How to Tell If An Online Site is Fake: Fashion Advice

Dear Budget Fashionista, I’ve come across a lot of online shops that use pictures that look like they came straight off of Should I be careful with these sites? Answer: As a rule of thumb you should be very leery of a site that uses runway photos (which can be easily “borrowed from a […]

Contests and Giveaways: Web Round-Up

The Budget Casa brings you links from around the web on what’s hot for your home:  ~ Kimberly Clark and “The Viewâ€? are going to award sixteen lucky winners with $25,000 to makeover a room of their home during their Room-A-Day Giveaway (enter contest here) ~ Does a brand new kitchen seem out of your […]

Solar Powered Disco Ball! Organic Products

We never thought this day would come…but here it is! The solar powered disco ball has finally arrived! This 6.5” circumference ball is going to get your party going strong! And because it’s solar powered, there will be no guilt for adding that extra pizazz. Get it for $32 at So who’s got Saturday […]

Tunes for Trees: Budget Gardening Tip

If you’re looking to buy some music online, here’s a great deal. Use Tunes for Treesâ„¢ to search for your favorite songs or albums on iTunes. For every 10 tracks you purchase, they’ll plant a tree. And even better – every track counts. Even if you only purchase one, it’ll count toward planting a tree.

Loose Undone Buns: Beauty Trend 2008

What: Buns aren’t just for librarians anymore. An unstructured approach to the conservative bun is winding its way into long hair everywhere. What the experts say: According to the January 2008 issue of Harpers Bazaar, loose twisted buns were donned by models in a recent Dolce & Gabbana runway show: “To ensure that the hair […]

Budget Food Tip: Coca-Cola Recipes

No, not the recipe for Coca-Cola, but recipes for tasty dishes made with Coke products are listed on the Coke website. We made the Coca-Cola Ham over the holidays and drew rave reviews for the sweet and crunchy exterior and gloriously juicy meat. The recipes were developed by The Culinary Institute of America® for The […]

Quinoa: Organic Food

A grain native to South America, quinoa (pronounced KEEN-wah) was once called “the gold of the Incas,” who recognized its value in increasing the stamina of their warriors. Quinoa is high in protein, and the protein it supplies is a complete protein, meaning that it includes all nine essential amino acids. It’s also a good […]

How to Prevent Ants Naturally

Mint plants not only smell great and add zing to your tea or other beverages, they also can be used as a natural pest deterrent. The mint plant “specifically spearmint” is a natural ant repellent and will drive the critters away and keep them from returning. If you have an ant problem inside your home, […]