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    Going Green Means Saving Green

    Earth Day is this Saturday and here are five easy ways I’ve found to go green and save money at the same time-     Showers You can buy low water flow shower heads or even buy adapters to go on your current one. Neither are that expensive and if you’re think the water will just dribble out of the showerhead, you’d be surprised how the new versions are so good that you hardly notice the difference.       Dirty Laundry Where I live, putting laundry outside to dry isn’t something I can do year round but when the temperature heats up a great way to save money on electricity (and your…

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    YouTube a Goldmine for The Budget Minded

      I don’t know how many of you ever spend time on YouTube but over the last year or so I’ve discovered there’s a goldmine of information there for budget savvy people like us. With that in mind, I decided to put together a list of some of my favorite channels in various categories so here they are- For the Budget Minded A YouTuber based in Utah has this fun and informative channel called The Melea Show- https://www.youtube.com/user/Freebies2Deals Another one of my favorites is the Do It On A Dime https://www.youtube.com/user/DoItOnaDime And who can leave out The Krazy Coupon Lady https://www.youtube.com/channel/ Or even discovering free stuff…free is always good. https://www.youtube.com/user/freestufffindercom/about?…

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    Budget Smart Girl Update

      I know I’ve been saying this in what seems like forever, but I’m in the process of getting back to regular posting on the site. I’ve recently updated it, cleared out all the back archives, and it will soon be ready to re-launch. I’m hoping to bring the site back to how it was in its glory days before I got too busy and let it fall by the wayside. I even thought about selling it or handing it over to someone who would love it as much as me, but I just couldn’t do it. So thanks for sticking with me and I promise starting next week I’ll…

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    Earn Money While Spring Cleaning

      Spring is the perfect time to not only give your house a deep clean but also the ideal opportunity to do some decluttering and organizing too.  And yes, you can even make some money doing it. While cleaning isn’t one of my favorite things to do, and yes, I’ve even done it for a living, there’s something gratifying about knowing that your surroundings are clean and organized. Here are some tips I’ve used to make cleaning as painless as possible- Do a Little Each Day I used to clean every room, nook and cranny in my house on one day but I began to realize just how crazy that…

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    Are You too Busy to Save Money?

    Posting something on the site was on my to do list for today, but then as usual my morning got busier and I thought I’ll put it off until tomorrow. That’s what I’ve been doing a lot lately, and the main reason the posts have been less frequent over the last year or two. This time’s different. I’ve forced myself to sit and write something which actually made me realize what the topic of the post should be- Are we all too busy to save money? Making the most of our money and budget is all about being on top of things like bills and payments we make every week. Sometimes I’m so busy that…

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    Happy New Year

        Welcome to 2017 and the new site for Budget Smart Girl. It’s still work in progress while I work on the new graphics so bear with me for a few more weeks. I was able to transfer everything over from the WordPress.com site to this new WordPress.org site but I’m not sure if RSS Feeds and the old Feedburner signs up transfer too so do let me know if you’re one of those people and if you received this okay. So it’s a new year and what are some of your money related resolutions? My main one is to put more money into a safety net savings account. I…

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    My First Shopping Trip to Aldi

    After hearing about the Aldi supermarkets for years, last week I took my first shopping adventure there. It’s a nearly opened one and luckily only about a few miles from where I live. I’m a price shopper more than a brand one so I knew that my shopping style would probably be a good match. For those of you who’ve never shopped there, you pay 25 cents for the cart which is refunded when you take the cart back and you need your own shopping bags which I prefer anyway, plus you pack everything in what’s known as a bagging area. I have to say after my first trip there I’m a…

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    Growing Your Own Food-Post One

    If you’ve followed Budget Smart Girl for the last few years you’ll know I’ve made some feeble attempts at growing vegetables in the backyard…well apart from the rhubarb which I’m happy to say is looking great right now. However, this year as you’ve seen in previous posts I’m determined to get it right, and I’m off to a pretty good start. I started lots of seeds indoors in March (tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, cucumber, broccoli and Brussels sprouts). Some seeds I’ve direct sown into the raised beds. Veggies like carrots, beets, parsnips, bush beans and yes, even melon. The rest I’ve purchased as plants, zucchini, edamame, peas, and all the herbs I’m growing along with the…

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    Shop The Dollar Store From Anywhere

      I’ve been checking flyers online before I go shopping and it’s a great way to plan your shopping expedition and save some money. You also know where the best deals are for that week. One thing I stumbled upon by pure chance are the dollar store flyers. I kept seeing items I needed but didn’t have that particular dollar store where I live nevertheless you can still shop there. Not sure if this is news to you but did you know you can buy items from any dollar store through their online store? Great thing is you can also buy in bulk because most items are sold per dozen.…

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    Worn Just Once…yes, really

    I know most of us don’t think spring is on its way because it’s so cold, but the calendar says it is and that means budget smart girls everywhere are planning weddings. For anyone who’s ever been a bride or a parent of a bride to be, the cost of some items might make you say, that’s how much? Before you know the budget’s gone by the wayside and things are spiraling out of control. So with that in mind I checked out some sites that I hope will help you find some bargains. And if you’ve already been the bride and want to make some money selling your gown…