Frugal Shopping With Julie

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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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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Book Nook: Special Paws - The Family List

Motherhood Moments

Special Paws: The Family List is a heartwarming tale from Tracey Kusinitz Altman that follows two lovable shelter dogs as they daydream of their forever families and navigate life in their shelter surroundings.

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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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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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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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Parenting Pointers: Connecting Kids and the Outdoors

Motherhood Moments

National Wildlife Federation's Collin O'Mara was at the recent TEDxNashville event talking about the importance of connecting kids with wildlife and the outdoors — and why it matters for their health and well being.

Review: Travelon's Amazing Bottle Totes

Shereen Travels Cheap

Summer has started, which means you're going to outside. A lot. We take trips, we go to the beach, we hit the pool, we go to theme parks, we go to concerts, and we go to festivals. When we travel, we always bring a water bottle with us.

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10 Ways to Save on Travel Meals

Shereen Travels Cheap

Food isn’t like souvenirs. No one goes on vacation without buying it. You have to make room in your travel budget to eat, but there are many ways you can make that part of your expenses smaller.

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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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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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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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Singapore on a Budget

Shereen Travels Cheap

You’ve probably been told that Asian cities such as Singapore are expensive holiday destinations and you’re right, they can be.

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Mealtime Magic: Using Luisa, Mint, and Dill

Motherhood Moments

A smart wardrobe always includes some timeless basics, a few trendy updates, and the perfect accessories. Your kitchen is no different. No matter what dishes you flaunt, you need herbs and spices to tie the season’s culinary collection together.

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Christmas Savings Club | June 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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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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What I did with yesterday’s Hungry Harvest

The Frugal Girl

My Hungry Harvest yesterday was mostly vegetables. In fact, I think the only fruit was a bag of large apricots and some kiwifruit. This is fine, but I (and probably a lot of people!) find fruit to be a whole lot easier to eat than vegetables.

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Five Frugal Things | $20 survey, gas savings, $0.88 flowers, and more

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 filled out a survey for $20. Remember that TV show I watched so I could complete a paid survey for $200?

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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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WIS, WWA | You should try BLTs Lisey’s way!

The Frugal Girl

See Tuesday’s meal for the BLT mention. What I Spent. I didn’t get a Hungry Harvest this week (I’m trying every other week this summer to see if that works out well), and I spent $160 at the grocery store. What We Ate. Saturday. Pizza night! I bought pizza instead of making it.

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Book Nook: Draw Like an Artist - 100 Flowers & Plants

Motherhood Moments

Draw Like an Artist: 100 Flowers & Plants is a beginner’s sketchbook that takes inexperienced artists through drawing a variety of botanical structures, demonstrating how each can be recreated on the page.

Consumer Critique: Desert Essence

Motherhood Moments

I recently had a chance to review Desert Essence’s Jojoba & Sweet Almond After Shower Finishing Spray and Body Scrub. I have never tried an after shower finishing spray. It was interesting.

Smart Safety: Concussions and Sports, Part 3 - The Problems of Concussive Brain Injury

Motherhood Moments

LA-area Jeff Victoroff, M.D.

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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.

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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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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Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

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 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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My Un-Riveting Story

The Frugal Girl

As I’ve perused the personal finance blogosphere, I’ve noticed that a lot of bloggers used to be pretty bad with money and thus have some amazing come-back stories…things like, “I paid off $60,000 of debt in 8 months.”

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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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WIS, WWA | Oh right. There are five Fridays this month.

The Frugal Girl

I did my end-of-month numbers round up last week, because I forgot that May actually had one more week. Whoops. I’m just gonna add them into today’s post, with updated numbers. What I Spent. I skipped my Hungry Harvest box this week because I had too much produce to use.

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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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Colors, colors, colors

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. For the last few months, I’ve been taking a photo a day, using prompts from Fat Mum Slim.

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How to Spend Less Than 10000 on a Wedding

The Budget Diet

Have you been searching “how to spend less than 10000 on a wedding?” ” Yes, it can be done! Is the most important day of your life worth starting your marriage in debt? Check out how to throw a. Read More >.

Website Spotlight: Dating.com

Motherhood Moments

Dating.com , part of the Dating.com Group, the company behind numerous online dating sites, is kicking off summer with tips to help its users find their perfect summer fling. The first, and arguably most important step, is to choose the right person.

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Movie Minute: Little

Motherhood Moments

The big boss gets a small dose of karma when Little , an inventive new twist on the "body swap" comedy, arrives on Digital June 25 and Blu-ray July 9.

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Movie Minute: Disney's Live-Action Dumbo

Motherhood Moments

DUMBO , the grand live-action adventure from Disney and visionary director Tim Burton, which expanded on the beloved animated classic and sent spirits soaring, prepares for a landing on June 25.

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Music Minute: The Story Pirates - Backstroke Raptor

Motherhood Moments

The Story Pirates explore the world searching for an unusual kind of treasure: kids’ stories. They turn the wildest and most imaginative tales into exciting sketch comedy, books, a top-rated podcast and songs to entertain millions of families worldwide.

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World Wisdom: CasusGrill

Motherhood Moments

Most dads love to cook out, but even those who aren’t into grilling will be intrigued by CasusGrill. Made from cardboard, bamboo, and lava stone, this ingenious Danish invention assembles quickly , lights with a match and heats without flames within minutes to 600°F.

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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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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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Mealtime Magic: Iced Coffee Recipes from Steeped Coffee

Motherhood Moments

When the summer heats up, coffee lovers crave something a little less steamy and a little more refreshing. Iced coffee fits the bill perfectly. For some, that means driving to the nearest chain, dropping a bundle, and leaving quality to chance.

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Tuesday Tip | Our favorite mineral sunscreen

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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.

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