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    Ways to Save Money During The Upcoming Holiday Season

    When I was a child, Christmas was my favorite time of the year…for obvious reasons. Now I’m all grown up and I still enjoy the holiday season because it’s a great way for me to save money. Sales Galore Have you noticed how many food items go 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 restocking the pantry, seeing so many items on sale gets me back on track. November and December (if your budget allows it), is…

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    Thanksgiving, Easy on You, Easy on Your Budget

    The weather’s turned colder making my brain believe that yes, Thanksgiving is just around the corner. If that thought has sent you into a panic, here are some of my tips for throwing a Thanksgiving dinner that’s both easy on you and your budget. Don’t Get in Over Your Head My advice is to stick with recipes that you’re experienced with, or ones you could probably put together in your sleep. If you are going to be adventurous enough to try a new dish, or even a different brand of a popular food item, either give it a test run, or sample it first. That way if something goes wrong,…

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    The Blog-Finding Bargains

    I found these bargains (calenders, day planner, mouse pad calendar) at my  local Michaell’s craft store last week. In fact, I’d bought similar items there last year and thought I’d check if they were selling them again. Each one costs just $1 and they’re the same quality as the ones you find at the malls and office supplies stores for a lot more money. At these prices you can keep one at home, one at the office, even a day planner in your purse. And if you’re looking for inexpensive stocking stuffers, these are perfect. Here are my favorite budget and food related articles I found on the Web this past week- There’s…

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    Preparing Your Budget for the Holidays

    November is just nine days away and that means the holidays are fast approaching. The time of over indulgence and if you’re not careful, over spending too. It’s all too easy to get caught up in the festivities and come January, your budget’s in bad shape. So how can you prepare your budget for the upcoming holiday season, here’s how I approach it- Stay a Budget Smart Girl I never let the holidays lure me away from my basic philosophy that is, don’t spend what you don’t have, don’t buy what you don’t need and remember what you do today impacts how you live tomorrow. There’s nothing worse than beginning…

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    October, That Means Pizza…and Pasta

    October isn’t just for Halloween; it’s also National Pizza and Pasta Month and if you’ve never thought of these two foods as budget friendly, here are some reasons to change your mind. Coupons My late father used to say if you didn’t mind eating pizza every single day, you could eat fairly cheaply. While pizza tastes great, eating it every day isn’t something most of us want to do. However, as most pizza chains send out coupons just about every week, using them to buy a meal for your family when you’re too tired to cook doesn’t necessarily exhaust the food budget. Kids Love Them Too There aren’t too many…

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    The Blog-Be In the Know

    It’s hard to believe that Halloween is still a few weeks away when so many Christmas catalogs are already landing in my mailbox every day. At least it’s reminded me it will soon be time to put together the annual Budget Smart Girl holiday gift guide. We had a one day pass to one of the local Sam’s Club and decided to take a trip there on Saturday. I used to belong to Costco but let my membership lapse about three years ago. It’s always interesting to see what they have and to compare prices. In fact, the key to getting the best deals at any warehouse store is being…

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    The First Annual Budget Smart Girl’s Guide to Halloween-Part Two

    Let’s start the second part of the Halloween guide with a giveway- Halloween Joke Book for Kids There’s a brand-new Halloween eBook designed specifically for kids – 103 Hilarious Halloween Jokes – Riddles & Jokes Guaranteed To Keep Your Little Ghouls and Monsters Laughing by Scott Allen and illustrated by Michelle Dimuzio( $2.99). These are funny jokes that kids will enjoy – puns, riddles, and jokes – with delightful illustrations. http://www.amazon.com/103-Hilarious-Halloween-Jokes-ebook/dp/B0046A9Q78 http://search.barnesandnoble.com/books/e/9780982924723/ The author has offered to give away three copies to Budget Smart Girl readers, so just drop me an e-mail or post a comment and I’ll pick at random three winners. Giveaway finishes on midnight, Wednesday October 20th,…

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    The First Annual Budget Smart Girl’s Guide to Halloween

    It’s always fun to put together the annual holiday gift guide so I thought I’d add a Halloween one too- One Stop Shopping The folks at Target wanted you to know they have a whole bunch of Halloween related items and everything from candy to costumes for pets- www.Target.com/Halloween Halloween Crafts Part of the fun of Halloween is making crafts and here’s a site for doing just that- www.C4K555.org HALLOWEEN HAPPENINGS FOR NEW YORK BUDGET SMART GIRLS Stew Leonard’s Yonkers store announces Halloween happenings it is hosting throughout the month of October, including: free family movie nights every Friday, hayrides, and free ice cream for children in costume at the…

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    The Blog-Time To Start Thinking About Christmas Gifts?

    It doesn’t feel like fall where I live, in fact, we’ve had a few days with record breaking temperatures. I won’t complain but raking leaves when it’s this hot isn’t much fun. I had plans to make soups and stews, some for eating, some for storing in the freezer but the warm temps changed my mind. The warmer weather makes the holidays seem months away when in reality they’re not. One thing that got me thinking about holiday gifts was the October 18th issue of Woman’s World. I love that magazine for all the great money saving articles and recipes and in this issue they had a two page feature…

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    Is it Ever Okay to Splurge?

    Sticking with a budget is a lot like dieting. You start out with good intentions but somewhere along the way you get tempted. My approach to staying with a budget is the same as the one I take when I want to lose some weight. You’ve stayed with the low calorie foods, you’re close to your goal and while you shouldn’t over indulge, there’s nothing wrong with rewarding yourself with a job well done. It’s the same principle with your budget. You’ve stuck with your meal plan; you’ve been using coupons, so once in awhile you’ve got to reward your efforts. There’s always room for some luxuries and here’s how…