• Friday Round Up

    Friday Round Up-Save Money On Soap (that’s ugly)

          Good Friday to you and it’s the last one in February. The weather’s taken a winter like turn but I know spring is around the corner. The Ragu Giveaway I don’t know if there was a glitch in the system last week or what, but no one entered the Ragu sauce giveaway so I’m running the contest again. The first person to e-mail me, gets the Ragu sauces. Ugly Soap I’m a huge fan of artisan soaps and if you’ve tried buying them you’ll know they’re pricey. However, as every Budget Smart Girl knows there’s always a way around the price. While I was doing some research…

  • Budget Smart Cook

    Save Some Dough on Whole Wheat Bread…yes, excuse the pun!

    For those of you who are new to the site and maybe this post doesn’t make sense I’ve been experimenting with various recipes to make homemade bread. What exactly made me determined to come up with the perfect one? In one word, the price. I like whole wheat bread and where I live, to get anything decent tasting, is close to $4. It might not seem like a lot but when you use if for toast for breakfast, sandwiches for lunch, and sometimes a snack, loaves disappear fast. And who doesn’t like the smell of homemade invading the house or the feel of dough as you knead it on the…

  • Friday Round Up

    Friday Round Up-Ragu Sauce Giveaway

      Good Friday to you. It’s unseasonably warm where I’m at. The sun is shining, birds are singing, and it’s hard to believe it’s mid-February. I hope it’s as warm and springlike where you’re at. And before I forget, thank you to everyone who sent me an e-mail letting me know you were still getting the posts from the site…you guys are the very best!   Let’s start off this round-up with one of my favorite things to share with you…a giveaway. Remember the recipe I posted the other week using the Ragu Sauce I received? The very nice folks at Ragu want to give you five of their new…

  • Friday Round Up

    Friday Round Up…it’s back

    I thought I’d try and get back to my regular schedule of posting a Friday Round-Up each week. If you’re new to the site that means it’s a post about everything I’ve found useful that’s money related, things I’ve done, purchased bought, or even tried that I think you might want to know about so here we go… Retirement Book First up, and I mentioned this in another post, I’ve been reading lots of books focusing on tips and advice about money, investing and saving for your future. One book I especially liked was The Five Years Before You Retire by Emily Guy Birken. It contains lots of information about…

  • Budget Smart Cook

    Mushroom Lasagna using the new Ragu Homestyle Pasta Sauces

      I recently got to try some of the new Homestyle Ragu Pasta Sauces. I like the fact that they contain no artificial color or flavors and aren’t made with high fructose corn syrup. I’ll be making lots of recipes with the collection of flavors I was sent and my first one is this mushroom lasagna. Mushrooms have a meaty flavor so I decided to use the Thick and Hearty Flavored with Meat to enhance it even more. It’s a great way to stretch your budget and still get that rib sticking quality to a dish. Mushroom Lasagna 7 pieces of oven ready lasagna 1 23 ounce jar Homestyle Ragu…