• Budget Smart Girl's Guide

    The Budget Smart Girl’s Guide to Green Cleaning

    While buying ‘green’ cleaning products probably won’t put a big dent in your budget, it still pays to compare prices. It’s also a smart idea to check on ingredients because some cleaning products aren’t as green as they claim. Here are some tips on ‘green cleaning’ the Budget Smart Girl way. Make Your Own One way you can save some pennies (and know exactly what’s in your cleaner), is to make your own. No science degree required and no putting formulas together. I turned to homemade cleaners when I got one too many headaches from using a well-known bathroom cleaner. That got tossed in the bin and I came up…

  • Budget Smart Cook

    The Budget Smart Cook’s Guide to Cooking Oils

    If you’re the grocery shopper in the family, I probably don’t have to tell you that food prices have skyrocketed in the last 12-18 months. A report just in from the USDA says that US retail food prices jumped 4% in 2007…the biggest gain in 17 years. An economist for the USDA thinks that we’re likely to see another 3.5 – 4% climb in prices again this year. And something that really surprised me in this report was that oils and fats are expected to have the largest price hikes. So let’s use those oils and fats wisely and make the most of our money. How Much Fat Do We…

  • Web Sites Worth Checking Out

    A Five Star Web Site * * * * *

    From time to time the Budget Smart Girl will feature Web sites worth checking out. Here’s one I read about last week in a UK magazine www.lovefoodhatewaste.com. I’ll give this one five stars because I think it was created for a Budget Smart Girl. The site was created to draw people’s attention to the fact that in the UK, a third of the food people buy ends up being thrown away. Yes, we’re all guilty of this at one time or another…even Budget Smart Girls. So they’ve started a campaign and created this site to help educate people about how much food to buy, and what to do with leftovers.…

  • Budget Smart Cook

    Snacking with Benefits… or whoever thought things that tasted so good could be good for you?

    Okay, I’ll admit it; sometimes I love nothing better than sitting down in front of the TV with a bag of chips or cookies. Problem is snack foods can be both diet and budget busters. So does that mean we can’t indulge now and then? Not necessarily. The days of bad for you snack foods might just be a thing of the past. Not only are companies making more healthful snacks, but they’re also selling products packed with good for you ingredients too. In fact, eating them might even be a boost for your health. And even more good news is they’re not that expensive. So if you are going…

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    The Budget Smart Girl’s Guide to Stress Relieving Products

    Looking for products to relieve stress at a Budget Smart Girl’s price isn’t always that easy. In fact, the price of some items is enough to send your stress level skyrocketing. However, as being a Budget Smart Girl is all about living the good life without breaking the bank, I went searching to see what I could find. I also sat down and thought about the inexpensive ways I relieve some of the stress in my life. Web Site Resources My search for sites relating to relaxation and stress relief mostly yielded ones selling products that sounded questionable at best, but I did stumble upon this one that I really…