With April weather a peril, buy apparel at a discount.
April showers bring not just May flowers, but also deals on rain gear, says Daniel Butler, vice president of retail operations for the National Retail Federation.
Shoppers will see discounts on lightweight weather gear -- such as umbrellas, slickers and jackets -- for 20 percent to 30 percent off, he says.
If you would rather plan for sunny weather, you can likely find bargains on swimwear in April. Many stores mark swimsuits down by 25 percent to 50 percent, Butler says. Warm-weather casual clothes, such as shorts, T-shirts and tank tops, are popping up at 25 percent to 40 percent off, he says.