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The best deals in April

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You may not know it, but during certain times of the year, prices for specific products drop. Sometimes drastically.

According to Consumer Reports, April is the time to buy a lawn mower. A bare-bones manual lawn mower can go for as low as a hundred bucks. The trick to buying a lawn mower is to not pay for more power than you need. For instance, if your yard is somewhat small and there are no hills, a basic push mower is better than a more expensive self-propelled one.

Vacuums and floor care products are usually priced at their lowest during April.

They're all kinds of designs, shapes and colors. So, even if you order online, make sure you go to a store first to push, pull and turn the vacuum to make sure you like how it handles. While you're there, ask the store if they will match the online price.

Air Purifiers will be in hot demand. Consumer Reports say these products start off as little as $50

April is also a good time to find deep discounts on windows. They can not only enhance curb appeal but also make your home quieter, and less drafty while saving money on your energy bill.

Another deal in April are pressure washers. They're a great way to get rid of mildew or an oil stained driveway. They can do tough jobs at a fraction of the time it would take using a brush and bucket.

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Gary HarperGary Harper is the senior consumer and investigative reporter for 3 On Your Side at KTVK-TV.

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With more than 20 years of television experience, Gary has established himself as a leader in the industry when it comes to assisting viewers and resolving their consumer-related issues. His passion and enthusiasm have helped him earn an Emmy for Best Consumer Reporter from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He’s also garnered several Emmy nominations

He has negotiated resolutions with companies of all sizes, including some of the biggest corporations in the nation.

Gary has successfully recouped more than $1 million for viewers around the state, making 3 On Your Side one of the most popular segments on KTVK and the station's Web site.

He's best known for investigating and confronting unscrupulous contractors. In fact, many of his news reports have led to police investigations and jail time for those who were caught. Viewers, as well as the companies and people he investigates, regard him as consistently being thorough and fair.

Gary has been with KTVK-TV since 1997. Prior to his arrival in Phoenix, he worked for WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he was as an anchor and reporter.

Gary is from Chicago, but launched his television career in Lubbock, Texas, after earning a broadcast journalism degree from Texas Tech University. Following his graduation, he was quickly hired by KLBK-TV in Lubbock, where he enterprised and broke numerous exclusive reports. His aggressive reporting in Texas helped garner him Best Reporter by the Associated Press.

Gary has been married since 1994 and is the proud father of two sons. When he's not helping viewers, Gary is busy catching up on his favorite college and professional football teams as well as cheering on his beloved Texas Tech Red Raiders.

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