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    The Saving Money Plan

    I can’t remember how I found out about Saving Money Plan www.savingmoneyplan.com but I’m really glad I signed up to receive the daily newsletters because I’ve saved money with coupons I’ve seen in the newsletter, found out about free stuff (you know I love both of those things!) and learned more about how to find and use coupons. I thought it was about time I shared this valuable site with you and decided to go straight to its founder, Claire Williams for all the inside information. Budget Smart Girl (BSG)-For the readers who don’t know about the site can you tell them what Saving Money Plan is all about? Claire…

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    The Blog-One of the Top Gift Guides

    I found out last week that the Budget Smart Girl’s annual holiday gift guide was named one of the best budget and green guides by Blogs.com. As the guide seems to be a popular feature, next week I’ll be featuring a Valentine’s Gift Guide…I’m already getting e-mails with lots of great and bargain priced products and yes, another giveaway for you. Someone who I’m really looking forward to chatting with at Budget Smart Girl is Danny Kofke. He’s written a book about surviving on a teacher’s salary which is full of tips we all can use to stretch our budgets. Some of you might have seen him last week on…

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    Clean Your Home For Less

    I know cleaning products won’t break the bank but I’ve been using everyday products like baking soda and vinegar for years. It not only saves money but I no longer get headaches from all the chemicals used in commercial products. I’m always looking for green cleaning tips that save money so I asked Leslie Reichert, a certified green cleaner and author of The Joy of Green Cleaning to offer some advice. Budget Smart Girl (BSG)-What ingredients/products would you recommend everyone have on hand? Leslie Reichert (LR)-There are four main basics that are: White vinegar, baking soda, lemon juice and salt. Along with those you can also use castile soap, borax…

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    The Blog-Are Prices Going Up?

    Have you noticed food prices have crept up since the holidays? I was just checking out the local supermarket flyer and noticed what used to be buy 2 for $4 is 2 now $5 or 6. Glad I stocked up during the holidays. One of things on my to do list this year is to check out Aldi supermarkets. I know I’ve been saying this for over a year, but one of these days I’m really going to shop there. If you’re wondering how the Aerogarden is going… a few days ago I noticed the first shoots starting to appear. The basil seems to be growing the fastest. I’m already…

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    Getting in Shape on the Cheap

    Isn’t it ironic that most of us make a resolution to get in shape in the dead of winter and too cold to exercise outside? Maybe that’s one of the reasons memberships to health club soars in January. Paying to join a club or buying expensive exercise equipment isn’t the only way to get and stay in shape these days. I did some searching and here are some sites and resources I found. Your Local Community Where I live there’s everything from community education classes for Pilates to yoga. There’s also a community center that offers low cost classes and membership that’s half the price of a health club. And…

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    Healthy Snacking for the Budget Minded

    I’ll be the first to admit that chocolate is my Achilles’ Heel and the odd package of gummy bears often lurks in my desk drawer, but overall, I’m pretty good at not loading the grocery card with not so good for you or your wallet treats. To start off the New Year, I asked Tracy Adler to offer some tips on healthy snacking. Tracy is mom of two, former restaurant owner and creator of Yum Yum Dishes. www.yumyumdish.com They’re sold in packs of four and help train the whole family as to what a normal portion size should be. Tracy kindly sent me some bowls and now I fill them…

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    Never Waste Food Again

    This year I’m determined to stick with my resolution never to waste food again. I’m usually good about using everything but once in awhile the odd piece of fruit or vegetable heads to the garbage bin. Here are some creative ways I’ve found to use every last piece of food sitting in the fridge or pantry. Hope you can put some to good use. Combine Ingredients Sometimes I open the fridge and have half a cup of this, half a cup of that…not enough to make a meal but if you combine some foods you get a side dish or the beginnings of dinner. At Christmas I had a about…

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    Budget Resolutions (or goals)…and sites to get you organized

    I usually have my New Year resolutions all worked out by the time Christmas rolls around. This holiday, I didn’t. So this week when I’ve had a spare minute or two I’ve been making notes about what I want to achieve this year. Lots of things are on my list and most are about saving money on just about everything, but my top priority is the food budget. Here are some of my goals, they might be yours too. Make More Ready Made Meals This was on my list last year. I did make some meals now and then but this year I want to be more consistent. Which leads…

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    The Blog-Another Year of Savings

    It’s 2010 and I haven’t made any New Year resolutions yet. Most of will be budget related. One is to finally get my master grocery list finished. I always think it’s done and then I find something else to add to it. Another resolution is to get a vegetable garden planted. That was on my list last year and never seemed to happen. I’ll be getting off to a great start with my Aerogarden. I haven’t got it up and running yet but when I do I’ll let you know how it’s going and post some photos. Another goal is not to throw away any food. I hate doing that…

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