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Six Ways to Teach Kids to be Kind

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This is off-topic, I know! But multiple readers asked about how we’ve taught our kids to work hard and to be kind. Here’s what I wrote about teaching them to work hard. And today’s post will be about teaching kindness.). Joshua and Lisey, circa 2015.

4 things that are making my life better

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A $10 offer just for Frugal Girl readers

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This post is not sponsored, but it includes an affiliate link that TopCashback sent to me. The affiliate link will give readers a $10 bonus. As you guys know, TopCashback is my fave cashback website for online shopping (they almost always have the highest cashback percentages!),

I’m doing a freezer challenge this week!

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My grocery budget has been a little overstretched so far this month, and my freezer could use a little decluttering. Which means that it seems like the perfect time to take inventory and spend a week trying to use up some odds and ends. Want to see what I’m starting with?

What I Spent, What We Ate | Welp. I did not go under. At all.

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What I Spent. I started out with my $25 Hungry Harvest box. I spent $55.48 at the store where Lisey works. I spent $98.59 at Aldi. And I made a $9.30 stop for panko, soy sauce, ginger, a red pepper, and lettuce. part of my shopping this week. But not all! So, I spent $188.

What I Spent, What We Ate | Starting off October

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What I Spent. I spent $44.57 at the grocery store where Lisey works. I spent $44 (exactly!) at Aldi. And I spent $49 at another grocery store. So, I was at $137 , which is great. Buuuut, then I really needed to go to Costco for frozen fruit.

A little bit of this, a little bit of that

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This post contains affiliate links. Time for a post full of multiple unrelated things! The comments on the Ask The Readers post. You guys. You all had so, so, so much helpful advice for Susan and any other people struggling to get dinner on the table. Thank you!

Ask the Readers: How do I get dinner on the table if I work full-time?

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On my last What I Spent, What We Ate post , reader Susan left the following question: Do you have many full time working mom who follow your blog? Are they cooking every night? By the time I get home, I’m exhausted.

Five Frugal Things, Fridge Clean-Out Edition

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Amazon links are affiliate links. The other day, I did a fridge organization/clean-out, and so I have a bunch of food-waste-avoidant stuff to share with you. I froze grapes and mango. We had three almost-finished bags of grapes in the fridge.

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

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I missed last week, so I’ll add that spending in here as well to wrap up September! What I Spent. My total for the last two weeks was $297.66 which is riiight on target. Week three was a little crazy with the spending, but I made up for it by hardly shopping this week. September Spending.

My first Stitch Fix!

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This post is not sponsored and I’m not affiliated with Stitch Fix. My referral link is at the end of the post. Ok, guys. You ready?? You may expect this level of modeling in all my Stitch Fix posts. You’re welcome.

Answers to some questions!

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Hey guys! When I wrote my post about affiliate links and such , you guys had a few questions that I wanted to answer. And I wanted to clarify a few things.

Because this never gets old…

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and because I’m short on time today, please enjoy this. It’s so excellent, even if you’ve seen it eleventy times before. (I I have, and I still cracked up when I watched it this morning.). Saturday Night Live Debt Skit from ABI Videos on Vimeo.

10 MORE filling and frugal snack ideas

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A little while back, I made a list of 10 frugal and filling snack ideas for a reader with hungry teenagers. Since you can never really have too many snack ideas, here are ten more. Yogurt. As long as you’re not buying the sugary, low-fat varieties, yogurt can be a filling, inexpensive snack.

An honest review of Dinnerly

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This post contains affiliate links , but it is not sponsored. I received a free box to review. A while back, I wrote about why I don’t use meal kit services, like Blue Apron or Hello Fresh.

A little bit about blogging, selling, and Amazon links in emails

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This is going to be off topic, but I promise it’s an anomaly. I’m not about to become a blogger who blogs about blogging. And fair warning: this is probably going to be a little rambly. Proceed accordingly (or not!).

If you can’t do it all, do these three things.

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Laura Vanderkam often mentions that one way to reduce the amount of time you need to spend on household maintenance is to reduce your standards. If you decide that surfaces don’t have to be dust-free, you can dust less often (or never!).

What I Spent, What We Ate | Meal Box week

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The Frugal Girl uses affiliate links , which help support this blog at no extra cost to you. What I Spent. I started off with my Hungry Harvest box. I spent $31.42 at non-Aldi stores, and $42.96 at Aldi. So, I’m at $99.38. Oh, wait.

52 New Recipes | two Dinnerly recipes

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This blog uses affiliate links, which help keep the lights on around here at no cost to you. So, this week, I’m doing something a little different for my new recipes.

How to paint a room | step by step

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This post contains affiliate links. Lots of you have asked for a post about how to paint a room. So when I painted my bathroom this summer, I took some photos for you. Painting walls is not rocket science. And as with most types of painting, prep work is key.

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So. I’m trying Stitch Fix (hopefully on the cheap!)

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I’ve read about Stitch Fix on the blogosphere for years, and I have always, always been hesitant to sign up because it seems like most fixes I read about are awfully expensive. So, for mail-order clothes, I’ve mostly stuck with ThredUp.

One thing I love from Grove and one thing I don’t.

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This post contains affiliate links. Hey guys! Two things: One. When I told you about the special offer Grove is extending to FG readers, I said it would end on Sunday.

What I Spent, What We Ate | And it’s September!

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September seems like a sudden change, doesn’t it? It’s not the like weather magically shifts on September 1st, but somehow, turning the calendar to September makes it promptly feel like a completely different season. Even if you ARE still wearing shorts at first. What I Spent.

End of summer bucket list update!

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Every summer, I make a list of fun & practical things I want to do before summer “kicks the bucket” Cook with my kids. Guys. I did not do very well with this in August at all.

Introducing…cleaning concentrates!

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This post contains affiliate links. Thanks so much for supporting the companies that help support The Frugal Girl. I really appreciate it! Guys, I’ve done a fair number of partnerships with Grove Collaborative before, but this time around, I have something completely new to share with you!

Joshua is 18.

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Indulge me for a day, would you? Here’s Joshua through the years. Starting in the pre-digital era, so excuse the photos of photos!). 7 days old. Three. Seven. Eight. Ten. (I I think he was feeling nervous about Zoe, so he put his arm around her to keep her safe. Aww.). Eleven. Twelve. Thirteen.

What I Spent, What We Ate | Did I stick to $51?

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What I Spent. Here’s my Hungry Harvest box. That melon was CRAZY good. It looked like a honeydew but was orange in the inside, and it was so sweet. I tried to stay out of the stores as much as possible this week, given my crazy spending the prior week.

Five Frugal Things | Not pictureless this time!

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I couldn’t do two pictureless Five Frugal Things in a row! I price-matched printer ink. I needed ink for my color printer, and I saw that Office Depot’s price slightly beat Amazon’s price. But when I got to the store, the price was $7 higher.

52 New Recipes | Grilled Mahi Mahi + Moroccan Chicken Salad

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I missed a few weeks of 52 New Recipes, so I’m making up for it! ( I tried two new ones last week as well.). Please picture me flexing my trying-new-recipes muscle.).

My newly painted gray bathroom | before and afters

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When we bought our house, here’s what the bathroom looked like. It’s a little hard to tell how shocking this shade of green was, but it was awful. Like, so bad that when you looked down the hallway, a green glow emanated from the bathroom. And the ceiling was green as well as the walls.

Chalkboard-Painted Tea Tins

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Though it’s not cheap, we are big fans of Harney and Sons vanilla comoro tea. ($5+ 5+ for a tin at Target. But if you compare that to, say, the cost of a Starbucks drink, it seems much more affordable.). I kind of hate to throw these tins away because they seem so reusable.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | Oh geez.

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What I Spent. Last Friday, I popped by the produce stand and they had a big box of slightly bruised peaches for $15. Woohoo! Then on Saturday, I got my $25 Hungry Harvest box. Then I spent $92 on these groceries (including an unpictured $10 package of chicken).

Lisey’s bed, repainted

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I bought this bed off of craigslist years ago. and I painted it white, so Zoe could switch from her converted crib (poor kid was six at the time!) into a twin bed. A year later, we moved Zoe in with Sonia and moved Lisey into this room.

4 things I bought with my birthday money

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Amazon links are affiliate links. I guess I’m on a “4 things” kick lately. I think this is the third post in a week’s time that listed 4 things.(Although Although to make it consistent, I should probably do four “4 things” posts!

4 things that are making me happy and 1 thing that’s not

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I have a sweet new niece! There were a few scares during my sister-in-law’s pregnancy, but this little miss is here safe and sound. And perfectly healthy. She brings my niece/nephew collection to 15, so I am quite a rich auntie. She’s a perfect snuggle-able size.

What I Spent, What We Ate | I tried a Twinkie.

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What I Spent. First up, my $25 Hungry Harvest box: And here’s a $102 trip to Aldi. Do you see the Twinkies in there? When I was in kindergarten, a kid at my table always had a Twinkie for his morning snack, while I had a banana. When I was 5, I thought surely the Twinkie would be better.

What I Spent, What We Ate | Making up for last week

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What I Spent. I got my $25 Hungry Harvest box on Saturday, as always. I was in Texas at the time, so I didn’t get a good picture, but here’s part of what was in the box. (If If you want to try Hungry Harvest, use code FRUGALGIRL5 for $5 off your first order!).

Why I place rather large online clothing orders

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In the past, I haven’t been a big online clothing shopper. I like to be able to try things on and give multiple sizes a shot. Because sizing… oh man, it’s such an inconsistent thing. I have a lot of different sizes in my closet that all fit me the same!

Five Frugal Things | Thredup, blog expenses, useless tools, and more

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I really want to show you my newly painted bathroom and also Lisey’s bed, but I haven’t gotten around to photographing them yet. So, how’s about a five frugal things post today instead? I shipped back unwanted Thredup items.

I’ve been to Texas and back!

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Hey there, readers! Since I last blogged on Friday, I’ve been to Texas and back. (On On a plane, of course. My friend Beth is from Texas, and she and her family moved here about 5 years ago. We met at church and became really good friends from there.