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    Eating Well on a Budget

    One thing I love about running a site like Budget Smart Girl is I often find e-mails from people who want to share news about their money saving book or Web site. So imagine how great it was to find an e-mail about this book The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Eating Well on a Budget by Lucy Beale and Jessica Partridge ($16.95). The e-mail read ‘did I want to see a review copy?’ Yes, I did and have to say it’s not only a cookbook but it’s also full of great advice about grocery shopping and budgeting. After reading it I knew I wanted to find out more about its…

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    The Budget Smart Girl Newsletter for April 2010

    Another month has come and gone. I hope you’re enjoying spring and looking forward to the warmer weather ahead. To start this newsletter, here’s a link to a site I forgot to mention in last week’s article about ‘going green, saving green’. I always keep vinegar in the pantry not only for cooking but cleaning too and this site’s has lots of great ideas www.vinegartips.com Thinking of Taking a Class? Many people have lost their jobs during this recession. If you’re one of them and considering a different career or just want to learn a new skill I found this site that lets you search around for courses that are…

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    The Blog-Being Budget Smart is Catching On

    Lots of people must think this whole budget smart thing is cool because during April I’ve been interviewed by reporters working on upcoming stories about ways to save money. I’m not only happy that the trend is catching on, but always feel honored when reporters use me as an expert. I hope my advice helps lots of people. It rained the whole weekend which put a stop to my gardening endeavors. However, I did stop by the local Home Depot who was running a sale on seeds. Buy one packet, get the second free. Yesterday I got my seeds planted in pots. I decided to grow lettuce, carrots, tomatoes, radishes,…

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    Being Green Means Saving Green

    For the last couple of weeks it’s been hard to miss all the talk about Earth Day. Even if you’ve never considered yourself an environmentalist, now is the perfect time to go green. And why you ask? Being green can actually save you money. Here are my favorite ‘green’ ways to save- Rewards Where I live company who collects the trash is also responsible for the recycling. Last year they teamed up with Recycle Bank so we earn points that can be converted into coupons for various services and goods. For something I’d be doing anyway I’ve earned points for magazine subscriptions for just $5, got grocery coupons, even coupons…

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    Organize Your Financial Life

    Having a professional organizer make over my home office has been on my gift want list every Christmas. It has happened yet, but I think I found the next best thing…an interview with Regina Leeds who’s been named the Best Organizer in L.A by Los Angeles Magazine. She’s the author of seven books, including One Year to an Organized Financial Life. She’s been an actress who’s appeared on The Young and The Restless and is now organizer to people like actress Meg Ryan. Along the way she’s endured some of her own setbacks with regards to money and offers advice based on her own experiences. Here she shares her tips…

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    The Blog-A Wrong Turn Leads to a Bargain

    The weather’s been gorgeous and after a long, cold winter we decided to go for a drive out of town. When you’re in a new to you place, wrong turns are common. However, when we missed the exit this time around we found ourselves in a small town with lots of interesting shops. One was a thrift store that was the nicest looking one I’ve ever seen. It was more like a department store, lots of room to roam and plenty of items that looked new. Besides books, anything connected with cooking gets my attention. I found a display of kitchen gadgets and utensils and saw a Salton Sandwich and…

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    More than Just a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich

    If you think peanut butter is just for making PB and J sandwiches for the kids, think again. It’s one of the best bargain foods and there’s so much you can do with it. An Essential Pantry Staple Peanut butter’s always had a place in my pantry. I like to keep a jar of both chunky and smooth/creamy on the shelf at all times. Everyone Loves It We loved it when we were children and I have to admit when I’ve had a bad day; sometimes a PB and J sandwich is all I need to put a smile back on my face. And how many other foods, well, maybe…

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    Our Milk Money

    If you’re a parent who’s torn between going out to work and staying home with your children, you’ll be interested in learning about OurMilkMoney.com. Started by Ally Loprete, it offers parents a chance to be stay at home parents while following their dreams of entrepreneurship. www.ourmilkmoney.com BSG-When did you launch Our Milk Money? Ally Loprete (AL)-I came up with the idea about a business directory for parents the fall of 2007, just after I had lost my corporate job. I was home for 6 months, enjoying my time with my 18 month old son and watching him flourish. I had been living off of some severance and unemployment, but that…

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    The Blog-Budget Gardening Tips

    This week my attention’s been focused on the yard and garden. It’s another area where you can spend a fortune if you’re not careful. For the last few years I switched to using mulch instead of rocks in the landscape. I’ve found it’s cheaper, the plants seem to like it better especially when it gets hot. Plus, it seems to keep weeds at bay more efficiently. The only drawback I’ve found is it needs topping up each year and the color I like never seems to be on sale. My solution is to buy any color mulch when it’s on sale then buy one or two bags of the color…

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    The Budget Conscious Kitchen

    Not only can you save money by cooking with inexpensive ingredients, you can cut your grocery bill by adopting a budget conscious kitchen, here’s how. Budget Friendly Kitchen Tools Some of you might remember Chef Jill Houk, from last year’s article about ways to preserve summer foods. She’s a partner in the Centered Chef Food Studios in Chicago, Illinois www.centeredchef.com. I asked her for her top recommendations for must have kitchen tools for the budget savvy cook. Here are her top five suggestions- 1.Cast iron pans–while many pans can set you back $100 or more, cast-iron pans are a budget-friendly $15-$20. Add in their flexibility (you can use them on…