The best and worst things to buy in April 2020

Kate Mendonca
Shopping Editor

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Historically, the month of April is the time to start embracing spring weather, gathering with family and friends for the first picnics and barbecues of the season, and enjoying everything that the season has to offer. 

Things are a little different this year as many of us are isolating and staying safe indoors, but the cycle still continues when it comes to retail. While making purchases may not be top of mind right now, there are certain categories that go on sale every April that you may want to take advantage of. 

Read on to find out some of the best deals to be found this month, as well as the items that you’ll want to hold off on purchasing. 

SHOP IT

Beauty

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April is an ideal time to restock your makeup bags with your everyday essentials, as major retailers offer some of their best sales this month. Ulta hosts their 21 Days of Beauty event, while Sephora’s spring Beauty Insider sale is not one to miss. 

SHOP IT: Save up to 50 per cent with Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty sale

Easter Decor and Treats

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This year, Easter falls on April 12, so you’ll have plenty of time to shop and save on decorations and candy. As always, the best deals will be found in the days after the holiday is over, but you may have to do a little extra digging. 

SHOP IT: Find Easter treats and decor starting at just $2 at Party City

Car Supplies

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The month of April marks National Car Care Month, and is a great reminder to make sure that your maintenance is up to date. To celebrate, many retailers will be offering deals on car care services as well as accessories and supplies all month long. 

SHOP IT: Find discounts of up to 55 per cent off with Canadian Tire’s Hot Automotive Sale

Jewelry

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In the slow period between Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day, you can often find huge savings on jewelry. Whether it’s a surprise gift for a loved one or a treat for yourself, this month is a great to keep an eye out.

SHOP IT: Save 15 per cent on bestsellers with Mejuri’s Friends and Family sale

Tax Software

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While the deadline to file your taxes in Canada has been extended past its regular date, it’s still worthwhile to consider getting your taxes in order if you haven’t yet done so. 

SHOP IT: Save up to $20 on your tax returns when you file with TurboTax

SKIP IT

Gardening Tools

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The growing season kicks off this month for many, but if you’re in need of replacement tools or equipment you’ll want to wait to buy. May is when you’ll find better deals and discounts to update your outdoor space. 

Outdoor Grills

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If you’re in the market for a new barbecue or grill, shopping experts suggest waiting until the fall to find the best deals. By September many retailers begin marking down their inventory, meaning you can save hundreds of dollars, especially if you shop for a floor model. 

Swimwear

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Planning your next beach trip already? If you are, you’ll want to wait until summer sales kick off in July in order to find the best prices on items like swimwear, cover ups and sandals for the whole family. 

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