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    Eight Ways to Buy Organic on a Budget

    I’m of a mind that thinks all food should be grown organically. Sadly, that’s not the case, so anything that is labelled organic (and not just produce), has a higher price. However, I’ve never let that stop me from buying what I love. My motto is there’s a way around every challenge. I’ve touched on this topic before but here’s an updated version of eight ways to buy organic even when you’re on a budget… Shop Sales Just like other goods on supermarket shelves, organic products have regular sales cycles. Watch for store flyers, promotions, and use that time to stock up or eat all organic fruits and veggies during that…

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    For Subscribers in The European Union

      I’m not sure if this applies to BSG (or not sure if I fully understand the whole thing), but next week the European Union has a new law coming into effect about subscribers to lists etc. I’ve been told even those of us who live in the US have to address this issue. So if you’re a subscriber based in one of the European Union countries and you don’t wish to be on the subscriber list any longer you need to unsubscribe before May 25th. Thank you-BSG.

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    Compound Interest-Friend or Foe?

    Compound interest… Two words that make me think about my maternal grandmother. I know what you’re probably thinking why would something connected to money make her think about grandma? Let me explain… My grandmother was widowed when she was just 51 years old. She was a very independent lady, didn’t rely on her family, didn’t want to burden my parents so she’d adopted a mindset that made sure she was financially secure to the day she died (at 87). She had two ways of looking at money and debt. First one was, make money work for you and save up for something you want and then buy it. Never buy it and…

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    Easy to Make Chicken Salsa

    Just in time for Cinco De Mayo, I gave this easy to make dish a test run last weekend. I’ve been relying more on the slow cooker than ever before (a great bargain buy from Hollar!) and this chicken dish just needs three other ingredients.     Wash and pat dry, four chicken breasts (I used the boneless kind)     Place them in the slow cooker. Top them with 2 cups of salsa.     Set on high and cook for one hour. Then add one can of black beans which have been drained and rinsed. Also add, one can of drained corn. Let this cook on high for…

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    The Added Cost of Being on Auto-Pilot

      We all know being disorganized can cost us money. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve rushed out to buy something I know I already own but can’t remember where I put it. I’m getting better at being organized but one thing that can also eat away at your budget is payments that are on auto-pilot. I’ve signed up for services, memberships to sites etc. without thinking about how payments are made during the second year. A couple of times I’ve been sent e-mails saying thank you for staying on as a customer for another year. But what, you say, I didn’t make a payment to you. In fact, I wanted to…

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    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/