How We Frugal-ed in February 2020

Family Balance Sheet

This is how we like our iced tea, so if you decide to make your own version, you may want more or less tea bags/sugar. When on sale, it costs me about 50 cents to make a pitcher of iced tea vs. at least $2.50 I’m going to see how much I can find in 2020.

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Stitch Fix January 2020 | I sent it all back

The Frugal Girl

Vests don’t make sense to me (my arms will be cold!) The post Stitch Fix January 2020 | I sent it all back appeared first on The Frugal Girl. If you dislike Stitch Fix posts…consider yourself warned! Proceed only if you feel like being irritated today.

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What I’m reading and listening to | January 2020

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And both of the books also talked about how having a higher purpose in life is helpful, as is being able to make meaning of our suffering. For Christians, this is a good tool to help make meaning of suffering, as I mentioned in the review above.

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My 2020 Financial Goals & A Recap of 2019

Family Balance Sheet

The last loan was his student loan and I wanted him to make that final payment. This will always be a work in progress and you’ll understand why it will be more crucial for me when you read my 2020 goals below! Moving on to 2020! Bring it, 2020!

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2020 Entertainment Coupon Books $12.00 Shipped

For the Mommas

2020 Entertainment Coupon Books $12.00 Pa: $24.00 + free shipping – makes it only $12.00 Continue reading 2020 Entertainment Coupon Books $12.00 Shipped. Enjoy another great year of more savings on restaurants, shopping, services, hotels, travel and more!

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8 New Year’s Resolution Ideas to Make 2020 Awesome

Couponing 101

New Year’s resolutions are so common that we’re sure you know at least a few people who are preparing to fulfill their goals for 2020. Learning something new can give you a sense of achievement and make you feel empowered. Have you made your New Year’s resolution yet?

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8 Menu Planning Tips

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This is not going to work for everyone, of course, but this tip sure does make my life easier. And sometimes I make veggie/egg skillet meals for myself. Here’s how I make skillet meals. ). Make a master list of main dish ideas.

WIS, WWA | I overbought

The Frugal Girl

The box Dinnerly sent me was for two people, so I had to make two meals at once to feed us. I think I’m going to make some pizzas to use up the mozzarella from my freezer challenge. What I Spent. So, here’s what happened.

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How to Get Free Tickets for Museum Day (2020)

Couponing 101

This day of family fun and learning is all thanks to Smithsonian Magazine , the organization that makes this day possible. The post How to Get Free Tickets for Museum Day (2020) appeared first on Couponing 101. Museums aren’t just for family vacations and school field trips.

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The non-digital planner that almost works with my brain

The Frugal Girl

Blue Sky use to make a landscape-oriented planner with days of the week from left to right, AND these pages had no hour markings. So, I could do my weird thing and make my days go from bottom to top. But last year, they stopped making my beloved planner. (I My 2020 planner.

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Freezer Challenge update from me

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Heating tortillas, buns, croissants, and any other dinner breadstuff really makes such a huge difference! This is the recipe I use to make regular pizza. I and lots of other Frugal Girl readers have been busy working on eating the odds and ends in our freezers.

10 Popular Themes for Kids’ Birthday Parties in 2020

Couponing 101

A strong theme can add to the enjoyment and make the party seem more cohesive. Donuts are delicious, but they can also make for a fun party theme. Plus, the water element makes a mermaid theme especially fitting for a pool party.

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I HAVE NO SQUIRREL NESTS (+ other random topics)

The Frugal Girl

For the last several years, I have had consistent trouble with squirrels making their home in my van’s engine compartment during nesting season. I have a bunch of unrelated things to talk about today, so…buckle up for a miscellany post.

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WIS, WWA | Some appreciation, from me to you

The Frugal Girl

As I look back on my posts, I see comment counts in the dozens and dozens on most posts, and this is a really unusual thing to see on a blog in 2020. So, I will make them again, taking notes on exactly what I did this time, and I’ll post the recipe.

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Best Homemade Cleaners Recipes

Stockpiling Moms

That includes making your own homemade cleaners. [[ This is a content summary only. I’ve gathered some of the best homemade cleaning recipes to share with you. Sometimes, we need to go back to the way things used to be done.

WIS, WWA | Week one of quarantine!

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I’ll definitely make that again. It’s been a weird week. No homeschool tutorial, our appointments are all cancelled, and Mr. FG has now begun working from home.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | January totals

The Frugal Girl

Because that makes every bun better. I’m planning to make chicken tacos on corn tortillas. What I Spent. I spent $135 on groceries this week, which I am a little surprised at because I went to Costco. But yay me!

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A simple (but hard!) way to avoid food waste

The Frugal Girl

Make your produce visible. I am not 100% successful at this, but when I think ahead, I’m much more likely to saute asparagus, steam broccoli, or make a salad. What do you do to make sure your produce doesn’t turn into food waste?

6 non-grocery-store food ideas for you

The Frugal Girl

Even though I do have groceries, it made me feel a little better to know that there are still alternatives, and I hope it makes you feel better too. And WGG makes a serious effort to keep their meal kits low waste; I’ve been impressed with the ones I’ve seen.

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You don’t “need” to

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So basically, if I feel the freedom to choose, I will make the good choice, with a good attitude. If I don’t feel the freedom to choose, I will make the good choice, but often with a bad attitude.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | $199!

The Frugal Girl

So, I’m at $199 this week, which makes up for last week’s low spending. Mr. FG and I tried a chicken caesar salad recipe from a Pioneer Woman cookbook, and it was tasty…we’d make that one again. So, I thawed a chicken and was going to make chicken noodle soup.

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A few words about body image + 4 other frugal things

The Frugal Girl

And that is why a light makes sense. I bought a squirrel repellent for my van. Longtime readers will remember my persistent troubles with squirrels nesting in my van. Last year, I even found live baby squirrels in there!).

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FFT | 2 hat tips to Mr. FG!

The Frugal Girl

So, I am going to: call Cigna tomorrow to make sure they called the hospital. call the hospital to make certain the bills are on hold. call Cigna on Friday to make sure that they have finished the negotiation. (Do Because credit is due where credit is due!

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You’re suddenly homeschooling! And you have questions.

The Frugal Girl

I’m sorry you had to join us under such unfortunate circumstances; this is not the way anyone wants to make a huge educational change. I don’t know that you can actually make someone be self-motivated (if you were like, “BE SELF MOTIVATED!!!”

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What I Spent, What We Ate | groceries + Chick Fil A

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I’m planning to make some Cuban sandwiches. What I Spent. I spent $107 at the grocery store, plus $33 at Chick-Fil-A (see below!). a small kitten from our shelter shift this week. January Grocery Spending. Week 1: $33. Week 2: $199. Week 3: $140. What We Ate. Saturday.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | It’s a new year!

The Frugal Girl

But today, I’m going to sit myself down and make a plan for tonight-next Friday. I know I skipped a lot of Friday menu posts in the last six weeks. We did buy groceries and eat dinner, though.

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On not using paper towels

The Frugal Girl

I also think that this is probably one of the most painless money saving moves I make. They don’t really cost a penny, because I make them from old t-shirts that are ready for the trash, and they work so, so well. Doesn’t this make a lot of laundry?

WIS, WWA | I’m not stocking up for the coronavirus

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Sonia and Zoe might be going to visit a friend, so I won’t really know what to make until I know who I’m feeding! What I Spent. Actually, let’s start out with a picture of Zoe and one of our rescue cat friends.

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You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone. But you could.

The Frugal Girl

Because of that, I treasured Lisey like she was my last baby, soaking up the newborn snuggles, making sure to notice and appreciate all the lovely things about her baby self. “You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.” ” says the song.

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WIS, WWA | Mainly bowls!

The Frugal Girl

I don’t think I’ll give up on the idea of a bowl like this, but I’d be inclined to make a more gravy-like sauce next time. What I Spent. I tried four recipes from the ATK Bowls cookbook that I patiently waited for at the library.

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Freezer challenge, anyone?

The Frugal Girl

A freezer challenge helps you find all the random things and then make a plan for how to use them. 2 roasted orange peppers (I should make some of this mayo! ). Since the grocery store options are a little iffy for most of us, this seems like a perfect time for a freezer challenge.

WIS, WWA | Week one of trying not to shop

The Frugal Girl

I’ll definitely make that again. It’s been a weird week. No homeschool tutorial, our appointments are all cancelled, and Mr. FG has now begun working from home. Zoe and I DID leave the house to go do our shift at the cat rescue, though, because cats still need to eat.

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Basic Frittata Recipe

Family Balance Sheet

It makes a great dinner, breakfast, brunch, lunch, and snack. Looking for an easy meal, but short on ingredients? A frittata is a quick and hearty meal that is a great way to use up any leftovers or food that you already have in your refrigerator or freezer. . Basic Frittata Recipe.

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Travel, Sleep, or Live Better with SpectraSpray

Shereen Travels Cheap

SpectraSpray makes vitamins that you spray into your mouth, where they get quickly absorbed and into your bloodstream. A mix of B vitamins and herbs make the Stress Spray a good way to help you just relax and calm down when you feel like everything is too much.

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A very honest answer to a Young Living essential oils question

The Frugal Girl

So, I think essential oils are a safer option than artificially scented candles and plug-in air fresheners, and they’re a better option for making cleaners and personal care products smell good. Is lemon a refreshing, energizing smell that could make you feel perky?

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Five Frugal Things | More mending + I was firmly assertive

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The reason I’m pursuing this is because who knows what else they will try to charge me if I don’t make sure this is all closed.). I fixed Zoe’s chokers. She bought a set that turned out to be terribly flimsy; they kept breaking after just a few wears.

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Marketers do not want you to be content.

The Frugal Girl

And if something is not lacking, a good marketer will make up a lack and create a need for a product where before there was none. As long as they can make you feel discontent, then you are ripe for the picking. Make a point of not looking at what you don’t have.

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How to Plan Trips When You Can't Travel

Shereen Travels Cheap

This means getting those hard-to-get reservations, which will make you feel like you won the lottery. Make a packing list, pare it down to the essentials, buy the best travel bag for you, and then pack it!

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WIS, WWA | I cooked exactly nothing.

The Frugal Girl

One more thing that’s easy to make dairy-free for her. What I Spent. I was gone for most of this week, skiing with my parents and siblings out in California at Lake Tahoe. So, Mr. FG and the girls were at the helm in the kitchen, and they did quite a fabulous job.

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Five Frugal Things | Because normal feels good

The Frugal Girl

That tends to make the oil taste rather fishy.). For a bit of normalcy around here: a usual mid-week five frugal things post! I ordered a lidded 8×8 Pyrex pan. Zoe baked brownies (using this not-from-a-box recipe that she loves ), I was reminded that whenever I need to store something in my lidless Pyrex 8×8 pan, I have to use foil or plastic wrap. Neither option is particularly frugal or eco-friendly, so I ordered a pan with a lid. (I

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Update on my rhinoplasty, 3 years later

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The ENT thought a dual specialty plastic surgeon/ENT could best serve my breathing needs while also making sure my nose didn’t turn into a visual disaster. But it’s hard to make a nose work properly without also changing the look of it.

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Butternut Squash Yeast Roll Recipe

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She was massively gratified, and that is what makes Lisey a fun person to feed. But if you need to make these truly dairy-free, just use oil or a non-dairy butter replacement instead. On low speed, mix in enough of the remaining flour to make a soft dough.

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3 Reasons You Might Need an Environmental Consultant

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

To make matters worse, Australia ranks last out of 57 countries in the Climate Change Performance Index. But making a single mistake could be disastrous. This also makes you compliant with local safety standards. As such, people now turn to brands that make sustainability a top priority. After all, our actions can end up making the world a better place for both the current generation and the next.

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