• Budget Smart Girl's Guide,  Crafts

    Easy to Make, Budget Friendly, Candy Cane Wreath

    I know some of you love to make crafts (especially during the holiday season), so I asked my friend Sue to share one of her easy to make and very budget friendly Christmas crafts with you. Sue has her own craft blog and this month’s theme is homemade cards so go check it out.     If you’re on a tight budget, yet love to decorate your house for the holidays, you don’t need to spend a fortune. In fact I have the perfect thing you can make and all the supplies are from the Dollar Store. Can’t get any cheaper than that, can you? The Dollar Store has a…

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    December Savings With Georgine

    Here’s Georgine’s final post of the year- It’s the last month of the year, and the busiest! To help you save during this expensive time here is what you can look for to be on sale in the stores you shop: You can get some great prices on an outgoing computer model. If you don’t need all the latest bells and whistles you can get a great price on a speedy, technology-current computer for at least 40% off the regular price. Cookware always pops up as a favorite gift. You’ll find everything from platters, casserole dishes, and small appliances at lowered priced ready to be wrapped and given. Are you…

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    Easy Holiday Appetizers

    WordPress whose site this blog appears on tells me this will be my 575th post! Thank you to everyone who’s been reading this since post number one. Here’s to the next 575. Easy Appetizers One thing I love about the holidays is the chance to make some appetizers or finger foods that can be made ahead of time and pulled out of the fridge or freezer when company stops by or you’re in need of a snack. Two things I always rely on are filo pastry and cream cheese. First up is a cream cheese spread that I use on crackers or cucumber slices. Leftovers, if there are any, make the perfect…

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    A Budget Smart Girl’s Guide to Last Minute Gifts…and gifts for those stockings!

    Only two weeks to go until Christmas and if you still need some items for last minute gifts or even to slip into the stocking, here are some I came up with and some I found on the Internet Mini Books   I love these tiny books and have a whole collection of them, every topic from afternoon tea to flowers. Most of them are found in bookstores but I have seen some in dollar stores too- Food Gifts I’ve been making my own cheese bread and purchased some bread flour from the King Arthur company. The product is great so I thought I’d check out their Web site. I’m glad…

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    The Blog-Good Buys at Trader Joes and Michaels

    This really is the best time of the year to be a Budget Smart Girl. Maybe you saw my posting on Twitter last week. I stopped by Michaels craft store while I was waiting to get the oil changed in my car and discovered great stocking stuffer gifts for just $1. Here’s a photo of the some of the calendars I bought. At the check-out I also got a coupon for 40% off any item in the store. And yesterday I was near a Trader Joe’s. You know I can’t resist heading into their stores. Lots of good stuff and prices I like. In fact, I think they offer better…

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    Last Minute Gifts

    Just one week left until the big day. And if it’s not just time you’re running out of but money too, I’ve put together a list of last minute gifts under $30. Send a Greeting If you’ve really run out of time and cash…and not to mention forgot to mail those holiday cards, you might want to check out www.Animoto.com. Here you can create your own holiday video to send anywhere for just $3. Fommy I don’t own an iPod or a Blackberry, but if you know someone who does, check out www.fommy.com for covers for just about any gadget and starting at $8.95. Comfort and Joy If I’m in…

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