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What am I going to do with an empty nest?

The Frugal Girl

Kristen, Gosh, time has flown by! Just read your post about having two HS grads — I think I started reading your Frugal Girl when everyone was a baby! Zoe and me around the time I started blogging. So, I was just wondering if you had been doing any advanced planning for an empty nest?

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Vintage fashion, a cereal bag reuse, and more!

The Frugal Girl

Time for Five Frugal Things, people. I used a cereal bag to freeze turkey. I saved the enormous plastic bag from a Costco-sized box of Cheerios because I thought it might come in handy. And it did, yesterday!

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What I Spent, What We Ate | It’s starting to feel like summer!

The Frugal Girl

This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure policy here. We are mostly finished with school, the weather is warm, and we had watermelon this week. So, basically summer. What I Spent.

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Progress is almost never dramatic.

The Frugal Girl

Big wins, sudden breakthroughs, and “aha!” ” moments are what we’d all love to experience. But in my experience (ha), those happen really, really rarely. In pretty much every area of my life, progress has happened slowly over time.

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A really quick Five Frugal Things

The Frugal Girl

It’s been a good Monday morning so far…I worked out, showered, took Sonia to her tutorial, went to Aldi and another store, and did some laundry. And it’s not quite 11:00 am. But I did not write a blog post. So, we’re gonna just have a quick little Five Frugal Things today.

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Homemade Chewy Snickerdoodles

The Frugal Girl

Recently, I was out with Mr. FG for dinner and I saw a big snickerdoodle cookie at the cash register. I hadn’t had a snickerdoodle in ages, so I decided to give it a try. Friends, let me tell you: It was a crushing disappointment of a cookie.

Five Frugal Things | Pumpkin oats, 50 cent Frosties, and more

The Frugal Girl

I’m using up pumpkin in my oatmeal. I made a batch of pumpkin muffins on Monday and annoyingly enough, they did not use the whole can. So, I’ve been stirring a few tablespoons of pumpkin into my oatmeal, along with spices like allspice and cloves.

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Getting Deep Discounts on Car Rentals

Shereen Travels Cheap

Sometimes when you travel, it’s just not practical to take public transportation. Maybe you are covering a lot of ground on your trip or the bus schedule is iffy or you are on a business trip that calls for you to be at specific places at particular times.

Tuesday Tip | How to avoid overspray with nonstick spray

The Frugal Girl

This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure policy here. (I I thought about it for a long time and could not come up with a better title than that. It’ll be what it’ll be.).

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Christmas Savings Club | May 2019

Family Balance Sheet

Welcome to the 2019 Christmas Savings Club. The club is open to anyone who wants monthly accountability to save for a cash Christmas.

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It doesn’t have to be perfect to bless other people.

The Frugal Girl

(This is a post I wrote 9 years ago, and I thought it needed to see the light of day again.). Ahh, perfectionism. It almost sounds like a virtue, doesn’t it? In reality, it is such a snare in so many ways, not the least of which is its tendency to render us immobile.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | I am a marinating fail.

The Frugal Girl

See Thursday’s meal for my fail. Also, thank you all so much for your helpful comments on yesterday’s post. Maria has so many good ideas to help her navigate family life without dental insurance now. You guys are the best! What I Spent. Let’s see.

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5 Affordable Summer Beach Destinations

Shereen Travels Cheap

Summer is all about visiting the beach, and with a majority of travelers doing so in the summer months, it can be hard to find a decent deal near the shore. I've read that something like 40% of people will not travel over the summer due to vacation costs.

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Get 5% back on Aldi gift cards with Sixth Continent (a reader tip!)

The Frugal Girl

This post contains referral links, which earn commission for this site at no extra cost to you. This post is not sponsored by Sixth Continent or Aldi. Ok, so, today’s Tuesday Tip comes compliments of reader Emily H. peaceofcake03 on Instagram).

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How to Make Popovers (in a muffin tin)

The Frugal Girl

This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure policy here. Oddly enough, until a few years ago, I’d never had a popover, despite having seen them in cookbooks for years.

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April 2019 Photo-A-Day roundup

The Frugal Girl

For the last two months, I’ve been taking a photo a day, using lists of prompts from the internet. I enjoy taking photos, and having a daily prompt makes me pick up my camera more often than I otherwise would. And it also makes me take photos of things I otherwise wouldn’t!

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Tuesday Tip | A quick Frywall review

The Frugal Girl

This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure policy here. In an issue of Cook’s Country or Cook’s Illustrated (I can’t remember!), I saw that they recommended the Frywall. What’s a Frywall?

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Amazing Apps: Toca Boca Character Creator

Motherhood Moments

The popular kids’ app developer Toca Boca is excited to be launching the free Character Creator today! Players will be able to build their own Toca Life: World character, and then play with them within the app among the other inhabitants of their universe.

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Healthy Habits: How to Design a Home That Fosters a Healthy Sleep Schedule

Motherhood Moments

[link] Getting enough sleep at night is a constant battle for many. Did you know that simply changing your home can help mitigate waking up at night? Here are just a few tips on how to redesign your home to help get a better night’s rest.

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Parenting Pointers: RightNow Media - The Smart Stepfamily

Motherhood Moments

Because of the growing number of blended families within the church, RightNow Media , the world’s largest and most trusted video Bible study library, has partnered with bestselling author, speaker and therapist Ron Deal to release a new video series titled The Smart Stepfamily.

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Area Attractions: Frost Art Museum New Shows

Motherhood Moments

Frost Art Museum FIU Kicks Off Miami's Summer of Art: Premiere of Two New Shows CUT: Abstraction in the U.S.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | It was my birthday week.

The Frugal Girl

This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure policy here. What I Spent. I spent $94 at the grocery store, plus $25 on my Hungry Harvest box. Related: What’s Hungry Harvest? So, I’m starting May off at $119. Woohoo!

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Myfico vs Credit Karma | Everything You Need to Know

The Budget Diet

The first step toward making a big purchase is knowing your credit score. If you want to buy a house, a car, or an appliance, your first step is to determine whether you’ll be approved for that big. Read More >.

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Five Frugal Things | Including $200 for watching TV!

The Frugal Girl

I took advantage of Sixth Continent’s 30% back deal. On Monday, Sixth Continent had a several-hour offer that gave 30% credit back on any gift card purchase. I’d gotten the email about it, but forgotten until a reader messaged me on Instagram to remind me. Phew!

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What I Spent, What We Ate | dance week!

The Frugal Girl

What I Spent. I’ve been busy attending end-of-year dance stuff with Zoe…but I’ve also been grocery shopping and cooking. I spent $166 at the grocery store and $25 on my Hungry Harvest box. So, I’m at $191 for the week. May Spending. Week 1 : $119. Week 2: $191. What We Ate.

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Book Nook: All Families Invited

Motherhood Moments

I recently had a chance to review a copy of All Families Invited by school and family counselor Kathleen Goodman. The book is an inspiring story about eight-year-old Annabel, who is disappointed that the school's upcoming father-daughter dance excludes people. Although she initially meets with resistance to change, it has a satisfying ending that helps the school celebrate all families, no matter who is in them. “I

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Letgo vs Wallapop: The Best Way to Sell Your Stuff

The Budget Diet

It’s that time of year again: spring cleaning time! Don’t just curb alert that junk from your house. Sell it on an app! We’ve told you about Mercari and Poshmark before, but those aren’t your only options. Read More >.

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Enriching Education: Teaching Kids About Entrepreneurship

Motherhood Moments

In his new children’s book, The Real Estate’s: A Real Estate Investing Family , author Ivan Nemorin teaches children about real estate investing, fostering a love of entrepreneurship at an early age. In the story, the Real Estate’s son, Maddox, doesn’t understand why his family owns several properties. Why do they own so many homes, even though they already have a house to live in?

Is a Southwest card the best option for airline miles?

The Frugal Girl

This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure policy here. This reader question showed up in my inbox today so I thought I’d give it a quick answer.

Wednesday Baking | Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

The Frugal Girl

This post was in my 2010 archives, and I’m republishing it today with a printable recipe card. I made this on Easter of this year and was reminded how tasty it is. And it’s SO easy. You should give it a try! Today’s recipe is not at all healthy. Not in the slightest.

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Millennials Desired Job Benefits - AICPA Survey

Motherhood Moments

This year, it is projected that nearly two million students will graduate with a bachelor’s degree. As they enter the job market and evaluate the employment opportunities before them, student loan debt is weighing on their minds.

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Drunk Shopping Survey

Motherhood Moments

Finder.com has released its fourth annual study revealing Americans have spent an estimated $39.4 billion on spontaneous drunk purchases in the past year. That’s more than last year’s $30.43 billion. An estimated 53.4 million (26%) of American adults admit to making a purchase under the influence.

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How to Declutter Without Creating Trash

The Frugal Girl

Last updated March 30, 2019. Though I forgot to mention this in my review of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Kondo’s persistent mentions of the hundreds of bags of trash she’s helped her clients throw out…well, it made me a little twitchy.

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Airbnb vs Hostel | Which is Your Best Option?

The Budget Diet

Travel on a budget is possible, but which is the winner in a battle of Airbnb vs. Hostel? Many people dream of world travel. Checking out new landscapes, putting your feet in the sand and experiencing new cultures. Read More >. The post Airbnb vs Hostel | Which is Your Best Option?

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What I Spent, What We Ate | I have $75 left for April.

The Frugal Girl

First, a little clarification. Yesterday I mentioned that as a second-generation homeschooler, I haven’t felt worried about how well my kids would do. What I meant is that I’ve already been through the process, so I know it can work.

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English Muffin Bread (aka a very, very easy bread recipe)

The Frugal Girl

Kneading is probably the number one thing that discourages people from making bread. I did write a “ How to knead” post , but in case you are still terrified of kneading, I have a recipe that requires no such thing!

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Mealtime Magic: Yume Dog from The Peached Tortilla

Motherhood Moments

I have a chance to share some great recipes from The Peached Tortilla. Yume Dog Serves 4 Growing up in Japan, I was infatuated with Japanese burgers. Fusion, in my opinion gets a bad rap because it’s not traditional. But who gives a s**t if it’s not traditional as long as it tastes good?

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Shopping Savings: Vegamour

Motherhood Moments

Vegamour is offering up to 35% off online orders from 5/24 to 5/28 with the code SUMMERLOVES. VEGAMOUR is a company that specializes in an impressive lineup of products that are clinically tested to naturally grow hair, eyelashes and eyebrows.

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Thrifty Thinking: Student Loans Affect Multiple Generations

Motherhood Moments

Student loan debt has been a skyrocketing problem across multiple age groups over recent decades, and an AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) report highlights the important role that older Americans play in financing college education for their children, grandchildren and other family members.

What I Spent, What We Ate | Did I keep it at $75?

The Frugal Girl

What I Spent. Remember how last week, I mentioned that I only had $75 left to spend in April? This week I spent $79 at Aldi and $7 at another store. That adds up to $86 , so I came in VERY nearly on budget. Woohoo!

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Tuesday Tip | Expect to be rather terrible at first.

The Frugal Girl

This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. When you are trying something new, whether it’s budgeting, bread baking, menu planning, cooking, sewing, or any number of other things, you should expect to be rather terrible at first.

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Five Frugal Things | PT, a free date night, braces, and more

The Frugal Girl

We had a bargain-full date night. First, we had subs at Jersey Mike’s, using the Sixth Continent gift card I ordered last week. Then we stopped at Rita’s, where I had a coupon for a free Italian ice, due to my birthday coming up this week.

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Five Frugal Things | Free soap pump, Goodwill silverware, and more

The Frugal Girl

I called Method about their soap dispensers. I like foaming soap because it seems to be a lot less wasteful than regular liquid soap. But the last two dispensers I got from Method became nearly unusable after just one refill. The top just stayed down when you pressed it.).

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