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    The Blog-Guess I Won’t Be Shopping There Now

    I used to shop at my local co-op at least once a month. It’s not that far away but seems I’ve been too busy over the last ten months or so. On Saturday I decided to make a trip there and couldn’t believe how expensive things had gotten. I suppose these days stay away from a store more than a few months and you get sticker shock. Bulk bin items still seemed reasonable but everything else, no way would I buy it there. Seems a shame because a decade ago it was always a reliable place to shop for good bargains and great tasting food. Another thing I did last week was make some peach…

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    Friday Recipe-Toasted Salmon-Cream Cheese and Cucumber Sandwich with Lemon Pepper Fries

    I love meals that are quick to put together yet, tasty too. This one can be eaten for lunch or even a light dinner. Once again it uses ingredients most of us have on hand. I made two sandwiches but the salmon cream cheese mixture makes enough spread for at least eight but if you don’t want to make that many you can use it as a dip or for making more sandwiches throughout the week. Whole Wheat Bread, toasted 1 8 ounce package cream cheese 2 7 ounce cans of pink salmon ( I like the Chicken of the Sea Variety as there aren’t any bones or skin so no waste) Half…

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    Meet The First of New Contributors-Marcia Layton Turner

    Here is an interview with one of Budget Smart Girl’s new contributors Marcia Layton Turner. She’ll be stopping by every month to fill us in what’s happening in the world of couponing.   Budget Smart Girl (BSG)-Tell us about yourself? Marcia Layton Turner (MLT)- I’m a bestselling author and freelance writer who spends much of her day learning from others, which I love. I primarily write about two subjects – small business and saving money – and my work has appeared in BusinessWeek, Woman’s Day, Health, Parenting, Every Day with Rachael Ray and many others. When I’m not writing, I’m generally shuttling my two children to their many activities and lessons…

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    The Blog-Stocking Up for Future Meals

    My last couple of trips to the supermarket have yielded some bargain buys that I’ve decided to keep for future meals. Last week green peppers, sweet onions and baking potatoes were all on sale so when I got them home, I chopped the green peppers and froze them. The onions; half were chopped and also frozen, the rest sliced and carmelized and stored in the fridge. The baking potatoes turned into twice baked potatoes and ready for a chilly fall day. And here are some more bargains. These one pound bags of fish were just $4 each. Great eaten as is or for turning into soups and chowders for a cold snowy day. Yogurt…

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    Friday Recipe-Apple and Blackberry Crumble

    One dessert I remember from childhood is apple and blackberry crumble made by my maternal grandmother who came from a family of wonderful cooks. I hadn’t made this crumble for many years but got the incentive to do just that when I saw blackberries were on sale. It’s not quite apple season yet but they’re still a bargain. There are many crumble recipes out there, some people use powdered ginger in the topping, my grandmother used chopped ginger in the filling and I’ve kept with that tradition. This is one of the most least expensive yet delicious desserts and it’s perfect right now, or just as wonderful frozen and eaten in…

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    Sites to Check Out

    Some days time slips away from me when I get online checking out sites that I think are worthwhile visiting again or bookmarking. Here are some I found in the last couple of months that I thought I’d share with you- Storing Food for Future Meals   This summer I’ve been buying extra produce and making time to freeze or dry it. Sometimes knowing how to freeze a vegetable is easy, other times I haven’t a clue. I’ve known about this site for awhile but didn’t realize they also offered tips, videos, you name it pn how to preserve food. This link takes you to how to freeze eggplant which is…

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    The Blog-Summer is Winding Down

    I can’t believe we’re half way through August. This summer has flown by and I’m trying to catch up on all the things I’d planned to do outside this year. I also had big plans to dry herbs, can tomatoes, make jam but it’s been too hot so my motivation’s been low. One thing the hot weather has forced me to do is spend time at the computer to check out more money saving sites and items online. So this week I’ll be sharing some of my findings with you. There will also be another recipe…this time a dessert. Don’t know how many of you visit the Budget Smart Girl site each week but…

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    Friday Recipe, Tofu, Carrots, Green Beans in Peanut Sauce

    Tofu is an inexpensive but high in protein food which I use in at least one meal a week. This recipe combines it with other low cost foods like green beans…now less than $1 a pound and carrots which were on sale for 50 cents a pound this week. To turn it into a tasty treat I combine it with this peanut sauce. This recipe serves 3-4 and is perfect with rice. 1 package extra firm tofu (I freeze it for a few days, defrost it and then remove all the liquid) 3 sliced carrots 1/2 pound green beans, cut into 1-2 inch pieces oil for stir frying For the sauce- 1 cup…

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    Small Ways to Save Money

    Sometimes it seems like there’s only so many things you can do to save money. I know lots of financial experts say to concentrate on the bigger picture and not worry about the odd dollar here or there but I think it all counts. Here are some things I always rely on when I want to save a few dollars here and there- Eat What’s In Season It’s become one of my mantras and that’s try and eat only foods that are in season…or at least on sale. A great example of this is produce. A couple of months ago I had the pleasure of interviewing Pam Powell, aka, Salad Girl…

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    The Blog-Back From Break

    I managed to catch up on lots of things during my two week break. Only thing I didn’t very far with was organizing my office but at least I got started. During the coming weeks I’ll be working on giving the site a new look so if you visit and things look weird it’s just me experimenting with various formats. I’m hoping to add links to other money saving sites and blogs. Another new feature will be experts blogging at least once a month on various topics. I’ll be introducing them and their areas of expertise to you in a few weeks. So while I’ve been on break here are some articles…