• Budget Smart Girl's Guide

    Going Green Means Saving Green

    Earth Day is this Saturday and here are five easy ways I’ve found to go green and save money at the same time-     Showers You can buy low water flow shower heads or even buy adapters to go on your current one. Neither are that expensive and if you’re think the water will just dribble out of the showerhead, you’d be surprised how the new versions are so good that you hardly notice the difference.       Dirty Laundry Where I live, putting laundry outside to dry isn’t something I can do year round but when the temperature heats up a great way to save money on electricity (and your…

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    Three Ingredients and a Slow Cooker Dessert

    Most of you know I like to keep a full pantry. A couple of times a year I sort through it and begin using the older supplies. Last week (a surprisingly chilly one for this time of year), I wanted something gooey and sweet for dessert. I had a box of Devil’s Food cake mix that needed using and soon. A quick search of the rest of the pantry yielded candied ginger and a can of sliced pears. The combination sounded too good to pass on and with the help of the slow cooker, this dessert was ready in a couple of hours. I topped it with Greek yogurt but…

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    YouTube a Goldmine for The Budget Minded

      I don’t know how many of you ever spend time on YouTube but over the last year or so I’ve discovered there’s a goldmine of information there for budget savvy people like us. With that in mind, I decided to put together a list of some of my favorite channels in various categories so here they are- For the Budget Minded A YouTuber based in Utah has this fun and informative channel called The Melea Show- https://www.youtube.com/user/Freebies2Deals Another one of my favorites is the Do It On A Dime https://www.youtube.com/user/DoItOnaDime And who can leave out The Krazy Coupon Lady https://www.youtube.com/channel/ Or even discovering free stuff…free is always good. https://www.youtube.com/user/freestufffindercom/about?…

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    Budget Smart Girl Update

      I know I’ve been saying this in what seems like forever, but I’m in the process of getting back to regular posting on the site. I’ve recently updated it, cleared out all the back archives, and it will soon be ready to re-launch. I’m hoping to bring the site back to how it was in its glory days before I got too busy and let it fall by the wayside. I even thought about selling it or handing it over to someone who would love it as much as me, but I just couldn’t do it. So thanks for sticking with me and I promise starting next week I’ll…

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    Plant Based, Budget Friendly Meal Challenge

    I just received an e-mail about this and thought I’d pass it along to you. If you’re thinking about eating a plant based diet this year or just looking for ways to eat on a budget, Plant Based Meals has a New Year’s challenge you can join, here’s the link if you want to check it out.   https://www.plantbasedmealplan.com/

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    Earn Money While Spring Cleaning

      Spring is the perfect time to not only give your house a deep clean but also the ideal opportunity to do some decluttering and organizing too.  And yes, you can even make some money doing it. While cleaning isn’t one of my favorite things to do, and yes, I’ve even done it for a living, there’s something gratifying about knowing that your surroundings are clean and organized. Here are some tips I’ve used to make cleaning as painless as possible- Do a Little Each Day I used to clean every room, nook and cranny in my house on one day but I began to realize just how crazy that…

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    Quick and Easy Supper-Mediterranean Cod

    Here’s a quick supper that uses cod (or any similar fish), along with peppers, onions, some herbs and olives for a good for you but budget friendly meal. In a large skillet, over medium high heat, add about two tablespoons of oil and then add one onion, sliced thinly and one green pepper that’s been thinly sliced.   Sprinkle in some salt and pepper and sauté until the onion and pepper is slightly softened.   Add a 15 ounce can of diced tomatoes.   Stir in one teaspoon each of dried oregano and basil. Add one pound of cod to the mixture, cover and let simmer for about ten minutes…

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    Are You too Busy to Save Money?

    Posting something on the site was on my to do list for today, but then as usual my morning got busier and I thought I’ll put it off until tomorrow. That’s what I’ve been doing a lot lately, and the main reason the posts have been less frequent over the last year or two. This time’s different. I’ve forced myself to sit and write something which actually made me realize what the topic of the post should be- Are we all too busy to save money? Making the most of our money and budget is all about being on top of things like bills and payments we make every week. Sometimes I’m so busy that…

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    Friday Round Up-Organizing and Decluttering

      Happy Friday to you. The weather took a downward turn and it looks like winter is back. I guess last week’s 60 degree temperature spoiled me and I have to face up to reality. Roll on spring and summer.   Speaking of which… Getting Ready for Canning Season I’ve been on a decluttering and organizing binge. One of the areas in the basement that was in most disarray was the section where I keep all my canning jars and equipment. After searching online for some ideas, I stumbled upon an item called a Jar Box that’s not only a way to organize your canning jars, but keeps dust, dirt…and…

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    Homemade Ginger Ale

    I come from a family of migraine sufferers so a bottle of ginger ale has always been a staple in the pantry. (For those of you who haven’t tried it ginger ale helps with the nausea that often accompanies a migraine). While a bottle of ginger ale won’t break the bank, I thought I’d try making my own and use cane sugar instead of regular white or brown sugar. Yesterday was my first attempt and the results were so good I thought I’d share the process with you. You’ll need- A piece of ginger about two inches long. Peel it and chop it and place it in a food processor…