The Budget Diet girl (a.k.a. your free personal organizer) is here again with your checklist for March.
Check Your Calendar
Check your calendar and plan ahead for any big events this month like birthdays, anniversaries or weddings. If your weekend social calendar revolves around children’s birthday parties, this might be a great month to start a gift closet! Learn how to start a gift closet, so you can avoid last minute running around and save money!
Lent has begun, and if you’re looking for some frugalicious and fast meatless meals, check out Recipes for Lent.
St. Patrick’s Day
Everybody’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day, so add a little green fun to your family meals! Just a few drops of green food coloring and you can serve up green grits or green oatmeal! How about green mashed potatoes for dinner? Add a surprise treat to your children’s lunch by cutting out their sandwich with a shamrock cookie cutter!
Spring Break Vacation Ideas
If you haven’t planned anything for Spring Break, now’s the time to take advantage of last minute travel deals. Don’t miss This Week’s Top 10 Budget Travel Deals. Another budget friendly option is a road trip, try The Budget Diet’s road trip plan where every member of the family plans a day! Of course, a staycation is always a bargain – think of the possibilities:
- Be a tourist in your own town
- Host a cooking school for your children in your own kitchen
- Go berry picking
- Have a backyard campout
- Take a factory tour, go to factorytoursusa.com for a complete listing by state
- Play croquet or putt putt golf
- Have a picnic in the park
- Visit a farmers market
- Make sure to eat out a few times, so mom gets a few nights off from kitchen duty!
March is a great time to buy…
- china and flatware
- gardening tools
- fruits: mangoes & pineapples
- vegetables: broccoli
Thanks to my friends at FreeShipping.org for keeping us up to date on the best buys each month!