Savvy Spending

Savvy Spender knows how to pinch a penny and about being on a budget. She has learned great ways to save money on everyday expenses.
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    How to Save Money This Winter With Warming Soups and Stews

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    Is it just me or does this winter seem even colder than last year?  I have decided to refuse to leave my apartment for anything other than a warm, satisfying meal.

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    Save Time and Money at the Grocery Store

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    I have a new favorite website that I just recently discovered!

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    How to Save Money on Store Bought Salad Dressing: Make Your Own!

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    While I do love making braises and soups and eating the tender and flavorful meals that result, in the spring and summer I am looking for faster food. By this I do not mean hamburgers and fries, I mean food that can be made in a hurry, leaving me and my husband more time to enjoy the warmer outdoor temperatures.

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    Making the Most of Inexpensive Spring Produce

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    In keeping with my last post about the veritable rainbow of colors now available on the produce stands for spring, I want to provide another recipe for an easy and tasty soup that will let you take advantage of the fresh flavors and the inexpensive produce in peak season right now.

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    Having a Baby is Expensive

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    I know, the majority of you parents out there are probably rolling your eyes at the title and saying, "Well, yeah; that's pretty obvious." But, I honestly think that until you really get into the preparations for welcoming a little one into your home, you have no idea just how much money it will cost. And I am not even talking about when the baby arrives; I am talking about everything that goes into his or her arrival. There are some items that I am not willing to compromise on in terms of cost, like paying for various childbirth preparation classes, interviewing various pediatricians to make sure my husband and I are comfortable with the doctor we select, and including only safe and non-toxic products in the nursery, from the...
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    A Guide to Spring Herbs and How to Maximize Their Flavor

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    Many people are hesitant about buying fresh herbs, as they often use them for just one dish and have over half a bunch remaining that will sit there until they have to be tossed out. I make sure that I plan ahead and only buy a bunch of herbs if I know that I will use in multiple recipes. That way I can plan out my weekly shopping more efficiently and still infuse my dishes with fresh herbs.

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    My trade secrets for shopping for cheap-but chic-clothing

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    Okay, so you've finished cleaning out your closet and organizing all of your clothes. Now that you know exactly what items you have and what items you need, the fun can really begin. Take your list of "wardrobe holes", and your budget, and compare them so that you have an idea just how much money you have to spend on each item.

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    4 Tips to NON Extreme Couponing!

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    I think, when done properly, coupon clipping is a very smart use of time and can save you significantly. So, I've listed below my tips for savvy couponing.

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    The Art of Negotiation with Household Expenses

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    If you are living paycheck to paycheck and struggling to pay your bills, or even if you are living comfortably and want some extra cash in your pocket, there are ways to save on your household expenses. Bills, such as a mortgage, cable, credit cards, car loans and more can be negotiated.

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    I’m Sold on Online Grocery Shopping

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    Now that I've used Peapod a few times, I've gotten the hang of it, and have some tips for saving time and money that I figured I would pass along:

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    Saving with Seasonal Produce

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    After a whole winter of cooking nothing but potatoes, turnips and parsnips, it is wonderful to see bright colors on the produce table at greenmarkets and the grocery store.

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    3 Things I Wish I’d Known BEFORE Giving Birth

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    So I thought for my first blog back, I'd talk about the three things I wish I'd known before giving birth that would have saved me money.

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    Why We Switched Up Our Budget

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    My husband and I began saving whatever was left after necessities when we decided to make our first adult step and buy an apartment. 

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    Coupon Clippers Beware!

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    My name is Savvy Spender, and I am a coupon clipper. In fact, I have always been a coupon clipper. Whether it is a coupon for frozen corn or $5 off a haircut. I've sometimes clipped coupons for things that I never had any intention of buying. I've purchased little "coupon organizers" so that my coupons are handy whenever I'm in the store. I am also one of those that finally remembers that I have a coupon for something, then I get all the way to the checkout -- only to find out that my coupon expired, or I was supposed to buy two and get the third one for $1 off. Guess what --- by that time, I end up just paying the full price for it and tell myself that the "next time" I buy this, I'll remember to use the coupon!!!!! Who out there can't relate???? ...
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    The Building Blocks of a Can-Do Pantry

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    Buying pantry items that you can fall back on to make quick and easy dinners for your family is a great cost saver. It will stop you from reaching for those delivery menus and the telephone 

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    Your Crash Course in Meal Planning - 5 Easy Steps

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    By the time tummies start growling and patience starts wearing, it's tempting to just grab a take-out menu or zip on over to the nearest drive-thru. With fast food joints dotting every street corner and snappy food delivery just a phone call away, convenience too often becomes a priority.

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    Summertime is Salad-time!

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    Through this season, I try to find ways of making salads which are exciting, different and feel like a meal in and of themselves. In chef speak, they are called composed salads. In diner speak, they are a meal in a bowl!

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    My Son Has Tiger Blood. Winning!

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    Now that I have your attention...I'll get to the real subject of my blog: is it more cost-effective to purchase baby food, or make your own? My son is just starting with veggies, and I've been exploring the cost benefits to both. And I have to say, for right now, where he is eating only veggies (and then fruits next week), making my own is WINNING (sorry, I couldn't resist)!

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    Fresh vs. Frozen: 4 Tips to Help You Choose

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    Two roads diverged in the supermarket, and I - I took the one less harsh on my wallet, and that has made all the difference.

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    Savvy Spending in the Kitchen

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    As I have mentioned before in previous blog posts, one of the best ways we have found to save money is in the kitchen. As a classically trained chef, I use tricks that I have learned working in professional kitchens in my own kitchen to get the most out of the food that we buy.

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    A Summer Salad Fit for a Dinner Party!

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    As I said above, in general, composed salads are quick to make but this one take a little more time but boy, is it worth it!

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    Don’t Go Broke, Break the Spending Habit

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    While dishing out loose quarters on on-the-go snacks seems like a small price to pay, the expenses don't take long to rack up.

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    Why Peanut Butter is more than a Sandwich-Filler

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    What's worse is November's peanut butter price increase due to the scarce peanut crop this year. But don't let the draught dry out your wallet too. Peanut butter is so much more than the old standby for choosy moms

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    ‘Tis the Season for Perfect Picnics

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    The main problem my husband and I have found from our staycations has been the temptation to check email and to check in with work. We have found a solution to that. Get out of the house! Explore your city like you are a tourist and visit the park that your tax dollars help maintain. 

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    3 Reasons NOT to go to the Grocery Store Without a List!

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    Save more money on your next grocery trip by mapping out the journey before heading to your destination.

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