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    Holiday Wishes

      2017 is slowly coming to an end and I know I promised I’d get back to more posts this year but I started a new venture this summer, combined with teaching and writing, I had little time or energy to do what I said I would. Hopefully 2018 will be different because I’d love to get this site back to its original pace and with that in mind, I might be switching to a different publishing platform…yes, yet again! If anyone would like to contribute a guess post please feel free to contact me at budgetsmartqueries@gmail.com.   Here’s wishing you a happy holiday season and budget saving New Year.

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    Where Does the Money Go Challenge

      Sometimes we all buy things like we’re on automatic pilot. Bills that are paid every month, grocery shopping and yes, those unplanned splurges. You check your bank account statement or your credit card bill arrives and you think surely I didn’t spend that much and just what did I buy? This month I’ve set myself a challenge to be more aware just what I’m buying and what amount of money goes where. I have a notebook and I’m writing down everything I spend for the month of July and beside it I’m making a note of what it’s for. If that amounts for more than one item then I’m breaking…

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    Book Giveaway

    Welcome to summer (or winter if you’re in the southern hemisphere). I’m working on a few new projects, also a storm took out the power and internet last week hence the lack of posting to the site. However, I’ve recently published a couple of new books and there’s a copy of each one (e-book pdf) to be won     All you need to do is sent me an e-mail or leave a comment and tell me which of the books you’d like to win, contest ends Midnight Eastern on Thursday June 22st, 2017 and I’ll pick winners at random. And here are two sites you might want to check out. First…

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    Coming Soon- Two Money Saving Books

    Once again my apologies for not posting anything in the last couple of weeks. I’ve been teaching workshops, working on some upcoming projects and working hard on two new money saving books. I’ve created a new series called Fabulously Frugal and right now I’m putting the finishing touches on book one which focuses on eating well on a budget…yes, one of my favorite topics. All going well I hope to release the book mid June. Book two focuses on living the good life for less and I hope to get that ready for an August release. Both books will be available in e and print versions and I’ll have some giveaways…

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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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    Friday Round Up-Online Grocery Shopping

      Happy Friday to you. Spring is just around the corner…well at least the calendar says it is. I didn’t find too many money related topics on the Web this week so I thought I’d turn this week’s Friday Round Up into a one topic post which is buying groceries online. I didn’t think I’d ever say this (because I love browsing supermarket shelves for interesting finds), but apart from fresh fruit and veggies and frozen foods, I’m buying most of my groceries online these days. Why? Apart from the convenience factor, I’ve found that prices are the same if not lower than my local supermarkets. Some sites I’ve been…

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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…