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    When did concert tickets get to be so expensive? You’ve probably guessed that it’s been many years since I went to a concert. Yes, the last time was way back in 1997. Last week I heard that one of my favorite singers…George Michael, will be in concert here this summer. I immediately thought I can’t miss this one, but when I checked the ticket prices, I discovered that they start at $50 and go upwards to $175. I’m taking a guess, but I’m probably right in thinking that the $50 seats are in the section where oxygen might be required, and George will look like a small dot on the…

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    The Budget Smart Cook Has a Nutritional Make Over

    If you made a New Year’s resolution to eat more healthful foods but have fallen by the wayside, here’s your second chance. March is National Nutrition month, and it’s a great time to start evaluating what’s sitting in your fridge or pantry. Eat More Fruits and Vegetables Check out this Web site, www.5aday.com. Five servings of fruit and vegetables a day is the recommended amount, and it’s not that difficult to squeeze them in. I try to eat at least one at each meal, including snacks. For example, I’ll eat fruit on cereal or waffles for breakfast, an apple or orange for a mid morning or afternoon snack. A salad…

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    The Budget Smart Girl’s Guide to Car Maintenance

    Besides your house, your car is probably the biggest financial investment you make, so it’s worth looking after. Keeping up with regular maintenance and spotting problems before they start can save you money and extend the life of the car. Read the Manual If you’ve just bought a car, or even if you’ve owned it for many years, take an hour or so and read through your car manual. Think of it as your best friend who knows all about your car and can advise you on what to do. It’s also the best place to start when you start hearing something strange in the car. The manual also gives…

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    One thing I really like about the Internet is it’s easier than ever to find contact information for just about any company. Last week I was making enchiladas and needed a can of green chilies for the sauce. I went to the pantry, pulled out one made by Pace, opened it up, and surprise, surprise…the can was only 25% full. These aren’t the most expensive things to buy, but these days even throwing away couple of bucks feels like such a waste. I went to my computer and typed in Pace and found their Web site. I clicked on contact us, and filled in the feedback form and explained what…

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    The Budget Smart Girl’s Guide to Easter

    The economic outlook might seem dismal right now, but that shouldn’t stop the Budget Smart Girl from enjoying this week’s Easter festivities. Being on a budget doesn’t mean having less fun… it just means you have to be a little more creative. Table Settings Easter, whether it falls in March or April, is the perfect time of the year to head outside and go searching around the yard for some free table decorations. Small twigs can be turned into bird’s nests to sit on each guest’s plate. Fill them with mini chocolate eggs and a nametag. Larger twigs can be placed in a vase and decorate with hanging Easter Eggs.…

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    Why The Budget Smart Cook Loves Eggs

    This Easter don’t just think about chocolate eggs because the real ones are one of the best deals for a budget savvy cook. I’m taking a guess that this coming week supermarkets are going to slash egg prices. So why not buy a box and start discovering all the great meals you can make with them. Those Little Nutrition Powerhouses On the nutrition scale, eggs are close to being a perfect ten. In fact, eggs just about have it all…protein, B vitamins…especially B12 and B2, vitamins A and D, iron, choline and phosphorus. And let’s not forget, they’re low in calories too. They’re Not So Bad It wasn’t that long…

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    The weather’s getting warmer, the days longer and now it’s time to check all the chores that need doing around the house. I used to devote one weekend, usually sometime in April, to spring cleaning, but now I spread it over three or even four weeks. Yesterday, I cleaned some of the windows and cleaned under the sink in the kitchen. I also reorganized that area and used some of the trays from the old refrigerator. They fit perfectly and I love the idea they got recycled and that I didn’t have to spend money to complete the project. There are a bunch of new eating-places opening in the local…

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    The Budget Smart Cook Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day

    My grandmother was from County Cork so when I see a recipe for an Irish dish, I always have to try it. One thing I’ve discovered with all these recipes is the majority of them use low cost items, but somehow they always end up tasting great. People usually ask me if I serve corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’s Day, but my favorite dish is my own version of sausages and mashed potatoes. It’s easy to put together, easy on the budget, and I hope you’ll give it a try this St. Patrick’s Day. It serves 4 Ingredients 8 sausages, allow two sausages for each person and don’t…

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    The Budget Smart Girl’s Guide to Go Green, Save Money

    You can’t pick up a magazine, or turn on the TV for that matter, without reading or hearing a ‘green’ story. While I’ve always been keen to help the environment, I know lots of people are resistant to do their part because they think it’s just way too expensive to green their lives. But I’ve got some good news for you, being green can actually save you lots of money. Here’s how- In The Kitchen You have two great money and energy saving friends in your kitchen. The first one is your microwave oven. On days when I just need to reheat leftovers or bake a dish for just 15-20…

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    Did everyone remember to move clocks and watches an hour ahead? And just when I was just getting used to waking up to lighter mornings. The days seemed longer and I felt like I was getting more done. I read this interesting article by Christopher Null, The Working Guy. He says that Daylight Saving Time was supposed to save energy but a study conducted by the University of California found that it actually costs us more. The study looked at the state of Indiana who until 2006 was only partially on DST. When the whole state changed to DST it actually cost residents 8.6 million extra in electricity bills. The…