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    The Blog-Quick Meals Using What’s in the Garden

    I spent a good part of Saturday morning weeding and cleaning the herb garden. I first planted it about six years ago and one thing I’ve learned is herbs are fast growers. They also give basic foods some gourmet flavor too. After moving from the herb garden to cleaning the area around the pond, I decided a quick supper was just want we needed. With some many herbs on hand, I found a cheese pizza in the freezer and topped it with chopped tomatoes (fresh and sun dried) and chopped herbs, like oregano and basil. It made the low cost pizza taste a whole lot more expensive. Many of the…

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    Buy It or Make Your Own

    During every trip to the supermarket I ask myself is it cheaper for me to buy that item already prepared or should I make my own. It’s not only money that I base my decision on, time plays a factor too. Here are some guidelines I’ve come up with and items I will and won’t buy already prepared. Time/Convenience If you’re short on time then opting for readymade makes perfect sense. One great example is potatoes, whether they’re mashed, oven roasted etc. I keep at least one package of each in the freezer or pantry. And the great thing is instant potatoes taste a lot better than they used to…

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    The Blog-Two Sites Worth Checking Out

    I often think wouldn’t it be great to have some experts on hand to help you with things like organizing your house. I saw this on the CBS Early Show site. They’re offering the chance for a family to get a makeover. If you’re interested check out www.cbsnews.com/sections/earlyshow/main500202.shtml Look at the right hand side of your screen and you’ll see Let Us Give Your Family a Free Makeover, click on it and it’ll tell you how to enter. And every week someone sends me information about a new money or budget related Web site. Here’s one I received just this morning that I thought you’d like to check out www.moneymindedmoms.com…

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    More Ways to Stretch Your Food Dollar (and some recipes)

    Entering the Grocery Challenge contest? Here are some more ways to help stretch your food dollar along with some recipes. Shop at the Drug Stores Don’t just think of the supermarket when you’re buying groceries. Sometimes you can get better deals at places like Walgreens and CVS Pharmacy. Friends with Memberships You might not want to pay $50 for a membership to a warehouse club but for this challenge ask if friends, family or co-workers if they do and stock up some pantry essentials. When I had a membership to Costco I found things olives, sun dried tomatoes and most cheeses were great deals. And if you want to make…

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    The Blog-Looking to Buy or Sell Unwanted Items

    One of my favorite magazines is Woman’s World and every week they feature Web sites of interest to the budget minded. Last week’s issue featured sites for thrift and consignment stores and this one caught my eye www.gone-tomorrow.com Not only can you buy items directly from the site but you can also sell items on there too. I have boxes of stuff I’m thinking of putting in a garage sale but might just check this site out first. An added plus they only take 30% commission and reimburse you for shipping too. If anyone’s used them before I’d love to hear about your experience, so be sure to leave a…

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    Tips on Winning The Grocery Challenge

    For those of you who missed my blog the other week, All You magazine is holding its second annual Grocery Challenge contest. There will be ten finalists and the winner will get a $1,000 grocery card and will also be featured in the magazine. The challenge is to spend $25 or less per family member per week on groceries during a four week period. The contest runs from June 20 to July 17th. Go to www.allyou.com/grocerychallenge to sign up. Beginning June 18th the magazine will send you a newsletter featuring tips for saving money and also recipes. I’d love to see a Budget Smart Girl reader win this so to…

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    The Blog-Look For Bargains

    Hope everyone enjoyed the long holiday weekend. I took advantage of the sale going on at Home Depot, 5 bags of mulch for $10 and spent the first part of the weekend topping up the flowerbeds. I also finished two books that were in my to read list. Be sure to check out all the bargains that will be in the stores this week, picnic items…food and non food. It’s a great time to stock up and replenish the freezer. This week on Budget Smart Girl-Only four days left until the weekend so as it’s a short week, I’ll post just one article. On Thursday look for (hope this will…

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