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    July Budget Smart Highlights

    Hope your summer (or winter), is going well. It’s hard to believe that it’s almost August. While I have achieved lots on my to do list, there’s still a lot I haven’t started to tackle. Two things I wanted to learn this year were making sourdough bread, did that, and finally, learn to use a pressure canner, got that achieved this month. Have any of you been growing vegetables this year? The weather’s been hot with little rain which has been a drawback, and what has been growing has been enjoyed by rabbits. Well, at least something got some tasty treats. Yesterday, I canned salsa. I like to think of…

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    Money Saving Tip-Eat in Abundance

    Each month, check out what’s in abundance and plan meals around it. For example, this month, I’m seeing lots of berries, tomatoes, and cucumbers on sale. Another tip is to buy extra and preserve them for times when these items aren’t plentiful and therefore will cost more.

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    Money Saving Tip-Bells and Whistles

    Do you really need all the up to date, high tech features on appliances, cars…all those bells and whistles? If you’re looking for something new or thinking about replacing say, an old refrigerator, don’t be talked into buying something with all the time saving features or features that do the work for you. Not only do they cost more but they seem to increase the odds of something going wrong. And then the final downfall is when they need fixing, the cost is usually a lot more than the basic no frills model. If you can, go back to the basics because you save money not only now but in…

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    Money Saving Tip-Great Value Protein

    I probably don’t have to tell you that proteins like meat and chicken are going up in price…sometimes weekly. A great way to get protein that is also one of the best values at the store, is to use beans. Either using them as the main component of the meal, for example a bean burrito or black bean burger or adding beans to make meat go further in a dish. Canned beans are a favorite pantry staple of mine but dried beans can save you even more money. Another great thing about beans is the variety is endless and each one has a slightly different taste so you’re bound to…

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    Money Saving Tip-Don’t Forget Your Calculator

    Our money saving tip of the day is all about looking at unit pricing instead of the overall cost. In many supermarkets, you’ll see two tags pinned to the shelf underneath a product. One gives you the price, the other the price per ounce, per pound etc. With this information, you can compare products and see which offers you the best price. It’s great when that work is done for you but an easy way to make your own comparisons is to grab a calculator. I find myself doing that when I’m buying things on line. Is it a better buy to purchase the 2 pound bag of flour or…

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