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    The Blog-Sometimes Cheaper Is Better

    Two weeks ago I did a couple of interviews and on both occasions I was asked if I really believed that cheaper products can be just as good as their more expensive counterparts. I used my recent trip to the dollar aisle in the supermarket to illustrate my point. Everything I’ve purchased there so far hasn’t been substandard or tasted awful. And last week I found something else that I could have used as an example. For years, I’ve been handing over $30-40 for a haircut. I’ve paid that price because that seems to be the going rate where I live. Have I always been happy with my hair…no. I’ve…

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    Budget Foods and Ideas to Check Out

    Everywhere you look these days, food companies are offering suggestions for low cost recipes. Even the local supermarkets have arrows pointing to great deals. I’ll admit some bargain foods taste awful and they can get boring after you’ve served them a couple of times. Here are some foods I got on sale and have to say they tasted anything but bland or inexpensive. The first one is the Chef Boyardee pizza kit. Remember money saving experts say you should look on the bottom and top shelves because that’s where the bargains are. It’s true because this pizza kit was sitting on the top shelf and cost only $3.45. And it…

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    A Low Cost Home Makeover

    I don’t know about you but when spring rolls around I always think about redecorating or changing the look of certain rooms in my house. A couple of weeks ago I decided to get a head start on my spring cleaning. My first task was cleaning all the carpets. As I was moving the couches and chairs around, I realized that I really liked the look of the room with everything in a different spot. So tip number one, try moving a couch or even a chair to the other side of the room. It almost makes you think you have new furniture. Some Paint One of the cheapest ways…

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    The Blog-Budget Smart Books Are In

    Seems it’s not only the supermarkets that are pushing their budget friendly buys, my local library now has a special display of books about ways to stretch your dollar. I did check one out. If you’re a budget newbie, it’s probably a worthwhile read. It’s called Chick Living, Frugal and Fabulous by Kris Koederitz Melcher, Conari Press, $18.95 ISBN:1-57324-205-5. Melcher gives advice on finding your first apartment, house, how to decorate it for less, how to set a budget etc. The gardening catalogs are filling up my mailbox again. Pictures of pretty flowers used to adorn the covers, now it’s vegetables and the words ‘save money, grow your own food’.…

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    The Budget Smart Girl Newsletter-March 2009

    Issue I, Number 3 Spring is officially here. Don’t know about you but I’m glad to enjoy warmer and longer days. Now the snow has melted, I’m looking out of the window seeing all the projects that need attending to this year. And thinking of all the work that’s ahead, let’s start off this newsletter with something connected with relaxing… Entertainment My family isn’t the type to go out on the town every weekend and not just because we want to save money. I guess we’re homebodies and like it that way. We used to rent movies and maybe bring in a pizza, but this winter we found a way…

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    Yes You Can Eat Out on a Budget

    I’m a firm believer in spoiling yourself once in awhile and even when you’re on a budget. In fact, I think being on a budget is a lot like being on a diet. If you don’t reward yourself now and then, you’re going to reach for the chocolate cake or bag of chips. And a meal out is a nice reward once in awhile. I know lots of people have been saving money by skipping restaurant meals, but there are some ways to eat out even in a tough times. Stick with Ethnic Restaurants Where I live we have a good selection of ethnic restaurants, everything from Mexican, Chinese, to…

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    Save Money, Earn Points

    As a Budget Smart Girl, I’ve always been keen to find ways I can make my money work for me. One way to do that is to sign up for a program that lets you get money back or earn points to put toward further purchases. Now more than ever it’s important to get the biggest bang for your buck. And one program that lets you do that is MyPoints www.mypoints.com. What I like about this program is you not only earn rewards on purchases, but you also get points for using coupons too. Here to explain the idea behind the program is John Lane, senior vice president of consumer…

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    The Blog-Taking Saving Money Too Far…not in this case

    Have you noticed how many sites are promoting ways to save money these days? I saw one story made it to the Yahoo front page with the headline ‘people who are taking the frugal lifestyle too far’. I was intrigued and clicked on the link. The article was about a woman who cut tubes of lotion in half and used every last drop. And she made her own cleaning products. What a minute, I thought; I do that; doesn’t everyone do that? I always cut tubes of body lotion and hand cream, even makeup foundation in half. In fact, I have a tube of hand lotion that I cut in…

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    Gourmet Meals Using 99 Cent Items

    Have you heard about the woman who cooks gourmet meals using items that cost just 99 cents, a friend asked me one day? I hadn’t but as you can guess, I was intrigued. I went online to do some research and found that the woman in question was Christiane Jory who shopped at The 99 Cents Only store and made gourmet meals from items she found there. In fact, she got to be such an expert that she’s even written a book called The 99 Cents Only Store Cookbook. http://the99centonlystorecookbook.com/ Pure genius I thought and knew I had to chat with her to find out more. Budget Smart Girl (BSG)-Like…

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    Where to Find Coupons and Deals in Canada

    About 20% of Budget Smart Girl subscribers reside in Canada and I’ve had some requests about helping you find coupons and deals there. Here are some sites worth checking out. My many thanks to Michel Labelle, manager at TSI Terminal Systems in Vancouver, Matt Vernhout, founder of http://emailkarma.net and Cynthia Colby for their recommendations. Red Flag Deals www.RedFlagDeals.com is Canada’s leading bargain hunting and coupon site in Canada. Launched in November 2000, RedFlagDeals.com uses the power of community to alert bargain-hunting consumers to Canadian deals via the Internet. The site currently boasts over 2 million monthly unique visitors and over 30 million page views every month. The RedFlagDeals.com Coupons Section…