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    What Can You Do With Canned Soup?

    Last week I told you how great tasting and budget friendly homemade soups were during fall. Well, that got me thinking about canned soups too. Companies like Campbell’s have been heavily promoting the fact that soups make a tasty budget meal. I’ve been seeing varieties such as tomato, chicken noodle, lentil, all on sale. So I when Walgreen’s was selling Campell’s tomato soup for just 69 cents a can, I set myself a goal. I’d take the soup and excuse the pun, soup it up. I’d think about what specific ingredients could be added to either boost the flavor or turn the canned soup into a meal. And I’d used…

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    The Budget Smart Girl’s Guide to Greening Your Home in a Weekend

    Greening your home isn’t just something for the rich and famous. Even if you’re on a tight budget that doesn’t mean you can’t take a few simple steps or buy some inexpensive items to make your home a greener place. An added plus for Budget Smart Girls is going green often means saving money too. Here are some things you can do in just a weekend and all for $150 and less. Green Your Cleaning I no longer waste my money buying cleaning products. I use items like baking soda, vinegar, tea tree oil and a natural brand dishwashing liquid. Together they clean everything from the windows to the bath.…

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    Fall Soups

    One thing that recharges my energy after an afternoon of raking and bagging leaves is a bowl of soup. Fall’s the perfect time to make soup, not only for eating now, but enjoying in the dead of winter. And best of all, soup’s an economical meal. And if you pair it with a side salad and bread, you’ve got yourself a complete lunch or supper. Here are my tips for making the most out of fall soups. Buy In Season One way to make your food dollar stretch even further is to use ingredients that are in abundance now. Things like squash, parsnips, potatoes, and yes, even apples. They make…

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    The Budget Smart Girl’s Guide to Making the Most of Your Clothing Budget

    I hope you enjoyed Kathryn Finney’s tips on how to recession proof your wardrobe. And here are some tips that have always worked for me- Basics Kathryn mentioned buying basic items like white blouses and black pants. I’ve found some of the best deals at the following places- Chadwick’s www.chadwicks.com. I love perusing their catalog. It gives me plenty of ideas about what’s in style and best of all, none of their items are expensive. If you’re looking for blouses, check out this link www.chadwicks.com/1/5/index253.html Another place to check out is Target, visit your local store or shop online www.target.com. One thing I like about Target is they have designer…

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    The Budget Smart Girl’s Guide to Halloween

    The shaky economy might be the scariest thing out there right now, but that doesn’t mean the Budget Smart Girl can’t have some fun on Halloween. In fact, this year I’m seeing more prices being cut before Halloween. Everything from candy to decorations. So you might not have to wait until the last minute to pick up a bargain…but of course, it never hurts to do that anyway. What’s in Your Closet? If you’re in a bind about what to wear this year and don’t the budget for something fancy, check your closet. Is there anything in there you can use? And yes, if you have some clothes from say…

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    The Budget Smart Girl Gets a Financial Education

    I can’t remember when I first heard about the MoneyClub, www.moneyclubs.com but I do know that I bookmarked the site and signed up for their newsletter. MoneyClubs is all about sharing your goals with new friends, achieving your money dreams, meeting your saving goals, and reducing your debt. Some topics we all need help with these days. MoneyClubs also has a sister site, www.wife.org, which is a non-profit organization and stands for the Women’s Institute of Financial Education and helps us ladies take control of our own finances. Candace Bahr is one of the founders of both sites and is also an investment manager. She very kindly took time to…

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    More Ideas for Leftovers

    I love it when I opened up e-mail and someone’s sent me great money saving tips or recipes. This is an e-mail I received from The Spice Hunter. It got my attention and as this week’s topic is leftovers, I thought I’d share it with you. If there’s a collective groan every time you reach for the Tupperware stockpile in your fridge, it’s probably time to spice up what you reserve. While eating leftovers saves money, time, and resources, there’s no reason eating virtuously has to be boring. Below are tips from the flavor experts at The Spice Hunter to help you transform your leftovers into a delicious meal, incognito:…

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    Leftovers…they’re not so bad after all

    I might be in the minority here, but I love leftovers. I love the challenge of finding ways to use remnants from previous meals to create new ones. And for me, leftovers are almost like eating a free meal. And with food prices on the rise, who could ask for more. Vegetables How many times have you checked your refrigerator and found a cup of green beans in one dish, maybe carrots in another? When I find leftover vegetables on the shelf, the first thing that comes to mind is soup. Some of the best testing soups I’ve ever made started out as a bowl of leftover veggies. Minestrone, cheese…

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    No Cooking Skills Required

    I think one reason that many people rely on eating out and store bought foods isn’t due to their lack of time, it’s their lack of confidence in the kitchen. Friends tell me that I’m lucky because I like to cook, that I know how to cook and that must save me a ton of money. That’s true but you don’t have to be a gourmet chef to make meals that has everyone coming back for more. Cooking Doesn’t Mean PerfectionIf you’re scared that everyone’s going to hate what you cook, take the plunge anyway. Even top chefs were once beginners and just about everyone has a disaster or two…

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    The Budget Smart Girl’s Guide to Products to Help Keep You and Your Home Warm This Winter

    These days opening your electricity or gas bill can leave you in state of total shock. Just last week, our local utility company placed a newsletter in with our bill telling us that the prices will be increasing this winter. And as yesterday morning was the first chilly one of the season, it got me thinking about inexpensive ways to keep warm this winter. So for all you Budget Smart Girls who like to stay toasty warm, here are some products I’ve found to help stretch your energy dollar. The best thing is that they’re all reasonably priced and will give you a good return for your investment. Windows Did…

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