19 April Fools' Day deals and freebies

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Every year, people look forward to April 1 because of the fun pranks and jokes. April Fools' Day has been observed by many different cultures for hundreds of years, but the funny thing is no one really knows its exact origin. Some think it started in the mid to late 1500s, when the new year changed from April 1 to Jan. 1. When the new year calendar change occurred, not everyone was informed, so some people still celebrated the new year in April. And, according to this theory, those were the original "April fools."

Joking and foolery aside, April is also a great month to find some amazing deals. Here are some April Fools' Day deals that might make the occasion even more enjoyable — and help you save some money.

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April Fools' Day Travel and Entertainment Promos

If you're looking for things to do on April Fools' Day, these promotions might be right up your alley. From skiing to baseball games, check out some fun things to do April 1 on a budget.

  • Wildcat Mountain Resort: Visit Wildcat Mountain on April Fools' Day and you can get an all-day lift ticket for just $9.
  • Waterville Valley Resort: Ski and ride for only $1 starting at 9 a.m. at Waterville Valley Resort on April 1. Tickets go on sale at 8:30 a.m.
  • Mad River Glen: Get a two-for-one ski deal if you visit Mad River Glen on April Fools' Day and "act a fool" at the ticket booth.
  • University of Maryland: Get a free whoopee cushion if you're one of the first 100 fans at the baseball game on April Fools' Day.

April Fools' Day Deals on Food and Dining

If you want to grab a bite on April 1, don't miss these great food and dining deals.

April Fools' Day Sales on Apparel

Looking good for any occasion isn't a laughing matter. Check out these April Fools' Day sales on clothing, shoes and jewelry.

  • Express: Save 15 percent off your online or in-store purchase. The promo code will be available on Offers.com April 1 to April 30.
  • Footwear Unlimited: Save $10 off your order and get free shipping with promo code FOOL from March 31 to April 4.
  • Finish Line: Get $15 off orders over $150. The promo code will be available on Offers.com April 1 to April 30.
  • Foot Locker: Save 15 percent off any order of $70 or more with promo code LKS16M3L until April 1.
  • ShoesPie: Enjoy markdowns up to 95 percent and use promo code APR to get an additional 15 percent off from March 28 to April 3.
  • Fred Meyer Jewelers: Get 35 percent off and, if you're a Platinum Preferred customer, enjoy an additional 10 percent off your purchase. The promo code will be available on Offers.com April 1 to April 7.

April Fools' Day Discounts on Everything Else

If you're in the market for more than just clothes and shoes, these one-stop shopping stores might do the trick. Don't miss out on these great discounts on everything from beauty supplies and services to housewares to tax preparation.

  • Kohl's: Save 15 percent on in-store purchases with the printable coupon that will be available on Offers.com from March 31 to April 3.
  • JCPenney: Get 10 to 15 percent off select items or salon services with promo code FUNDEAL until April 16.
  • Fab: Save 15 percent on orders of $100 or more with promo code 15off100 or 20 percent off orders of $200 or more with code 20off200. Both offers end April 1.
  • Bon-Ton: Use promo code APRBDAY and get free shipping on orders of $25 or more. The offer is valid April 1 to April 30.
  • Bath & Body Works: Save 20 percent off your entire online order with code SP162168 until April 17.
  • Efile.com: Get 50 percent off your tax preparation services with code 16PROMO50. Valid for a limited time.

April Fools' Day History

April Fools' Day is a time when you can shamelessly indulge in silliness, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy serious savings. And now that you've got your eye on which deals to grab, find out more about the history of April Fools' Day. Oh, and don't forget to play some good pranks on your friends, too.

This article originally appeared on GOBankingRates.com: 19 April Fools' Day Deals and Freebies

Related: See fun April Fools' tricks and pranks:

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19 April Fools' Day deals and freebies
Just a few hours left to get the all-new #SelfieStick for dogs! Buy it now: http://t.co/Rdh1l1vUve http://t.co/UHiu8upvJH
#PatriotsNation breaths a collective sigh of relief when they realize it's #AprilFools Day...http://t.co/S8NIq5AzLw http://t.co/rq9r3VDbUm
Sriracha Filled Gummies…coming soon. http://t.co/T5UKLWyP4t
Introducing Grøüber, the revolutionary new car service from Groupon. Read more: http://t.co/kXVCjtqnHR http://t.co/7cjXjQpJzD
They said it couldn't be done. https://t.co/IkdLHLbaXJ
New LinkedIn Magic Mirror: Professional Photo Filters That Reveal Your Secret Career Dreams http://t.co/fOwEZV2Yk0 http://t.co/cymyrfdxrX
We're SO excited to announce our new #SelfieShoes.Step up your selfie game. Take a #shoefie. Watch Now: http://t.co/ks8L26fFqL
Just in time for Earth Month, the NEW Waterless Shower Head! #NoWaterAllClean http://t.co/UB8kSF2ArJ http://t.co/N26qfmJOv1
Sometimes the best pranks are the simplest ones. http://t.co/YSdxW4cV6Z http://t.co/KqhWw2GerC
Want to smell like a Whopper? Check out BK's new fragrance: http://t.co/BAEn2sPHX5 #AprilFools? http://t.co/8H41TyE09E
Used my moms phone to prank Allegra into thinking she was subscribed cat facts #AprilFools http://t.co/rPN2nMlFRj
Introducing #Cudl – our new tablet for couples. No more surfing the web alone; time to #CudlUp http://t.co/xJcGMBiBV6 http://t.co/LW8QAIvf8l
The Google Maps: #PokémonChallenge NEEDS to be real! Who doesn't want to catch 'em all?! http://t.co/qwlc2lxFh5 via @YouTube
In 1996, @tacobell announced its purchase of the Liberty Bell with this full-page #AprilFools ad. http://t.co/zRvkwmeut8

April Fools Day 2010

photo: JeffreyNathaniel/Flickr

The Hoff pasted to the back of her car , someone was in that front room playing video games or something and never saw us do any of this.

photo: PalaceofPranks/Flickr

It's easy to find the poster I added, but I can't take credit for it. I read about some genius posting these around New York City. I found it hillarious, and so did anyone I showed it too. It went over pretty well... for a few hours. But once again, someone without a sense of humor took these down too.

photo: Perfectance/Flickr

Do give this one a try! (IF you have no printer, you can always sketch a fish on paper, right?) Works excellent on colleagues, fellow students, family members and random strangers.

photo: vintagedept/Flickr

Topeka? Yes, for April Fools Day, Google changed its name to Topeka. There is a story behind this prank.

photo: arellis49/Flickr

For April Fools day, I converted my site into a Lisa Loeb fan site.

Pedestrians walk through an "e-lane" Monday, April 2, 2012, in Philadelphia. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter used April Fool's Day to have a little fun with what he says is a real problem: distracted walking. City officials painted lines and oblivious stick-figure pictures on one stretch of John F. Kennedy Boulevard near City Hall as a jab at pedestrians who keep their eyes on their cellphone screens and not their surroundings. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
This frame grab image released by Google shows the Google Nose site, a parody site in celebration of April Fools' Day. Having already debuted its wearable Google Glass, the company on Monday showcased “Google Nose,” adding scents to it search results. (AP Photo/Google)
 A roll of paper towel frosted with icing and sugar confections to make it look like a real cake. Goes with April Fools Pranks story.  (Photo By Karl Gehring/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Legislative intern Luke Hansen works at his aluminum-foil-coverd desk at the Capitol in Bismarck, N.D., Friday, April 1, 2005. As an April Fools' day prank, fellow interns wraped Hansen's desk and everything on it with aluminum foil. Hansen is from Milwaukee, Wis. He is a second-year law student at the University of North Dakota. (AP Photo/Will Kincaid)

LinkedIn April Fools Recommendations 

photo: DavidErickson/Flickr

Best April Fools prank do far goes to @WarbyParker for their new Canine Collection. 

photo: [kilodelta]/Flickr

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