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    The Budget Smart Girl Summer Newsletter July/August 2010

    I say it every month but I still can’t believe it’s almost August. How Much Should I Pay for That? The main goal of every Budget Smart Girl is obviously to save money. But sometimes buying the cheapest brand or make isn’t always the best option for your pocketbook. I’ve found that for each item I buy it’s smart to look at all the features as well as cost. Here are some of the checklists I use for doing that. How Long Do You Plan to Use It? If it’s an item I’ll be using on daily basis and something that’s going to get a lot of wear and tear…

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    The Blog-Waste Not, Want Not

    I’ve had four tubs of blueberries sitting in the fridge for some time. I had every good intention of turning them into desserts but it’s been hot and humid and the kitchen was the last place I wanted to be. This weekend I had a blueberry scone recipe I’ve been eager try and finally got around to using some of those berries. The recipe called for one cup of buttermilk. I don’t know about you but I often buy buttermilk for just one recipe, use only half of it; forget it’s in the fridge and end up tossing it. A few months ago I bought some dried buttermilk hoping that…

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    The Pantry Challenge

    A few things got me thinking about how many meals you can create using items you already have sitting in the pantry (even the fridge and freezer too). The first one was an article in All You magazine about how creating a pantry stockpile can save you money. And two, a couple of things on my today list; defrosting the chest freezer and repainting the pantry shelves with some leftover white paint I found in the basement. It’s true having a well stocked pantry can save you money. It can also save your sanity when mealtime rolls around. What’s In Your Pantry? I know everyone’s needs and tastes aren’t the…

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    The Blog-E-Centives

    Don’t know about where you shop, but it seems I get more than just the receipt at the supermarket checkout these days. Besides in store coupons, I always seem to come home with promotions for new Web sites too. Last week I got one advertising a site called www.e-centives.com Looks like it has coupons for major brands and items like cereal and yogurt. Not sure if it’s available everywhere but at least check out the site. A couple of years ago I bought some items from The Lakeside Collection and always look forward to receiving their catalog because I net one or two good deals. The latest one, Harvest 2010,…

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    Speedy Suppers for Hot Summer Nights

    The last few days have been hot and humid so the last thing I want to do is eat a heavy meal or spend more time in the kitchen than I have to. It’s on those days I turn to my favorite meals that can be put together quickly. Cold Soups I don’t know why, but lots of people are convinced they won’t like a cold soup. I was one of them. I remember many years ago someone telling me about a cold raspberry soup they’d been served at a hotel restaurant and how delicious and refreshing it was. I know I pulled a face behind their back until I…

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    The Blog-We Have A Winner

    Thanks to everyone who entered the Good Earth prize giveaway and for all your nice comments about the Budget Smart Girl site. The winner is Brandy W of Texas. Congratulations to her. Next month there will be another prize giveaway, this time for popcorn. Well, I’m happy to say my computer was fixed. It’s amazing how much we rely on certain things these days. Although I had my laptop, I really missed the desktop one. And my hands and wrists were so happy when it came back from the store. I’m trying to play catch up now so this week and next week, they’ll be just one article, followed by…

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    The Blog-Some Memberships Are Worth The Money

    Last year I signed up for a membership to AAA and I have to say I’m so pleased I did. It cost less $70. It will be even cheaper when I renew and with all the discount you get for things like cinema tickets and restaurants, it’s paid for itself. And then yesterday it came in handy yet again. My desktop computer got hit by a really nasty attack. This one disabled my own Internet security and literally held my computer hostage. My husband tried to disable it but it kept blocking him from doing so. We finally had to take to the Geek Squad who said they’ve recently seen…