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    The Budget Smart Girl Newsletter

    Issue 1, Number 5, May 2009 It’s not yet officially summer until next month but it sure feels like it. The days are getting longer, new produce is arriving in stores and garden and yard products are already on sale. Sounds like the perfect time to save some money. And I hope this newsletter also gives you more ideas about how you can stretch your budget. Health and Beauty I made a return visit to the local Fantastic Sams hair salon last week and got another great hair cut for $9.99, plus more coupons for future visits. Getting and keeping your hair in great shape sometimes costs money so I…

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    The Blog-Coupon Savings Galore

    Hope everyone enjoyed the holiday weekend. I used my extra ‘day off’ to try and catch up on getting my office organized and making some make ahead meals. So far so good, but I’m still running behind schedule. Last week was a great week for coupons. I shaved close to $30 off my grocery bill. If you don’t think coupons are worth the effort, believe me, they are. I netted a whole bunch from the links in the newsletter from Hot Coupon World and used those coupons for items that were already on sale at the store. I had a coupon for $1 off Tombstone pizza. The store was offering…

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    A Memorial Day Feast on the Cheap

    I think of Memorial Day as the first of many days of eating outside, firing up the grill, or even putting together a picnic to take to the park or beach. Here are some recipes ideas that won’t bust your budget. Hamburgers with a Twist I know just about everyone loves a hamburger and they’re easy on the budget, but once in a while it’s nice to give them a little twist or two. Yes, there’s the cheeseburger, but how about forgoing the regular slice of cheese. Switch to something with a little more kick, like blue cheese, and placing it inside the burger, so it melts into the meat…

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    A Professional Looking Garden for Pennies

    Gardening is one of my hobbies and sometimes I think I spend too much time outside planting, landscaping, you name it. But just the other day I found out all my effort could be a wise investment. A home with a nicely landscaped yard always sells faster and sells for more money. Seems like no matter how much money you put into the yard, you eventually get the majority of it back when it’s time to sell. And yes, some landscaping tasks are costly, but here are some ways to make the yard look like a million dollars for a lot less. Swap Do you have plants in your yard…

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    The Blog-Some Things You Can’t Put Off

    I took a trip to Home Depot last week and finally found sharpeners for the garden tools! Seems like I’m going to need them because the outside chores are never ending. And on the topic of things you can’t put off, our deck and fence have seen better days and we’ve finally decided to just replace them. I’ve been busy trying to remove all the plants that are near the fence and deck so they don’t get trampled on when the new stuff is installed. It’s more money than you plan to spend but we’re looking at it as a worthwhile investment to add value to the house. Plus, as…

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    Budget Smart Girl Finds

    Sometimes information about Web sites, books etc. about how to save money land in my e-mail box. Sometimes I’m surfing the Internet and something sparks my interest. Either way, I make a note of them to pass along to you. That list has been steadily growing so I thought this week I’d tell you about some of the good sites, books, news, I’ve found. The Frugal Life You know I’m not the biggest fan of the word ‘frugal’. So when I heard about this book, well I was skeptical. However, when I checked out its accompanying Web site, I have to say I was hooked on finding out more. The…

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    The Organized Kitchen…yes, it can save you money

    How many times has this happened to you? You go looking for something in your pantry but you can’t find it and head to the store to buy that item. A few days later you’re looking for something else and you find the first item. Hopefully, you can use both packages, jars, whatever before their sale by date. Yes, I’d love a professional organizer to stop by my house once a month to sort through everything and put cans and jars in perfect order. But until then here are some tips I’ve found that have kept me on track to having an organized kitchen. When Do I Use It? Look…

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    The Blog-The Money Saving Trend

    I think it’s official. Saving money is now in style. Money saving shows, tips, companies promoting cheaper menus…the list goes on and on. Here are some to check out- Two new cable shows premiered last week. One was Samantha Brown’s Weekend Getaways on the Travel Channel. This season it seems she’s focusing on more money saving travel features. Check out the show on Saturdays at 10 p.m. Eastern, 9 a.m. Central. www.travelchannel.com If you live in any of the cities featured, check out the site because it has a list, some with Web sites links, of places featured on the show. And the Food Network rolled out a new show…

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    Contests, Refunds, Coupons

    Since I began Budget Smart Girl, I’ve been hoping to occasionally feature news of refunds, coupons, even contests, so here we are. So if find a special deal, coupon etc., that you’d like to share with other readers just e-mail me because I’d really like to make this a monthly feature on the site. Specially Marked Boxes Look for specially marked boxes of Fiber One cereal. Some have a coupon attached to the front of the box which entitles you to a free box of Fiber One Toaster pastries if you buy three other Fiber One products like yogurt, pancake mix etc. And check out some packages of Sargento Cheeses.…

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    Make Your Own Meal Kits

    Seems like errands and stuff to do around the house have been taking up loads of my time. Some days dinner time rolls around and I think, if only I’d thought ahead and put more ready-made meals in the freezer. I’ve promised myself that on the first rainy weekend, I’ll stay in the kitchen and put together some meal kits and freezable ready to eat ingredients. I’ve done it before and here are some tips on during just that. Get Organized One key to planning ahead is making a list. I’ll take a calendar and write down what meals I plan to serve on each day. See What You Need…