• Budget Smart Girl's Guide

    Last Minute and Low Cost Valentine’s Day Gifts

    Valentine’s Day is just a few days away and if you’re still thinking about what to buy this year, here are some ideas- Brownies Packages of brownie mixes are on sale just about every store I’ve visited this week with most costing less than $2. As well as being low cost, they’re also quick and easy to make. You could bake them and put them in a red container or box. Or one nice touch is to take a heart shaped cookie cutter and make heart brownies. You can also do the same thing with cookies. Stack them and tie them together with red ribbon. A Good Book Romance is…

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    The Blog-Looking for Bargains

    I’ve always known that bargains are everywhere but you have to go looking for them. That was so true last week. During my trip to the supermarket I was in the produce section and was just about to head over to the bulk bins when I pushed the cart by a display of bottles. Attached to the display was a notice with 91 cents written on it. As most of the time that’s the discount price I didn’t pay much attention. But then I noticed that was the price of the item and it was something I’d bought during the holidays for $2.79, bottles of sparkling organic apple juice. 91…

  • Budget Smart Cook

    The Frugal Foodie

    When I heard about the Frugal Foodie Cookbook I was intrigued. I love the idea that you can be a foodie, eat well, and well, watch your pennies at the same time. One of the authors of The Frugal Foodie Cookbook is Lara Starr. I was eager to find out more about her and her frugal foodie lifestyle. So here’s my interview with her and be sure to check out the book at www.vivaeditions.com and you can read more about Lara’s culinary adventures at http://frugalfoodiecookbook.blogspot.com Budget Smart Girl (BSG)-Have you always been budget minded? Lara Starr (LS)-Yes, I come from a long line of cheapskates. I’ve been working since I…

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    The Blog-Free, well almost

    First of all hello and welcome to all the new visitors to the site and also to everyone who signed up for the newsletter. We’re growing in numbers every week. Last week was a good one for receiving free, well, almost free items. I’d sent for the Sudoku game that Gorton’s were promoting. Can’t remember how many UPC I had to send (I think it was 3) along with $1.99 to receive this game. Just the right size for carrying in your purse if you have to wait at the doctor or dentist’s office. These are also good things to collect throughout the year for stocking stuffers. And when I…