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    What Can You Do With Canned Soup?

    Last week I told you how great tasting and budget friendly homemade soups were during fall. Well, that got me thinking about canned soups too. Companies like Campbell’s have been heavily promoting the fact that soups make a tasty budget meal. I’ve been seeing varieties such as tomato, chicken noodle, lentil, all on sale. So I when Walgreen’s was selling Campell’s tomato soup for just 69 cents a can, I set myself a goal. I’d take the soup and excuse the pun, soup it up. I’d think about what specific ingredients could be added to either boost the flavor or turn the canned soup into a meal. And I’d used…

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    The Budget Smart Girl’s Guide to Greening Your Home in a Weekend

    Greening your home isn’t just something for the rich and famous. Even if you’re on a tight budget that doesn’t mean you can’t take a few simple steps or buy some inexpensive items to make your home a greener place. An added plus for Budget Smart Girls is going green often means saving money too. Here are some things you can do in just a weekend and all for $150 and less. Green Your Cleaning I no longer waste my money buying cleaning products. I use items like baking soda, vinegar, tea tree oil and a natural brand dishwashing liquid. Together they clean everything from the windows to the bath.…

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    The Blog-Good Buys of the Week

    Last week I got some great buys. My local DIY store was selling wooden clothes racks for $7.98. I’ve been hanging the washing outside on a clothesline, and now that the weather’s turned colder, they’re taking forever to dry. I thought about hanging a clothesline in the basement, but then I saw these wooden racks. I bought two of them, one using the $3 in store rebate I received from buying paint this summer. The clothes might take a bit longer to dry, but it’s not a big deal. You save money on energy and you get more wear out of your clothing. And here’s a tip I found last…

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    Fall Soups

    One thing that recharges my energy after an afternoon of raking and bagging leaves is a bowl of soup. Fall’s the perfect time to make soup, not only for eating now, but enjoying in the dead of winter. And best of all, soup’s an economical meal. And if you pair it with a side salad and bread, you’ve got yourself a complete lunch or supper. Here are my tips for making the most out of fall soups. Buy In Season One way to make your food dollar stretch even further is to use ingredients that are in abundance now. Things like squash, parsnips, potatoes, and yes, even apples. They make…

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    The Budget Smart Girl’s Guide to Making the Most of Your Clothing Budget

    I hope you enjoyed Kathryn Finney’s tips on how to recession proof your wardrobe. And here are some tips that have always worked for me- Basics Kathryn mentioned buying basic items like white blouses and black pants. I’ve found some of the best deals at the following places- Chadwick’s www.chadwicks.com. I love perusing their catalog. It gives me plenty of ideas about what’s in style and best of all, none of their items are expensive. If you’re looking for blouses, check out this link www.chadwicks.com/1/5/index253.html Another place to check out is Target, visit your local store or shop online www.target.com. One thing I like about Target is they have designer…

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    Recession Proof Your Closet: The Budget Fashionista Announces Economic Survival Guide

    If you’re worried you can’t afford new outfit, Kathryn Finney shares her tips on making the most of your clothing dollar- NEW YORK — October 6, 2008 — According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, the disposable income of the average American fell by $93.3 billion this past August. At the same time, expenses are rising — personal consumption expenditures increased $3.9 billion the same month. In the wake of a financial crisis that has us all feeling a little less than glam, Kathryn Finney and the team at The Budget Fashionista, www.budgetfashionista.com the top fashion blog, have put together the The Economic Survival Guide, a series of articles full…

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    The Blog-Hey, That’s Outrageous!

    If the following incident wouldn’t have happened to me, I wouldn’t have believed it. A couple of weeks ago I took my cat to the vet for his annual check-up and rabies shot. I’ve been taking him to this particular vet for about three years now. The vet checked his teeth and said he had some mild tartar that wasn’t anything too serious, but then she noticed some cavities. They’re not like the cavities we get and apparently most cats over eight years of age are prone to them. She said there was a strong possibility that he might have to get them extracted. They gave me an estimate for…

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    The Budget Smart Girl’s Guide to Halloween

    The shaky economy might be the scariest thing out there right now, but that doesn’t mean the Budget Smart Girl can’t have some fun on Halloween. In fact, this year I’m seeing more prices being cut before Halloween. Everything from candy to decorations. So you might not have to wait until the last minute to pick up a bargain…but of course, it never hurts to do that anyway. What’s in Your Closet? If you’re in a bind about what to wear this year and don’t the budget for something fancy, check your closet. Is there anything in there you can use? And yes, if you have some clothes from say…

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    Italian Cooking for the Budget Smart Cook

    Monday was Columbus Day and that meant many food companies and restaurants were promoting Italian food and cooking. And it just so happens to be one of my favorite cuisines. I not only love it because of the great tasting dishes, but also because most Italian recipes are budget friendly too. Pasta is one of the least expensive foods at the supermarket. Grocery stores always seem to have sales on pasta sauces. And then there’s pizza, easy to make, easy on the budget and you can add just about anything you want. And an added plus, is pasta and pizza are some of the easiest and least time consuming dishes…

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    Halloween Extra

    I always like to pass along tips and money saving articles to you and here’s something that was sent from Balloon Time Helium Balloon Kits. It’s full of great ideas that won’t break the bank. Spooktacular Halloween Parties for Every Age by Penny Warner with Balloon Time Helium Balloon Kits Halloween is a favorite holiday for children across the country and it’s no wonder why. They get to dress up as their favorite hero, collect a bunch of candy and go to Halloween parties. Help your kids experience Halloween safely by hosting a Spooktacular Halloween party. Here are a few party ideas to make your séance extra spooky for every…

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