March shopping calendar

Your FREE Personal Organizer for March

The Budget Diet girl (a.k.a. your free personal organizer) is here again with your checklist for March.Check Your Calendar Check your calendar and plan ahead for any big events this month like birthdays, anniversaries or weddings. If your weekend social calendar revolves around children's … Read More »

things to do instead of shopping

20 Fun Things To Do Instead of Shopping

When the weekend rolls around, how do you spend your free time? Choose the one answer that describes how you spend the majority of your free time.A. reading B. watching TV C. shopping D. relaxing E. outdoor activities F. crafting G. cooking H. partyingIf you answered "shopping", and … Read More »

how to make a tree stump coffee table

How to Make a Tree Stump Coffee Table – hey, it’s free!

I was out for my morning run, and I saw the world's most beautiful tree stump. Well, maybe West Palm Beach's most beautiful tree stump! A neighbor had just cut down a large dead tree, and the pieces of wood were piled high on the curb. One piece was extraordinary...it must have come from the base … Read More »

how to save money shopping

How I Paid $42 for a Pair of $120 Shoes

You're probably thinking I found these shoes on the clearance rack, and I did, but there's so much more to this story.If you're a loyal Budget Diet reader, you know there's more to saving money than just finding the clearance sale.We all love to save money, we all love a good deal and The … Read More »

meat free meals

Recipes for Lent

According to Rachael Ray, going veggie just one night a week can save you over $1000 a year, and Lent is the perfect time to add some meat free meals to your menu!If you're giving up meat for Lent or just on Fridays, The Budget Diet girl is a vegetarian, so I have plenty of recipes for … Read More »

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Expand Your Shopping Horizons and Save

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Dollar General for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.Are you in a shopping rut?Do you tend to shop the same stores week after week, month after month?It's time to do your wallet a favor and expand your shopping horizons to save money. … Read More »

fat tuesday pancakes

Why do we eat pancakes on Fat Tuesday?

Tomorrow is Fat Tuesday, a.k.a Mardi Gras or Shrove Tuesday. It always falls on the day before Ash Wednesday which marks the beginning of Lent.So, why do we eat pancakes on Fat Tuesday?Lent is a 40 day period of self-denial, and during Lent many Christians abstain from eating meat on … Read More »

homemade good seasons italian dressing mix

Homemade Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix Recipe

Homemade Good Seasons Italian Dressing Mix Recipe Print Recipe type: salad Author: Kristl Story, TheBudgetDiet.com Prep time: 5 mins Total time: 5 mins Serves: 3 packets I've always loved the flavor of Good Seasons Italian dressing, but at nearly $1 a packet it's hard to love. … Read More »

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Spa Treatments For Less!

Save Your Money - Homemade Spa Treatments A perfect day for me would be a day at the spa enjoying a massage (aahhhh), a facial (pure bliss) and a pedicure (oooh my happy toes)!    But why oh why must a spa be so expensive?These "perfect spa days" used to only come about … Read More »

chris' outrageous cheesecake bars

Chris’ Outrageous Cheesecake Bars

Somebody who loves me gave me a Cheesecake Factory gift card, and Saturday night I was craving a huge slice of Chris' Outrageous Cheesecake. If you're not familiar with this amazing dessert, let me tempt your taste buds with the layers of chocolate cake, caramel coconut pecan frosting, cheesecake … Read More »