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    The Budget Smart Girl Newsletter for May 2010

    This month’s newsletter is once again food focused so I hope you’ll give some of the recipes a try over the upcoming holiday weekend. The New Dirty Dozen If you remember my article about ways you can buy organic produce on a budget, you’ll know about the Dirty Dozen…produce that contains the most pesticides. The Environmental Working Group just released their new Dirty Dozen list. Check it out at www.foodnews.org/fulllist.php Remember don’t waste your money on buying produce with the least amount of pesticides. Putting on a Party or a Crafter? After visiting the local Dollar Tree store and picking up a flyer, I checked out their Web site and…

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    The Blog-Grocery Challenge

    Each time I get asked what are my favorite money saving tips, one thing that always makes it to the list is a subscription to All You magazine. The June issue arrived in my mailbox last week with more great coupons and tips. I was going to put this in the newsletter but thought I’d tell you about it here The Second Annual All You Grocery Challenge Contest. You signup at www.allyou.com/grocerychallenge. The contest runs from June 20-July 17th. The goal is to spend $25 or less per family member per week on groceries during this four week period. Winner gets $1,000. They’ll also have a blog with money saving…

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    Cooking Shortcuts

    I ask myself the same question every week, how can it be Friday already? If you’re on a budget and/or hate relying on convenience foods, you have to think of cooking shortcuts, ways to prepare meals and sneaky little tricks that can get you in and out of the kitchen when time’s not your friend. Here are some tips I’ve found to help me make it through the week- Prepare Ahead of Time I’ve recently gotten into the habit of preparing vegetables and salads on the weekends. Most of the recipes I use call for onions, carrots and celery. Now I chop and slice extra, put them in zip lock…

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    Eating Well on a Budget While You’re Traveling

    Maybe you have big travel plans this summer or just planning a few days out and about seeing local sites. Either way traveling away from home and eating out can put a dent in your budget. However, with a little preplanning, you can save money and still eat well. A Room with a Kitchen More hotels have rooms with kitchens and they’re a smart choice. Eat half your meals in the room instead of eating out and you’ll save a ton of money. If you can’t find a hotel room with a kitchen, ask if any of the rooms have at least a fridge or microwave. If the price of…

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    The Blog-Supermarket Wars

    Things are really getting interesting where I live. It couldn’t be a better time to be a Budget Smart Girl. One local supermarket’s been printing a coupon book for things like frozen foods, breads, produce. Now their biggest rival has jumped on the bandwagon. Last week their coupon book arrived in the mail. I noticed some coupons are for exactly the same products as the other supermarket but their prices were even lower. I guess when they’re fighting for our dollars, we win. It’s been another busy week for me, work wise and trying to catch up with gardening chores after a week of rain every single day. I’ve been…

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