How to save money in April

These smart ideas, ranging from travel expenses to energy consumption, could save you a bundle.

Travel

Take a "repositioning" cruise. Cruise lines spend April relocating their ships (from Caribbean to European ports, for example) before kicking off a new season. If you take a relocation vacation with them, you could save up to 35 percent off the typical fare.

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Groceries

Stock up on nonperishables. Most brand-name products are discounted once during the standard 12-week sales cycle, says Teri Gault, founder of TheGrocery Game.com. So it's smart to buy three months' worth of, say, Barilla pasta if it's on sale in April, because it probably will not be again until July at the earliest.

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Energy

Reduce your electricity consumption. You can cut your phantom power usage by up to 85 percent by purchasing the Dexim Visible Green Charger ($40, dexim.net). The charger, which can be used with most Apple items (iPhone, iPod, iPad), shuts off once your device is fully powered.

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Health Care

Get new eyeglasses for less. Buy your next pair of spectacles from WarbyParker.com. Every stylish set of frames costs just $95 (including your prescription lenses), and the company offers free home try-ons, free shipping, and free returns. Plus, for each pair sold, another pair is given to someone in need.

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