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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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  • Rhonda A. March 01, 2018

    Cindy, I really admire your ability and tenasity to use what you have available to you, especially your willingness to forage for healthy greens to add to your diet. You work so hard and are so supportive of all your family, even with such a limited budget. I hope they appreciate what a wonderful, amazing person you are. I wish I lived close to you, so I could share some flour and other food supplies from my pantry.

  • Cindy in the South March 01, 2018

    Thanks so much Rhonda! I could buy flour and other foods but I am trying to hold off and see what unfolds this month with his illness. He really is doing better.

  • Don't forget soups!

  • Cindy in the South March 01, 2018

    I love soup! You are so right!

  • You can make a soup with one cup of rice, several cups of water, chicken bullion, any greens you have, powdered ginger, powdered onion if you don't have dried or fresh), a little fish sauce or soy sauce, and if you have it, leftover poultry (but it can be left out too). I made a soup like this earlier this week, using Swiss chard and green onions from the garden. I started with a recipe I saw but varied it a lot to use what I had; the recipe said one cup of rice for 8 people, which works because as with rice pudding, the rice will continue to absorb liquid.

  • Cindy in the South March 02, 2018

    Thanks...that sounds so delicious!

  • Laurie in central NC March 01, 2018

    I'd love to find a great deal on organic potatoes. We have some to plant as soon as we prepare a spot, and it would be lovely if these lasted until we can begin harvesting. I've been planting seeds indoors, and have kale sprouting so far. Lettuce volunteers are coming up in the garden, but a low of 31 is forecast for tomorrow, so we'll see how they fare. I plan to purchase several containers of vegetable shortening, which I use for bird suet and soap making. If I can find lady fingers close to Easter, there's a dessert I like to make using them. Other than whatever fresh produce looks good, there are not any other plans for the month. I hope you found a wonderful deal on a computer, letting you share your beautiful and encouraging posts again soon.

  • Athanasia March 02, 2018

    Laurie, they seem to often make ladyfingers on the Great British Baking show and it looks like they are easy enough to do. Just eggs, flour, sugar and a flavoring. They probably taste good, too.

  • Laurie in central NC March 03, 2018

    Thanks, Athanasia. I did make them once a few years ago, and they were not all that hard to do. You may have just inspired me!

  • Juls Owings March 01, 2018

    Our Krogers just had frozen veggies for 89¢ and strawberries were 99¢
    We will be eating the last of the potatoes, sweet potatoes,and winter squash from the root cellar and working on eating the onions that are sprouting due to it turning warm and staying warm which is wrong for Feb/March here in northwest OH.
    When we close on the house (March 6th fingers crossed) we will be looking to see where and what to plant.

    I had my to buy list all wrote up for my blog...then the main frig took a crap and ended up restocking SIGH...at least I had the money put back and still am not over budget much.
    Blessed Be Brandy, would love to hear about what computer you got to replace the one that broke down.

  • TJ @ TJ's Sweet Home March 01, 2018

    Juls, that made me giggle! Our Kroger veggies were .88 a bag last week. One penny difference! I find that to be curious...

  • Jen March 01, 2018

    I’m sure you need ZERO PERCENT more cooking and work but mustard is Dead Easy to make from scratch: some combo of mustard powder, mustard seeds, vinegar and white wine and voila, mustard. If you could get the powder/seeds cheap in bulk it might make sense mathematically too

  • Hi Jen! We don't like regular yellow mustard. Spicy brown means grinding whole seeds, and then the recipe is made the same way (though I don't use wine in mine and the ones I buy don't have it either). I have bought seeds in bulk before but I usually use them to make pickles. I had been thinking to try making my own spicy brown mustard with them and had totally forgotten about that. I may have to try! Winco's brand is $0.89, so I have to do the math to see if it is worth making with my bulk seeds.

  • I March 01, 2018

    In case you didn't know, Brandy mentioned on Facebook that her computer died so she will be unable to post more blogs until she can replace it-hopefully soon.

  • I have ordered a new one but I am waiting until it is in stock. I've found a work around until then.

  • Stephanie N. March 01, 2018

    My February surgery will result in medical bills in March so I've reduced March's grocery budget by $200 for our family of 8. In the past I've grouped household expenses for things like toiletries, OTC medications, and paper products into the grocery budget. Last month I started budgeting them separately and hope to continue keeping those expenses in their own category. My budget for household items is $60. I have plenty of meats and even a few quick meal options in our freezer right now and will be preparing most meals from what we currently have on hand. My pantry holes mostly revolve around lunch options for SO who works from home and now my oldest step daughter who has started home schooling.

    Some of the main things that I'll by this month are:
    Canned tuna
    frozen chopped spinach
    clementines (Wegmans has these for $3.99 right now)
    cottage cheese
    sliced American cheese
    tall kitchen trash bags
    Easter candies

    Have a good month everyone!

  • Nancy March 01, 2018

    So glad your back

  • Marcia March 01, 2018

    I don't have any particular shopping plans BUT - our Albertson's/ Vons just had a 3 day sale on frozen veg - 1 pound bags for $0.49, limit 4.

    So I bought 4 - a mix.

    I'll also keep my eye out for oats on sale at Sprouts again. They pretty regularly go on sale for 0.69/lb or 0.79/ lb. I only eat oatmeal once or twice a week, but I do love making granola. Now I just need to get back into making yogurt instead of buying it. To go with the granola!

  • What a deal on frozen vegetables! So often the sales are on 12-ounce bags, and even then they are usually no lower than $0.79 here. I have to really look for the places that have 16-ounce bags and compare prices to get the lowest deal.

  • Marcia March 01, 2018

    I was so shocked to see that price on the flyer, that I drove the mile up to the store just to buy them! I never ever see that price.

    May seem weird, but I REFUSE to buy 12 oz bags of vegetables. I'm still mad at the stores/ manufacturers for making that change a few years ago, as if people wouldn't figure it out!

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