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    The Annual Budget Smart Girl’s Guide to Stocking Stuffer Gifts

        Sometimes shopping for gifts for stockings can be the most fun. This year’s guide features everything from musical instruments to books. Something Everyone Could Use One of my goals for 2011 is to keep my office desk more organized so I was happy to receive this custom made calendar from Tukaiz http://www.tukaizproducts.com/  The desk calendar stands 5″W x 7.5″H with a built-in easel and costs $14.99. The wall calendar is the classic 11″ X 17″ hanging calendar with double-wire binding and costs $19.99.      Blooming Buddies   No stocking for the children would be complete without a book and this one really caught my eye-  Blooming Buddies in the…

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    The Blog-It’s Cyber Monday

    Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and found some bargains on Black Friday. If your e-mail inbox is anything like mine, right now it’s being flooded with deals for Cyber Monday. Seems like everyone I’ve bought something from or signed up for their newsletter has something special to tell me about. And if you haven’t heard this tip before, if you do sign up to receive coupons and/or company newsletters create a separate e-mail account for them. I have taken advantage of a couple of the deals today. Mostly free shipping on items I was intending to buy anyway. If you’re going to stock up on things, today’s the day to do just…

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    Holiday Gift Guide #4

    Holiday Gift Guide #4 Here is the last of this year’s holiday gift ideas. Some of these items are not only a budget friendly price but a few of the companies are donating part of their proceeds to various charitable causes. Next week it’s the Annual Stocking Stuffer Gift Guide featuring as always items under $20. Saves Energy     I love gifts that are practical and if they save me money too so much the better. This one fits the bill-forget the tangled mess of cords and the need for multiple outlets – charge all of your family’s devices and gadgets in one place; stay organized and clutter free.  By providing kids (and husbands)…

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    The Blog-Ways to Save Money Article

    It’s a short work week so I’ll make this a brief blog and welcome to all the new visitors who found the site from the recent article on Bankrate and Yahoo. And for those of you haven’t seen it yet, here is the link to the article where I was interviewed along with Jonni McCoy of Miserly Moms- http://financiallyfit.yahoo.com/finance/article-111338-7444-1-frugal-ways-to-save-at-least-100-a-month?ywaad=ad0035&nc And one reader sent me this link to her daughter’s site on Etsy. If you’re looking for jewelry or thinking about giving it as a gift this year, check out Sara’s store. http://www.etsy.com/shop/SaraWasHere?ga_search_query=sara+was+here&ga_search_type=seller_usernames And if any of you have your own Etsy store, I’d be happy to include a link to it in…

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    Holiday Gift Guide #3

    More ideas for Holiday gifts… Christmas Cookie Care Package  It wouldn’t be the Holidays without cookies and I thought this was a novel idea from The American Lung Association. The Cookie Care Package ($25) includes three Christmas-themed cookie cutters, the Christmas Seals apron and an 11 oz package of sugar cookie mix with red sprinkles. And everything is packaged in a festive white box so no gift wrapping is required. They also have their 2010 Christmas Seals Collectible Ornament ($7.95) which is shaped like a present with a festive red bow, features Santa’s very own reindeer. Visit www.shoplungusa.org/xmasseals/   (I’ve seen both of these gifts and I think anyone would be happy…

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    Budget Smart Girl Holiday Gift Guide #2

    Here is the second of the annual holiday gift guides- Etsy I was going to mention Etsy www.etsy.com  in my upcoming article on last minute gift ideas but then two people contacted me telling me about their Etsy stores so here they are. The first one is Minor Obsession featuring one of a kind jewelry, and second one, Spritely Moon offering some cute hats and accessories (various prices)   http://www.serena1394.etsy.com http://www.spritelymoon.etsy.com Post Holiday Workout   Don’t know about you but when January rolls around, clothes start to feel snug. Giving the gift of a personal trainer is probably out of reach for most of us but this 6 Week Workout Program…

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    The Blog-Great Budget Related Articles

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas and what a difference a week makes. Last Monday while I was writing the blog, it was warm and we were set to break some old records for the warmest day in November. Today as I look out of the window, yes, there’s snow on the ground. One good thing about it, is it puts you in a holiday sort of mood. Seems the Internet is also in a holiday mood, here are some great articles I found this last week- Yes, we all make budget mistakes- http://finance.yahoo.com/news/5-Big-Budget-Mistakes-to-usnews-3714410494.html?x=0 The countdown to Thanksgiving begins- http://shine.yahoo.com/event/holidaymoments/bon-appetits-thanksgiving-checklist-2406016/ I read this yesterday and thought it was…

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    Annual Gift Guide #1 and giveaways

    Here is the first of this year’s BSG Gift Guides. These are items that are also being offered as a giveaway prize too. Rules are simple-either e-mail me or leave a comment on the site telling me what giveaway you want to win. Winners will be picked at random. Giveaways are open to US residents only and will be mailed to you by the sponsoring company/business. You have until midnight Eastern time on November 30th, 2010 and I’ll announce the winners on the blog the following Monday. Good luck to everyone and don’t be shy about entering. And a big thank you to all of the following companies for offering these prizes. Giveaway #1…

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    Shopping Sites To Check Out and some gift suggestions

    Don’t know if you’ve started your holiday shopping yet but here are some sites you might like to check out, one, for comparing prices, two, gifts with proceeds going to good causes, and three, ones where I found some interesting products and/or free shipping. I didn’t quite know how to fit them into the Gift Guides so here they are- Once in a Blue Moon You might remember me mentioning this online thrift store www.gone-tomorrow.com  awhile back. They have some great finds and the owner, Sharon asked me to point out the military survival bracelets that support those people serving our country. Just $5 and made by an army wife.…

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    The Blog-Gearing Up for the Holiday Guide

    Before I forget yet again. I didn’t include this month’s reader tip in last week’s newsletter so here it is- ‘I purchase coupons from Ebay in bulk on things that I use all the time. I always buy Welch’s refrigerated grape juice which I could pay five dollars for at the local smaller store or $1.84 at Target if I use their coupons. I also use grocery game Lori W’. Well, I spent a good part of last week reading through all the great holiday gift suggestions I was sent. Lots of good stuff to tell you about and like last year, I think there’s enough stuff for three guides…