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Bringing fun to March in a frugal way

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In March, parents need to keep some fun and entertaining ideas to help balance the weather extremes. Here are some ideas to keep things interesting in mid-March.

March 12 Plant a Flower Day
March 12 Plant a Flower Day Julia McGuire, Des Moines Frugal Family Examiner

March 12 Plant a Flower Day

Flower seeds and potting soil can be purchased for less than $5 total planting in reused food containers. The family can learn about gardening and plan to beautify the house at the same time. Visiting a local garden specialty store or the Des Moines Botanic Gardens can also make an interesting trip for families.

March 14 Pi Day
March 14 Pi Day www.piday.org

March 14 Pi Day

Mathematical pi is 3.14 -- but the food pie can be celebrated, too. Making a pie from scratch teaches baking, a life skill, and gives some quality bonding time for less than $10, especially if using pudding instead of fruit and nuts. Mathematical discussion over dessert is optional. Visiting a local bakery or spice shop would add variety to typical field trips.

March 15 The Ides of March
March 15 The Ides of March http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/06/Julius_Caesar_Coustou_Louvre_MR1798.jpg

March 15 The Ides of March

Everyone needs to eat, and home cooking is a great way to practice frugality -- why not eat pasta for dinner or lunch and add some culture by discussing ancient Rome? The Italian-American Center has a small museum that is free and open to the public.

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