Budget Savvy Diva

Day Trip to Irvine KY

Stockpiling Moms

If you are looking for something fun to do consider a day trip to Irvine KY. We spent the day exploring a distillery in Ravenna which is a small town in Irvine located in Estill County. It is. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Stockpiling Moms

Just the other day my youngest son ran in and said he wanted Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies! I have no idea where that came from but who turns down the chance to make cookies? Not me! These. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

I broke my stove (like, REALLY broke it)

The Frugal Girl

If I could start this post off with an emoji, it would be a sheepish one. When I do dumb things like this, I often feel like I don’t want to blog about it, because…embarrassing! Remember when I melted my hot water kettle by putting it on the stove?? ).

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How to Connect with Friends While Social Distancing

Stockpiling Moms

Looking for tips for How to Connect with Friends While Social Distancing. Whether in the past it’s been time that was the issue, the miles between you and your friend, or the recent social distancing. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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Thankful Thursday

The Frugal Girl

New here? Thankful Thursday is something we’ve been doing in these COVID times; an exercise to help us hunt for the good that is in our lives and in the world, even in the midst of a pandemic. This week, I am thankful: -that our power stayed on during the storms.

Camping Hacks for Preparing Meals Outdoors

Stockpiling Moms

Check out these Camping Hacks for Preparing Meals Outdoors. Do you love to go camping but feel extremely limited on what foods you can enjoy while you’re away? I used to feel this way before I found. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Food Trucks Are Perfect Pandemic Dining

Shereen Travels Cheap

I don't know about anyone else, but some things are harder than others during this pandemic. Before this hit, we used to spend our weekends eating out and going to movies.

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What I Spent (less!) & What We Ate

The Frugal Girl

What I Spent. To start out, here’s a quick reminder that a little soak in water magically revives wilted greens. My downcast cilantro: And my cilantro, revived: This works great for herbs as well as greens like lettuce or kale. And it costs almost nothing!

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Five Frugal Things | And the bear says hello

The Frugal Girl

This bear that Sonia made has nothing to do with today’s post. But he’s really cute, and I thought he might improve your day. We got a family discount on orthodontics. Is there a lot about orthodontics that is frugal? Not really!

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Five Frugal Things | Some non-controversy

The Frugal Girl

Yesterday was kind of a day with comments, mainly on my Facebook page. I knew masks were a little controversial, but I was perhaps unprepared for just how controversial they are on Facebook. I love you all, regardless of your position on face masks. Virtual (and virus-free!) hugs to you all.

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Five Frugal Things | tea, masks, and food rescues

The Frugal Girl

Happy Tuesday! Time for your weekly dose of five frugal things. I’ve been making iced tea. This is so, so much cheaper than buying pre-made tea. A box of tea bags costs about $3, which is about the price of one of the bottle gallons from the store. Definitely a money-saving option.

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How I Organize My Kids’ Paperwork, Artwork, and Mementos

Family Balance Sheet

Kids create a lot of paper during their childhood. They create a lot of other stuff too, but that’s for another post. Today, I’m sharing how I have handled ALL of the paper, artwork, mementos, and miscellany over the last 14+ years that I’ve been a mother.

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Can I ask you two quick questions?

The Frugal Girl

Ok, well, it’s really three questions, counting the one in the title! As I’ve been thinking through future blog post plans, I’ve found myself wanting to know exactly why it is that you read my blog. I mean, obviously you are here because you have some interest in saving money!

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Unique Ways for you to Try New Cuisine When Abroad

Shereen Travels Cheap

There really is nothing better than exploring a new cuisine when you are venturing around the world. Tasting the local delicacies is a very crucial part when it comes to you immersing yourself in culture.

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Five Frugal Things | eBay fangirling

The Frugal Girl

I started listing my five frugal things and realized I have kind of an inadvertent eBay theme going on here. It IS an awesome website for both making and saving money. And I am not affiliated. I listed many books on eBay.

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Thankful Thursday | the benefits of gratitude

The Frugal Girl

Marigolds that I grew from seed. So cheap! And so easy, even I can do it. In an Instagram post earlier this week, I mentioned a Forbes article about the scientifically proven benefits of gratitude.

How to sell books on eBay

The Frugal Girl

Whenever I mention in passing that I’m selling books on eBay, someone asks questions about the process. So, I thought it would be good to have a post that I can send people to when they ask that question in the future.

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My new Stitch Fix box arrived (with Lisey’s help)

The Frugal Girl

If you are new here or new to Stitch Fix: Stitch Fix is an online styling subscription program. You fill out a profile, pay a $20 styling fee, and you get a box of five clothing items to try. The $20 styling fee applies toward anything you keep.

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Thankful Thursday | Because I’ve been heat crabby

The Frugal Girl

New here? Thankful Thursday is something we’ve been doing in these COVID times; an exercise to help us hunt the good that is in our lives and in the world, even in the midst of a pandemic. Normally my Thankful Thursday posts are sort of random, but today I have a theme: summer/hot weather.

Thankful Thursday | I missed one!

The Frugal Girl

New here? Thankful Thursday is something we’ve been doing in these COVID times; an exercise to help us hunt the good that is in our lives and in the world, even in the midst of a pandemic. Well, it seems I forgot to do one of these last week.

I kayaked. And I got very discontented.

The Frugal Girl

Recently, on a sunny Saturday morning, Mr. FG and I were kayaking out on the river our neighborhood borders. There were so many reasons to be happy and/or thankful. The weather was beautiful. We have free water access in our own neighborhood.

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ShopRite: Sargento Balance Breaks JUST $0.49 Each Thru 8/15!

For the Mommas

ShopRite: Sargento Balance Breaks JUST $0.49 Each Thru 8/15! Greet the day with Sargento Balance Breaks that is available for ONLY $0.49 each at ShopRite. Sargento Balance Breaks is a delicious combinations of savory natural cheese, dried fruit, and other nutritious ingredients.

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Five Frugal Things | swimsuit flip, hot sauce + 3 more

The Frugal Girl

I sold a Target return. This was such a weird situation. Let me explain. One of the swimsuits we ordered was too small for Zoe, so I went through the online returns process. Target refunded me, but said I didn’t need to bother to return the suit. (I’m

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Putting off a task? Time how long it takes.

The Frugal Girl

Have you ever procrastinated on a task for days, only to find out that once you get started, the task takes a mere 15 minutes? We humans are not the most logical creatures sometimes, and I have noticed that I vastly overestimate how long a task takes, especially when it’s not a super fun job.

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How We Frugal-ed through April 2020

Family Balance Sheet

April 2020 might go down as the most frugal month of my lifetime. With the global pandemic and the decline of our small business, I have flexed frugal muscles that I didn’t know I have. Operation Frugal Living is in full swing at my house.

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Organizing an Ideal City Break

Shereen Travels Cheap

At some point we'll be able to safely travel again. People are planning epic bucket-list trips for when that happens. People are saving money by not having so many options for eating out, going to movies, go to cons and concerts.

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WIS, WWA | Oh, hello Costco!

The Frugal Girl

What I Spent. I spent $62 at the grocery store and then I finally made a Costco run. I haven’t been since before the lockdown! I spent $195 there, which was a little painful. But I shouldn’t have to go again for a while now. July Grocery Spending. Week 1: $145. Week 2: $180. Week 3: $87.

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ShopRite: Quaker Chewy Granola Bars JUST $0.99 Each Thru 8/15!

For the Mommas

ShopRite: Quaker Chewy Granola Bars JUST $0.99 Each Thru 8/15! Perfect to take on-the-go for a delicious and filling snack, Quaker Chewy Granola Bars are available for just $0.99 each at ShopRite. Thru 8/15, Quaker Chewy Granola Bars are priced at $1.99

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How We Frugal-ed in February 2020

Family Balance Sheet

Frugal living is NOT about feeling deprived. Frugal living is being intentional with our money and creative with our resources, so we have more to put towards the things that are important to us. We want to live WELL on LESS Money.

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A fail of a Stitch Fix

The Frugal Girl

(Usual disclaimer: If you hate Stitch Fix posts, I totally understand. They’re polarizing! But you’ve been apprised of this post’s content, so if you are in the “I hate Stitch Fix posts!”

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WIS, WWA | also some kittens

The Frugal Girl

What I Spent. First, how about a kitten picture? The cat rescue we volunteer at has opened back up again, with social distancing measures, and we had a lot of kittens this week! Kittens are so so cute, but every time Zoe and I take care of them, we remember why we like our older cat.

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Website Spotlight: Superman HPV

Motherhood Moments

Have you ever met a real-life Superman? Well, Jason Mendelsohn might not be a superhero from another planet – but he is a survivor of stage 4 cancer who was given the nickname “Superman” by his friends during his remarkable recovery. Now, the 50-year old father of three, cancer-free, is also known as “ Superman HPV ,” a crusader who spreads the word about cancer prevention and the importance of the HPV vaccine.

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Q&A | share an embarrassing frugal habit!

The Frugal Girl

I’m saving the “embarrassing frugal habit” question for the end, so keep scrolling to get to that one. First, a few other questions. How has your attitude to frugality changed with time, as your children are older (and yes, the rest of us are too!)

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Five Frugal Things | a new painting project

The Frugal Girl

gratuitous cat photo that has nothing to do with this post. I mended a shirt (and more). I pulled out my black tank top and noticed it had a small hole (more like a slit). I placed a small black tshirt scrap pieces underneath the slit and zig-zagged it closed.

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5 reasons your homemade pizza is terrible (or meh)

The Frugal Girl

If you’ve tried making pizza at home, odds are good that you’ve turned out some pretty mediocre pies. Not disgusting pizza…just very meh pizza. I spent years making unremarkable pizza myself, despite having a pizza stone.

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a 2020 summer bucket list (such as it is!)

The Frugal Girl

This summer is probably not going to be quite like any of us had anticipated. Pandemics have a way of interrupting plans a bit. In fact, I hadn’t even though about my annual summer bucket list until a reader emailed to remind me. Let’s see what pandemic-friendly things I can come up with.

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Thankful Thursday

The Frugal Girl

New here? Thankful Thursday is something we’ve been doing in these COVID times; an exercise to help us hunt the good that is in our lives and in the world, even in the midst of a pandemic. This week I am thankful: for a kid who drives.

How I teach my kids to drive

The Frugal Girl

A reader recently asked me if I’d written a post with tips on teaching teens to drive. I haven’t done that, because it felt a little off-topic for a frugal blog. But, I did a poll on my Facebook page asking readers if they wanted a post on the topic, and the results said yes.

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You will be slow at first. But you can get faster!

The Frugal Girl

The other day, I was making a batch of whole wheat pancakes , and I noticed that I got the batter mixed up in less time than it took for the cast iron pan to get hot.

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Two unusual silicone kitchen items I love

The Frugal Girl

I am not a person who likes clutter, and my dislike of clutter certainly extends to my kitchen. Unitaskers are not my favorite thing. At all. But the two I’m going to tell you about today have definitely earned their place in my cabinet!

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Giant: Kool-aid Jammers or Giant Brand Cooking Oils JUST $0.32 Each Starting 8/14!

For the Mommas

Giant: Kool-aid Jammers or Giant Brand Cooking Oils JUST $0.32 Each Starting 8/14! Giant shoppers can score a great deal on Kool-aid Jammers or Giant Brand Cooking Oils. Starting 8/14, Kool-aid Jammers or Giant Brand Cooking Oils are priced at $1.99 Plus you will earn $10.00

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Things I?ve learned during quarantine

The Frugal Girl

Frozen milk takes approximately 3 years to thaw. Ok, so not actually, but it feels like it. HOW DOES IT STAY ICY FOR SO LONG???

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Giant: Nestle Pure Life Fruity Waters 8 Pack JUST $1.25 Each Starting 8/14! {Rebate}

For the Mommas

Giant: Nestle Pure Life Fruity Waters 8 Pack JUST $1.25 Each Starting 8/14! Rebate}. Here is a great deal on Nestle Pure Life Fruity Waters 8 pack at Giant. Starting 8/14, Nestle Pure Life Fruity Waters 8 pk is priced at $3.00

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