What To Stock Up On In March
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What To Stock Up On In March

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I love sharing what to stock up on in March! Here’s the deal, let’s save money where we can when we purchase the things we need or use most often this time of year.

I call it my stock-up on savings this month! I have a post for every month during the year to help us remember the best time to buy certain things every month. I just picked up some really good-looking vegetables, I love buying in-season produce. They taste so much better with a natural flavor when they are fresh from the field and garden!

What To Stock Up On In March

Be aware that you may be paying more this year than last for the same items. We’ve been hearing a lot about inflation in food prices, and I think we’ve all seen it no matter where we live and the stores we frequently visit.

There have been some wild storms and cold weather starting in the fall in both Florida and California, two states we rely on for early-season food items. We may be seeing some food shortages for a while as farmers try to get back on track with planting and harvesting schedules.

March is also a time for some holiday gatherings for St. Patrick’s Day and March Madness basketball viewing. Whether it’s full meals with pizza, pasta, rice side dishes, and fish offerings like salmon, or snacks and treats like chips and dip, yogurt, and plenty of soda, we need to be ready.

What To Stock Up On In March

Seasonal Fruit and Vegetables

I love oranges, and they are on sale! Tupperware Orange Peeler

Fruits in season

I love all of these veggies lined up on the shelves.

Vegetables on sale

In March, look for the following fruits and vegetables at their best freshness and lowest prices:

  • Broccoli
  • Cabbage
  • Lettuce
  • Radishes
  • Leeks
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Oranges
  • Grapefruit
  • Artichokes
  • Avocados
  • Peas

Frozen Food

I was so glad to finally have the frozen onions back in stock and on sale! Here’s the deal, I stock my freezer with frozen onions. I can toss them into omelets, Sloppy Joe’s, tacos, etc. I don’t have to wash, slice, or chop them! No waste ever!

Frozen onions on sale

Watch for coupons galore to stock up on frozen goods and save a few bucks. I love to buy frozen peas, corn, peppers, and chopped onions. It not only saves me money, but it saves me a lot of time when I cook from scratch.

With it being National Frozen Food Month, who knows what kind of savings you’re likely to find at your local store? With all the parties going on, you might find some great deals on your favorite ice cream flavor. Don’t be shy about trying some store labels too. We’ve fallen in love with Kroger’s “Death By Chocolate” ice cream, give it a try.

Garden Seeds

Please stock up on garden seeds. If you haven’t ever had a garden before, this is the year to start growing your own food. The price of food is likely to continue to go up, so save some money by growing some of your own food. The weather has been erratic, the cans and jars manufacturers and packagers use are in short supply, and the challenges go on and on. We must grow some of our food. This is where I buy my garden seeds: SeedsNow

Consider trying some different garden produce this year. Consider beets, cauliflower, green beans, garlic, and other herbs and spices that you can use for regular meal preparation and when you want salads and side condiments available.

Related Topic: Best Vegetables to Grow in Pots

How I store my garden seeds: Plastic Photo Container and Label Maker

Garden Seed Container

Candy

Candy aisles always make me smile. I like chocolate the best of all, but check out these cuties!

Candy stocked on grocery shelves

A lot of stores put bags of candy on sale to get buyers to come through the door to purchase other items. It’s not just grocery stores, but pharmacy-type stores that have a lot of candy on sale right now.

Some of the candy products are good old bags of chocolate, but they are also gearing up for Easter.

If you wait until it’s closer to Easter, the prices will go down but you may not be able to find the perfect candy you like for those Easter baskets. If you can be patient you’ll save a lot of money on candy the day after Easter as well.

I use my FoodSaver to stock up on M&M’s. I sometimes find the candy 70% off, and that’s when I stock up. I call it my sweet food storage emergency stash.

Candy in a FoodSaver

Be on the lookout for boxed chocolates if you like to munch on a piece or two of chocolate every day. Since March is between Valentine’s Day and Easter, the stores want to be ready for spring treats so you’ll see some great markdowns.

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Easter Supplies

I love holidays, and Easter is no different for me. I enjoy coloring eggs with the kids and grandkids if they come to visit. If I have some baskets stashed in the closet, I’m ready for an Easter egg hunt!

Easter Supplies

Countertops

If you’re remodeling your home, this is the month to look for countertops you may need for the kitchen, laundry room, or bathrooms. It may be a cosmetic update or you feel your house is too dated due to its age.

If you have countertops that need to be replaced check out your local big box stores or specialty stores.

In March, many communities just finished having Home Shows at the convention center near them, or a Parade of Homes where open houses display the latest in home design. There have been some awesome updates to countertop colors and styles, including granite and quartz. Check them out before you make

Therefore, the stores that specialize in countertops want to be ready with huge discounts for those who went through the model homes they designed.

Flooring

This is another item after a home show type event where retailers have discounts for their carpeting, tile, and hardwood floors are promoted to those who visited their model homes.

You may want to check with the stores for big markdowns. It doesn’t hurt to mention you saw their work at the Home Show.

Space Heaters

I like keeping one of these in my emergency preps to thaw frozen pipes if that happens to me or one of my neighbors. Honeywell Ceramic Space Heater

Space heaters on sale

This is a great month to check your local stores for markdowns on space heaters. The stores need to make room for the air conditioners and fans that are headed their way.

Watch for huge discounts on the space heater you may need for your desk or to thaw your frozen pipes.

Exercise Equipment

I would like to be a bit stronger, I just need to do it. Balance From GoFit All-Purpose Dumbbells in Pair, or Set with Rack

Exercise equipment on sale

You may have thought again about your exercise regime, and this month is one of the best times to purchase inside exercise equipment. When the weather changes people want to go outside to get exercise.

The weather is getting warmer and people want to go outside and enjoy the beautiful landscapes and weather.

This is a great month for winter exercise apparel as well. Watch for the clearance racks to find the outfit you want drastically reduced. The stores want to clear out the old and bring in the new.

Just think, you’ll be ready for that next cold spell, and these clothes items seldom change much from year to year.

Golf Clubs

The sports stores want to unload last year’s models to make way for the new brands showing up in the next month. Don’t forget to look for rain gear, golf shoes, golf gloves, and everything left on the clearance racks.

This is the time to stock up for your golf season just around the corner. It could be a great time to get the golf clubs you have been dreaming about.

Winter Clothes & Equipment

The stores want to unload winter coats, parkas, winter gloves, and scarves. Just think about anything warm you may need and it just may be on sale. Check the clearance shelves and racks. Stock up for next winter.

Ski or Snowboard Equipment

If you are looking for some new skis or snowboards, check out the sports stores for big markdowns. You may want to check out ski resort shops and ski rentals for used equipment.

They want to get new equipment for next year so they need to clear out their inventory to make room.

You know how fast kids grow out of their winter gear, you may be able to sell it for what you paid for it and apply the funds to buy new equipment. If you buy right you can sell it for the best price in the newspaper or on Facebook.

When my girls were young we handed down equipment, but then sometimes we couldn’t hand them down. We always looked for gently used equipment. It’s all about saving money.

Running Shoes

Who can’t use a good pair of running shoes to get in shape after winter, right?

Gym Shoes

This is the month to purchase those overpriced running shoes at a discount. The weather has been really cold for months, and now people want to get out and walk or run for exercise.

The sports stores typically have springtime sales, so this is the time they want to let go of last year’s models and be ready for this year’s newer ones.

Sandals

The stores know you are looking for something sassy for the summer, so they put a few sandals on sale to get you excited for spring and summer. So get ready for summer my friends! This is a great time to stock up on your favorite sandals for next year as well.

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Luggage

Whether you take road trips or fly, sometimes the suitcases fall apart! After a while, the duct tape doesn’t hold it together anymore! Gorilla tape is even better!

Luggage on sale

If you think about it, the stores stocked up with the latest and greatest luggage for the holidays. Well, they may be collecting dust, so the stores want to unload last year’s models.

This makes for great savings if you plan on traveling. A new suitcase or luggage items will start showing up for the warmer months. You can save a lot of money by buying last year’s luggage.

Garden and Yard Supplies

I love working in my garden!

Garden Supplies

This is the time of year the seed companies send out seed catalogs and stores send out emails to customers. This is a good month for lawnmowers or other big-ticket garden items.

I have seen stores have a flash sale for ONE-DAY-Only bargains. If you missed getting gloves when they were half-price last year, you may be in luck if you watch for the big discount days.

This is when you may be able to purchase garden soil, fertilizer, and all garden supplies drastically reduced. If your shovel is beyond repair, check out the inserts in your newspaper or mailbox.

Jewelry

Jewelry on Sale

After Valentine’s Day, most stores slow down in selling jewelry so it’s a perfect time to pick up that piece of jewelry you may want for Mother’s Day or your anniversary. It’s a perfect month for getting perfume marked down as well.

Craft Supplies

March is National Craft Month, so the stores will be enticing you to come in and get your favorite craft items on sale. It’s a great time to sign up for craft classes at your local craft store. You will see many items at rock-bottom prices to use in your craft projects.

Cleaning Supplies

I’m so happy when my house is super clean!

Cleaning supplies on sale

If you’re like me, spring always means deep cleaning after a long winter, as in Spring Cleaning. This is a great month to stock up on cleaning supplies that are marked down.

Check for great coupons and mailers to give you extra savings. It’s all about saving money on the things you use every day.

St. Patrick’s Day Items

I love any holiday, and St. Patrick’s Day makes me smile big time!

St. Patrick's Day shirts on sale

This is a great month leading up to the holiday to purchase those “green” items you want to make for your family on St. Patrick’s Day. As with any holiday, the longer you stall to purchase the more you will save.

But you may not be able to find the exact items you want, so be aware.

Of course, after the holiday, you will find drastically reduced “green” items you can store for next year’s party.

March 20th is National Ravioli Day, so watch for restaurants and stores with coupons to buy meals at a discount. Grocery stores will have frozen ravioli on sale.

Floor Mattresses On Sale

I saw these mattresses at Costco.

Mattresses on sale

If you are looking at replacing that mattress for your bedroom, you may find some drastically reduced because the newer ones are heading to the stores in the spring. It’s a great time to compare the prices of the ones you have been looking at purchasing.

What To Stock Up On March + Year-Round

Unique Holidays in March

  • March 1: Peanut Butter Lover’s Day
  • March 2: Old Stuff Day
  • March 3: Peach Blossom Day
  • March 5: World Day of Prayer
  • March 6: National Frozen Food Day
  • March 7: National Cereal Day
  • March 8: International Working Women’s Day
  • March 9: Panic Day
  • March 11: Johnny Appleseed Day
  • March 11: Popcorn Lover’s Day
  • March 12: Plant a Flower Day
  • March 13: Jewel Day
  • March 14: National Pi Day (the mathematical term)
  • March 15: Everything You Do is Wrong Day
  • March 16: Tea for Two Tuesday
  • March 17: Corned Beef and Cabbage Day
  • March 18: Awkward Moments Day
  • March 19: Poultry Day
  • March 20: National Quilting Day
  • March 21: World Poetry Day
  • March 22: National Goof Off Day
  • March 23: National Puppy Day
  • March 24: National Chocolate Covered Raisin Day
  • March 25: Waffle Day and Pecan Day
  • March 26: National Spinach Day
  • March 27: Passover begins
  • March 28: Palm Sunday
  • March 30: Turkey Neck Soup Day
  • March 31: National Crayon Day

Final Word

What to stock up on in March is a great way to save our precious dollars to buy what we need when they are at rock bottom prices. If I can get 50% off, or more, and it’s something I need, I will snag it. Please be prepared for the unexpected. May God bless this world, Linda

Copyright Images: AdobeStock_142142188 by Benjamin Nolte

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62 Comments

  1. Good suggestions Linda. It’s always good to stock up at bargain prices:)
    Our nasty weather has made it harder to get out so I stock up,when I can get out. ❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️

  2. Linda,
    St. Patrick’s Day Items
    Thanks for the heads up. I always forget this and we like Corned Beef, both with cabbage and other things, so I’ll be looking for upcoming deals.
    March 20th is National Ravioli Day, so watch for restaurants and stores with coupons to buy meals at a discount. Grocery stores will have frozen raviolis on sale.
    We’ll be watching for this since we love Ravioli and Perogies.
    It seems that every culture has their own version of a dough wrapped filled fried dumpling, and we like most of them, LOL.

    1. Hi Ohio Prepper, I love ravioli’s as well. It seems like the month of March my brain says, “get some corned beef”. Mark says “it’s not my favorite”. LOL! But it’s all about tradition! We have to have corned beef in March!! Life is so good! Linda

  3. I have noticed here that canned Veggies are on sale. My local store had Best Choice veggie for 2/1.00. I went a store in a town about 12 miles away and they had canned asparagus for 3.29 it was green giant but 3.29 who can afford it. In a different store ad FRESH asparagus was 1.19 for a bunch. Why buy canned?

    1. Hi June, I love hearing you found a good buy on canned veggies. I went to Costco yesterday and boy are the shelves becoming empty. The bags of rice are gone, I no longer can use 50 pounds of rice! LOL! The bottled water shelves were empty. The toilet paper was almost depleted. I think people are starting to understand the need to stock up. Stay safe, stay well, Linda

  4. Dear Linda, unflavored cans of sparkling water are on sale for 36 cents per can (vs. $1.29 each for the blue water cans). What do you think about stocking up on those, and just letting them get flat before drinking? I know they won’t last 50 years (neither will I, heehee), and may not taste as good, but I’m hoping they won’t leak like every other storage method I’ve tried.

    1. Hi Roxanne, that’s a great price. I won’t last 50 years either! LOL! I looked up how long unflavored cans of sparkling water last. It says 12-18 months if kept in a cool dark place. BUT it also says it will last much longer. The comment I read if it smells bad, it has gone bad. It may have the taste of the can unlike the BLue Cans (they have an insert) but the price is right at 36 cents. I’m not sure about the leaking. It says it will go flat just like any soda but hey, it’s cheap. Linda

      1. I have to if I want to live. LOL Two of our three dogs love the snow. The other ones has to be put outside to do her business. They are all so funny.

        There are rolling blackouts going on in Texas. We haven’t had one yet, but others have. We don’t use excessive power to start with. I would love to be able to live without it if needed. Not permanently though. Just if needed. We grew up without air conditioning. Sometimes I wish we had never gotten used to it. Now, heat, I want heat. I can take the heat better than the cold. I’m thinking of making a big pot of bean soup today. It just sounds good.

        1. Hi Deborah, I grew up without A/C as well. I never thought we needed it until we got it. LOL! We had a swamp cooler for a while and my hair had a permanent part down the middle every time we walked down the hall! But, hey it was better than no A/C! I keep hearing about the rolling blackouts! I agree I can take the heat more so than the cold. It wouldn’t be pretty but I could walk around in my swimsuit if I had to!! Crazy weather! I’m so glad you’re okay for now. Linda

    1. Hi Deborah, I’ve seen empty grocery shelves in San Antonio, TX on TV. I’m so glad we are preppers. People are in cars lined up to gas for their cars in some areas of Texas. This is unreal, so many people are not prepared for this. This is truly a catastrophic situation. Crazy!! Linda

      1. I have never been so glad to be a prepper. The only thing I don’t have is my thyroid meds. I don’t know if the pharmacy is getting deliveries or not. And I’m not getting out, if I could. Hubby knows how to drive on this stuff, but I don’t want him out in it either.

        1. Hi Deborah, oh my gosh, can you call the pharmacy? It’s not worth driving out, but I bet the pharmacy may deliver IF they have them stocked. Dang, keep me posted. Do to drive in this stuff. Linda

          1. Our pharmacy doesn’t deliver. I’m not driving on this. I don’t know how, and I’m too old to learn how. Hubby knows how to drive on this, but I don’t want him out either. Hopefully it won’t be long before we can get out. Although, tomorrow it’s supposed to get down to 10 degrees again. I haven’t told him I’m out.

        2. Deborah: IF you have a hypothyroid condition, you can try to use liquid iodine on your abdomen for awhile. I used to do this for my thyroid everyday. Just put a couple of drops on your abdominal skin in a place where it doesn’t show and won’t stain your bras. Let is dry on the skin before covering. It will help you, not fix you, but help. The body uptakes the iodine (I use atomidine or nascent iodine, which is safer than Lugol’s) and the painted spot you put on your skin will eventually disappear! I must say, though, if all I had was Lugol’s in your situation, then I’d use it! Used to do it regularly before I knew about Atomidine, etc. It is good to be taking iodine semi-regularly, anyway, in case of a nasty radiation event! The iodine prevents your thyroid from being overly damaged by cancer-causing byproducts of nuclear radiation & fallout.

          Dr. Brownstein is famous for his work on iodine and the thyroid. He has a thyroid/adrenal support supplement called “Actalin”, which I started taking about 5-6 days ago. So far, I have noticed an uptick in energy and ability to climb stairs, even with my AFib problem. 🙂 Here’s a link if you want it delivered to your door! https://www.amazon.com/Actalin-Thyroid-Supplement-Day-Supply/dp/B00CEF8H54/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?crid=1RME9E714K9K3&keywords=actalin+thyroid+supplement&qid=1677681583&sprefix=actalin%2Caps%2C111&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=ZW5jcnlwdGVkUXVhbGlmaWVyPUEyUFlYNUVOS0ZSNURJJmVuY3J5cHRlZElkPUEwMDM3MzAxMTBDWk43NUNCVEhDWSZlbmNyeXB0ZWRBZElkPUEwMTk3NDU1MzJWODlGUjVQNTBZTiZ3aWRnZXROYW1lPXNwX2F0ZiZhY3Rpb249Y2xpY2tSZWRpcmVjdCZkb05vdExvZ0NsaWNrPXRydWU=

          Hope this is helpful! Joyce Stotts, Newark, NY 14513 CNHP since 2006

  5. You mentioned stocking up on things. I have been without water for 3 days now. A plumber came out this morning and there is nothing they can do right now cause the access is frozen shut. I am so glad I have saved up water. This doesn’t bother me as much as some people cause I do stock up.
    Also you have mentioned a shortage on jars and cans for veggies. I bought my best friend jar flats for Christmas. She only keeps a box or 2 at a time and then when she needs them she has problems finding them. Not any more.

    1. Hi June, oh my gosh, 3 days without water, those darn frozen pipes. I’m so glad you have water you have saved. Your best friend is so lucky to have you! There’s nothing worse than needing jars and you can’t find any. I sure hope you get running water soon and your pipes do not break. Stay safe, Linda

      1. I have never seen any Mennonite nor Amish store that was out of jars nor lids,not even in the middle of harvest season. It is such a big part of their lifestyle, they never seem to allow their stores to run out!

          1. I think the Mennonite and Amish have their own supply lines, and the purchasers are fewer than what regular stores have, so the demand may be a little less than big (box?) stores. On the other hand, they still live in a culture where they use a LOT MORE of the lids and jars per family than the regular American family would. If you stop at Amish stores and bring cash, you can often find wonderful buys and wonderful items that cannot be easily had in other locations. I love that about them…you can always find a new shovel or pitchfork handle to replace a broken on, and good work gloves abound, too! Lanterns, oil lamps, anything needed for a self-sufficent life that is not too technologically advanced. I have even found very fine pots and pans in those stores!

            JESS

          2. HI Jess, oh, and the quality of their products!! I have only gone to Amish stores once in Pennsylvania, oh what a treat!! I was in awe the entire time!! I would need a truck to bring back what I would love to have but now I have very little space to enjoy those things!! Love this comment! Linda

  6. Linda, we are getting more snow. Big flakes this time. It’s still below freezing, too. We’re still warm, toasty and dry. And staying home!

  7. Hi Linda, I don’t know which is worse, the Covid lockdown or being homebound because of the Artic freeze that has hit us here in Northern Texas. We have been hit by weather that is unheard of in Texas. With temps. down as low as 3 degrees at night and a high of 18 degrees daytime. Let me tell you, we have gone NOWHERE! in nearly a week. I am SO GLAD that I am a prepper. We could eat meals for many, many weeks with my food store in a spare bedroom. And because I DON’T listen to my hubby to stop water delivery temporarily, we have enough 5 gallon bottles of H2o to last us 2 weeks. Also, I am able to bake bread or any other baked item that we may want.
    So, I just wanted to let you know that we preppers are ‘prepared to weather any storm’.
    Stay warm, healthy ad stay safe
    SuzyQ

    1. Hi Suzanne, oh my gosh, I love hearing you are okay, these snowstorms are crazy!! I’m so glad you are a prepper too! Good to hear about the water! Stay safe, stay home, and stay warm. Keep us posted. Linda

    2. SuzyQ, we’ve gotten down to -1. And we’re in the same boat as you. Snowed in. The staying home doesn’t bother me. Except for running out of one prescription, mine, we’re both good.

      Another East Texan.

  8. I’ve tried several (12) times to call the pharmacy. I either get a busy signal or no answer. They say they are open 10am till 3pm. I just want to know if they have the prescription ready.

    1. Hi Michele, I typically buy the 3M brand because they’ve been around for so long. But there are so many options. They all fit differently as well. But ten of one brand, and ten of another brand, Test because you buy 100 or more. Stay safe, Linda

    2. Your lists are a blessing.. kitchen has two full size pantry cupboards. Yesterday I straightened both so I know what we need. It also let me see what we need to use before they expire. Normally, we would have “cooked down ” in preparation for the next season. The last two years have been different. We have stayed stocked up. Your wisdom has made me grateful for all I have learned. We live in Western New York, between Buffalo and Niagara Falls. We average about 85 inches a year, this year we got 52 inches in January alone. We try to get out once a week if the weather cooperates. Doctor appointments, blood test and dentist are scheduled in the late spring or fall. The high gas prices will hit us hard when the weather breaks, because drives in the country are our only pleasure.

      1. Hi Chris, thank you for your kind words, my friend. The last two years have really been different for sure. I can almost visualize the drives in the country, let’s hope the gas prices ease up. Hugs from Utah! Linda

  9. Linda, I always enjoy your what to stock up on articles and, yes, I got my email fixed so I’m receiving your newsletter again.

    Oh, the nurseries in AZ now have vegetable plants for sale in case people haven’t started their own from seed yet.

    1. Hi Ray, oh, I’m itching to get out there and garden but the building of the new small home is so slow. Please keep me posted on your remodel, I can’t wait to see pictures!!! Linda

      1. Linda,

        Cabinets, sink, faucet and countertops are done. Most of the painting is done. Flooring is done. I’m waiting on an appliance guy to install our new Range Hood. New blinds are being installed tomorrow afternoon–except for the ones on the French Doors which are on hold until I get them painted. I still have to paint the bathrooms and a bunch of other doors but I’ve been waiting for it to warm up enough so I can open windows and air the place out. Neither Jane nor I like fresh paint smell.

        I went to Vegas today to get my eyes checked and found (not at all to my surprise) that my cataracts are growing. Like I had’t noticed the decline in vision acuity. So, I’m biting the bullet and getting my lenses replaced. First surgery is next month and they’ll do the second eye the month after that. Sure would be nice if TS didn’t HTF until after all that’s done.

        Now there’s a self improvement investment for you.

        1. Hi Ray, oh how exciting about your home!! This has been a huge project but so worth it!! I had my cataracts done a few years ago. Plus I have Glaucoma, I had to have two operations to relieve the pressure. They put in stents, oh the life of getting older. It is indeed a self-improvement investment!! No one told us what happens when we get older. LOL! They keep a secret! LOL! Linda

  10. Onions are one of my go to items when I cook. I buy onions frequently when Winn Dixie has them buy one get one. It is somewhat of a pain to stand and chop six pounds of yellow or Vidalia onions at a time, but to go to the freezer and grab a bag and “not” have to chop an onion every time I want one is a blessing. Guesstimate is I get about 19 cups of chopped onions. I do the same with green onions since they go bad so quickly and I love those green scallion tops to stay crunchy.

  11. Linda,

    One final word on this article. M&M’s rock, and I do the same thing with both plain and peanut varieties.

    This unseasonable, (for us in AZ) cold is stunting the plants I started in my open-to-the-weather-on-one-side greenhouse room. Even using a heat lamp isn’t helping–and it’s also delayed me getting more baby chicks as they MUST be kept warm.

    On the other hand, by fruit trees are all breaking bud. Hope it’s not too early with this cold.

    1. HI Ray, I know, right, this weather is crazy! I can’t even use the USDA Zone planting list anymore for planting, the weather is off the charts! OH, I hope your trees keep up this good work, and you can get some chicks! Linda

  12. Hi, Chris from Western New York! Guess what? We almost moved to E. Aurora a few decades ago, and unbeknownst to us, we would have moved to the CENTER OF ALL THE WESTERN NY snow and ice! Thank God we decided to stay put over here in Central New York, 20 mins. north of Geneva, NY. It is so lovely over here, and with snow but not like you all get out near Niagara Falls/Buf. area! We really have it good over here, honestly! We have our own mini-orchard, and many superfood berry bushes, including aronia berries on top of LOADS of blueberries, purple raspberries (YUM!!) and giant blackberries to boo, along with rhubarb, asparagus, etc. We do get snow and ice, but not bad at all most years. Of course, you have to take into account that when we were first married almost 42 years ago, we lived in Antartica…..uhmmmm, I mean in Minnesota!!! ANYTHING we’ve ever seen over here has been down right TROPICAL next to -40 with -60 wind chill temps. We are so fortunate to live within short distance of so many orchards, including several ORGANIC farms and orchards!!! I’d just about bet that out where you are located, you can still find many Amish and Mennonite stores to purchase prepper supplies from, too.. We wish you well out in the snowiest part of New York and we are glad, so very glad we stayed near the Fingerlakes, where the weather is kinder and the farms and vineyards are PLENTIFUL!! Best to you, though. I learned to drive on snow and ice up in the foothills of the Adirondacks, so it does not bother me as much as some people, but we DO ALWAYS have the best snow tires we can get on our vehicles!!! Happy March. Time to start those seedlings for next May’s garden!!

  13. Another thought for those afraid of driving in snow. When I was young, the adults trying to teach us to drive in winter weather conditions would always take us out to a large empty parking lot and we would practice steering into a circle or a loop and slamming on the brakes versus pumping the brakes or handling them semi-softly, to understand and learn what the car would do under those conditions. One of the worst things you can do is slam on the brakes in fear! That will only make you slide into something OR slide off the road! We would practice these manuevers several times over a few weeks, until we figured out what worked best for handling a vehicle in snow or ice. Sometimes you even have to steer into the slide and then steer back the other direction when things start to get more manageable!! The best advice is really to SLOW DOWN and don’t freak out by slamming on brakes. AND if you are going down a hill and lose control of your vehicle in a “slide”, the local police say to take the car out of gear and just steer it where you want to go. If you leave it in gear, then the car’s engine will continue to push you forward too fast for that kind of condition, so take it out of gear and let the momentum take you forward more slowly. You can use your brakes like that, too, but NOT TOO HARD!! I Always SLOW DOWN AND DON’T FREAK or SLAM ON THE BRAKES IN SNOW OR ICY CONDITIONS!! Same for when you see critters (including deer) on a snowy road! Really, I am unsure this is as clear to anyone else as it is to me, but I certainly hope it will help someone who is terrified of driving in snow. Maybe do a Google Search for how to drive in snowy condtiions? FOR ICE, same but stay home if you can until things start to melt.
    ALSO, if you get stuck somewhere, where you cannot get traction to get out of a ditch or snowbank, or something like that, we northerners know to carry in the trunk some old carpet samples or metal grids to put under the rear tires, so you can back up. Some people keep bags of sand in their trunks for the winter, but I’ve always found the little samples of carpet work like a dream and don’t mess with your gas mileage nor fill up your trunk. All you need is a little traction, and you usually can get out of that predicament, as long as you stay calm and go MEDIUM-SLOWLY! Gee, I do realize this is about food storage, of which we do plenty, but I hope you will not mind a northerner’s advice on how to survive winter driving! Hope this helps someone!!

    1. HI Jess, oh I LOVE LOVE LOVE this comment. Everyone needs to take notes on this comment! People drive way too fast here or at least many do when flashing signs everywhere are saying slow down. Great tips!! Linda

    2. There is also the fact that you can put a small shovel with folding handle in your trunk for getting out of snowbanks, along with the carpet samples….OR putting the car into a lower gear, though the local police say to take it OUT of gear totally if sliding down a hill out of control. That way you get zero engine power “propelling” you forward. 🙂

      We just drove to 1/2 hr.+ outside of NYC this past weekend. That’s a 5 1/2 hr. trip in what was predicted to be snowy and icey conditions. They had predicted “maybe dangerous conditions”, but we wanted to visit our kids who just moved down there in December. SO…..out came the sleeping bags just in case of being stranded and a little extra food and water, just in case. I brought some Long Johns and some snow boots (plus gloves), too, to put on if there were an emergency. Temps were in the high 20’s when we left to go south. A thermos containing a hot drink is also recommended.

      Like often happens, the weather was FINE, as opposed to the scare tactics used by the weathermen! IF we’d had lost power or seen ice on the trees and roads, we would have stayed home to be safe. We had icing the night before, but it was not on the roads anymore by the time we needed to leave. We had alerted our “kids” that if the weather was dangerous for real, we would reschedule and stay home to keep watch on our freezer and pipes, in case of lost power. We did have a deer jump out in front of us only 15 mins. from home on our return, and my husband was quick to SLAM ON THE BRAKES, but there was zero snow on the road, thankfully! Thus, all is well that ends well…

      I told my doctor’s nurse yesterday about the comments on driving in snow and ice I left for you all. She replied “Yup, that’s about all, isn’t it?…Oh, YEAH! We were ALL taken out to an empty (large) parking lot as young drivers to learn how to do ‘wheelies’ in the snow or on ice, weren’t we?”

      1. HI Jess, oh, the deer here in Utah scare me when I see them close to the side of the freeways. I’m glad your husband saw the deer in time and the roads were not icy. You certainly were prepared in case you got stuck somewhere, I applaud you! Great comment! Linda

  14. And make SURE if you land in a snowbank, to check to see your exhaust pipe is not clogged with snow! If it is, you could risk getting “gassed”by trying to keep yourself warm with the car heater, and you DON’T WANT THAT!

    SORRY, this winter driving stuff seems to go on and on. I’ll quit now! Best of luck to you all! Joyce E. Stotts from the beautiful Fingerlakes Region of NYS! Have a good winter, now…

    JESS

  15. A number of years ago, I was driving on the 65 mph. NYS Thruway, going to a class for our 2-yr. course in Botanical Medicine. The speed limit was 65 and many people often (in good weather) take that up to 75 mph.! I ended up getting there only 5 mins. late by driving 38 mph!! So, when I say in dangerous conditions, you MUST slow down, I mean SLOW DOWN!! YES, the 38 mph. was also scarey, cause there were plenty of other people driving like crazy around me. BUT, I made it there and back safely while many of them were smashed up along the sides of the road with few emergency workers coming to help under those conditions! So, slow down means SLOW DOWN until you can feel that the tires are not slipping on the pavement! O.K. I really am done now! 🙂

    1. You just need to turn on your flashers when driving that slowly, that’s all. Sorry, I forgot to add that!

  16. Linda,

    As always I love your what to buy articles. While reading your post I saw today (3/3/24) is Peach Blossom Day which is appropriate since all of my fruit trees are in bloom.

    The tomatoes I started in January inside in my mini-greenhouse are now two feet tall and I’m starting to harden them off. I also started broccoli, cabbage and cucumbers inside, though not until February, and they are progressing nicely. In about two weeks I’ll be transplanting the varieties I started inside.

    Meanwhile I’m starting melons and squash in the mini-greenhouse.

    Outside in my raised beds Broccoli, cabbage, chard, carrots and peas are up and thriving.

  17. Hi, Linda et al.: Well, we are back from Uganda now, and I was trying to catch up on what the prophets have been talking about, plus what Bo Polly has suggested will happen in the next 60-90 days with our money. My suggestion is set aside some money to buy ANYTHING you don’t have enough of, because according to multiple sources, the BRICS are going to take down the US dollar soon and people will become SCARED when their world goes Topsy Turvey. On the other hand, I was very blessed to share a message God gave me to take to Uganda for the month of Feb.: NO FEAR! Jesus is enough! If anyone would like a copy of my notes, I can email them to you. Just let me know and give me your email. While in Uganda, at one meeting, one visiting Pastor asked me politely for a copy of the “Message for Uganda” and another told the staff member we went there with that he was co-opting my message because it was from God and he wanted to preach it (so it didn’t belong to me!). WOW! Actually, I believe that message is for everyone right now, and not just for Uganda, but the Ugandans were very open and very thankful for the encouragement. Gotta go feed my sick husband now. We both came home with a nasty virus caught from a 3 year old who had not idea what “preventing the spread” means!!

    On the other hand, at one Bishop’s home, we were greeted by the teen dance team giving us the Ugandan National Tribute dance/song RESERVEDC for theIR PRESIDENT!!! HOLY SMOKES!!

    Best with hugs for all,

    JESS

  18. OH, of course, stupid auto correct changed my “sick husband” to sucky husband! STUPID SPELL CHECK!!

    JESS

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