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    The Blog-Leftover Mashed Potatoes…

    I hate wasting food and sometimes I find a container of leftover mashed potatoes sitting in the fridge. I usually just reheat them for another meal, but the other week I put them to better use. While we were sorting through my mom’s pantry, we found lots of cans of salmon. Yes, salmon makes great sandwiches, but combine it with leftover mashed potatoes and you have salmon fishcakes. A delicious meal that doesn’t cost that much. Best of all, they use ingredients you have sitting around the house. I combined a 15 ounce can of salmon with the mashed potatoes…I had about two cups. I added a tablespoon of fresh…

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    Brown Bag Lunches

    Taking your own lunch to work can save a ton of money over a year. Yes, just a plain old sandwich can be boring day after day, but there are some ways to make every brown bag lunch more exciting. Sandwiches They’re easy to make but can get repetitious. Tip one; try using a different type of bread. Also, how about adding some herbs and spices. I’ve tried curry powder in just about everything from chicken to egg salad. And I’ve also added it to mayonnaise on turkey or ham sandwiches. Chutneys are another great addition. And speaking of egg salad, I’ve been add a pinch of onion powder and…

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    The Blog- Free Jeans and Dinner for a Dollar

    I realized last week that I’ve been spending most of my time wearing jeans around the house and when I run errands. Realizing that, I knew I had to buy another pair. The price of most jeans won’t break the budget, but I still like to find a bargain. I was sitting working at the computer and happened to glance at my organizer and saw I still had a Kohl’s $10 gift card I hadn’t used. I also remembered that the week before Kohl’s had sent a $10 off card through the mail. Now I’m thinking could I buy myself a new pair of jeans for $20? Yes, I did.…

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    Ways to Save Money in August

    Each month we get an opportunity to save money on specific items. With that in mind, I thought every month, I’ll post an article about items and sales to look out for. So for August… Head to the Nearest Farm or Orchard Head to a nearby farm or orchard where you can pick your own produce. With apple season starting this month, it’s a good time to head to the great outdoors and gather up some apples. An added plus is the whole family can pick fruit together, get some fresh air, and exercise. Check out this site for a farm or orchard near you. http://www.pickyourown.org/ Make Some Jams and…

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    Cooking with Herbs

    One of the things I love most about summer is my backyard herb garden is in full bloom. If you’ve never thought about using herbs in every day dishes, you’ve been missing out on one of the best ways to add some gourmet flair to any budget friendly dish. Herbs Go with Just About Everything You can add herbs to just about any dish, everything from sandwiches to pasta. If you’ve got a recipe you’re growing tired of, try adding some herbs. One of my favorite ways to use fresh herbs is to add ones like thyme, basil and oregano to homemade mayonnaise. Just about any type of sandwich tastes…

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    The Blog- Good Finds

    Anyone try the recipes I included in last week’s Preserving Summer Produce? I made some of the strawberry jam. While I was at the store on Friday I noticed a sale on strawberries and stocked up. Now I have two jars of strawberry jam sitting in the freezer ready for winter. We have a grapevine growing over an arbor near our patio. Most years the bounty’s been so-so and what does grow is usually eaten by raccoons looking for a bedtime snack. However, this year we cut down some trees and the vine’s getting more sun, hence a bumper crop. I checked it this morning and so far, the grapes…

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    Preserving Summer Produce…without canning

    I say this year after year, this summer I’m going to spend a couple of days in the kitchen canning all the great…and yes, cheap summer produce. Do I actually follow through? Hate to admit this, but no. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to miss out on making the most of the cherries, the green beans, the berries that are sitting in the produce department and farmer’s market stands. Here are some ways I make the most of the all the bargain priced produce. And I’ve also included some tips from experts and others who just like me love to save money and eat well. Dried Foods Many years…

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    The Blog- Budget Smart Girl Is Back

    As promised Budget Smart Girl is back this week. Thank you to everyone who sent me e-mails. They were so appreciated. Hope you’re all enjoying summer and making the most of all the bargains out there. Although I’ve taken a break, I’ve still been looking for good deals and kept my eyes open to information I can pass along to you. One thing I did get to try a couple of weeks ago was the Sunbelt Sweet and Salty Chewy Peanut Granola Bars. In fact, some days I was so busy running errands, these were handy snacks to keep in my bag. Best of all, they cost just $2.59 a…