Budget Savvy Diva

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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What I Spent, What We Ate | You guys, it’s cooled down!

The Frugal Girl

This post contains affiliate links. Today, it feels like fall outside and I AM SO HAPPY. It’s currently a breezy, sunny, low-humidity 60 degrees and my goodness, it is a blessed relief from the muggy and warm weather we’ve been having all fall.

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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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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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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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The best thing to remember when you feel like life is unfair

The Frugal Girl

Maybe it’s not THE best thing, but it’s a good thing to remember. Everyone who lives on this planet is subject to unfair, unpleasant things. Some more than others, to be sure, but all of us experience some difficulties in life that aren’t really our fault.

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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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What I Spent, What We Ate | I’m still happy that it’s cool.

The Frugal Girl

Last week, I was full of excitement because fall weather had finally hit. And I have to tell you: I’m still not remotely mad about it. It’s going to take more than two weeks for me to start missing hot and hazy weather. What I Spent.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | And we’re off to camp!

The Frugal Girl

Before we get to food, I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed reading your comments on my last post ( It’s not the stuff that creates good memories ). It was fun to read about the places (and the smells!)

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Want higher interest on your savings account?

The Frugal Girl

Thank you to CIT Bank for sponsoring this post. All opinions and words are my own. Links are affiliate links. Of course you do. Because it is always fabulous if your hard-earned money is earning you more interest while it hangs out in your savings account!

4 Frugal Things (and one frugal fail)

The Frugal Girl

got $0.50 Frosties. I thought this deal would be over after Labor Day, but nope! Still going strong. I sent off my out-of-network papers. I finally got everything in order and in the mailbox!

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Get $10/$15 at Grubhub!

The Frugal Girl

This post contains affiliate links. In case you are as clueless as I was until this week, Grubhub is an app/site that helps you order food from local restaurants for delivery.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | NC/SC readers, I hope you’re safe!

The Frugal Girl

Readers in the path of Florence, I hope that you are all safe and dry. We’ve loved visiting North and South Carolina beaches over the years, and it makes me sad to see what the storm is doing. And I can imagine how much more sadness there is when you live in those areas.

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My bucket list did not go well this year.

The Frugal Girl

Every year, I publish a list of the things I want to do before summer “kicks the bucket” My list is a mix of practical and fun things because I want my summer to be a mix of those two. For the first time since I started making these lists, I got no painting projects done! WHO EVEN AM I?

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Tuesday Tip | Politely ask companies to make things right.

The Frugal Girl

I was thinking about how sometimes people make two opposite errors when a company messes something up: Approaching the employee/company with a rude, entitled attitude. Not feeling like they have a right to point out the mistake/poor service/etc. The first approach goes wrong because that’s just not a kind way to treat others. People that work at companies are still people, and they should be treated with respect.

30+ Ways to Use Leftover Halloween Candy

Family Balance Sheet

Looking for ways to use leftover Halloween Candy? I’ve got you covered! I’m a big fan of all things sweet and chocolate, so I look forward to Halloween candy.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie (from bakingwithlisey.com)

The Frugal Girl

I switched blog hosts earlier this year, and while that was overall an excellent move, a few things got lost in communication and we accidentally didn’t get Lisey’s blog moved. And I thought it got moved so I gave the go-ahead to my old host to delete my stuff. WHOOPS.

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Five Things That Are Making Me Happy

The Frugal Girl

I was sitting here at my keyboard having a Monday-is attitude and Sonia suggested I do a Five Things That Are Making Me Happy post. And I was like, “Hmm, that IS a good idea.” ” Your Monday morning might need a dose of happy too, so join me in the comments with your own list.

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Music Minute: The Okee Dokee Brothers - Winterland

Motherhood Moments

GRAMMY® Award-winning The Okee Dokee Brothers embark on an experience of a lifetime as Joe Mailander and Justin Lansing celebrate the spirit of the winter season on their latest full-length studio album, Winterland.

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Top Diabetic Supplies You Need

Stockpiling Moms

If you are facing a diabetes diagnosis, you may not know what to do or where to begin. We’ve given you some tips already, but this list of Supplies for Diabetics is going to make a huge. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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Great Fall Travel Tips

Shereen Travels Cheap

Fall is here! Now's the best time to travel to a lot of places, because airfare and hotel deals are less expensive than other times of the year. We tend to do a lot of things in the fall, including going on our big yearly vacation.

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Book Nook: Nature-Inspired Art Books from Walter Foster

Motherhood Moments

I recently had a chance to review two nature-inspired art books from Walter Foster. These were both a lot of fun to review, especially for my nature-loving artistic daughter!

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Five Ways to Fight Discouragement

The Frugal Girl

I decided to just embrace the whole five theme this week. See two previous posts ( Five Things That Are Making Me Happy and Five Frugal Things ).

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A few happy things!

The Frugal Girl

I’m going to go with four because since I did so many five posts last week, I’m tired of five. I got to meet Stacy in real life! I’ve known Stacy (from Humorous Homemaking ) online for years now, but we’ve never seen each other in real life.

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Get 300 bonus SB when you sign up for Swagbucks in October

Shereen Travels Cheap

All throughout October you can earn large bonuses when sign up as my referral on Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a rewards site where you earn points (called SB) for things you're probably doing online already, like searching the web, watching videos, shopping, discovering deals, and taking surveys.

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Get a $50 credit when you sign up for Ting Mobile!

The Frugal Girl

This post is not sponsored. It does contain affiliate links, which help support this site at no extra cost to you. And right now, these affiliate links can actually save you $50! Frugal ones, I’m happy to bring you a super offer from Ting Mobile today.

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Five Frugal Things, road trip style

The Frugal Girl

We stopped at Aldi for road trip snacks. We loaded up at our home Aldi for the trip out there, and then before we headed back home, we stopped at the Aldi in Ohio. So convenient to have an Aldi in both places.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | $118

The Frugal Girl

What I Spent. I spent $118 on food this week, including Tuesday’s dinner out (see below!). August Spending. Week 1: $166. Week 2: $100.89. Week 3: $118. What We Ate. Monday. Bacon-wrapped jalapeno chicken , watermelon, potato chips, and caprese salad. Tuesday.

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All about Ohio! (with eleventy pictures)

The Frugal Girl

So, we’re back from our little trip to the Midwest! I’d been through Ohio a lot of times as a kid on my way to Iowa and South Dakota to visit my grandparents, but this was Sonia and Zoe’s first time.

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Five Frugal Things (maybe it’s a week of fives?)

The Frugal Girl

I’m following the Five Happy Things post from yesterday with a Five Frugal Things post today. I helped Sonia & Zoe look at unit prices. They had some coupons they wanted to use at Bath and Body Works, plus some money in their pockets from cat-sitting.

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What do you do when things are tough?

The Frugal Girl

A little while ago a reader asked me what I do when I hit hard spots in my life, and I thought for sure I’d written a post on the topic. But I searched and came up with nothing, so here I am at my keyboard.

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Area Attractions: I Come from Arizona at MN Children's Theatre

Motherhood Moments

Immigration has always been part of our country's history. Recent political events have made immigration status more of an important issue, especially for certain families. It can be hard for children who aren't from recent immigrant families to understand some of the emotions and stories behind it.

Tips For Buying Furniture Online

Stockpiling Moms

Are you looking at how drab and boring your furniture is? Maybe it’s time to buy it online. However, you don’t want to deal with the politics of buying something online that you can’t see in person. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

Tuesday Tip | Think about what you CAN do instead of what you can’t do.

The Frugal Girl

Your best efforts to cheerfully live on less can be quickly derailed if you think about what you can’t do on your current budget. I can’t send my kids to that camp. I can’t go on a tropical vacation. I can’t get takeout. I can’t remodel my bathroom. I can’t get a gym membership. I can’t buy new clothes. I can’t get a new car. Those things may all be true, but that’s not a very productive train of thought.

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An updated review of Dinnerly (plus win a free week of Dinnerly meals!)

The Frugal Girl

This post is not sponsored, but it does contain affiliate links, and I received a free box for review purposes. Last fall, I tried Dinnerly , a cook-your-own meal service like Hello Fresh and Blue Apron but for half the price.

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Five Frugal Things (in five minutes)

The Frugal Girl

I have five minutes before I have to leave for an appointment, so I’m just going to type as many as I can as fast as I can! I chose store credit for a ThredUp return. Because you get free return shipping that way! ( Get $10 off your first ThredUp order by using my referral link. ).

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Some wise words on contentment

The Frugal Girl

A few tidbits to encourage you today… “Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.”. Socrates. I’m iffy on luxury necessarily being artificial poverty, but oh, I love the first half of this quote. “He

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Book Nook: Books About Use of Time from Boys Town

Motherhood Moments

Books can be a great way to help kids learn about and develop different skills. Boys Town Press aims to help readers learn about a wide variety of skills, and I recently had a chance to review several books that focus on appropriate use of time. Michael McMichaels Vol.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | Plus my monthly averages

The Frugal Girl

(I’m low on pictures this week to break up the post, so please enjoy this bunny, knitted and photographed by Sonia.). What I Spent. I spent $124.42 on groceries this week, including a Hungry Harvest box. But I didn’t take a picture of it this week. Whoops. Week 1: $154. Week 2: $152.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | Road trip time!

The Frugal Girl

What I Spent. I spent $166 on groceries this week. So, a little over budget, but not by much! What We Ate. Monday. I was planning to cook some tortellini, but discovered they were moldy. That’s never happened to me before.

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Five Frugal Things

The Frugal Girl

I found a missing library book. I thought I’d rounded them all up, but I discovered there was one still missing. So, I hunted through the house and I found it under another book underneath a piece of furniture in Sonia and Zoe’s room.

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Five Frugal Things | puzzles, for one!

The Frugal Girl

It feels like it’s been a less-than-frugal week, but let’s see what I can come up with! We watched Coco for free on Netflix. I’d been wanting to watch this for a while and had considered going to see it when it was at the cheap theater.

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How We Frugal-ed this Week: 10/12/18

Family Balance Sheet

Frugal Friday: A recap of how we frugal-ed our way through the week. so that we have more money to put towards our financial goals. Our mission: Live WELL On LESS Money. What We Ate this Week: I make an effort each week to serve my family delicious food but still stick to the budget.

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