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    The Blog-Coupon Giveaway

      Here’s the reader giveaway I told you about last week. Kettle Cuisine is launching a line of new soups in February and they’ve offered one reader some coupons for their product. Just e-mail me or leave a comment on the site by Midnight Eastern on February 2nd, 2011 and I’ll pick one at random. The soups are only available in the US right now so the giveaway is open to US residents only. Here are the three varieties that will be offered next month-  Thai Curry Chicken Gluten free: Chicken Soup w/ Rice Noodles Vegetarian: Three Bean Chili Kettle Cuisine’s soups are available nationwide at Whole Foods Stores, as well…

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    Add Some Pizzazz to Six Gourmet Soups

    Canned soups always seem to be on sale, especially tomato and chicken noodle. I always keep some in reserve for those days when I don’t feel like making homemade. However, sometimes adding a few ingredients to these canned varieties can turn them into almost gourmet treat. Here are six of them and what I’ve added to give them some pizzazz-   Tomato     There’s so much you can do with the tomato variety. I’ve add salsa and topped it with sour cream and shredded cheese. Sometimes to make it more of a meal, I’ve served it with cornbread which I’ve added chopped chile peppers. Leftover pasta works great with tomato…

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    Soup, a Great Budget Meal

    I can’t think of a better comfort food than a bowl of homemade soup. It also makes a great bargain meal for many reasons- Low Cost Ingredients Most items you use to make soup aren’t that expensive…vegetables and cheaper cuts of meat that usually tenderize during this slow cooking process. A Hearty Meal in a Bowl Thicker soups like split pea or chili contain lots of fiber that fill you up quickly. Soups containing dairy products add a satisfying richness that tricks us into thinking we’ve eaten an elaborate meal. Meal In Itself Serve a soup containing a protein and some vegetables, add some great crusty bread, and you’ve got yourself one…

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    The Blog-Check Those Bills

    My late father taught me lots of things about watching your money. One was checking every bill you receive. These days we’re all busy and it’s easy just to write a check and put it in the mail. However, that can cost you money. Just this week we had two bills that had errors on them. First one was from the dentist. We’d paid the bill two weeks ago and got sent a second notice just ten days later. Second one was the cable company who charged us for a call out visit when a technican needed to stop by to update some outside wiring because of some upgrades the company had done. If we’d paid these…

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    Bargain Foods…that are good for you too

    With food prices set to go up this year…I think I saw some evidence of this at the grocery store the other day, it’s time to start thinking about foods that give you the biggest bang for your buck. Here are some of my favorites- Canned Salmon When fresh salmon goes on sale I buy it in bulk and freeze it, when it’s back to normal prices I opt for the canned variety. Pink salmon is a bargain, even red salmon isn’t that expensive. In the summer I use it on salads, in sandwiches, pair it with sliced cucumbers and it’s one of the best combinations. I sometimes use it with…

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    Stop Wasting Food

    We all do it…buy food, forget to eat it and the garbage bin becomes the recipient of our wasted dollars. Vegetables always seem to be my Achilles’ Heel. Sometimes I’m cleaning out the produce bin and find an item that I can no longer identitfy. So one of my New Year’s resolutions is to make sure that doesn’t happen…or at least less often in 2011. Whatever your Achilles’ Heel, here are some things I’ve found helps keep me on track. Plan Ahead I know this take extra time and most of us don’t have a lot of it right now. However, when you’re putting together your shopping list think about…

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    The Blog-Great Coupon Finds

    Sometimes coupons show up out of the blue. While I was shopping last week I walked by the freezer section that houses the vegetarian food and saw this booklet on a display. It’s for Morningstar Foods and lucky for me I always buy a few packages of their veggie burgers to keep in the freezer. The coupons aren’t just 50 cents or less but one’s for $3. Okay, you have to buy more than one item but like I said these products are great for the freezer. They’re on my top five list of things to ‘make’ for dinner when I’m out of time. The booklet also has a form you…

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    Organizing for the Budget Smart Girl

    I hope you enjoyed the expert tips on getting organized. The biggest hurdle for me is finding organizing items that fit into my budget so here are some tips and everyday items I’ve found and I hope they give you some ideas too- The One Stop Organizing Site This site www.onlineorganizing.com is a great place to start. It has lots of links, articles, templates, etc. So take an hour or so doing some browsing and making notes. It’s Free Someone told me about this site a few years ago http://www.cozi.com/  It’s free to register and use and you can create a shopping list and coordinate everyone’s schedule. They Used to Have…

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    An Expert’s Advice on Organizing on a Budget

      If you’ve been following Budget Smart Girl posts for a year or more you might remember Regina Leeds ‘The Zen Organizer’ who gave us some great tips about organizing our finances. She’s back to answer my questions about ways we can get organized on a budget. Check out her book on organizing and also her new one called One Year to An Organized Life with Baby…looks like this would make a great baby shower gift! Visit Regina’s Web site and blog at http://www.reginaleeds.com/, www.oneyeartoanorganizedlife.blogspot.com   Budget Smart Girl (BSG)-What mistakes do most of us make (especially when we’re on a budget), when we start organizing? Regina Leeds (RL)-People are busy, stressed…

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    The Blog-Dollar Store Finds

    It’s the second week of the New Year and already my resolution has been broken…trying to keep my desk more tidy and organized. This week’s focus on Budget Smart Girl is all about ways to get organized on a budget. I sometimes wish I had extra money for a professional to organize everything for me but until then it’s fun to find creative and inexpensive ways to do it yourself. One expert will share her tips with us and then I’ll be sharing some of my own budget friendly ways to stay organized. Speaking of places to look for cheaper items, I made a trip to the dollar store last week in…