The Easter Weekend Sales We're Most Excited About

The Easter Weekend Sales We're Most Excited About

Unlike kids setting off on egg hunts, you won't have to search high and low this weekend when it comes to sweet bargains. The National Retail Federation estimates that Easter-related spending will reach an all-time high of $18.4 billion, up 6% from last year's $17.3 billion. That's about $152 per person snagging deals on clothes, outdoor equipment, home decor items, and more (like holiday sweets!).

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So whether you're putting the finishing touches on your holiday celebration, hoping to refresh your closet after a spring-cleaning purge or readying your outdoor space for warmer weather, deep discounts await. Here are the best ones to check out.

Holiday Food and Sweets at Up to 40% Off

Good things come to those who wait, and this weekend, we mean last-minute treats. Kendal Perez, savings expert with CouponSherpa, says shoppers can expect to save with deals like 15% off select chocolates at Jet.com, 20% off baskets from Harry & David, 30% off egg-dye kits from Toys "R" Us and $5 off $25 from Target's Easter shop.

"Consumers should also keep their eyes peeled for grocery coupons on food and product items typically associated with Easter, including eggs, ham, Easter candy, and of course, anything bunny- or egg-themed," Perez says.

Neon Peeps and pastel baskets aren't the only things getting an Easter sales treatment. Nab 20% off select dresses and skirts from Forever 21, or up to 40% off select women's dresses from JCPenney.

Lawn and Garden Gear at 20% to Hundreds of Dollars Off

Warmer temperatures right now might have you thinking of bringing your patio furniture out of storage. Take it a step further and use the holiday as a reason to consider replacing or refreshing outdoor home items at a discount, advises Perez.

"Spring is the season for home improvement retailers like Home Depot and Lowe's, who are currently wrapping up 'Spring Black Friday' events commemorating their busy period with discounts on garden supplies and home appliances," she says.

This weekend, Sears, Home Depot and Ace Hardware are all offering savings on spring lawn and garden equipment, home decor, patio sets and more. At Ace, you can score up to $200 off select patio collection furniture through the end of the month.

Fine Jewelry at Up to $400 Off

"With Valentine’s Day well behind us and Mother’s Day still a month ahead, jewelry stores and sites use discounts during this low-traffic period to drive sales," Perez says. That's wallet-friendly news to people shopping early for anniversaries, Mother's Day or other special occasions later in the season, like weddings and graduations.

Some of the big sales Perez recommends include $20 off $50 at Zales, up to 65% off fine jewelry at Macy's and up to $400 off select Kay Jewelers items through the end of April.

Spring Clothes and Shoes at Up to 50% Off

Show of hands: Who's ready to finally pack up their wool coats and chunky sweaters? Fashion retailers agree and are making it easier to do so with big sales.

Perez says that because many spring fashions debuted as far back as February, they're now on the bargain rack to make way for upcoming summer styles. Expect clothing marked 40% to 50% off from brands like LOFT, White House Black Market and Osh Kosh B'Gosh.

Feet yearning for warm-weather kicks are also in for a treat, as shoe sales are all over the place this weekend. Check out the Kohl's semi-annual shoe sale and markdowns at Shoe Carnival.

RELATED: Personal Shoppers' Best Tips for Saving Money on Spring Clothes

Bonus: Food Fixes to Celebrate Filing Your Taxes

Easter likely isn't the only special day on your calendar in the next week — Tax Day is two days later on April 18, 2017. Strange as it sounds, Perez says many restaurants offer free or discounted food to taxpayers looking to celebrate their tax document sendoff.

On the 18th, indulge a little with a free Birthday Cake cookie from Great American Cookies, unwind with a $6 blueberry or pineapple margarita at Chili's, or be the office hero with 13 bagels and two tubs of cream cheese from Bruegger's Bagels for a steal of $10.40. You deserve it.

RELATED: Freaking Out About Your Taxes? We Answer Some Common Tax FAQs

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