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    The Blog-A Grocery Bill to make a Budget Smart Girl Smile

    Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and got everything on your wish list. My last grocery shopping trip of the year was a great one. It was not only double coupon day but I had two $10 gift cards I earned from the store. Plus, my husband was given a $20 Butterball turkey gift certificate at work. All this meant that I left the store with a turkey and four bags of groceries….in fact, just about everything for the holiday meal including drinks, appetizer, bread etc. for just $9.87. And I earned $1 off per gallon of gas next time I fill up the car. Only wish I could do…

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    Six Desperation But Yet Budget Friendly Last Minute Gift Ideas

    Still not sure what to get one or two people on your list? Running out of money? Or has someone unexpectedly given you a gift so now you feel obligated to buy them something too? Just a few days left but don’t despair. Here are my six favorite ideas. Coupons More people are finding it hard to make ends meet. These days I’m seeing just about everyone in the supermarket holding coupons as they peruse the aisles. If you’re in a bind, buy a coupon wallet and add some coupons from your own supply. Even download some from the Internet. It’s an idea gift for an elderly neighbor or someone…

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    The Blog-Last Minute Shopping

    Hope you’re all done with your holiday shopping and that you found some great bargains. I saw a commercial for Walgreens the other night where they were advertising stocking stuffer ideas. Seems like the stores have a separate display of suggested items. I checked their Web site but couldn’t find any further information but if you’re looking for last minute gifts it might be worth a trip there. I decided to stock the freezer and pantry while everything’s on sale. Don’t think I can get another item in the chest freezer right now. I got some good deals on shrimp, salmon, frozen vegetables, bottles of sparkling fruit juice. I even…

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    Meal Planning for the Holidays and Beyond

    There’s no better time to get into the habit of planning meals than during the holidays. If holiday shopping has you running short on time, or you’re planning the holiday meal, put some of the following suggestions into action. See what works for you, and what doesn’t, and hopefully by the New Year you’ll be on your way to saving time and money. Master Grocery List I’ve been revamping my master grocery list. I spend a couple of minutes here and there thinking about the food I buy on regular basis and add it to the list. I also think about the layout of my local supermarket. First of all,…

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    Reasons for the Budget Smart Cook to Love Christmas

    There’s so much to love about the holidays. Being with family and friends, the food, creating memories, and okay, the gifts too. But the budget smart cook has some other reasons to celebrate this season. Sales During the Holidays Have you noticed how many food items are on sale between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day? Being a budget minded cook, I really look forward to receiving fliers from all my local stores this time of the year. If I’ve been a bit lazy about planning ahead or organizing the pantry, seeing all the items I can buy gets me back on track. December is the perfect time, and if your…

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    The Blog-The Temptation Was Too Great

    I have a contest to tell you about from the folks at Mom’s Best Natural Cereals so get out those video cameras, here’s what they sent me to pass along to you- We’re hosting a Pantry Makeover Contest to help families clean up their act—literally! All your readers need to do is submit a video explaining why their pantry is in need of a makeover for the chance to win $1,000 worth of groceries, a visit from registered dietitian Elizabeth Ward, and a year’s supply of Mom’s Best Naturals cereal. Two runners-up will get a sampling of Mom’s Best Naturals and $200 towards groceries. You can check it out at…

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    Parties for the Budget Minded

    Being on a budget shouldn’t stop you from entertaining this holiday season. With a little planning and ingenuity you can throw a great together. Here are things I always keep in mind- Serve Food You Can Eat Later Okay, I’m guilty of this one, making too much food and ending up with leftovers. Not just any leftovers, but sometimes food that I can’t ‘recycle’. I know I’m never going to shake this habit so now I plan ahead. What could I serve that could be used for other meals after the party’s over? Cold cuts and things like baked chicken could be turned into sandwiches or even fillings for omelets.…

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    The Budget Smart Girl’s Annual Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide-2009

    I think shopping for stocking stuffer gifts is one of the best things about the holidays. And don’t know about you, but they’re fun to receive too. Here is this year’s selection. For the University Student…or those college bound Twist and Pout’s 20 GLEAM SPIRIT™ lip glosses are available in a various university designs They have SPF protection and are certified natural formulation. $9.50 with lip clip, $7 without at amazon.com . I got to see these in person and try them out. The lip gloss is great and I can’t imagine a teenager or college student who wouldn’t want one of these to tote around campus. For The Younger…

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    The Blog-Couldn’t Resist This One

    If you follow me on Twitter you know where I headed on Friday morning. Yes, the local library ‘end of year’ book sale. It was a cold morning which kept a lot of folks away which meant browsing with ease. I stocked up on paperbacks…some were brand new. And yes, I couldn’t resist the odd cookbook or two. One was on canning so I figured it would save me money in the long run. I just finished reading the latest issue of All You magazine. One of the features was the winners of their Grocery Challenge. (Spend no more than $25 per family member per week for four weeks on…

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    The Budget Smart Girl Newsletter-November/December 2009

    I know we’re all busy this time of the year so I’ve combined the November and December newsletters into one. Next year’s newsletters will appear at the beginning of the month and not the end, so look for the next one during the week of January 4th. Thanks for being a reader and as always, send me tips and suggestions for topics to cover next year. Thanks for being here and I hope you have a wonderful holiday season. More Gift Ideas If you’ve been following the gift guide you know I had a tough time narrowing down this year’s picks. However, I didn’t want to leave out products from…