• Budget Smart Girl's Guide

    Eating Organic Food on A Budget…yes, you can

    There’s no doubt about it organic food is not only good for you but it tastes better too. Whenever I can I try to squeeze in as much organic and natural food into my budget as I can. Sometimes it’s tough but here are some things that I’ve found work- Grow Your Own Last year and this year I’m planning on growing some organic vegetables like tomatoes. The seeds don’t cost much more than regular seeds. One place to check out is  Seeds of Change which offer both seeds and live plants http://www.seedsofchange.com/garden_center/browse_category.aspx?id=1 Farmer’s Markets Farmer’s markets are already open in some parts of the country and in others, opening…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Tofu and Peanut Noodles

    A package of ramen noodles is always inexpensive. Tofu won’t break the bank, and broccoli’s been on sale for the last month. Add them all up, throw in some peanuts and pantry standbys and you’ve got the perfect combination for a Meatless Monday meal. 2 packages ramen noodles, your choice of flavors. I used Oriental 1 16 ounce package of tofu 3 cups of broccoli florets 1/3 cup peanut butter 1/4 cup soy sauce 1/3 cup peanuts Oil As always I freeze and then defrost the tofu. Drain it well and cut it into bite size cubes and place in a glass dish and add some oil and the flavoring from…

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    Reasons to Love March

    Where I live, March usually means the long, cold winter is coming to an end and it’s a reason to celebrate. This year no snow and temperatures in the eighties. However, that’s not the only reason to smile. If you’re a Budget Smart Girl, March is one of the best months for picking up bargains. Here are my favorite picks- It’s Frozen Food Month Just about everything in the freezer section in the supermarket is on sale. Yesterday I bought great buys on frozen veggies and pizza which I always keep on hand for emergency meals. Most big name brands have some type of promotion going on. And if you’re in…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Broccoli and Mushroom Lasagna

    Sometimes I create meals around what’s on sale and what’s in the pantry. That’s how this broccoli and mushroom lasagna came about. It’s quick and easy. I used cottage cheese in place of ricotta cheese because it was also on sale and I think tastes just as good in this type of dish. Nice thing about this one is you can make it ahead of time and then just put it into the oven. It also freezes well and serves 8, so it goes a long way. 1 pound broccoli, washed and cooked until tender, break it into small florets 1 8 ounce box mushrooms…I used baby bellas as that’s what…

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    Easter Savings

    Here is Georgine’s March post and it’s all about saving money at Easter- March is a transition month. Winter is on its way out and spring is starting to show its face. Keep that in mind while shopping for Easter and other holiday outfits because you can snag some great bargains in addition to your Easter bonnet. Macy’s will always help you put your best foot forward and remember coupons and coupon codes can be used on sale items as well as full-priced merchandise. For kid’s spring fashions try Cookies Kids for a large selection at a small price. You may be surprised to find more than books when you…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Veggie Potato Nests

    Sometimes you get tired of cooking the same old recipes. That’s how I felt about the shepherd’s pie I kept making. So for this Meatless Monday dish I thought I’d try using the same ingredients but present them in a different way. The result, veggie potato nests using Yves Meatless Ground, which costs $3.48.  I decided to add the carrots to the potatoes and mash them together instead of adding them to the Meatless Grounds. 1 package Yves Meatless Ground 1 pound of potatoes, cut into quarters 3 large carrots, cut into about 8 pieces salt, pepper, butter or margarine and some milk 1 onion, diced Gravy powder, pepper, salt,…

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    Saving More of the Green With Extreme Couponing

    Here is Marcia Layton Turner’s March post- Extreme couponers are all about the green – saving it, that is. In honor of St. Patrick’s Day this month, I thought we’d talk a little about holding on to more of the green in your wallet.  Coupons are a terrific way to get more for less green. But before you even whip out your stack of coupons, there are some steps you can take to further reduce your grocery expenses.  Gift cards. Instead of using cash or a debit or credit card to pay for your groceries, invest in discounted gift cards for your favorite grocery store. There are several places to…

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    Foods You can Make Yourself

    One thing I’ve figured out recently is that some snack foods like crackers and cookies can take a bite out of your grocery budget. As my Budget Smart Girl philosphy is to never do without, I’ve been looking for recipes to make my own. The Internet is a great resource and I’ve found some I’d like to share with you- Cookies I get e-mails from Tablespoon and saw a link to a recipe for animal crackers. You save money, these use wholewheat flour, and you know what you and your children are eating- http://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/animal-cracker-cookies-recipe/1/ Focaccia If like me, you’re a fan focaccia you’ll know that it’s overpriced at the store.…

  • Meatless Mondays

    It’s Meatless Monday-Tofu and Mushroom Stew

    When an ice/snow storm hit last week, I thought of one thing, stew. There’s nothing better than eating something savory and hearty when you’ve been outside on a cold winter’s day. However, this time I thought I’d replace beef with tofu. At $1.89 for a 16 ounce package, it makes an inexpensive meal. I always buy some, place it in the freezer and then take out a couple of packages to defrost for use throughout the week. I’ve found by freezing it, it takes away some of the what I call ‘wobbly’ qualities of tofu. Just drain it well…you might have to squeeze some of the water out too. I then let it soak all…

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    Spring Fashion and Beauty Money Saving Tips from Dale

     Here is Dale’s February post and she has a new address for her site which is www.savvyspice.com   Nicki Minaj Meets Mad Men   Do you watch Mad Men? The shows costume’s alone are enough of a reason to tune into the show. I’m so excited that 60’s trends from peplum to pencil skirts are huge trends this Spring. Banana Republic has an entire line of dresses and designs inspired by the show. The Banana Republic Mad Men collection is coming soon, but there’s a few ways to start working the style now.   Keep your eye out for all the pretty peplum blooming in stores nationwide. The trend is…