What's on sale in April

Save this April: We've tracked down the best deals this month, so you'll know what to buy and where to find it for less.

Did you know, every April certain items tend to go on sale? Knowing these retail trends can help you score the best price on some big-ticket items. Shop smarter with our list of April markdowns.

  • Spring clothing

Browse for spring fashions as they begin to move to sale racks this month. If you wear a common size, hit stores early.

ON SALE: Snag a great deal on short sleeve tops, light-weight cardigans and capri pants at Ann Taylor LOFT's Spring Sale. They are offering an extra 40% off all sale styles (no code needed), plus free shipping on orders of $125 or more. Or swing by Old Navy for pretty spring dresses at a discount, and if you order online you'll receive free shipping for orders over $50.

  • Indoor fitness equipment

As they days get longer and the temperature climbs higher, people take their fitness routines to the streets. Sales on indoor workout machines make it an ideal time to think ahead and outfit your home gym today, so you'll be ready to stay in shape when Daylight Savings Time ends.

ON SALE: Spring into savings with markdowns on treadmills, exercise cycles and strength and weight training gear at Sears.com.

  • Bedding 

It's time to swap out heavy down comforters and flannel sheets for thin quilts and cotton sheets. Stock up on cold weather bedding now and stay cozy this winter.

ON SALE: Visit Bed Bath & Beyond for clearance sheets, comforters, blankets and more. And Macys.com is having an online only Home Sale & Clearance of 20-50% off, plus an extra 10% off select bedding.

  • Major appliances

With attention turning towards outdoor activities like picnics and barbecues, prices are plunging on major appliances such as refridgerators and ovens.

ON SALE: Best Buy is taking 10-20% off major appliances, in-store only. At Home Depot, receive 10% off all appliances that cost $397 or more, plus free delivery and haul away.

BARGAIN TIP: Maximize your savings by getting free shipping when you buy online. Before you check out, visit freeshipping.org and search by store for coupons and codes.