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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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    Kick Off The New Year with Savings

      Georgine helps us kick off the New Year with news about what’s on sale in January- Happy New Year! Fitness and Weight Loss Everyone wants to shed those pounds we packed on over the holidays so you’ll find gym membership deals galore. You will also be able to snag some great prices on treadmills, weights, and other home fitness equipment. White Sales The next biggest best bet is White Sales. Stock up on sheets, towels, and other linens like comforters, and even bed skirts while prices are low. Try to shop at the bigger stores because they’ll have the biggest discounts. Clothes Also, fall suits, slacks, and blouses are making way…

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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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    Tips for Holiday Shopping and Some Gift Ideas

    Black Friday’s only three days away and the start of the holiday shopping season so for this post I thought I’d include some tips I’ve learned over the years and the first of the BSG Gift Guide These days you don’t have to wait to get the newspaper on Thursday to see what stores are offering on Friday you can go online and check them out at- https://blackfriday.com/ Some stores even have sales going on right now which I think means it’s more competitive than ever which is always a good sign for shoppers. Do Your Research and Homework This is a tip for all year long and not just at…

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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…