• Budget Smart Cook

    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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    Holiday Wishes

      2017 is slowly coming to an end and I know I promised I’d get back to more posts this year but I started a new venture this summer, combined with teaching and writing, I had little time or energy to do what I said I would. Hopefully 2018 will be different because I’d love to get this site back to its original pace and with that in mind, I might be switching to a different publishing platform…yes, yet again! If anyone would like to contribute a guess post please feel free to contact me at budgetsmartqueries@gmail.com.   Here’s wishing you a happy holiday season and budget saving New Year.

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    Where Does the Money Go Challenge

      Sometimes we all buy things like we’re on automatic pilot. Bills that are paid every month, grocery shopping and yes, those unplanned splurges. You check your bank account statement or your credit card bill arrives and you think surely I didn’t spend that much and just what did I buy? This month I’ve set myself a challenge to be more aware just what I’m buying and what amount of money goes where. I have a notebook and I’m writing down everything I spend for the month of July and beside it I’m making a note of what it’s for. If that amounts for more than one item then I’m breaking…

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    Book Giveaway

    Welcome to summer (or winter if you’re in the southern hemisphere). I’m working on a few new projects, also a storm took out the power and internet last week hence the lack of posting to the site. However, I’ve recently published a couple of new books and there’s a copy of each one (e-book pdf) to be won     All you need to do is sent me an e-mail or leave a comment and tell me which of the books you’d like to win, contest ends Midnight Eastern on Thursday June 22st, 2017 and I’ll pick winners at random. And here are two sites you might want to check out. First…

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    Coming Soon- Two Money Saving Books

    Once again my apologies for not posting anything in the last couple of weeks. I’ve been teaching workshops, working on some upcoming projects and working hard on two new money saving books. I’ve created a new series called Fabulously Frugal and right now I’m putting the finishing touches on book one which focuses on eating well on a budget…yes, one of my favorite topics. All going well I hope to release the book mid June. Book two focuses on living the good life for less and I hope to get that ready for an August release. Both books will be available in e and print versions and I’ll have some giveaways…

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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…

  • Friday Round Up

    Friday Round Up-An Easy Way to Save Money on Groceries

    Happy Friday to you all… Yesterday I had every good intention of posting an article about easy ways to spring clean but then I had a setback. I needed to do some grocery shopping and thought maybe I’d walk to the store and get some exercise but then it looked like rain so I opted to drive. Seems my destiny was to walk because I discovered my car battery was dead which leads me into some advice about saving money at the store. I thought about getting my bike down from the rack in the garage but the now non-working car was in the way which meant I’d have to…

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    Friday Round Up-Eating Vegetarian on a Budget

      Happy Friday to you all. This week it will be a quick round up as I’m working on some books and classes. Yes, some of them are money related so I’ll tell you all about them soon. Some other topics I’ll be tackling on the blog will be tips for easy spring cleaning, making the most of shopping on Amazon, how to know what to cut to stretch your budget, growing your own food, and a report of my attempts at meal planning. Contests and Sweepstakes If you love entering contests and sweepstakes and like to find a bunch of them all in one spot, check out BHG site.…

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    Friday Round Up-Easter Savings

            Happy Friday to you…the last one in March. The sun is shining and outdoor chores and spring cleaning is ahead.   Coupons I know lots of people think old fashioned couponing is a thing of the past but paper ones are still around, plus the ones you print yourself so they need to be organized. Here are some ideas I saw on the P & G Everyday site- https://www.pgeveryday.com/home/money-saving/article/5-ways-to-organize-coupons?   Spring Fashions Spring isn’t even a month old and I’m seeing lots of this season’s fashions on sale. The weeks leading up to Easter is usually a great time to snag a bargain on a dress…

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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…