If you’re getting a big tax refund, here’s some stuff you might want to spend it on. It’s six things that usually go on sale in April . . .
1. Sneakers. A lot of people buy them for spring, so stores and websites get pretty competitive with prices. They also might still be trying to sell off stock from last year.
2. Jackets. They start going on sale this month, so stores can make more room for lighter, summer clothes.
3. Paint and other home improvement supplies. The weather’s getting nicer, so stores really start to push that stuff. Home Depot and Lowes both have “Spring Black Friday” sales right now. Some stuff is marked down 35%.
4. Pots, pans, and other household items. Mother’s Day is coming up, and so is wedding season. So stores try to take advantage of it by dropping their prices.
5. A tune-up for your car. It’s National Car Care Month, so a lot of mechanics offer deals on tune-ups, oil changes, and new tires.
6. Last-minute vacations. April is considered an off-season month, because it’s right after winter, but before summer . . . and Easter is right in the middle of it. So you might be able to get a pretty good deal on flights and hotels.
It’s April Fools’ Day! And if you want to pull a prank at your office today, there’s still time. Here are five April Fools’ office pranks that require little or no preparation.
- Cover their stuff in sticky notes. Get a few coworkers together and cover someone’s cubicle with Post-It Notes. Or, if you don’t have time before they get to work, sneak out to the parking lot and do it to their CAR.
- Rubber band their office phone. Get a few rubber bands and wrap them around their office phone so they can’t pick it up when it rings.
- Hang a sign on the “new” voice-activated copier. Chances are, people have seen this one before and won’t fall for it. But if they do, the results are totally worth it.
- Kill their mouse. Unplug their mouse from the back of their computer or take the batteries out. Then once you’ve had a good laugh, let them in on it so they can actually, you know, WORK.
- Mayonnaise the doughnuts. We don’t endorse the “messing with food” type of April Fools’ Day prank, but if you’re a heartless jerk, this one’s for you. Buy a dozen regular, glazed doughnuts and spread some mayo on the top as frosting. Then offer one to a victim of your choice, or leave the box in the breakroom.
BMW pranked people in New Zealand for April Fools’ Day . . . they ran an ad saying the first person to show up at a dealership in Auckland and ask for “Tom” could trade in their car for a brand new BMW.
Which everyone assumed was a joke. But a woman named Tiaana Marsh showed up anyway, and they really DID give her a car.
So in other words, she’s the only person who DIDN’T fall for the prank.