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    The Blog-Win Some Popcorn

    I still have boxes of popcorn to give away to two US based readers. The first two people to either leave a comment or e-mail me saying you’d like to try some of the new Popweaver popcorn wins. It’s always great to hear from people I’ve featured on Budget Smart Girl. Remember Danny Kofke author of Surviving on a Teacher’s Salary? He’s been busy doing yet more interviews and sent these two links to share with you- http://abcnews.go.com/Business/video/thriving-small-salary-11464039 http://video.foxbusiness.com/v/4322653/how-to-survive-on-a-teachers-salary/?playlist_id=87060 And before I forget yet again…in the Back to School article I didn’t give you the link to www.redplum.com. In fact, I checked the site today and found a whole bunch…

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    Brown Bag Lunches

    Whether you’re looking for food suggestions for your children’s lunchbox, an office worker trying to beat the brown bag blues or someone who just feels like jazzing up a sandwich, I hope this will give you plenty of ideas. Think Outside the Lunchbox Think of lunch and what’s the first thing that comes to mind…the sandwich. Not that it isn’t a great choice, but it can get boring if you keep eating the same thing day after day. Who says a sandwich has to made with just regular bread? Just about every sandwich filling goes great in a pita, tortillas, filo pastry. If you really do prefer bread, try this…

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    Healthy Afterschool Snacks…that won’t break the bank

    Here are some of my favorite healthy snacks. They’re not only great for afterschool treats, but perfect for grown up snacking too. Spiral Sandwiches I used to make these for parties but realized they make perfect snacks too. Make some ahead of time and have them ready in the fridge. You just need tortillas and you can use just about any filling you want. I like homemade flavored cream cheese. Another one of my favorites uses leftover refried beans and shredded cheese…these ones you need to reheat in the microwave. You can also make a sweet sandwich by mixing some honey or confectioner’s sugar with the cream cheese and pair…

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    Earn $50 Writing for DailyWorth

    I subscribe to the newsletter at DailyWorth and saw this in yesterday’s e-mail. I thought I would share with you because I’m sure many of you will want to apply. They gave me permission to post this for you here. Sounds like a wonderful opportunity. And to apply go to www.dailyworth.com You’ll see a link right on the front page. I’d love to see some Budget Smart Girl readers selected for this one. Oh, and I’ll be featuring more about DailyWorth on BSG. We are looking for women who are willing to: 1. Make a substantive financial change for the better, and… 2. Blog about their experiences here on DailyWorth.…

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    The Blog-Great Deals in the Ikea Catalog

    One thing I love browsing is the new Ikea catalog. Best thing is it’s delivered right to my mailbox. It not only gives me decorating ideas but it’s full of great bargains. This year, they’ve even reduced the prices on some old favorites. I always say it’s a great store to shop when you’re looking for an inexpensive gifts for bridal showers. However, after perusing the latest catalog, I’m thinking it might be the place to head for some early holiday shopping. They have a wok that was $7.99 and it’s now $4.99. You could fill it with some wooden spoons, stir fry spices, even rice and noodles for the…

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    Stocking the Freezer on a Budget

    It’s one of your worst nightmares. The freezer’s full and the power goes out…or the freezer quits working. It happened to me about five years ago. I woke up to find the milk at room temperature and ice cream and butter making its way out of containers. If like me you’ve invested money in building a good supply of freezer staples, how do you restock it without putting a dent in your budget? Here are some the ways I restocked my supply- Go Slowly It had taken me weeks, maybe months to buy all the food so don’t expect to refill it in one trip to the store. Check Coupons…

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    Back To School Tips and Savings

    When I start to see signs for back to school sales, I know summer’s end is fast approaching. Here are some tips and links to sites that hopefully can help you stretch your budget. Don’t forget that back to school sales aren’t always about children’s items. This is a great time to pick up things like paper and pens. Perfect if you have a home office or run your own business. And don’t forget you can find bargains on other items like clothes, electronics and yes, food too. Electronics If your child or college bound off spring is in the market for some electronic gadgets check out www.PropertyRoom.com. This is…

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    The Blog-Thai Kitchen Wants to Throw You A Party

    Before I forget, I received this last week and thought I’d share it with you. Looking to explore Thai cuisine in the comfort of your home? We’ve got the perfect solution—make your kitchen a Thai Kitchen with the My Thai Kitchen® House Party! http://www.houseparty.com/landing_pages/view/thaikitchen to apply to host your own Thai Kitchen House Party.! On September 25, Thai Kitchen will sponsor 1,000 get-togethers across the United States. Thai Kitchen will supply a party kit, complete with premium ingredients, recipes, decorations, and inspiration—all you have to do is invite a 14 of your closest friends and enjoy the perfect balance of flavor and fun while making your kitchen a Thai Kitchen.…

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    The Blog- The Perfect Time for an Ice Cream Sundae

    There’s no better time to think about an ice cream sundae than right now when the temperature’s soaring. Creating your own sundae can also net you $10,000 in the Sundae Scoop Off Contest at www.breyers.com I found these interesting articles last week and thought I’d include links before I forgot about them. The first is about expenses we probably don’t need. The second, the more extreme ways to go frugal. http://finance.yahoo.com/banking-budgeting/article/110199/10-expenses-you-dont-need?mod=bb-budgeting http://finance.yahoo.com/family-home/article/110238/extreme-ways-to-go-frugal And what dilemmas summer time brings. Lots of inexpensive produce but lack of time to can and make jams…and yes, it’s just too hot to be in the kitchen. Last week I the supermarket was selling green peppers…