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March's Shopping Plans

Snow Peas and Radishes The Prudent Homemaker

March has several sales. It's frozen foods month in the U.S., which usually means a number of frozen foods go on sale. St. Patrick's Day on the 17th means sales on corned beef, cabbage, and potatoes.

Easter Rabbits The Prudent Homemaker

With Easter falling on April 1st this year, we will see Easter sales in late March. I plan on making Easter Rabbits again this year using chocolate candy melts and molds I have already (you can see the how-to here).  

Here's how I plan to spend my $200 budget this month for our family of 10:


Sam's Club:


Rice 25-pound bag

Tomato Sauce #10 cans

Diced Tomatoes #10 cans

POM Toilet Paper



Washing Soda

Equate hand-washing dish soap



Store brand frozen sweet peas. I'll look for a sale on these at $1 a pound (usually when you buy 10). I would love to buy 20 or even 30 bags, but I often have trouble finding even 10 bags in the store. 






Spreadable Margarine

Parmesan Cheese

Store brand spicy brown mustard


I'll look for sales on strawberries in late March. If I can find them for $1 a pound or less, I'll purchase them. I'll also look for sales on potatoes, cabbage, corned beef, whole chickens, and Easter candy (Starburst jelly beans and peanut M&M's for Easter eggs).

 Strawberry Jam The Prudent Homemaker

From the garden, I will harvest Swiss chard, Meyer lemons, spinach, lettuce, snow peas, green onions, leeks, radishes, and several herbs this month. My large Swiss chard plants bolt in April when it gets hot, so we'll be harvesting lots before they need to be pulled from the garden. I have new plants already up and growing for this year so we won't have too long of a lull in picking. 

We'll continue to eat lots of frozen fruit from the freezer in anticipation of this year's fruit from the garden. We'll also enjoy more squash, pumpkins, and pomegranates from the garden that I have been storing.

A friend has offered me eggs from her hens, who are currently laying much more than she can eat, so I'll bring her some lemons in exchange for eggs.

What items are you looking to purchase this month?

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  • cathy March 03, 2018

    What part of the country are you in? I never would have guessed you could find organic anything at DT.

  • momsav March 04, 2018

    Hi, Cathy!
    I’m in the U.P. of Michigan. The DT is in Escanaba, a little more then an hour from us. There were double rows of the tomatoes stacked about 12 high. These were in the main aisle near the food. Once in awhile, i’ll do a walk-through in the food aisle just to see what’s what. If you ever need soy milk, DT sells Westsoy which has organic ingredients. I’ve found a few other organic s over the years.

  • Mrs. TJ March 03, 2018

    For the past 6 months, I have been buying 1lb bags of frozen peas at Aldi for $0.98. This is quiet wonderful for us as I can’t seem to grow enough peas for our year long consumption. My Nana could but I didn’t get that talent. I do miss my grandmother.

  • I March 03, 2018

    I would like to get out and buy some groceries today-once DH digs us out from 10 inches of snow and still coming down. Need some cheese, t. paper and I see butter is on sale for $2.99 per pound which never happens. On the other hand I think I should wait for Tuesday as they have 15% off if you spend $50 or more.

  • Steph March 03, 2018

    First time responding, great blog! Just wanted to say warmed peas, some cottage cheese and piece of bread is a great fav. meal we enjoy.

  • Laura Capouya March 04, 2018

    Here in South Louisiana, I went to our local Albertson's after reading on here (thank you!) about the 1 dollar lb/ sweet peas, but here - as part of the sale - they are $1.49 for 12 oz! Oh well, not for me! Laura

  • Laura,

    They don't have the sale going yet. I am HOPING that they will this month because of frozen foods month and I am watching the ads for the sale (our sales here from Wednesdays through Tuesdays). They have a store brand of sweet peas that comes in a 16-ounce size. I only see this sale sometimes and one of those times is usually in November. It's always part of a buy 10 deal to get the price. I won't pay $1.49 for a 12-ounce bag, either :D Keep watching your ads through the month and hopefully, their frozen vegetables will go on sale for lower.

  • Laura March 04, 2018

    Thank you, Brandy! Laura

  • Kelly March 12, 2018

    I make my own washing soda from baking soda. All you have to do is bake the BS in the oven on a cookie sheet and viola, washing soda. Making your own washing soda is much less expensive than buying it.

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