The Blog- Free Jeans and Dinner for a Dollar

I realized last week that I’ve been spending most of my time wearing jeans around the house and when I run errands. Realizing that, I knew I had to buy another pair. The price of most jeans won’t break the budget, but I still like to find a bargain. I was sitting working at the computer and happened to glance at my organizer and saw I still had a Kohl’s $10 gift card I hadn’t used. I also remembered that the week before Kohl’s had sent a $10 off card through the mail. Now I’m thinking could I buy myself a new pair of jeans for $20? Yes, I did. I found a pair for just $19.99. Now I have a reserve pair of jeans that cost me zero dollars.

You know I’m a big fan of checking books out of the library before I buy them…if I buy them at all. Books about saving money and cooking meals for less have been on long waiting lists lately, but I finally got my copy of Dinner for a Dollar. 50 Family Friendly Recipes for under $1. It’s published by Good Housekeeping-Hearst Books. And although it was published in 2006, I think most of the meals could still be made for under a $1. They have a ton of vegetarian and pasta recipes that look great and are made from healthful ingredients. I hope to get some extra time and make a couple of the dishes and freeze them. If you can find a copy, it’s worth checking out.

This week on Budget Smart Girl, The Budget Smart Girl Newsletter will be back next month, but in the meantime, I’ll be posting links to some articles I found about ways to save money. As it’s back to school time; and if you don’t already take your own lunch to work, some ideas for adding some pizzazz to brown bag lunches.

Have a good week.

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