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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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    Quick and Easy Supper-Mediterranean Cod

    Here’s a quick supper that uses cod (or any similar fish), along with peppers, onions, some herbs and olives for a good for you but budget friendly meal. In a large skillet, over medium high heat, add about two tablespoons of oil and then add one onion, sliced thinly and one green pepper that’s been thinly sliced.   Sprinkle in some salt and pepper and sauté until the onion and pepper is slightly softened.   Add a 15 ounce can of diced tomatoes.   Stir in one teaspoon each of dried oregano and basil. Add one pound of cod to the mixture, cover and let simmer for about ten minutes…

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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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    Friday Round Up-Organizing and Decluttering

      Happy Friday to you. The weather took a downward turn and it looks like winter is back. I guess last week’s 60 degree temperature spoiled me and I have to face up to reality. Roll on spring and summer.   Speaking of which… Getting Ready for Canning Season I’ve been on a decluttering and organizing binge. One of the areas in the basement that was in most disarray was the section where I keep all my canning jars and equipment. After searching online for some ideas, I stumbled upon an item called a Jar Box that’s not only a way to organize your canning jars, but keeps dust, dirt…and…

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    Homemade Ginger Ale

    I come from a family of migraine sufferers so a bottle of ginger ale has always been a staple in the pantry. (For those of you who haven’t tried it ginger ale helps with the nausea that often accompanies a migraine). While a bottle of ginger ale won’t break the bank, I thought I’d try making my own and use cane sugar instead of regular white or brown sugar. Yesterday was my first attempt and the results were so good I thought I’d share the process with you. You’ll need- A piece of ginger about two inches long. Peel it and chop it and place it in a food processor…

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    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…

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    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…

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    Why is Good Quality Bread So Expensive?

    I’ll admit it. I couldn’t go a day without at least once slice of bread. I used to think only artisan bread was expensive but these days it seems (at least where I live), prices of all types of bread have been rising…no pun intended. I’ve been buying bread from a discount supermarket and while it’s okay, it’s not that great and a couple of loaves have been shall I say, stale tasting. Over the holidays I got spoiled because the high end supermarket in town sold their artisan bread for 50% off and I got hooked. How come this bread is so pricey I asked myself, after all it’s just flour, yeast, salt, sugar…

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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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    A Simple Supper

    I recently got to try some wonderful cooking wines and a pasta recipe that I thought I’d share with you. It’s perfect for a cold winter’s night and when you’ve just returned from holiday shopping. To bring a bold boost of flavor to everyday meals this season, Holland House Cooking Wines has partnered with YouTube cooking show Tatyana’s Everyday Food to create a delectable recipe perfect for sweater weather. Tatyana’s Everyday Food and Holland House’s recipe for Bold and Smoky Pepper Marsala Pasta can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dLfQMK-1KvU. Holland House is a line of flavor-enhancing premium cooking wines that enhance sauces, marinades, slow cooker recipes, glazes and more. Bold and Smoky Pepper…