Budget Savvy Diva

Navigating Food Allergies While Traveling to Beaches Resorts

Stockpiling Moms

If you have a food allergy or a disease that requires you to avoid a particular food then you know how difficult that can be to travel. When I was invited to attend Social Media on the Sand Bloggers. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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Five Frugal Things | nearly free bagels, a bob for Sonia, and more

The Frugal Girl

This post contains an affiliate link. I used a $5 bagel coupon. A new-ish bagel shop near us sent out a $5/any purchase coupon, so I went and bought six bagels for a little over a dollar total. I gave Sonia a haircut.

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Zoe’s got a Saatva mattress. SO FANCY.

The Frugal Girl

And we are all a little jealous. A rep from Saatva reached out a little while ago to see if I could review one of their mattresses, and since Mr. FG and I have a relatively new mattress, I asked if I could have a twin mattress for Zoe.

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Cast Iron Fried Chicken

The Frugal Girl

This post contains affiliate links. This popped on my menu post a little while back and a lot of you asked for the recipe. I’m sorry to say that I have exactly zero good pictures of the chicken and no step by step photos either.

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The Best Affordable Pot Roast Crockpot Recipies

The Budget Diet

As the days grow darker and the nights grow colder, you and your family will likely be craving comfort food; food that will warm you through and put some meat on your bones. For that, there is nothing. Read More >. The post The Best Affordable Pot Roast Crockpot Recipies appeared first on The Budget Diet. Recipes Smart Food

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50 Things I’m Thankful For | 2018 edition

The Frugal Girl

I planned to publish this Thanksgiving Day. But life got in the way of me finishing the list, so I’m posting it the day after Thanksgiving. Since the start of my blogging days, I’ve been posting a list of 50 things I’m thankful for each year on Thanksgiving Day.

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Freezer Challenge | Bones. Many bones.

The Frugal Girl

I’m working on cleaning out my chest freezer so I can do a serious defrosting job on it. I’m alllllmost done! Last week’s freezer stuff. This mystery soup was indeed butternut squash soup , and I ate it for lunch one day. Check!

Freezer Challenge | Smoothie time?

The Frugal Girl

The wind chill is currently 19°, but I still see a smoothie in my future. Possibly chased by some hot tea! Freezer goodies for this week. Left to right, top row: watermelon, two bags of buns, a bag of miscellaneous frozen fruit. Bottom row: Andouille sausage, shredded coconut, mystery rolls.

Book Nook: What Would I Do, To Make Sure You're Not Blue

Motherhood Moments

What would you do to make sure your little one wasn’t blue? Would you fix their teddy bear? Would you gather stars right out of the sky to make them smile as they look up from their crib?

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AE gift card, free deck furniture, half off an entree…it’s Five Frugal Things!

The Frugal Girl

I ordered a discounted gift card from Sixth Continent. I got a PR email from this company, which sells discounted gift cards. There’s a sign-up bonus, which means that immediately after you open your account, you have enough discounts to get a $25 gift card for $15.90.

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AE gift card, free deck furniture, half off an entree…it’s Five Frugal Things!

The Frugal Girl

I ordered a discounted gift card from Sixth Continent. I got a PR email from this company, which sells discounted gift cards. There’s a sign-up bonus, which means that immediately after you open your account, you have enough discounts to get a $25 gift card for $15.90.

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Congrats to Tara!

The Frugal Girl

I have a time crunch this morning, but I wanted to pop in really quickly to tell you the winner of the Third Day giveaway. Tara is the winner, so Tara, check your email!

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What I Spent, What We Ate | also, last week’s spending!

The Frugal Girl

What I Spent. By the way, the mystery soup from my freezer was indeed butternut squash soup. And I ate it all! Yay me. I spent $156 this week, so just about on budget. Buuuut I spent $239 last week. I did buy an organic turkey, so that kind of explains the high spending last week.

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Tuesday Tip | Not sure if it’ll freeze? Try a small test.

The Frugal Girl

I’ve gotten several questions lately about whether or not this or that can be frozen. I’m happy to answer these questions if I know the answer, but sometimes I don’t!

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Freezer challenge | five out of eight things: eaten

The Frugal Girl

Here’s what I started with last week: The flank steak is thawed in the fridge for something for dinner tonight. Haven’t decided! The frosting is still in the freezer. The bread is currently in the oven as a french toast casserole. We ate the pulled pork for dinner one night.

Website Spotlight: Kiva

Motherhood Moments

It’s no secret that many kids do not learn the fundamentals of money from a young age. Even less discussed with children? The impact financing solutions can have on those in need.

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Consumer Critique: Eggnots

Motherhood Moments

I have previously reviewed Eggnots , allergy-friendly ceramic eggs that make egg dying permanent and safe for those who can't be around eggs. I was recently sent a set, along with some ornament hangers, to highlight the fact that they aren't just for Easter.

Earn BIG with Coupons on Swagbucks!

Shereen Travels Cheap

We're all looking for ways to save big at the register. Well, I've found a way to make every coupon I use at my local grocery store worth an extra 25¢! How you ask? It's as easy as 1, 2, 3!

Five Frugal Things | my jeans ripped again

The Frugal Girl

I fixed a ripped pair of jeans. Remember my pair of jeans that I ripped by pulling on the belt loop? Well, that repair is holding up fine, but the jeans developed a split by the bottom of the zipper.

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Exploring Philadelphia's Suburbs

Shereen Travels Cheap

Though Philadelphia is a sprawling city with enough to keep you busy for more than a week, there's more to see nearby and a little further afield. We indulged in culture and history and art and fun , and then we went outside the city to explore a bit more and see things most tourists don't get to.

Tips for Surviving Family Travels

Shereen Travels Cheap

The holidays are here and people will be taking to the skies and roads and spending way more time than they might like with their significant other and family. We travel as a couple and it's not always smooth sailing. The same goes for traveling with your family. Sometimes you get mad at each other.

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Stitch Fix, October 2018 | I kept everything!

The Frugal Girl

I signed up with Stitch Fix using their, “The cheaper, the better” pricing option, and I’ve been chronicling my experiences here. So far, it hasn’t been exactly cheap! But fashion posts are always fun, so here we are.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | $65.50

The Frugal Girl

What I Spent. Let’s see. I started out with a $25 Hungry Harvest box. Next, I made a $22 Aldi trip, a $6.11 stop at Food Lion, and a $12.50 trip to Costco (I did buy some other things at Costco, but they were non-food items, such as light bulbs.). So, I’m only at $65.50 for the week.

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Easy Decoupage Christmas Ornament

Stockpiling Moms

I love making unique ornaments, and this Easy Decoupage Ornament Craft is another one you will love! This is super simple and cute for that country Christmas theme tree! It’s also simple enough. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Healthy Habits: RSV

Motherhood Moments

As colder temperatures approach, parents may worry about the cold and flu. Many parents don't know about another contagious and common virus - respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which is the leading cause of hospitalization for infants in the US during their first year of life.

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Consumer Critique: Create Art Like a Pro with Books from Walter Foster

Motherhood Moments

Art books are awesome. They're great to give as gifts because they'll keep on giving all year long, whenever the recipients create art.

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15 Cheap/Free Ideas to Make You Feel Happier

The Frugal Girl

Inside of yesterday’s post about dealing with financial discouragement , I started to make a list of these, and I realized it would better to do that in a stand-alone post. There are plenty of ways to lift your spirits if money is no object (massage! dinner out! a vacation! shopping!).

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Tuesday Tip | Make a no-sew rice sock

The Frugal Girl

If you have some random orphan socks at your house, use them to make a microwaveable rice sock. These are so great to put on a sore muscle, and they work especially well around your neck. And you can freeze them to use for calming down an inflamed muscle.

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The freezer challenge, it is back!

The Frugal Girl

I kind of fell off the freezer challenge wagon this summer when I was about 75% of the way through. But I really do want to finish cleaning this thing out so that I can easily defrost it. And I’d love to have a nice clean slate to start with!

Monday Miscellany

The Frugal Girl

I have random things to say, people! Tide pods are convenient, but not THAT convenient. Since they’re definitely more expensive than the liquid Costco or Aldi detergent I use, I’d never tried them until I got a pack for almost nothing at CVS (coupon and sale).

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Star Wars. And a Cheshire Cat.

The Frugal Girl

As you all know, I am totally not a fan of Star Wars. Like, at all. I checked my watch multiple times through the last movie to see when it would be over, actually. But Zoe thought it would be fun if Mr. FG and I dressed up as Han Solo and Princess Leia, so that’s what we did.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | Welcome to December!

The Frugal Girl

What I Spent. I started out with a $25 Hungry Harvest. Then I spent $73 at Costco, and $33 at a local grocery store. So, I’m at $131 to start off December. Yay me! What We Ate. Saturday.

Tuesday Tip | Boil your stinky kitchen washcloths

The Frugal Girl

Hat tip to my friend Stacy for this idea! You know how your kitchen washcloths get a funky stink over time, even if you are a responsible washcloth user? I’m super faithful about using a fresh one every single morning. I rinse mine out and hang them over the oven handle to dry overnight.

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10 ways to bless someone without spending a lot

The Frugal Girl

I had a random thought yesterday, which was this: if you are on a tight budget and you have a friend or family member who is going through a rough time, you might feel a little bit helpless to assist them. Because let’s face it, money is sometimes useful for blessing others in hard situations.

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Zoe and I tried a beauty school. Here’s how it went.

The Frugal Girl

In my years of frugal reading (books, blogs, articles), I’ve frequently come across the advice to get hair services done at a beauty school. But since I usually only get my hair cut once or twice a year (I know, I know), I haven’t been super motivated to give it a try.

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Consumer Critique: Shinesty

Motherhood Moments

I recently had a chance to try out some Christmas dresses from Shinesty. I have to say, the website itself is definitely cheeky, which is a change from plenty of other websites. We got two different styles of the snowflake pattern - the kids' dress and the wrap dress.

Win a Third Day Naturals gift set!

The Frugal Girl

Happy almost-weekend, frugal friends! I have a fun little weekend giveaway for you from Third Day Naturals , a longtime friend of The Frugal Girl.

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Rustic Deer Mason Jar Ornament

Stockpiling Moms

With the holidays almost here, it’s time to add some unique fun ideas for the holiday tree. This Rustic Deer Ornament Idea is simple, inexpensive, and fun to make. I love adding a few homemade. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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It’s not the stuff that creates good memories

The Frugal Girl

The other day, my mom forwarded me a link to the listing for my grandparents’ house, which is now for sale. You may remember that my grandpa died last year, and I went to South Dakota to see my beloved childhood place one more time.).

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What I Spent, What We Ate | It’s November!

The Frugal Girl

What I Spent. I started out the week with a trip to Aldi and one other store, totaling $84.26. And then I managed not go to to the grocery store at all again. Yay me! What We Ate. Saturday.

Q&A | Homeschool books, chicken broth, and high-priced drugstores

The Frugal Girl

Today we have one question from the mailbag and two questions from the comments on recent posts. I know not everyone reads the comments, so I thought it might be worth answering the questions here too!

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What I Spent, What We Ate | Last one for October!

The Frugal Girl

What I Spent. Greetings from the cat, who is keeping me company as I write this post. We spent $138 on food this week. including a Hungry Harvest. October Spending. Week 1: $230. Week 2: $115. Week 3: $145. Week 4: $138.

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5 Things You Can Choose to Do Instead of Wallowing

The Frugal Girl

Yesterday I wrote about even in the midst of unfair circumstances, you still usually have some choices available to you other than feeling like a helpless victim. Feeling like a victim is not super productive, as a general rule).

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