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Food shopping on a budget


Shopping is an inevitable part of our life.  Particularly, it concerns food shopping.  Whether we like shopping or not the one way to stock your fridge is to go shopping. Some people do not pay extra attention to this daily routine; other people try to find the ways how to get more for less money. Here are my tips how to shop food on a tight budget.


  • Write down all the dishes you can cook on your own. At first it may seem troublesome. Fried eggs, sandwiches, porridge are all fit. In case your skills are too much poor, the internet will come in hand with its student’s recipes including  affordable ingredients.
  • Make a list of all the products you regularly buy (bread, butter, yogurt, vegetables, juice, fruit, snacks, etc). Here you should be aware that all kinds of snacks and cookies are the sources of harmful sugar and are useless. So, in case you have a sweet tooth highlight one or two days on your calendar on which you can treat yourself.
  • Then make a shopping list of products you will need for the whole week. And now you are armed at all points to go to the supermarket.
  • As you enter the supermarket, you need to keep in mind that the supermarket’s aim is to throw you off your guard by surrounding you with plenty of products and things at arm’s length and make you push the boat out. So, pay attention to the bottom line of products on the shelves. Choose reduction time. Never shop on an empty stomach and stick to your shopping lists.
  • Try to eat at home. Eating out as a rule costs 2-3 times double.

Where to buy products? The answer to this question is vital too. Farmers markets and supermarkets are the main suppliers of groceries. When I was a student, I used to go to the supermarket that was the nearest to my student accommodation London. However, the closest convenience shop does not always offer the cheapest prices. So, to do some kind of marketing research and compare the prices in all supermarkets located in your area is not a bad idea. It will take time, but afterwards you’ll have invaluable information about which items and where are cheaper. Based on that choose your favorite supermarket chain and sign up for a loyalty program. And of course, do not forget about on-line shopping. All the activities required to find a cheaper price can be done at home.

As you can see these pieces of advice are difficult. However they require a bit of discipline. By following them you will not only save money, but become an expert in the art of shopping.

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There isn’t a much better feeling than hitting it hard on your workout and knowing you are doing your body good.  But, it also feels good to be comfortable when you workout, and looking good doesn’t hurt either.  There is no reason you have to hit the gym, regardless of if you workout at home or in public, in frumpy workout clothing that is old and torn.    I workout at home for 2 reasons.  1.)  I live at least 45-60 min from any gym.  2.) I hate gyms 😉  LOL!

I love workout clothing!  My husband also likes to see me in workout clothing.  He is NOT a workout buff, but likes the way workout clothing fits me. I think he would prefer it over my pajama’s most days.

If you want to be comfy, and look good when you workout, or just when you hang out, check out BaliniSports for all your fitness clothing. They have the cutest shorts, pants, and tops I have found in a while.  I love my pants!  They have nice mesh like sections in them and are so comfy.  My top is super cute, very comfy and could be used as a bra if I wanted as well.   I will be wearing this for many things, including working out, biking, hanging on the pontoon, vacationing, etc.  Love it!


 You can see the little yellow things on the sides of my thighs.  Those are the mesh sections.  And the yellow top is a stretchy section that is perfect and doesn’t pinch or squeeze.    The top is an over the head top which I like because I can’t stand when an exercise top has hooks in the back.  That is not fun when you are doing crunches or floor exercises on your back.  I like the way it fits and it’s perfect support for the kind of workouts I do.   I wouldn’t recommend it if you are doing lots of jumping, as the support isn’t there for that.  Well, for many anyhow 😉


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Treat Your Feet to Vionic Shoes #SoleStory

Disclosure ~ Living Smart Girl was compensated with product to join forces in sharing about @Vionicshoes and #SoleStory .

Growing up I was like most young girls.   Wanted to wear the latest fashion on my feet, didn’t worry about what I might have to deal with some day, for how uncomfortable my shoes were at the time.  Well, in my early 30’s I started really having issues with my feet.  I have always had that lump on the inside by my big toe, and was told it was a bunion but I honestly didn’t know what a bunion was or what kind of pain they could cause.  Man, did I find out as I got older.   My bunions started causing so much pain that no matter what I put on my feet.. they hurt!! I started buying shoes a  size bigger, in wide sizes, and just trying hard to not be on my feet for hours and hours because I knew I would pay come evening.    I finally broke down and decided to have bunion surgery.  My Aunt Tammy had surgery on both her feet at the same time, and her Dr. was amazing so I figured it was time.  But, I only did one foot.  And, to this day wish I had done them both because I have now put off my 2nd foot’s bunion surgery for 3 years.  Why oh why!!   I know why, because it hurts, it’s hard to be laid up for 8 weeks, and I just am to busy!!

Now I tell people I have one pretty foot, and one lumpy foot.  See the big lump on my right foot.  Ouch!!  Thankfully it was my left foot that caused me more pain so now I am back to being able to wear cute shoes again for the most part.  I have found that Vionic shoes fit great, and feel great.  I have at least 4 different pairs of Vionic shoes and not a one bothers my bunion on my right foot.

Being on my feet all day, enjoying my fitness, hiking, walking the dogs, site seeing, and just living life, I can’t let bad shoes stop me.  Thankfully I can do it all and my feet don’t hate me come evening, or mid way thru my fun.

I will get my right foot done, one of these days.  I say winter for me is best, because I live in Minnesota and you rarely find me outside when it’s below 30 degrees.

Do you have a #SoleStory ?  Leave me a comment and tell me yours.


The Evolution of Engagement Ring Style

Whether you’re in the market for an engagement ring or enjoy checking out the latest trends in fine jewellery, you may have noticed that vintage-inspired designs are big right now. Details like milgrain bands, rose gold settings, and geometric cuts are seen in contemporary engagement ring designs, providing a classic look that never really goes out of style. It’s interesting to take a look at how the engagement ring has evolved over the years to see which details have remained in fashion!


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Symbolic Beginnings

The use of a ring dates back in a way to the prehistoric era, when cavemen would tie cords crafted from braided grass around their mates’ ankles, waist, and wrists to symbolize ownership. This isn’t the most romantic beginning to the tradition, but by ancient Egyptian times the ring as we know it had appeared in the form of a single silver or gold wire. This was worn on the third finger of the left hand, which was believed to be directly connected to the heart. According to this Vashi infographic about the history of the engagement ring, ancient Romans also sported engagement rings. The bride would wear a gold ring during the ceremony, swapping it with a more practical iron ring at home. By the Middle Ages, the diamond ring made its appearance when Archduke Maximillian of Australia become engaged to Mary of Burgundy in 1477. He marked the occasion with a custom-made gold ring, including the letter “M” spelled out in diamonds.

High Period of Romance

The type of styles that we see today date back as far as the Victorian era, which was a time known for its romance. Victorian engagement ring styles included a heavy use of colourful gemstones, as well as very on-trend rose gold. Diamonds become increasingly common, and the “Tiffany Setting” made its appearance which pushed the diamond to greater prominence. The practice of engraving engagement rings also was common even before this, with lovers engraving a line of poetry or a secret message inside the wedding band during the 1700s. If you take a look at engagement ring styles now, you may note the use of flowers, bows, and hearts – this also dates back to Victorian and Edwardian times.


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20th Century Style

Fine jewellery has gone through a number of changes to match fashion’s rapid pace during the 20th century. One of the earliest popular styles was the Art Deco aesthetic during the 20s and 30s. If you love a clean, geometric look, you might want to look for an Art Deco-inspired engagement ring today. These often feature sharp angles and diamonds set in platinum with colourful gemstone accents. Platinum became harder to find during WWII, so gold swung back into fashion in the 1940s. The decadent 60s and 70s featured rings with giant diamonds, sapphires, and emeralds, while the princess cut swung into fashion in the 70s.

Today’s Top Trends

Today, you can pick and choose from a lively mix of engagement ring styles that draws upon all of these trends of the past! (With perhaps the exception of the cavemen cords). At its most basic, the engagement ring is often a single band with a prominent central diamond, or the Solitaire style. Yet there are elements of all of these past designs in many of today’s most unique looks, from Art Deco flair to romantic Victorian bows and hearts. As a result, no matter what your style looks like you’re sure to find the perfect fit.

Great Last Minute Gifts for Mother’s Day

We are less than 2 weeks away from Mothers day, and if you are still not sure what to get your Mom for Mother’s Day, here are some Great Last Minute Gifts for Mother’s Day!  I know I would love any (or all) of these 😉  LOL


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Stella & Dot wants to wish all mom’s an early Happy Mother’s Day! As a gift, they are offering a special mother’s day deal … when you spend $50 on Stella & Dot goodies, you’ll be able to get their gorgeous red and blue Union Square scarf for only $14.99 (a $59 value)! Take advantage of this special promotion by purchasing your gems by May 9, 9:00pm PST.




Mom’s love purses and Miche Bag has some amazing and fun purses to choose from.
I have been using my Miche for years and love it.  So many styles and sizes to choose from.

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Let your Mom get her snack on, with healthy snacks delivered to her door for $20 by NatureBox. I love Nature Box and have found many great snacks by ordering their boxes.  Check them out.


Of course, sending flowers is always a hit for any Mother on Mother’s Day.   I love getting flowers. Check out – Free Flower Delivery anywhere in USA and Canada! You just cant’ go wrong. Free Mother's Day Flower Delivery anywhere in USA and Canada.



Is your Mom one of those who likes to take care of her health? She might love a Young Living essential oil kit. Check out how to order here, and if you have questions contact me.   I love my oils, and know your Mom will love her oils too!



Have you ever heard of “Love with Food” snack boxes.   Maybe your Mom would like one of these, or a years of them.   Check them out, they have amazing products in each box.  I have found many foods I never knew about by subscribing to these boxes.

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Why Running Needs to be the Next Athletic Activity You Get Hooked On

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Runners are easy to look up to. They make running five miles in a day look like a walk in the park and the way they carry themselves so confidently looks mesmerizing, like they can conquer the world. The truth is you can be that way too. Anyone can with a little bit of perseverance and practice. Running is so much more than perfecting your mileage and minute mile. It’s about feeling fantastic about yourself, wearing some incredible ladies running gear from Sweaty Betty that you feel beautiful in, forming relationships with other men and women who share your passion for fitness, and striving towards a goal. Running is pretty fantastic once you set your mind to it.


You can Take Your Time to Work up to it

If you’re new to running you may only go a few miles a day or less every other day, for example. Starting slow and working yourself up to more and more mileage is key and is quite okay as you get used to the sport. If you don’t like to run this is especially important, because otherwise if you try to tackle too many miles and be fast all at once you’ll burn out. Learning how to love running doesn’t come overnight; it takes time to get used to a new athletic hobby that you’ll most likely learn to love.


You get to Wear Incredible Clothing

You may laugh out loud about this, but if you love fashion then why not incorporate it into your new workout venture? It’s inevitable that you’re going to sweat while running, but you can sweat while you’re in a pretty incredible outfit. Sweaty Betty has countless running accessories and ladies running gear in colors and pretty patterns that you’ll love. In particular, a ladies running jacket and tank are perfect to wear when you’re running during the winter. What you wear while you run should make running all the more fun, which is why modern and stylish womens running clothes are the way to go.


You can Form Lasting Friendships

If you’re the type of person who does better at running in groups, hop online and find running groups on Facebook or Meetup. Both sites may provide the type of people you need to meet in order to follow through on becoming a runner. Who knows — you may make lasting friendships and find yourself running half marathons in the future! First try a 5k before you tackle a half marathon, but if you work up to it you’ll find running isn’t so bad after all! In fact, by then running will be your favorite fitness addiction.


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Last Minute Savings on Apparel from Sears #MoreMerry

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Disclosure ~  Living Smart Girl was compensated for bringing you this great deal from Sears.  #ad #MoreMerry

Tis the season for shopping, but also for finding great savings to help make our shopping more fun, and keep a little extra in our pocket or be able to really spoil those we are shopping for.  I know for me, I am a bargain shopper, because I like to give more and when I find deals or sales I take advantage of them.   Sears is offering some great deals on apparel for your last minute shopping.   Do you have people on your list that are in need of clothing and accessories?  Well you are in luck but must shop fast to get these great deals.

30% EXTRA off when you spend $150 or more on regular- and sale-priced clothing, accessories, lingerie, sleepwear, shoes & home fashions

25% EXTRA off when you spend $100 – $149.99 on regular- and sale-priced clothing, accessories, lingerie, sleepwear, shoes & home fashions

20% EXTRA off when you spend up to $99.99 on regular- and sale-priced clothing, accessories, lingerie, sleepwear, shoes & home fashions

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I know that my son could use some new socks and underwear, as well as new jeans, a few shirts and a jacket.  Even though he is on his own, life is hard and when the holidays come around I love to spoil him with things he can’t always afford to buy himself.  I am heading to Sears with my coupon today to get him crossed off my list.

While on vacation, the sole fell off my husbands shoes.  So, that is on my list for him.  It was kinda funny and being we were in Florida the extra air conditioning in his shoes was ok.  Well, now back home in Minnesota, it’s not so funny!  So, he needs new shoes bad, and why not get him a new pair while saving money on my whole shopping trip.

My Mother in Law is always a hard one to buy for, because she never tells us what she needs.  But, I know she loves lounge wear, so she is going to get some comfy pj’s this year.  And, I might just grab myself a new pair or two, since I pretty much live in them being a work at home woman.

Hurry.. you have all of today to get your Sears shopping done.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

Shopping for Health and Fitness Gifts


We are right in the heart of Christmas season and around peeking around the corner is the New Year. The New Year is a time for self-reflection on the years’ past and resolutions on how to repent and move forward in the coming year to better ourselves, both mind, body, and soul. The most popular New Year’s resolution is to get fit and lose weight; so, in the spirit of helping your loved ones reach their goals, why not give the fit of health and fitness this Christmas season.


Our culture goes through shifts every now and then in terms of what is popular and “trending.” Different activities and lifestyles take the focus of being the “it” thing, and right now we are living in the time of fitness gurus. Every single Saturday and Sunday our Facebook feeds are swarming with aunts, uncles, and high school acquaintances running 5k’s; their bodies colored in chalk, paint, or mud as they rush through obstacle courses to obtain a medal for their ever growing collection. For the runners and adrenaline junkies in your life, there are several gifts that will always be like gold to them. Fitness gear like running pants, sweat resistant tops, or gift cards for new sneakers will go a long way. Discount coupon sites like offer great deals at major fitness apparel retailers for a fraction of the cost. If buying clothes isn’t the direction you want to go or if you’re worried about making a tough decision for runners and fitness fans when it comes to important choices like the features of one sneaker over another, opt to pay for their enrollment in the next race coming up in their local city. For many their love of running and racing is more than just a love, it’s a healthy addiction that keeps them fit and focused.


Another huge trend in the fitness realm right now is taking classes at various workout studios, gyms, or boxes in sessions. The modern man and woman who live active lifestyles often don’t devote their workout regimen to just one sport or activity. They like to spin, do yoga, have Crossfit memberships, and learn jiu jitsu. Even for a fun date night out a lot of young and fit couples are opting out of dinner and a movie and opting in to rock climbing, bowling, or salsa dancing. When shopping for friends, family, and loved ones whose interests lay in being active, look into gift cards or membership packages that include a series of classes at either their favorite workout studios or something they haven’t tried yet to expand their horizons. If you know someone who is into excitement and trying new things, this is the route to go.


In addition to being strong, toned, and slim through their fitness techniques, healthy individuals focus on their diets becoming a part of their daily focus. Gifts that reinforce the healthy eating habits will be much appreciated, whether it’s a gift card to a local farm-fresh eatery or a voucher at a vitamin shop, health fiends will appreciate your attention to detail and love that you didn’t go for the traditional chocolate snowmen to stuff in their stocking this year.


Local retail businesses can be pricy, particularly at this time of year, but it’s amazing how even for gift cards online voucher sites often provide relatively low-cost items. Visiting online discount sites like will allow you to save and stretch your dollar further this holiday; gift 24 hour fitness passes to your loved ones and set them up to reach their goal of their ideal beach body for spring and summer.





Great Holiday Gift Selection at Best Buy


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Best Buy is busier than ever being regarded as one of the best Holiday Shopping Destinations of the season. They have an incredible selection of everything technology related and the best part is they carry all the new stuff! Visiting a Best Buy store when you’re a technology buff is much like a kid in the candy store. Playing with demos to get a feel for new devices is always fun. But even tech newbies can expect thorough and knowledgeable assistance from Best Buy employees. Some top gift items this year are listed below. Be sure to check out Best Buy online or visit your local store to score amazing deals on all the best technology. Great Holiday Gift Selection at Best Buy makes for great gifts for everyone on your list.


Xbox One: This is the latest Microsoft console to hit the market and it features many amazing updates. It was built by gamers, for gamers – meaning it was designed by people that understand gaming and what makes it great. There are frequent updates to keep the console improving. Gaming – especially multiplayer – is taken to a whole new level while playing on a network that has over 300,000 servers! Xbox One features the best exclusive titles such as Halo and Sunset Overdrive as well as the biggest blockbusters like Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty. For the sports fans, don’t forget Madden 15, FIFA 15, and NBA 2K15. Family gamers can enjoy titles such as Fantasia: Music Evolved, get their groove on with Just Dance 15, or Skylanders. The Xbox One console is fantastic for gaming, but can also be used to watch the latest TV shows and movies with apps such as Netflix and Hulu. More information: Xbox One at Best Buy.


JBL: Speakers have certainly come a long way. Remember how large they used to be? The same power is now available in a much smaller package. JBL has several speaker and headphone options for music loves. The JBL Charge 2 has twin passive radiators that rocks the bass as well as a massive 6000mAh battery. This speaker enables up to three users to take turns playing their own playlists. The JBL Flip 2 features dual performance-tuned JBL drivers and a built-in bass port. A state of the art microphone picks up calls on the speaker while SoundClear echo and noise cancellation allows crystal clear conversations. JBL Reflect Earbud headphones have a 5 hour rechargeable battery and are designed to be sweat proof and ergonomic. Built in magnets keep your earbuds within reach – up to 40 feet – without loose cables. More information: JBL at Best Buy.

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Garmin and TomTom: Both Garmin and TomTom want you to feel safe and in control of your travels. Their products feature bluetooth connectivity for hands-free calling as well as lane assist and map updates. They are equipped with voice recognition technology and easily access traffic and weather updates. Some popular systems are the Garmin 52LM, the Garmin 2597LMT, and the TomTom 50s. Most come with at least a 5.0″ display and maps of 49 U.S. states – some even feature Canada and Mexico maps. Displays show speed limits and accurate arrival times. Spoken turn-by-turn directions will have you easily navigating streets or highways whether familiar or new. Addresses as well as millions of points of interest are readily available. More information Garmin and TomTom at Best Buy.