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    Ways to Save with Amazon

    Before I begin, a full disclosure, I recently signed up to be an Amazon associate which means I can earn affiliate fees if anyone clicks on or makes a purchase through one of the links I’m providing in this post… and actually that’s my first tip for saving and making money on Amazon is to become one of their associates. Coupons I never thought I’d find coupons on Amazon but yes, they have them and here’s a link (no, this isn’t one of the affiliate links). You can use them for lots of stuff and another way to shave off some money from your order. https://www.amazon.com/Coupons     Prime Member and…

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    Slow Cooker Mexican Shredded Chicken

    A few of you asked for a recipe to serve with the cilantro-lime rice I posted last week and here’s one of my favorites. This delicious, healthy slow cooker recipe is as easy as it is versatile. This flavor-packed chicken is perfect for burrito bowls, lettuce wraps, (or over a bed of flavorful cilantro-lime rice0. Tip: Don’t skip the squeeze of fresh lime juice after cooking. It really brightens the flavors and pulls them all together.   Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 3–8 hours Serves: 4-6 Ingredients: 2 lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs 2 10-oz. cans Rotel fire-roasted diced tomatoes & green chilies, undrained 2 15-oz. cans black beans,…

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    Quick and Easy Cilantro-Lime Rice

    One herb I plant every year without fail is cilantro…I know it’s a love or hate it one but it does add a lot of flavor to dishes, especially quick and easy one like this rice side dish. The cilantro is already in abundance in my garden so I thought I’d share this recipe with you. Serve  it with just about anything from beef to fish, and it even gives vegetarian dishes an extra boost of flavor too.     Cilantro-Lime Rice   Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 45-55 minutes Serves: 6 Ingredients: 3 c. cooked rice* 3 T. fresh lime juice 2 t. lime zest 3 T fresh cilantro, chopped…

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    Budget Smart Girl Tries Brandless

      I recently heard about a company that sells food online. Not just any food but good for you stuff that’s organic and non-GMO. Added plus…I was told everything was $3 and shipping is free when you spend $39 or more. Last week I decided to give it a try.   The company is called Brandless. The packaging is plan and simple which reminds me of the generic products you used to see at supermarkets but I have to say the taste is a whole lot better. I haven’t sampled everything I ordered but so far, so good. The sweet potato tortilla chips…well, I’ll give them a ten. Same goes…

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    Comparison Shopping…a key to saving money

      Lots of people say online sites encourage you to spend more money than you would if you went physically shopping. Yes, that’s true if you give in to all the temptation. However, I see online comparison shopping as an adventure in saving money. Let’s face it, there are things we all have to buy now and then despite how budget smart we are. Yesterday I went in search of food for my cat…yes, an essential. I headed to the site I usually go because that’s where it’s been the cheapest, plus they offer free shipping. They were out of stock from that particular vendor and had suggestions for others. After clicking…

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    Track Your Spending

      Welcome to week one of the summer money makeover Have you decided what you’re going to tackle between now and September 1st? One of my major goals is to track my spending. It used to be much easier when I wrote checks to pay bills and buy groceries because I’d write down what I spent and who I paid, along with how much was in my account. Those days are long gone and with them my organized system of seeing where the money was going. Recently I’ve been reading lots of financial books (reviews of them coming soon), and one piece of money advice they all have in common…

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    Summer Money Makeover

      It’s not yet ‘officially’ summer but Memorial Day’s been and gone so I thought we’d kick off a summer financial makeover. What gave me the idea? Over at my writing site, I’m setting up a summer writer’s retreat where we’ll get books started or half-finished ones will get completed. It’s running from June 1st through September 1st. Three months to get something done that maybe you’ve been talking about or even just dreaming about doing. So I thought how about something similar here at BSG. What would your financial makeover look like? Maybe you want to finally set up a budget? Perhaps you want to get started on saving…

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    The Added Cost of Fear and Uncertainty

        What if it breaks, what if the car breaks down, or I lose my cell phone… We all have one of those days, sometimes one of those weeks. Put it down to bad luck or the universe not being on our side. We’re human so that makes us worry and companies know that. Sometimes it’s the fear and uncertainty of everyday living that costs us more money than it should. What got me thinking about this? I’ve been reading a couple of financial books (I’ll be reviewing them here on BSG at a later date), and both of them mentioned that oftentimes we pay more because a company…

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    Eight Ways to Buy Organic on a Budget

    I’m of a mind that thinks all food should be grown organically. Sadly, that’s not the case, so anything that is labelled organic (and not just produce), has a higher price. However, I’ve never let that stop me from buying what I love. My motto is there’s a way around every challenge. I’ve touched on this topic before but here’s an updated version of eight ways to buy organic even when you’re on a budget… Shop Sales Just like other goods on supermarket shelves, organic products have regular sales cycles. Watch for store flyers, promotions, and use that time to stock up or eat all organic fruits and veggies during that…

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    For Subscribers in The European Union

      I’m not sure if this applies to BSG (or not sure if I fully understand the whole thing), but next week the European Union has a new law coming into effect about subscribers to lists etc. I’ve been told even those of us who live in the US have to address this issue. So if you’re a subscriber based in one of the European Union countries and you don’t wish to be on the subscriber list any longer you need to unsubscribe before May 25th. Thank you-BSG.