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With March coming in like an angry lion, it is hard to believe we are so close to spring and Easter. In nine days, whether we have three feet of snow or not, it will be the first day of spring. In 20 short days, it will be Easter. It will be here before we know it, so let’s get prepared and save some money while we are doing it.

Winter necessities: Check out the stores for shovels, bags of salt, gloves, mittens and winter outerwear. You want to pick these things up right now if you have the extra room to store them. Check out prices on snowblowers, too. Stores are going to want to move these for new inventory, and you may be able to get a great price on a brand-new machine. These items are likely to be on clearance, so you can save money and you will already be prepared for the winter months later this year.

Easter staples: There are certain things everyone needs for Easter. If you are planning an Easter egg hunt, check out deals from now until the end of the month on candy and small plastic eggs. Plush animals will also be going on sale here and there, if you plan to help the Easter bunny fill those baskets.

Easter dinner items: Some people cook a big ham, a prime rib or they may go out to eat. Whatever you do for the holiday, start planning now. Check the flyers each week for sales on things like potatoes, eggs, cabbage and meats. If there is a great price on ham (usually the week before Easter), buy two and freeze one for later. Stocking up will always be beneficial to you and your family.

The weather for the rest of the month will also have an effect on the plans you make. If you enjoy an outdoor egg hunt, this may have to be moved indoors or cancelled entirely. If you travel for the holiday, the weather may have a bearing on those plans as well. We are not out of the woods yet. March can be a crazy month filled with surprises.

In my monthly class at The Post-Star, I go into detail about using coupons, saving money, finding monthly deals and how they will benefit your family and your pocketbook. There are free giveaways during the class as well. I would really like you to join me for my next class at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 25. Feel free to call 518-742-3309, or go to poststar.com/couponclass.

Head over to my blog at Making Cent$ About Extreme Couponing to find some great deals around the region this week. These will point you in the right direction to saving more money. Post your questions, comments and deals in the comments section. Let’s start saving money together.

Kimberly Butler is a mom, wife and child care provider located in Queensbury and writes a weekly column for The Post-Star. Write to her at kimberlybutlerthepoststar@gmail.com or visit her Making Cent$ About Extreme Couponing Blog at www.poststar.com/blogs/making_cents.

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