A good practice when managing your family budget is to buy the right items at the right time of year:
March is National Frozen Food Month, so many stores will offer discounts on frozen foods. Look for plenty of coupons in your Sunday newspaper and in the grocery store (be on the lookout for a giant cardboard penguin loaded with coupons). Fruits and vegetables can be frozen indefinitely, according to FoodSafety.gov, however it is recommended to use them within a year for food quality.
In the produce aisle, mangos are on sale. These can easily substitute in dishes that call for peaches. March is peak strawberry season in Florida, so strawberries are a cheap pick. Asparagus and artichokes are good buys, too.
Summer vacation is still months away and the holidays are over, which together means luggage sales. This is a great gift idea for those spring college or high school graduates. Or consider replacing what you have now.
Before the first nice spring weekend, go ahead and take inventory of your yard tools. Replace them now so you will be ready to plant your summer gardens.
Winter clothes fill the clearance racks. Buy now for next year.
As difficult as it is to resist a great deal on items at rock bottom prices, be sure to weigh the necessity of the item versus the thrill of a good deal.