• Budget Smart Girl's Guide

    Saving With Coupons

    September is all about coupons. With the price of just about everything increasing, including food, using coupons can stretch your budget even more. On some of my trips to the supermarket I won’t buy anything unless I have a coupon or it’s on sale and it’s amazing how much you can save. Here are some of my coupon tips I’ve stumbled upon over the years- Meal Planning If you’re in the mood for some real penny pinching, plan meals around the coupons you have on hand. I’ve used coupons for tacos, refried beans, pizza, frozen potatoes, soup etc. Some of these meals have become favorite standbys even when I don’t…

  • Meatless Mondays

    It’s Meatless Monday-Stuffed Peppers with Spicy Tomato Sauce and Homemade Pita Chips

    Last week was all about peppers. I had red and green peppers, hot peppers, lipstick peppers…you get the picture. After an hour or so roasting them, drying them, and chopping them to put in the freezer for fall and winter eating, I still had too many peppers. As I always do, I checked what other ingredients I had on hand and brainstormed what I could make. This is the result. Peppers stuffed with a mixture of lentils, rice, and newly purchased dried apricots, cooked in a spicy tomato sauce and served with homemade pita chips. For the stuffed peppers- 6 peppers, your choice. I used smaller red ones and the…

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    September Savings with Georgine

    Georgine’s money saving tips for September Getting ready for back to school, the end of beach and pool days, and the beginning of the cooler weather all mean September. There are lots of good sales going on too. If you are in the market for a new car, after Labor Day dealers are making room for the new 2014 models so you can score a good price on a 2013. The best time to buy is during the last weekend of the month when salesmen are trying to make their quota. At gardens and nurseries you find greenery at the best price of the year. Try to look for perennials…

  • Meatless Mondays

    It’s Meatless Monday-Smoky Black Bean and Red Pepper Burger with Tomato and Corn Relish

    One thing that budget and vegetarian recipes have in common is the need for something to give them a little more pizzazz. So on each visit to the supermarket, one of my goals is to find a new ingredient that will do just that. My latest find was smoked cumin. It’s sat on the pantry shelf for a few weeks but I’ve been itching to give it a test drive. Last week I thought I’d add it to this recipe. Don’t worry if you can’t find the smoked variety, regular cumin is fine too. The relish part of this recipe was inspired by the cherry tomatoes, cilantro, and ears of…

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