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Smokey Mountain Cabin Rentals at Gatlinburg Falls Resorts

Stockpiling Moms

In late November I found myself planning a trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. We have never taken a Multi-generational trip with the family and this was the perfect time to start planning. My Mom was. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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What I Spent, What We Ate | It’s the start of birthday season here

The Frugal Girl

This post contains affiliate links. February, March, and April hold 5/6 birthdays in our family, starting with Mr. FG and Zoe in February. Let the celebrations begin! What I Spent. I spent $84 at the grocery store, plus $25 on my Hungry Harvest. And oddly enough, I did not go to Aldi this week.

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Well, that was an unusual week!

The Frugal Girl

I didn’t really do any cooking this week because last Saturday, I flew out to Lake Tahoe to go skiing with my parents and my siblings.

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8 things I’ve learned in a year of drinking coffee

The Frugal Girl

This post contains affiliate links. Ok, well, almost a year. Up until this past year, tea has been my hot drink of choice. Chai, with sugar and heavy cream.).

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Homemade Granola Bars

The Frugal Girl

I wanted to link to this recipe recently, and I clicked on over to it only to discover that it was kind of a train wreck. Totally un-printable, with photos intermingled with directions and ingredients. It was 2009, what can I say? I didn’t know what I was doing!

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How much should you spend on groceries? (and other grocery questions)

The Frugal Girl

I’ve gotten lots of questions in the new year about my grocery budget, so I thought I’d answer them here in a post, rather than emailing/responding to everyone’s comments. Less work for me, and then everyone can benefit! How many people are you feeding?

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Are you ready to see this?

The Frugal Girl

My freezer is actually empty! Clean! Defrosted! And I’m just about ready to plug it back in. After working through nearly everything from my last freezer post, I put the few remaining items in my kitchen freezer.

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Tuesday Tip | Make some t-shirt rags

The Frugal Girl

If you have some old t-shirts lying around that are really, really no good for wearing or donating, cut them up into rags. Just get a sharp pair of scissors, cut out the neck edging and the seams, and cut the remaining fabric into your desired rag size.

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Five Frugal Things | ok, actually 10

The Frugal Girl

I used up some crystallized honey. I had two containers of pretty solid honey that I was tired of looking at. So I made a batch of chocolate chip granola bars. And a batch of energy balls. I made soup with my butternut squash. I got one from Hungry Harvest and it sat on my counter for a while.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | A very freezer-ful week

The Frugal Girl

What I Spent. I skipped my Hungry Harvest this week because I was starting to get a little backlog of veggies. I love that it’s so easy to skip deliveries when this happens! (If If you want to try Hungry Harvest, you can get $5 off if you sign up through my referral link. ).

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What I Spent, What We Ate | I’m $19 over for the month

The Frugal Girl

What I Spent. I spent $171 at the grocery store, plus $25 on my Hungry Harvest. So I’m at $196 , which is on the high side again. Partly this is because I keep having to buy all my proteins for the week since I don’t have a stash in my freezer!

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WIS, WWA | I got a lot of nights off!

The Frugal Girl

What I Spent. I got my $25 Hungry Harvest box, of course. And I spent $140 at the grocery store. So my grocery spending totals $165 this week. February Spending. Week 1: $109. Week 2: $165. What We Ate. Saturday.

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Freezer Challenge | MAYBE the very last one

The Frugal Girl

I’ve been working on eating down the contents of my chest freezer for months now, and I’m finally nearing the end! Here’s how things started, as a reminder. The lid of my chest freezer has accumulated some condensation inside the lid, where it’s frozen.

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Five Frugal Things | My jeans broke. Again.

The Frugal Girl

Happy Monday, friends! I mended my bench cushion. We bought a table and chair set from Crate and Barrel some years ago and while the furniture is fine, the pads are less impressive. The bench cushion especially has been problematic, in that it shrinks when you wash it.

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My nest has emptied a little bit

The Frugal Girl

I turned 40 in 2018, and on my birthday I remember thinking that this decade, my forties, would probably be a decade full of much more change than my thirties. (me me and my friend who came to see my for my 40th!). This is largely due to the stage of life we are in as parents.

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Tuesday Tip | Get a free Mason jar set!

The Frugal Girl

This post contains affiliate links, which help support this site at no additional cost to you. I don’t usually share deals for Tuesday Tips, but I got an email yesterday letting me know about this and I wanted to share it.

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Taxes. A shrimp recipe. FIRE. And updates on Sixth Continent.

The Frugal Girl

This post contains affiliate links. I did my taxes and I am relieved. It turns out that I earned less money than I thought I did and oddly, that’s a relief to me, That’s because I’m ending up owing a lot less money than I thought I would. Woohoo!

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Stitch Fix | February 2019

The Frugal Girl

This post contains affiliate links. It’s time for another Stitch Fix post, where I un-professionally model the things Stitch Fix sends me. (If

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Tuesday Tip | Eat what’s cheap right now.

The Frugal Girl

Before you decide what to buy and cook each week, consider what’s available inexpensively right now. What’s on sale? What’s in season? What’s already in your freezer/fridge/pantry that needs to be used? Using what you have before it goes bad is a very cheap option!).

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What I Spent, What We Ate | It’s the shortest day of the year!

The Frugal Girl

When I got up this morning and got out the devotional that Mr. FG and I read together, I looked and the date and realized, OOH! Today is the shortest day of the year! That in itself is not cause for rejoicing, exactly, because I hate dark days. But what it means is that longer days are coming.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | New Year, Fresh Budget

The Frugal Girl

First, here’s how last year’s spending stacked up. 2018 Grocery Spending. January: $544. February: $588. March: $641. April: $728. May: $535. June: $749. July: $578. August: $498. September: $598. October: $628. November: $587. December: $661. 7332 total.

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Thai Chicken Soup

The Frugal Girl

I shared about this soup on Instagram and in my menu post this week, and I got a fair number of message asking for the recipe. This is definitely going into our regular rotation because: we all thought it was delicious (most importantly!).

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How To Treat Ear Mites in Pets

Stockpiling Moms

Ear mites are a very common illness that happens commonly to domesticated animals. They can be a minor issue or, they can cause permanent problems. Many people are unaware of ear mites until it. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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Four Frugal Things | and one fail

The Frugal Girl

We got a free tire for Joshua. He got his first flat, and after Mr. FG helped him put on the spare, we got ready to order a new tire and Mr. FG realized that we had a warranty on these tires through Tire Rack.

2019 141

Consumer Critique: Maple Holistics

Motherhood Moments

I prefer to use natural-based products, so I was happy to collaborate with Maple Holistics and review their Silk18 shampoo. The shampoo has a blend of 18 silk amino acids (giving it its name).

Book Nook: New Books by Joyce Meyer

Motherhood Moments

Some people absolutely love Christian author Joyce Meyer. I don't always agree with her theologically, but I do see why she's so appealing. She does a very good job of reaching those in a certain stage of life, or a certain place in their faith life. I had a chance to see three new books.

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Time Management Tips for Busy Moms

Stockpiling Moms

Are you always struggling to stay on top of your schedule? With a teenager in the house who is always running from one event to the next, it can be tough to stay on track. That’s why I am. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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Cheap, Awesome Eats in Vegas

Shereen Travels Cheap

There used to be a time when you went to Vegas, gambled all day and could eat at a buffet for $8. Now, everything is $30pp and that counts as budget for Sin City. Well, not for me. I do indulge a bit in an expensive restaurant or buffet, but I try to use a coupon if I can.

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It's Time to Plan Your Summer Vacation

Shereen Travels Cheap

I know, some of us have finally just gotten out of winter, and some of you are still getting snow. Summer is the most expensive time to travel, with 75% of travelers going somewhere away from home June, July and August.

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Random randomness | a dead dishwasher,

The Frugal Girl

I have a bunch of unrelated things to tell you. So randomness it is! My dishwasher is currently dead. It mysteriously stopped mid-cycle a few nights back, which is a bummer.

Stitch Fix, December 2018

The Frugal Girl

This post contains affiliate links. You know how I’ve been trying out Stitch Fix using their “the cheaper, the better” option? Well, I decided to try bumping my price points up to the next level to see what would happen. And I would say basically: nothing.

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The Best Times to Drive for Lyft

The Budget Diet

These days it seems like just about everyone has a side hustle. And with ridesharing services such as Lyft quickly replacing traditional taxis, it’s no surprise that driving for Lyft is becoming a more and more popular side. Read More >. The post The Best Times to Drive for Lyft appeared first on The Budget Diet. Side Gigs

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Tuesday Tip | How to find posts/recipes on my blog!

The Frugal Girl

This is not a money-saving tip, necessarily, but it’s a question that I get somewhat regularly…people write to me wondering how to find a recipe or a DIY that I’ve posted before.

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Home Chef vs Blue Apron vs Plated | What Meal Service is Right for You?

The Budget Diet

We’ve been inundated with home meal services in the last couple of years. If you’re a podcast fan, you probably hear about a new one every other week from hosts who rave about the delicious, meals they’ve served their. Read More >. The post Home Chef vs Blue Apron vs Plated | What Meal Service is Right for You? appeared first on The Budget Diet. Smart Food

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Book Nook: The Storyteller's Illustrated Dictionary

Motherhood Moments

I recently had a chance to review The Storyteller's Illustrated Dictionary , a great, kid-friendly dictionary designed for kids aged seven to thirteen. The book has thousands of words organized into themes (character, setting, action, and more).

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Amazing Apps: Orc Dungeon

Motherhood Moments

It’s impossible to have too many Orcs in your life. Thankfully ORC DUNGEON is here to help make sure you never run out.

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The Cookie Contest Answers!

The Frugal Girl

Readers. For the first time ever, no one got all the cookie answers right! In previous years, someone eventually got them all correct, but this time 0/116 got them all in order. A lot of you were really close, but boy, that last cookie stumped a bunch of you. Almost no one guessed it was Lisey!

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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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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Parmesan Polenta with Red Sauce

The Frugal Girl

Sonia saw this Parmesan polenta recipe in a Cook’s Country magazine and requested that we try it. So she deserves credit for putting this into our rotation! In case you’re not familiar with it, polenta is a cornmeal pudding, which is often chilled and then sliced and baked or fried. (

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Consumer Critique: Crated with Love

Motherhood Moments

I had a chance to review a new box from Crated with Love. I think this was my favorite theme yet: I love you a sloth. Sloths are adorable, slow, seemingly friendly creatures that some people just love (look up Kristen Bell on the Ellen show to see how much).

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Book Nook: Love Big

Motherhood Moments

Valentine's Day was last week, but that doesn't mean it's time to stop thinking about love and what that means - especially for little kids. I recently had a chance to review Love Big, a charming and quirky story about what it means to love others, even if they aren't in your family.

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Book Nook: Love in 90 Days

Motherhood Moments

Last week was Valentine's Day, a holiday when people are encouraged to couple up and have love. But finding someone just for the sake of a holiday isn't really a good foundation for lasting partnership.

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