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    Do You Know How You’re Going To Make Money?

    My post the other day was centered on finding your passion? The next thing you need to figure out is how you’re going to channel it into something that makes you money. Are you working a full time job and thinking about taking a side gig? Or do you want to quit your job and take the plunge and launch your own business? Maybe it’s a bit of both things, you’ll continue to work at your job and launch your own business that you’ll pursue in the evening and at weekends. Are you going to put a hobby to good use. Maybe you make sweaters or clothes that you can…

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    What’s Your Passion?

    Let’s kick off the making money journey with a question. What’s your passion? If you had to explain it in one sentence what would it be? I’m a firm believer in when you choose a business or a side gig, it’s best to go with something that you’re passionate about. Sure, you can choose the hot trend of the year, something that you know others are making thousands of dollars doing, but if it’s not something that you’re passionate about, it’s not going to last…you’re not going to last. When you work for yourself, you’ve got no one telling you what to do next, no boss watching over your shoulder making sure…

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    An Honest Review of PDFelment

    Here’s a review of some software I did for my writing site, This Writer’s Life www.thiswriterslife.com and thought the product might be a good fit for BSG too as we’re now focusing on launching a business and I think this software could be helpful. I’ve never reviewed products here at TWL before but I was recently approached by a company to do just that. So disclaimer up front, I received the product in exchange for an honest review. What is the product and why did I agree to review it and share it with you? It a software program called PDFelement and it’s made by Wondershare Software LLC. At first,…

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    New Beginnings

    I’ve been telling you about the overhaul for BSG for a few weeks, and today it kicks into gear. No longer will you find post on clipping coupons, pantry makeovers or anything you’ve seen before. This site is now geared toward ways to start a business, put a business you already run into high gear, or even just ways to make some extra income. It will be focused on freedom and finding a way to live the life you dream about. I’ve been working for myself for close to 20 years. It’s not something I set out to do. My last outside employer type job was as a publicist. I loved it…

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    Meal Prepping for Budding Entrepreneurs

    Here’s part two of the meal planning meal prepping post. Tomorrow the newly focused BSG begins so stay tuned. Meal planning and meal prepping are often confused, but these are actually two entirely different things. With meal planning, you are simply deciding what the future meals will be. When you meal prep, you actually buy those ingredients, then start getting certain aspects of the meal prepared, so that very little needs to be done each day when cooking time arrives. Types of Meal Prepping There are two basic elements to meal prepping: chopping vegetables and putting ingredients for meals into containers, and actually cooking some aspects of the meal and…

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    Meal Planning For Busy People

    Budget Smart Girl will soon start focusing on ways to make money, building a business, earning more income. One thing that can get in the way is deciding what’s for dinner. To kick off our new focus here’s a two part post. This first one will be about meal planning, tomorrow’s all about meal prepping. What is Meal Planning? Before you can start on your meal prep, you need to plan your meals. Naturally, this is what you are going to focus on with meal planning. Meal planning is nothing more than figuring out what meals you are going to make in the near future. It can be as detailed…

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    Budget Smart Girl is Changing

    I told you a few weeks ago that I was thinking of rebranding this site. After much brainstorming, I’ve decided that instead of focusing on saving money, it’s new theme should be making money. You can learn how to save at the store or whatever just about any where these days so I want to give you something different. The site will show you ways to make money, be it a side gig, starting your own business, selling your arts and crafts…you get the picture. While there still might be the odd post or two about ways to save time, and yes, recipes you can easily make while you’re busy building your empire,…

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    Classic Beef Stew

    If you’re in an area where it’s super cold right now, then you’ll appreciate this recipe for beef stew. It’s a stick to your ribs sort of comfort food that will feed a crowd – or leave plenty of leftovers for lunch the next day. And if you prefer yet another comfort food on a cold winter’s day, you can leave out the potatoes from the stew and serve mashed potatoes on the side. Prep time: 20-25 minutes Cook time: 1½ – 2½ hours Serves: 8 Ingredients: 2 T. extra virgin olive oil 3-4 cloves fresh garlic, minced 8 oz. white mushrooms, sliced 2 lbs. beef stew, cut into 1”…

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    Free Magazines, Imperfect Produce, Your Feedback, and Oh Yes, Another Giveaway!

    We all love free, right? I stumbled upon this site this other day that had a list of where you can get free magazines. Check out other stuff on their site such as a way to get other freebies… 67 Free Magazine Subscriptions by Mail (with No Strings Attached!) I might be in the minority here, but I do love lots of fruits and veggies in my diet. My preference is for organic but they can be pricey especially this time of the year. Someone told me about this site which delivers to your door not so perfect produce at lower prices than in a store. There’s nothing wrong with the produce…it’s…

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    Southwestern Chicken Soup/Stew

    This delicious, one-skillet dish packs a ton of flavor into every bite. Adding some fresh lime juice and cilantro right before serving really brightens the flavors and pulls them all together, but it’s optional. This pairs perfectly with rice and/or cheese bread or biscuits. Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 60 – 80 minutes. Serves: 8 Ingredients: 2 T. extra virgin olive oil 3-4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs Salt and black pepper, to taste 6 c. chicken broth, divided 4 ears fresh sweet corn, husked and kernels removed 2 15-oz. cans black beans, rinsed and drained ½ c. fresh tomatoes, chopped 1 small jalapeno…

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