This year, my family is a little behind on our spring cleaning. A few months ago I wrote about an idea to declutter your home for 40 days, and I’m happy to report that so far, we’ve purged 32 bags from the clothes, toys, old movies and miscellaneous junk that my family has collected in the year since moving to Evans. We threw away anything broken or too worn and decided to donate the rest. We just have a few more areas and a pesky attic to go through to finish.
My children are anxiously awaiting the warmer weather to do some fun activities. Last year, we bought a tent for my son’s scouting adventures, but we were rained out of the only event we were able to attend. Since then, both have begged to go back to sleep in the woods and make s’mores. I also plan to introduce the kids to geocaching this summer.
There are some great grocery deals in April. With the Masters Tournament coming, many homes in this area will have extra guests. Don’t panic at the thought of feeding the extra people. A smart shopper will find some great sales to keep their family well fed and still have money left in their wallets.
The first week of April ends the rare 24-week sale cycle on most baking goods. These items will not go on sale again until the fall baking season starts in October. We should see some great sales on baking items such as chocolate chips, marshmallows, cake mixes, cookie mixes, brownie mixes, sugar, powdered sugar, brown sugar, baking soda and spices. This is a great time to start checking Web sites of familiar baking brands for coupons. Check Web sites including Nestle, Argo, Betty Crocker and Duncan Hines for special coupons.
Keep an eye out for clearance sales on winter markdowns. Winter clothing should start being marked down for at least 50 percent off as the new spring lines are being given more floor space. If you are a common clothing size, hit the racks sooner rather than later in order to find the best selection.
In the grocery aisles, look for sales and close-outs on frozen items such as Popsicles, ice cream and frozen novelties. As the weather heats up, new flavors and special summer packaging will be heading out on the shelves later this month, so stores will clearance any winter leftovers or old packaging designs.
Daylight saving time began just a few weeks ago. The first week of April should be the final week promoting the changing of your alarm batteries to coincide with the time change or spring cleaning projects. Sales items include batteries, carbon monoxide monitors, smoke detectors, natural cleaners and CFL light bulbs.
April 22 is Earth Day. There are several events scheduled around town to celebrate. Many stores will have sales on Earth-friendly items such as organic produce, energy savers and eco-friendly cleaning products. Some stores will also offer free promotions featuring reusable shopping bags. There will also be a few coupon booklets out there featuring these products, so keep a sharp eye out for them as you shop.
Remember, produce will always be cheaper while it’s in season. Vegetables in season in April include artichokes, asparagus, broccoli, cabbages, beets, carrots, peas, rhubarb, arugula, garlic, green onions (scallions), Hass avocados, mushrooms and onions. Fruits in season include strawberries, kiwis, apricots and grapefruit.