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3 Ingredient Dinner Recipes

Stockpiling Moms

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3 Ingredient Dessert Recipes

Stockpiling Moms

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Thankful Thursday | I did not owe taxes!

The Frugal Girl

New here? Thankful Thursday is our weekly effort to hunt for the good in our lives; a free mood-booster! This week, I am thankful: that I owed no taxes this year. I am exceedingly happy about this, which is why it’s first on the list.

Caring Causes: Birthday Candles for Kids

Motherhood Moments

Many families are experiencing hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which is preventing them from affording basic needs like food and housing. Some parents are also finding it difficult to provide their children with a birthday celebration.

Enriching Education: Getting Into An Elite Computer Science (CS) School

Motherhood Moments

There are several paths to admission to Computer Science programs and degrees at top schools. Universities administer different processes for admitting students into their CS programs.

Self Care Ideas Moms Can Use

Stockpiling Moms

Self Care Ideas Moms Can Use While Quarantining. Covid has changed the way we live, especially moms. If you have to quarantine, you may be wondering how you can care for yourself, as a mom. For all. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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WIS, WWA | but first some tulips

The Frugal Girl

Hello! Groceries in a second, but first, look at these tulips from my sister-in-law’s yard. I gave up on growing tulips myself because the voles ate every last one. But since my neighbor’s cat has seemed to reduce the vole population, maybe I will give tulips another go. What I Spent.

Create your debt freedom plan

Family Balance Sheet

Many years ago, my husband and I faced what we thought was an insurmountable hurdle– six figures of non-mortgage debts. These were loans that we knowingly took on and looked great on paper, but they became a weight on our shoulders.

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Five Frugal Things | a library edition

The Frugal Girl

Well, the library makes up the first two, at least! I put next month’s book club book on hold. I am sort of allergic to buying books (unless they are somehow not available at the library). As long as they are at the library, that is where I will always go.

Where I found money in February

Family Balance Sheet

Finding extra money has become a game for me. Over the years, I have found money through rebates, refunds, online sales, and even the ground. Yep, I found a $20 bill on a morning run at the beach! I have used the extra money to pay off debt, fund family trips, or build up our Christmas savings.

Thankful Thursday | the vaccine one

The Frugal Girl

This week, I am thankful: that some warm, sunny weather is coming. It’s been a chilly, cloudy week, but we’re going to get some sun starting on Saturday, and next week promises some warmer air too. for the later sunsets.

Amazing Art: Every Year the Flowers Bloom Online Exhibit

Motherhood Moments

A Virtual Solo Show of Works by Franck de las Mercedes Apr 10 2021 - May 15 2021 Now On View New York, April 12, 2021 -- The CAMP Gallery is pleased to present Every Year the Flowers Bloom , a new solo online exhibition featuring works from Franck de las Mercedes , curated by Melanie Prapopoulos.

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WIS, WWA | still not over it!

The Frugal Girl

What I Spent. I am still not over the joy of daylight at dinnertime. My family is probably getting tired of my enthusiasm over it, actually, but I can’t help it; I am so happy to have daylight when we sit down to eat.

Meet a Reader | Cindy B.

The Frugal Girl

Hello, readers! We are meeting reader Cindy today; she and her husband are full-time RVers. I wonder if there’s a larger proportion of RVers in the frugal community because even though full-time RVers are a minority, Cindy is the second featured Frugal Girl reader who lives in an RV full time!

Where we found money in March 2021

Family Balance Sheet

Finding extra money is a game for me. Over the years, I have found money through rebates, refunds, online sales, and even the ground. Yep, I found a $20 bill while running on the beach! I have used the extra money to pay off debt, fund family trips, or build up our Christmas savings.

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Packing Light for Your Summer Road Trips

Shereen Travels Cheap

Summer is coming and that means packing light should be easy. Well, I've learned that isn't true for a lot of people.

25 Ways to Find Money for Your Emergency Fund

Family Balance Sheet

Emergencies happen when you least expect them. My husband sent me a short text a few years ago, “truck $700.” ” My stomach sank. He took the truck to our mechanic because a dashboard light came on.

Five Frugal Things | Only so much martyrdom

The Frugal Girl

I ate the rest of the gluten-free pretzels. Since Sonia is off the low FODMAP diet, she’s back on gluten. But we still had some gluten-free pretzels hanging around, and since I think they’re pretty good, I finished them up. (I

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Meet a Frugal Girl Reader | Sarah, an RVer

The Frugal Girl

Reader Sarah is a full-time RVer, and she wrote to me asking if I’d like to feature her in a Monday post, since RVing is a slightly unusual way of life. And I thought that it would be a fun way to mix things up, so I sent her the interview questions. Tell us a little about yourself.

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Five Frugal Things | the prunes, they are gone!

The Frugal Girl

I finished the prunes! Remember how I told you all I was working through an extremely leathery container of prunes? Well, many bowls of oatmeal later, I found the bottom of the container. In the last month or so, with oatmeal as a vehicle, I have now finished: the container of prunes.

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Five Frugal Things | I have a dental appliance

The Frugal Girl

I bought a Luna Guard. My dentist told me it looks like I grind my teeth at night (whoops) and she recommended a Luna Guard. So, I ordered one, molded it to my teeth, and I’m two nights in to wearing it. Note: I do not actually wear this thing during the day.

How to Build your Emergency Fund

Family Balance Sheet

need to redirect this link. This post was first published in 2016. Life suddenly changed for most of us in March 2020 and this past year of the pandemic has reinforced how important an emergency fund is.

What I Spent, What We Ate | a no-plan week

The Frugal Girl

Normally, I take an hour on the weekend to plot out my week, and that includes picking out meals. I did not do that this week and oof, that made dinnertime much more stressful this week. I hate planning a menu, but I hate not having a menu plan even more! What I Spent.

ShopRite: Energizer Batteries ONLY $0.74 Each Thru 4/24 {Rebate}

For the Mommas

ShopRite: Energizer Batteries ONLY $0.74 Each Thru 4/24 {Rebate}. Stock up deal on Energizer Batteries at ShopRite. Thru 4/24, Energizer Batteries 4 pack AA or AAA is priced at $2.99

Meet a Frugal Girl Reader | Rose

The Frugal Girl

A few weeks ago, there was a discussion in the comments of a Meet a Reader post where Rose was saying she’s not naturally frugal, and that it would be fun to hear from a reader like herself. So, I emailed and asked if she’d like to be featured, and she said yes!

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Anti-food waste breakfast and lunch (in pictures)

The Frugal Girl

I recently shared a collection of breakfast and lunch photos, all with a bent towards using up odds and ends in the name of avoiding food waste. And since enough readers found that to be helpful, I’ve got another such collection for you today! breakfast | carrot oats with an orange.

ShopRite: Heinz Ketchup Just $1.99 Each Thru 4/24!

For the Mommas

ShopRite: Heinz Ketchup Just $1.99 Each Thru 5/2! Heinz Ketchup is gluten-free and is made only from sweet, juicy, red ripe tomatoes grown from Heinz seeds for signature taste. It is perfect for sandwiches, burgers and hot dogs or as a dipping sauce for fries and other favorite food.

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Giant: Kellogg’s Cereal Bars JUST $0.25 Each + More Deals Starting 4/23!

For the Mommas

Giant: Kellogg’s Cereal Bars JUST $0.25 Each + More Deals Starting 4/23! Here is an amazing offer on Kellogg’s Cereal Bars at Giant. Starting 4/23, Kellogg’s Cereal Bars are priced at $2.00 Plus you will earn $5.00 in gas rewards points In addition you will receive $0.75

Meet a Reader | Ruby

The Frugal Girl

We’ve got another reader-requested interview subject today: Ruby, a Georgian reader who, like many other FG readers, was originally inspired by The Tightwad Gazette! Tell us a little about yourself.

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7 Ways to Spring Clean Your Finances

Family Balance Sheet

Take a deep breath, spring is finally here! If your winter was as long and cold as mine, then you’re also looking forward to opening windows, breathing in the fresh air, and soaking up the sunshine. Springtime soothes the soul and revives our spirits.

Music Minute: Formidable Vegetable - Garbage Guts

Motherhood Moments

With a barrowload of rad(ish) tunes sown with seeds of positive change, Formidable Vegetable has arrived on fertile ground, ready to turnip the beets for all the green shoots wanting to make a difference in the world.

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The NEW Giant Weekly Ad Scan For 4/23/21 Is Here!

For the Mommas

Early Giant Weekly Ad Scan Preview For 4/23/21. Here is the complete Giant Ad Scan for 4/23/21 thru 4/29/21! Check out the NEW Giant Ad Preview to help you plan ahead for upcoming deals and offers. Browse next week’s Giant weekly ad preview for sales starting next week in this early preview!

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ShopRite: ShopRite Yellow Onions 3lb Bag & More JUST $0.99 Each Starting 4/18!

For the Mommas

ShopRite: ShopRite Yellow Onions 3lb Bag & More JUST $0.99 Each Starting 4/18! Stock up deal on ShopRite Yellow Onions at ShopRite. Thru 4/24, ShopRite Yellow Onions 3lb Bag and Russet Potatoes 5lb Bag are priced at $1.49 Plus we have a $0.50

Thankful Thursday | And now it’s April!

The Frugal Girl

This week, I am thankful: that we are halfway through the spring semester. I am enjoying my biology class and lab, but those two classes are definitely eating up a lot of my time. So I’m glad to be halfway through. that I’m doing well in my classes.

A new sustainability/gardening bundle

The Frugal Girl

I know I usually do a Meet a Reader post on Mondays, but I’m interrupting the schedule because the food waste course I made recently is available today as part of a bundle. Last year, Ultimate Bundles did their first bundle ever focused on gardening, homesteading, and sustainable living.

Five Frugal Things | scientific cabbage

The Frugal Girl

I used up the rest of the scientific cabbage. Last week, Sonia and I got assigned a lab that involved using red cabbage to make a pH indicator. We used almost the whole head for science, but there was a small bit left.

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WIS, WWA | with some actual dinner photos

The Frugal Girl

(WIS, WWA = What I Spent, What We Ate). It’s not dark at dinnertime anymore! Which means I am much more inspired to pick up my camera before we eat. And that means that there are actually some current dinner photos in this post. What I Spent.

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WIS, WWA | with a non-cake birthday

The Frugal Girl

(WIS, WWA = What I Spent, What We Ate. That’s just awfully long to put in the title of a post!). What I Spent. We spent $101 on groceries this week ( $48 of that at Aldi), so, a pretty light spending week.

Music Minute: Tracy Bonham

Motherhood Moments

This percussive call-and-response song is from Bonham’s upcoming debut children’s album, Young Maestros Vol.

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Silver Lining Thursday

The Frugal Girl

Last week, a reader suggested that it would be helpful to think about the silver linings that have come with a year of pandemic life. So, I thought we’d do that today in lieu of a normal Thankful Thursday. It’s kinda like Thankful Thursday, but with a twist.

Consumer Critique: Buddy Biscuits Training Bites Chicken

Motherhood Moments

I recently had a chance to try out a treat from a company whose products I've enjoyed before - Buddy Biscuits. My dog loves all of their treats, and I'm pretty impressed with the quality and value. This time I got to try the Buddy Biscuits Training Bites Chicken.

Our Barcelona Staycation

Shereen Travels Cheap

Well, we're all in the process of getting vaccinated and hoping to get back to travel by the end of the year, but that doesn't mean we're quitting our staycations. In fact, I had a thought that we might continue to do these (just fewer) even after we get back to normal.

My Honest Review: I donated plasma to earn money!

Family Balance Sheet

I donated my plasma to earn extra money–here’s my honest review. On New Year’s Eve, I was loafing around and surfing Facebook when I caught a post from a good friend who shared that she had just made over $600 in one month by donating plasma.