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    Web Site Shout Out-The Penny Hoarder

          Here’s a new feature I thought I’d start on Budget Smart Girl. A shout out to sites, people, products, whatever  I think you should check out for their great content or ideas. My first shout out is to The Penny Hoarder. How did I hear about this site? Someone named the penny hoarder became one of my followers, I followed them back thinking they were simply someone who was watching their pennies. I was wrong, wrong, wrong. It wasn’t until a few months ago that someone told me about the great site called The Penny Hoarder that I decided to check it out. Wow, I was impressed and…

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    Asian-style Grilled Fish Tacos

    The folks at NAKANO sent me this recipe to pass along to you. I think it’s perfect for a hot summer day. Makes: 8 Tacos   Ingredients: Dressing: 3 tablespoons NAKANO Natural Rice Vinegar 2 tablespoons low-sodium tamari or soy sauce 2 tablespoons honey 1 tablespoon dark sesame oil Slaw: 3 cups shredded cabbage (purple and/or Napa) 1 cup shredded carrot (3 carrots) 1/4 cup chopped green onions (3 green onions) 1/4 cup thinly sliced radish (2 radishes) 1/4 cup chopped cilantro Tacos: 8 corn tortillas, warmed 3/4 pound (12 ounces) white fish, grilled 1 avocado, sliced   Directions: In a large bowl, whisk NAKANO Rice Vinegar, tamari, honey and sesame…

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    February Savings

        It’s a short month but Georgine says lots of items are on sale- February means the Super Bowl, Ground Hog Day, Fat Tuesday, Valentine’s Day, Presidents Day, Chinese New Year, and winter! All great reasons to have sales. The best deals will be on appliances, fragrances, winter apparel, especially at Target and Bloomingdale’s, and cars; sales start during President’s Day weekend so get in on the discounts, rebates, and low financing offers. TVs and Electronics Look for electronics like large screen TVs, especially last year’s models. Flowers If flowers and chocolates are a must, shop early or late, NOT on the 13th or 14th when some stores may…

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    Quick and Easy Nacho Mac and Cheese

      Not sure where this week went but as promised here is the quick mac and cheese recipe using some of the leftover mix from Monday’s tofu recipe. I always keep cans of various types of soup in the pantry so the nacho flavored one took care of the sauce part of this recipe, speeding things even more. I also had some cherry tomatoes that needed to find a recipe and thought they gave this dish some color. Also had some half and half leftover and used that but milk or even non-dairy milk will work too. If you wanted to add more to it you could use tuna or…

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    December Savings With Georgine

    Here’s Georgine’s final post of the year- It’s the last month of the year, and the busiest! To help you save during this expensive time here is what you can look for to be on sale in the stores you shop: You can get some great prices on an outgoing computer model. If you don’t need all the latest bells and whistles you can get a great price on a speedy, technology-current computer for at least 40% off the regular price. Cookware always pops up as a favorite gift. You’ll find everything from platters, casserole dishes, and small appliances at lowered priced ready to be wrapped and given. Are you…

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    November Savings With Georgine

      It’s November already and means the holidays are here. To help save money during this hectic, stress-filled time here is what you can look for in sales and specials at your favorite stores: TVs will be on sale, especially as we near Black Friday. But in case you haven’t noticed, lots of stores are jumping the gun to promote sales before the day after Thanksgiving. You can grab a deal because the newer models will be out soon. Boutiques will be clearing their inventory so if you need a wedding gown or dress, between now and Christmas, this is the time to browse. Baby items drop in price this time of…

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    October Savings

      Georgine has plenty of tips to share with you this month- The leaves are starting to fall! That means the prices are starting to fall too. Look for savings on grills and BBQ equipment that can be saved for next year, or better yet, that can still used currently. Columbus Day is coming up so there will be lots of sales. Remember, sale prices go back to regular price when the promotion is finished. Clearance prices stay or go lower. If you are lucky enough to have a fireplace you can warm up your home on these chilly days without turning the heat up. Be sure the wood you use to burn…

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    September Savings

      Georgine tells us about lots of items going on sale now that summer’s winding down- September already! Where did the summer go? While we’re still enjoying the remaining warm days, if you want to get out and exercise, bikes are on sale. Throughout the fall you will get some great prices especially on last year’s models. If you want to plan ahead for a holiday gift, now would be the time to buy. Other summer staples to keep your eyes opened for are sales on grills and lawn mowers. Stock up on reduced utensils, charcoal, and lighter fluid that you can save for next year. If you’re into gardening…

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    Fruit Drinks for Half The Price

    I didn’t have time to post a Friday Rambling so let’s call this one a mid-week one.   Fruit Drinks for Half the Price One way to be budget smart is to find ways to make the things you like for a lot less. Case in point non-alcoholic drinks served in lots of restaurants. They cost anywhere from $4-6 and on top of that they’re mostly ice cubes and no refills I admit they’re delicious but this summer I’ve been trying to come up with a few of my own. I’ve found a basic formula that you can tweak to your own liking or using what you have on hand.…

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    August Savings

      Georgine has lots of ideas for saving money this month- August means summer is almost over. Don’t despair because there are lots of bargains and sales in the stores whether you are going back to school or work. If your air conditioner isn’t keeping you as cool as you like, now would be a good time to replace it. Prices drop with the temperature. This goes for lawn mowers and garden equipment as well. You’ll save by buying now. At the end of the month patio furniture and accessories should be down to rock-bottom prices. If you’re a camper, check out the prices now so your Labor Day weekend…