• Budget Smart Cook

    Throwing a Super Bowl Bash on a Budget

    Whether you’re just going to watch the game with a few friends or having a Super Bowl bash, here are some of my favorite recipes that won’t break the bank. The Chili Bowl Chili’s a great bargain meal any time and also a dish that’s idea to serve to a crowd. And another great thing about chili is leftovers can be frozen or served as a topping for baked potatoes. Here’s one chili recipe I came up with one day when I was in a hurry to get something on the dinner table. Chicken Chili with Cheese Cilantro Bread Serves 6 You have a couple of options when you make…

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    Valentine’s Day for the Budget Savvy

    Seems like celebrations creep up on us faster than we expect. And yes, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. I’m guessing some budgets might be recovering from the recent holiday season, but don’t panic, you can still find something to give to your loved ones. Here’s what I found- Chocolates If you or someone you know is a chocoholic, I don’t have to tell you the number one spot for great chocolate is Godiva. I can’t walk by one of their stores without going inside and at least doing some ‘window shopping’. Most of their chocolates used to be out of my price range, but here’s one good thing…

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    The Blog-Sometimes I Can’t Resist Buying One

    Don’t know about you, but sometimes I can’t resist buying one of the handy gadgets you see advertised on TV. The words ‘save you time and money’ gets this Budget Smart Girl every single time. I’m more cautious about handing over my money for these types of products now, but once in awhile I’m still willing to give something a try. So what got my interest this time? The new Point and Paint system. Anyone else seen the ads? Some of you might remember that I’ll be giving my kitchen a makeover this spring and I have walls to paint. Not just regular walls, but ones that are way, way…

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    Getting Organized on a Budget Smart Price

    Getting organized is always on both my do and New Year’s resolution lists. One thing about being organized is it’s saves you money. I can’t remember how many times I’ve lost something under a pile of papers on my desk, rushed out to buy another one, and then found the original one the next day. Disorganized yes, budget smart, no. I try my best, but sometimes it’s the price of all those fancy organizers that hinder my progress. So I turned to expert help. Laura Leist CPO, CRTS, is a Seattle based professional organizer and also founder and president of Eliminate Chaos www.eliminatechaos.com. Her book Eliminate Chaos: The 10-Step Process…

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    Maximizing Taste in Budget Recipes

    I’m continually searching for low cost recipes to make and share with other Budget Smart Girls. Inexpensive ingredients might be my main criteria, but taste is also a deciding factor. So is there any way you can turn a budget recipe into a meal with some pizzazz? I’ve found five things that work for me- Replace Some Ingredients Not with anything that costs more money, but with something with more flavor. Last year I purchased a jar of smoked paprika. Yes, it was nearly $5 but it’s so packed with flavor, a little goes a long way. I’ve used it in everything from tacos to chili and even sprinkled some…

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    The Budget Smart Girl Newsletter

    Issue 1, Number 1, January 2009 Welcome to the debut issue of the Budget Smart Girl Newsletter. Thank you to everyone who subscribed. The response has been overwhelming and I didn’t think we’d grow this fast this soon. In fact, I’m now looking at a different newsletter delivery service to handle sending the newsletter to you each month, so stay tuned. And as requested by many, the first few newsletters will go up on the Budget Smart Girl Web site on the same day the newsletter is mailed out. Each month I hope to give away a prize/gift which will be for subscribers only. You probably already know that this…

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    The Blog-Closeout Sales-Patience is the Key

    If you follow the Budget Smart Girl on Twitter, you know I went shopping at World Market and Circuit City on Saturday. Circuit City is closing across the nation, while World Market is closing only select stores. I’ve been a fan of the food at World Market for many years, not only because it tastes good but you can pick up some nice deals there too. Right now the discounts aren’t that exciting, just 10% off food items and 20-30% off some select items and furniture. Some of the shelves in the food department were already empty so I decided to grab some things while I could. Dark chocolate spread,…

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    Keeping Your Financial Goals

    Maybe the article about SmartyPig has got you thinking about opening a savings account this year. Maybe you already have one, but it’s not growing as well as you’d planned. Or maybe you just hope you can stick with a budget. Whatever your financial goal for 2009, I’ve found some Web sites that can help you keep you on track. And some hints to help you reach your goals. Take One Step at a Time Jyl Steinback, a.k.a America’s healthiest mom, says you can increase your chances of keeping 100% of your resolutions if you turn them into self motivating goals…the key is to take it one step at a…

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    Saving Money the SmartyPig Way

    Late last year I was sent some information about SmartyPig, www.smartypig.com The name got my attention and when I checked out their Web site, I knew it was something I had to share with other Budget Smart Girls. SmartyPig is a new way of saving and thinks of itself as saving the 21st Century way. A few days ago I spoke with Jon Gaskell, co-founder of SmartyPig. He shared with me the unique features of the site, how it works and how it can help you save money for everything from your dream vacation to just adding to your rainy day fund. And here’s some great news for subscribers of…

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    The Blog-It’s Free and It’s in Your Neighborhood

    What’s the saying about there’s no such thing as a free lunch? That might be true, but when it comes to finding free resources in this tough economy, just check your own community. Last week I stopped by the library to pick up some books. I also grabbed a copy of their Events and Classes catalog that lets you know what’s happening in libraries around town in the next three months. First of all, all these classes are free. Secondly, I was amazed at the variety of topics offered these days. For example, if you need to brush up on your job hunting skills they have a class for that.…