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    Friday News You Can Use

    It’s Friday and lots of you told me how much you enjoyed me digging through the Budget Smart Girl archives and finding past posts to include in News You Can Use. I had people who have been subscribers from the very beginning tell me they enjoyed seeing these articles again. Others, brand new to the site, appreciated me bringing these tips and hints to their attention. So, with that in mind, I’ve pulled out three more. It’s time to getting gardening and this first link will take you to a post from 2008. Isn’t it funny how old topics become new again and this one also from 2008, tells you…

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    Friday News You Can Use-Cheap Businesses You can Start

    It’s Friday already and time for news you can use. Worried about inflation, this article has some great advice- https://www.cnet.com/personal-finance/dont-let-inflation-ruin-your-fun-how-to-save-on-restaurants-gas-and-gadgets/ I always like to see articles about ways to save money and here’s one from Good Housekeeping- https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/life/money/a43217787/how-to-save-money/ And as always, being budget smart means both saving and making money and The Penny Hoarder has some ideas for starting cheap small business. You’re sure to find something you can do- https://www.thepennyhoarder.com/make-money/start-a-business/cheap-small-business-ideas/ Have a fun weekend and a money saving week.

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    Friday News You Can Use-Money On the Side

    Another work week coming to a close and here are three of my top picks for money related articles and videos. On YouTube, I found a site called Home Made Simple. There are lots of great videos about saving money but this one caught my eye, Feed Your Family All Week for $55 Next one from USNews 20 Creative Ways to Save https://money.usnews.com/money/personal-finance/saving-and-budgeting/articles/creative-ways-to-save-money And finally, from a site called Saving Advice, 38 Ways to Make Money on the Side. Not all of them will be everyone’s cup of tea, but I’m sure you can find at least one you’d like to pursue- https://www.savingadvice.com/articles/2022/05/13/1063125_ways-to-make-money-on-the-side.html Have a fun weekend and a money…

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    Saving Money On Heart Healthy Products

    Here is Marcia’s February post all about ways to save on good for you foods- One of the myths about coupons I frequently hear is that the only coupons available are for processed foods; that there are no coupons on healthy items. While I will admit that you will see more money-saving coupons good on snacks and desserts, there are certainly plenty of coupons issued for organic foods, gluten-free products, sugar-free products, as well as all natural cosmetics and cleaning items. So since February is American Heart Month, let’s take a look at how to save big without buying artery-clogging items. The Coupon Hunt The key to finding coupons on…

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    A Budget Friendly Appliance-The Slow Cooker

    One kitchen appliance I love for saving me both time and money is my slow cooker. Actually I have two of them. If you haven’t tried using one to cook a couple of meals a week, here are some resources I gathered up to help you- Converting Recipes I have lots of recipes using the slow cooker that I use over and over again. And yes, that’s the problem. I wanted to convert some of my other recipes to this style of cooking but didn’t know where to start. I found this useful guide from a site called Saving Dinner…you can sign up for the newsletter too. http://savingdinner.com/articles/crockpot-troubleshooting/ Lots of Good Recipes One…

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    Five Must Have Appliances for the Budget Smart Kitchen

    Since my teenage years I’ve been a collecter of cooking gadgets, appliances and utensils. However, if I had to narrow down five appliances that I would keep no matter what, these would top my list. I don’t think any budget smart kitchen should be without them- Slow Cooker Even when they went out of fashion I still used one. I now have two and thinking about adding a third one. I’ve used mine from everything from making mashed potatoes to apple butter. Most of the time I rely on them for soups and stews. They’re not expensive to buy, cost efficient to run, and once everything’s placed inside you can walk…

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    Preserving Summer Produce…without canning

    I say this year after year, this summer I’m going to spend a couple of days in the kitchen canning all the great…and yes, cheap summer produce. Do I actually follow through? Hate to admit this, but no. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to miss out on making the most of the cherries, the green beans, the berries that are sitting in the produce department and farmer’s market stands. Here are some ways I make the most of the all the bargain priced produce. And I’ve also included some tips from experts and others who just like me love to save money and eat well. Dried Foods Many years…

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