the introduction of so many tablets, spring is a great time to consider an older, more affordable laptop.
Outdoor Sporting Equipment and Furniture
Whether you like to swing a bat or a tennis racket, sales on sporting goods generally sprout up during the spring season. Dick’s Sporting Goods, for example, has spring deals on everything from golf clubs to boxing gloves. Check outdoor retailers like L.L. Bean, REI, and Eastern Mountain Sports for spring equipment and clothing deals.
If you’ve been looking to outfit the outside of your house with patio or lawn furniture, there are early season deals at most of the big box retail outlets such as Home Depot, Lowes, or Walmart.
Refreshing Indoor Improvements
There are also promotions in the spring to help you give the inside of your home a new look – from the kitchen to the bath – whether it’s cabinets, faucets or small appliances.
Most people are looking for ways to add some pizzazz in the spring to their living environment – but it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money to do so. Margaret Ely of The Washington Post suggests nine ways to freshen your home for less than $100 – from a new coat of paint to decorative pillows.
Smart Seasonal Shopping
A large part of smart seasonal shopping is to take advantage of closeouts from the previous season. Spring may be the best time to buy that winter coat on clearance, or snag that snow blower you’ve been putting off buying. The key to any smart shopping is to determine what you need, develop a budget, and then follow the sales carefully to get the best value for your money.
Do you have any special insights into springing hot savings in the next few months? Leave them in the comments area below.
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