Frugal Shopping With Julie

How to make Chicken and Biscuits (a casserole)

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. When Sonia and Zoe stayed with my parents recently, my mom made a dish from my childhood: chicken and biscuits.

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Zoe’s freshly painted gray bedroom

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This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure policy here. This was painting project number 4/6 from my summer bucket list. #1: 1: painting two twin beds white. #2: 2: painting Sonia’s $25 Goodwill dresser white. #3:

WIS, WWA | I did not blow my budget at Costco. (!)

The Frugal Girl

What I Spent. I made it out to Costco, where I spent $45. Then I spent $73 at Aldi plus one other regular grocery store, and $16 at the produce stand. So, amazingly enough, I went to Costco and did not have an over-budget week. WHAT EVEN IS THIS???? I’m at $134 for the week. August Spending.

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FFT | Let’s start the week off on a frugal note!

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 mean, I’m not sure what other note we EVER start off with around here. I poured leftover paint into a glass jar.

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86 degrees in my house? Ohhhhh, no.

The Frugal Girl

Recently, I read about a blogger who sets his thermostat at 86 degrees during the summer and I’m not gonna lie: I was kind of horrified at the thought. I am an unabashed air-conditioning lover and I am frequently grateful that I was born after this blessed invention.

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August Summer Bucket List Update

The Frugal Girl

Every summer I make a list of fun things and productive things I want to do before summer “kicks the bucket” I post updates every few weeks to let you guys know how I’m doing (and to hold me accountable!). Good heavens, it’s August already.

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Sonia’s $25 Goodwill dresser is now white!

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. Last November, I walked into Goodwill and spied this dresser.

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Buying new furniture is not a 100% time-saver.

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. Sonia’s been using an old glass-topped desk since she moved into Joshua’s old bedroom.

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Packing Light for Big Impact

Shereen Travels Cheap

I am a believer in packing light. I have packed all sorts of ways and I've decided that packing less leaves me less stressed, I have less to carry and fewer things to deal with.

Shereen Travels Cheap Turns 9

Shereen Travels Cheap

My little blog is turning NINE years old today! I can't believe it's been that long, and also it feels much longer at the same time. As always, I like to reflect on the past year and the coming year (and beyond). Photo by Vladas Kalnys on Unsplash This past year has been a pretty good one.

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Five Frugal Things | $125 from Equifax, a library book from Florida…

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This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure policy here. I claimed my $125 from Equifax. I looked my info up on their eligibility checker and yep, my data was part of the breach.

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I can’t recommend Sixth Continent right now

The Frugal Girl

Sixth Continent gift cards are sometimes not downloading. I have used and loved the site for months now, as have many of you. But recently, problems have begun to crop up. Multiple readers let me know this week that they’ve ordered gift cards and have not been able to download them.

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Eat more of the good foods.

The Frugal Girl

Back in April, CNN published an article about a global diet study that had sort of surprising results: Many diet-related deaths are due not to over-consumption of bad foods, but to under-consumption of good foods, such as whole grains, fruit, nuts, and seeds.

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5 Reasons You Will Love the MightyFix (also, an awesome discount code)

The Frugal Girl

If you just want the discount code without reading further…it’s FRUGALGIRL3 and it’ll get you your first fix for only $3 (vs the usual $11). Click here to sign up and use the FRUGALGIRL3 code when you check out.

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Tuesday Tip | Make disposable products inconvenient.

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This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure policy here. If you’re trying to avoid using disposable products (a sensible frugal move!), make it inconvenient to use them.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | 4th of July week

The Frugal Girl

Well, hi! I’ve been absent for two days, due partially to the holiday and also to the fact that I have been busy painting. I have things to show you next week! What I Spent. I spent $120 at the grocery stores this week, and I accidentally did not get a Hungry Harvest.

Two twin beds: painted!

The Frugal Girl

Way back in 2003, when I was pregnant with Sonia, we bought a bunkbed for Joshua and Lisey to share. Later, Lisey and Sonia shared it, and then until last year, Sonia and Zoe shared it. So, every kid in our family has slept in this bed!

Use less self-control: Avoid spending triggers

The Frugal Girl

I was listening to a How to Money podcast episode recently (while sanding Sonia and Zoe’s beds!) and they said something about spending triggers…which triggered some thinking for me.

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The gap between more and enough never closes.

The Frugal Girl

This quote, on a sign at Jimmy John’s, caught my eye recently. (I I tried googling to see who came up with it, but I can’t find the answer. If you know, drop me a comment!). Of course, I immediately thought of how this relates to contentment. More does not fix the problem.

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How I’m dealing with cooking magazine clutter

The Frugal Girl

I am a long-time (happy!) subscriber to Cook’s Country, and occasionally to Cook’s Illustrated. I consider my subscriptions to be an investment in my efforts to cook at home, and cooking at home saves so much money, a magazine subscription is a tiny thing to pay for.

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Giveaway: Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home

Motherhood Moments

Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home , a children’s book about a rescue dog finding a loving home, was recently awarded the prestigious Dog Writers Association of America Maxwell Medallion for 2018 Children’s Book of the Year.

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5 ways to make yourself miserable after a money mistake

The Frugal Girl

Did you incur a late fee? Have you forgotten to pay a bill and been charged interest? Did you miss the return window on a purchase? Did cancelling that appointment slip your mind? The one where you have to pay the full amount? Maybe you broke something expensive or botched a repair.

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Review: Anti-Theft LockDown Bag from Travelon

Shereen Travels Cheap

Summer is still happening and there are probably a lot of you with trips planned to the beach or places with pools. Places where you're likely to bring stuff you need (like car keys, your phone, and credit cards), and also want to go swimming and have to leave that stuff so it doesn't get wet.

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This big silicone lid is my new favorite thing

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What's In My Carry-On (UK Edition)

Shereen Travels Cheap

Everyone who knows me jokes about how early I pack. I have panic dreams about traveling with two mismatched shoes, a pair of shorts (in the winter) a pajama top and no money or phone chargers. I will pack a month - sometimes more - before I leave, even with a packing list.

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WIS, WWA | Is this an August week? A July week?

The Frugal Girl

What I Spent. I’m counting it as a July week, since it was mostly July. I started out the week with a $64 Aldi trip. And the only other stop I made was a $22 one at another grocery store. So, $86 it is for this week. July Spending. Week 1: $120. Week 2: $204. Week 3: $139. Week 4: $146.

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Google saved me a trip to the vacuum repair store (+4 more frugal things)

The Frugal Girl

I fixed my vacuum. One of my kids was vacuuming and somehow the whole thing tipped over and got stuck in the non-upright position. I fiddled with it a bit and couldn’t get it to pop back up. I was about to give up, but I did a little googling and found the answer on a forum.

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I’m not passionate about cooking. I just like to eat.

The Frugal Girl

I think there’s a difference. People who are passionate about cooking seem to really enjoy the process. They like to play around in the kitchen, and cooking seems to fulfill some creative desires inside of them.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | Father’s Day, a little sickness…

The Frugal Girl

(From our Father’s Day trip to a local park). What I Spent. It was an off week for Hungry Harvest (I’m trying every other week to see if that’s more manageable), and at the grocery store I spent $195. Good thing I didn’t get a Hungry Harvest!

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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 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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July Summer Bucket List Update

The Frugal Girl

Every summer I make a list of fun things and productive things I want to do before summer “kicks the bucket” I post updates every few weeks to let you guys know how I’m doing (and to hold me accountable!). Ok, one month of summer is gone already.

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How to Make Spiced Pecans (or Cashews. or Almonds.)

The Frugal Girl

Spiced nuts are often considered to be a holiday food, but I love having them around for topping summer salads. So, today I’m republishing this recipe in honor of the arrival of salad season!

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Mealtime Magic: Chef and Food Blogger Leigh Ann Chatagnier Makes Back-to-School Breakfast Easy, Three Ways

Motherhood Moments

With back-to-school activities starting for many this month, quick and easy, yet nutritious breakfasts are essential for getting out of the door on time! Chef and food blogger at My Diary of Us , routinely keeps ready-to-eat breakfasts in the fridge, especially when time is limited in the morning.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | $204

The Frugal Girl

What I Spent. It was an expensive week for us here! I spent $179 at Aldi and Costco, plus $25 on my Hungry Harvest box. Luckily, I only spent $120 last week. July Spending. Week 1: $120. Week 2: $204. What We Ate. Saturday. Easy button night: we got some frozen pizzas! Sunday.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | I skipped Tuesday’s cooking

The Frugal Girl

What I Spent. I spent $151 at the grocery store and $25 on my Hungry Harvest box. So, $176 total. June Spending. Week 1: $160. Week 2: $176. What We Ate. Saturday. Mr. FG and I went out to Five Guys for a quick date night.

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The Dangers of Teenage Vaping

Stockpiling Moms

Parents, don’t be fooled into believing vaping is safer for your teenager, so you can try to set your mind at ease. There’s nothing safe about smoking cigarettes for your kids and nothing you tell. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]. Life and Parenting The Dangers of Teenage Vaping

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Five Frugal Things | homeschool books, taco truck sauce, and more

The Frugal Girl

I sold Zoe’s school books. She finished school last week and I listed, sold, and shipped her non-consumable textbooks. The nice thing about your youngest kid finishing books is that you can get rid of them! No more schoolbook storage once she’s done with them.).

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Consumer Critique: Mammoth Wipes

Motherhood Moments

I recently had a chance to review a project designed for outdoor enthusiasts, sports fans, festival-goers, campers - anyone who's ever been in a situation where a shower would be great, but there's no water. Mammoth Wipes offer a hygienic and eco-friendly whole body refresh when traditional facilities aren't available. Not only are they suitable for cleaning the entire body, they're fully biodegradable (made of sustainably harvested bamboo) and they're big.

What I Spent, What We Ate | Good thing I didn’t go to Costco!

The Frugal Girl

What I Spent. I spent $184 on groceries this week. Whoops. Good thing I ran out of time to go to Costco or I’d really be over budget. What We Ate. Saturday. I grilled hamburgers ( using this recipe ), which we ate with fresh fruit and I can’t remember what else! Sunday.

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Chocolate Cookie Bears (or bunnies or pretzels or anything else!)

The Frugal Girl

I’m getting a late start today, so here’s a recipe from my archives. If you have small kids to bake with, you really should give this a try. It’s been a hit with 100% of the kids who have visited my house, not to mention my own kids!

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Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

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This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure policy here. (I I originally found these muffins on All Recipes years ago, and I’m resharing the recipe now with a printable recipe card!).

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May’s Happiness Habit, plus what I’m trying in June

The Frugal Girl

In May, my goal was to read a chapter a day, and I think I exceeded that. I finished seven books in May, actually! Four of them (Vinegar Girl, Dept. of Speculation, The Watsons Go to Birmingham, and The House on Mango Street) were pretty short, though, so this sounds more impressive than it is.

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