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    The Budget Smart Girl’s Guide to Black Friday and Cyber Monday

    I have to admit when it comes to shopping, I hate fighting the crowds. It’s one of the top reasons I choose to stay home on Black Friday. For the last couple of years, I’ve done about 50% of my holiday shopping online, and this year, I think almost all my shopping’s going to be done via cyberspace. If you’re brave enough to face the crowd, you might want to check out these two sites before you head out the door www.blackfridayonline.com www.blackfridaycentral.com Tips for Shopping Gas Prices Gas prices might be on their way down, but you still want to save money. My advice, shop with friends or family…

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    Budget Smart Leftovers

    There are two ‘givens’ about Black Friday, shopping frenzy and leftovers. Some people love to eat turkey and stuffing three days later, some people head to the nearest restaurant just to get away from them. One thing I love about leftovers is the challenge of figuring out what to do with them. And being creative enough that people won’t realize it’s the same food they’ve been seeing two days in a row. I’ve come up with these recipes and hope you’ll give them a try if things turn desperate in your house this weekend. Turkey Divan in Pastry (Serves 4) If you want to serve something that everyone will love,…

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    The Blog-You Know Things Are Bad When…

    If there’s anyone out there who’s not still convinced that the economy’s in a slump, here’s all the proof you need. On Friday I was taking a break from writing and was reading the latest entertainment news online. The big news of the day was that the soap opera Days of Our Lives had been forced to let two of its highest paid actors go because that’s the only way it could keep the soap on NBC for the next 18 months. I thought, wow, you know things are bad when actors are given the pink slip, not for sliding ratings, but budget cuts. I guess no job is safe…

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    The Budget Smart Girl’s Guide to Gourmet Foods

    Budget gourmet might sound like an oxymoron, but even Budget Smart Girls can enjoy gourmet or gourmet like foods now and then. And here’s the good news, because the economy’s in a slump, lots of companies, yes, even those who sell high end foods are slashing prices. I searched the Web and found these sites offering gourmet foods this holiday season. They’re great for either treating yourself or giving as a gift. I’m taking a bet that others will think you’ve spent a lot more than you actually did. The Fresh Market This site has lots to offer, but check out the artisan vanilla granola for $3.99, lemon curd $4.99…

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    A Budget Savvy Cook Hosts Thanksgiving

    Just the thought of preparing Thanksgiving dinner can send most people into a panic. And this year, I’m guessing lots of people are in a panic wondering how much it’s going to cost. Here are some ways to keep the cost down. Buy A Few Items at a Time I know a few people who plan their holiday meals in September. I’ve never been that organized, but I have found one way to help lower the cost of a holiday meal (and the sticker shock when I get to the checkout) is to spread the cost over several weeks. Sometimes items like stuffing, cranberry sauce start to go on sale…

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    Sample of The Budget Smart Girl Newsletter-Rachael Ray, Couponwinner and more

    Here’s a preview of some of the type of content you’ll find in the upcoming Budget Smart Girl newsletter- Eye Glasses One thing that can really take a bit out of your budget is the cost of prescription glasses, but a new site might have the answer, check out www.eyebuydirect.com. It lets you go online to preview lots of frames with prices starting at only $7.95. Think of it as your online glass shop and the good news is you don’t have to waste time going to the store. Rachael Ray If you’re a fan of Rachael Ray, you’ll know she not only cooks great 30 minute meals, but budget…

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    The Blog-What’s So Bad About Lentil Loaf?

    While I was getting the oil changed in my car last month, I decided to walk to the library and spend an hour or so in there while the car was worked on. I passed the time by looking through some of the cookbooks and came across one for children called The Jumbo Vegetarian Cookbook by Judi Gillies and Jennifer Glossop. I skimmed through it and thought it had some great recipes that were very budget friendly. I decided to check so I could give it a test drive. The first one on my list was the vegetarian shepherd’s pie, which turned out to be a great hit at the…

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    One Ingredient for the Budget Savvy Cook

    Some of my best money-saving habits began by pure accident. Take for example, the time I was making mashed potatoes. I’d drained and mashed them, then walked to the refrigerator, opened the door, and yes, had forgotten I was out of margarine or any other type of low fat spread. I began to think, if only I’d checked before I boiled the potatoes. I thought about what I could make with a saucepan of smashed potatoes and would just adding milk really work? But then I noticed a box of cream cheese sitting in the dairy compartment. I’d seen a few of the TV chefs add it to potatoes, I’d…

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    The Budget Smart Girl’s Guide to Selling and Buying on sites…other than eBay

    I know eBay is supposed to be the best venue for selling and buying items online, but I’ve not had much luck as a seller there. A few years ago I decided to buy a few items from eBay and was pleased with the price I paid and the quality of merchandise. Thinking I’d now like to be a seller there, this past summer, I decided to sell some clothes and shoes on their site. Some items were new, so I thought I’d at least get a few bids. And taking the advice of others who’d sold stuff there, I started the bidding low. I was disappointed that not one…

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    The Blog-The Deals Are Everywhere

    I don’t know about your neck of the woods, but where I live, my mailbox is now the daily recipient of offers from local supermarkets and restaurants. Yes, they’re all trying to get my business. One supermarket is once again offering their premium deals. For every $50 you spend, you get one point, collect eight and you get a $10 gift card, 15 nets a $20 gift card and so on. Another supermarket is offering a two week deal. Week one, a $5 coupon when you purchase $50 worth of groceries, week two, $10 off a $100 purchase. And a home delivery service that was going out of business was…

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