Frugal Shopping With Julie

Cinnamon Banana Bread

Stockpiling Moms

My son woke up one morning and said "Mom, I want to make Banana Bread!" I get so excited when my kids want to cook or bake with me. Caleb is the baker of the family. Last summer he made all kinds of. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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WIS, WWA | Well, I ordered more flour

The Frugal Girl

What does it say about me that I have stockpiled more flour than toilet paper? What I Spent. a view from one of our neighborhood walks this week. I had planned on going grocery shopping this week, but as it turns out, I was able to make another week of meal plans with what I had in the house.

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Q&A | share an embarrassing frugal habit!

The Frugal Girl

I’m saving the “embarrassing frugal habit” question for the end, so keep scrolling to get to that one. First, a few other questions. How has your attitude to frugality changed with time, as your children are older (and yes, the rest of us are too!)

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Things I’ve learned during quarantine

The Frugal Girl

Frozen milk takes approximately 3 years to thaw. Ok, so not actually, but it feels like it. HOW DOES IT STAY ICY FOR SO LONG???

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How to grocery shop less often: 10 tips

The Frugal Girl

If you’ve ever read the comments here on my blog, you are familiar with Kristin, from Going Country. I knew that Kristin is a seasoned veteran in infrequent grocery shopping, so I asked her if she’d be willing to share her tips for the rest of us. And she graciously said yes.

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Worried about rising grocery prices? This can help.

The Frugal Girl

Grocery prices are going up right now, and given the current situation, I will not be surprised if they continue to rise for a while. This is a little bit unnerving for those of us who are budget-minded (which is probably most of the people reading this blog!).

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Five Frugal Things | I got my first Venti

The Frugal Girl

Happy Tuesday! It’s time for some frugal things. Five, to be exact.;). I got a free Starbucks drink. My birthday was in April, but Starbucks extended the redemption period. I’d never gotten a birthday drink before and I didn’t realize you could get any size.

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Five Frugal Things | excessive mending alert

The Frugal Girl

Let’s start with the mending, shall we? I mended a 23 year old tea towel. This is the part where I tell you about something I don’t necessarily recommend! I got this tea towel as a wedding shower gift 23 years ago, and at this point, I mainly use it to squeeze shredded zucchini.

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WIS, WWA | I cracked because, toilet paper.

The Frugal Girl

What I Spent. I was hoping to stay out of the stores entirely this week, but I cracked and made a quick stop in search of toilet paper (I came up dry on my last big grocery haul). Happily, I found some, so now we have a backup pack. Excellent. Running low on toilet paper makes me nervous.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | $430 (!!)

The Frugal Girl

What I Spent. Well. I went to the store and I spent many dollars. I normally would budget $300 for two weeks, but I spent $430 ! I attribute this to a few things: prices are definitely higher. I am not shopping around as much for good prices.

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Thankful Thursday | because we need some perkiness

The Frugal Girl

Since current circumstances are putting a damper on even the most perky among us, I’m doing a weekly post full of things I can be thankful for/encouraging things I’ve seen. Join me in the comments to give yourself a little mood boost! I am thankful: that the weather has been so sunny.

Sanity in the time of a pandemic

The Frugal Girl

Reader Karen sent me a message on Instagram the other day asking what I am doing to maintain sanity and a grateful attitude during these difficult times. For the record, I don’t think I have this completely figured out, and I have not been unflappably cheerful this whole time.

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Five Frugal Things | 50 pounds of flour!

The Frugal Girl

Keep reading for the flour. I planted some gingerroot. I noticed my that current pieces of ginger were getting a little dried up, but also that they looked like they were starting to sprout. I did some googling and learned that ginger can indeed just be stuck in the ground and it will probably grow.

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A super simple no-cook pizza sauce

The Frugal Girl

I’ve been using this sauce every time I make pizza lately, but I haven’t ever put the recipe in a blog post. And I figured the recipe needed a place to live here on the blog so I can link to it from my pizza post. I like this sauce because. it gives the pizza a really fresh flavor.

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Best Telemed Services for Online Doctor Visits

Stockpiling Moms

We are sharing the Best Telemed Services for Online Doctor Visits. Healthcare has certainly evolved over the past several years, thanks to technology. No longer do you have to wait to go in and see a. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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Fireflies in a Jar Craft

Stockpiling Moms

Mason jar crafts are some of my favorites! This little Fireflies in a Jar craft is a great project that is just tons of fun! I love adding things like this to the mantle or even on the bookshelves. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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WIS, WWA | I ran out of milk.

The Frugal Girl

What I Spent. This was not a week for a big shopping trip. After all, I spent $430 last week! I did get a Hungry Harvest delivery ( $25 ). Would I ever buy kale? Probably not. But when Hungry Harvest sends it to me, I eat it. And two days ago, we ran out of milk.

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An all-over-the-place Q&A from Instagram

The Frugal Girl

I asked my Instagram followers to send me some questions for a Q&A post, and so today, we’ve got a pretty random collection of questions! Who paid for driving expenses (gas, insurance, etc.) when your kids were licensed?

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Five Frugal Things | Limes, peppers, pancakes, & masks

The Frugal Girl

I squeezed limes and froze the juice. My limes were getting a bit discolored and squishy, so I squeezed the juice out, froze it in ice cube trays (each is 1 tablespoon) and then put the lime juice cubes into a ziploc bag. I figure the cubes will be really handy to use in recipes.

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How to make berries, broccoli, and bananas last longer

The Frugal Girl

Some years ago, I wrote about how to make broccoli, strawberries, and bananas last longer. The post was originally a sponsored one, so it was in an out-of-the-way spot on my blog. Since everyone is trying to stretch the time between their grocery trips these days, I thought it deserved a republish.

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A craigslist Ethan Allen nightstand rehab

The Frugal Girl

Attention: If you are the type of person whose heart breaks when someone paints old furniture, today’s post is not for you. You should probably go visit another blog just for today.

What are your favorite frugal blogs?

The Frugal Girl

Reader Lara left this comment: Do you have any frugal blog recommendations? I love yours, of course, but always looking for more! Seems like a lot of the “money-saving” blogs are really about deals / coupons / sales and end up encouraging more consumerism.

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Q&A | subscriptions, my top 30 meals, and more

The Frugal Girl

I’ve got another round of questions from readers to answer today! If you have a question you’d like me to answer in a future Q&A, you can leave a comment here on this post or you can email me. Are you planning on keeping your subscription services?

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How about some thankfulness on a Thursday?

The Frugal Girl

The current world situation is hard, hard, hard for all of us. And it’s when things are hard, hard, hard that I find thankfulness to be so important. If life is humming along smoothly, I don’t have to work to find things to be grateful for.

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WIS, WWA | absolutely no grocery shopping!

The Frugal Girl

What I Spent. I am very pleased to say that I did not go to the grocery store at all this week! However, we did get subs on Wednesday night ( $31 ), and we spent our date night budget on wings Saturday night, so there was a little bit of food spending.

You’re suddenly homeschooling! And you have questions.

The Frugal Girl

I’m not sure I thought I’d ever see the day when half of the United States population was homeschooling*. But here we are! Welcome to the group, everyone. *A A reader pointed out that perhaps a better name for this is “distance learning” Still. You are doing school. At home.

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How to freeze food in glass jars

The Frugal Girl

Can you freeze food in glass jars? I get this question almost every time I post a photo of frozen applesauce, soup, broth, or jam. And the answer is: YES. You can certainly freeze food in glass.

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All about grain grinding

The Frugal Girl

A reader emailed me recently to ask if I had a post dedicated to the subject of wheat grinding, and I discovered that I really do not. Whole wheat sandwich bread : my most common use for freshly ground flour.

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Five Frugal Things | I taught Z some DIY

The Frugal Girl

Happy Tuesday! I usually publish FFT on Wednesdays, but I’m moving things around a little this week. I helped Zoe fix holes in her wall. She had some anchors from when her dresser was on that wall, so we: removed the old anchors. used a hammer to flatten the raised area. spackled. sanded.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | No Aldi for me

The Frugal Girl

What I Spent. I did not bother going to Aldi this week. Going there would have saved me money, yes. But the Aldi stores have a pretty small footprint, which makes it hard to stay away from people.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | I bought a zillion groceries

The Frugal Girl

After not going out at all last week, I did head out to the grocery store this week. mask from a box we bought back in September, for Sonia to wear to biology class on mold experiment days!).

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Five Frugal Things | Well. I did my taxes. Yikes.

The Frugal Girl

My first one is kind of painful, but it does have a small frugal part. And after that, it’s nice smooth frugal sailing. Let’s get this first one over with! I did my taxes. I used a copy of TurboTax that I bought at Costco (oddly, way cheaper than buying TurboTax on the TurboTax site).

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I bought a Vitamix. Here’s what I think of it.

The Frugal Girl

In these current times, Amazon is not exactly the best place to order most things. But Vitamix’s direct prices match Amazon’s on the refurbished Vitamix model that I have , AND you get free shipping if you shop through links on my site.

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How We Frugal-ed through April 2020

Family Balance Sheet

April 2020 might go down as the most frugal month of my lifetime. With the global pandemic and the decline of our small business, I have flexed frugal muscles that I didn’t know I have. Operation Frugal Living is in full swing at my house.

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

The Frugal Girl

“You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.” ” says the song. And I think that’s true for most of us, most of the time. We go through life somewhat mindlessly, not really appreciating what we have until it’s taken from us.

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Five Frugal Things | basil, lasagna noodles, & more

The Frugal Girl

Hello, hello! Time for your regular midweek dose of normalcy. I planted basil. When I made my last grocery trip, I picked up a packet of basil seeds for $2. I’m kind of a black thumb, as I’ve mentioned before, but basil is pretty easy even for black thumbs to grow.

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WIS, WWA | A week of meals with no shopping

The Frugal Girl

What I Spent. I successfully avoided going grocery shopping for a two-week period. Yay me! This every-two-week shopping thing is working out better than I expected, especially now that I am getting used to it.

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6 non-grocery-store food ideas for you

The Frugal Girl

Life has gotten considerably crazier here in the U.S. since I last blogged on Friday. Schools are closed, events are cancelled, people are working from home, and, uh, the grocery stores are kind of nuts. If you want something like lemon extract, you’re good. It’s in stock!

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Five Frugal Things | shorts, period undies, and more

The Frugal Girl

Happy Wednesday, friends! It’s time for our usual mid-week frugal lists. I got shorts for $6/pair. My girls and I really like the linen pull-on shorts from Old Navy.

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How I Organize My Kids’ Paperwork, Artwork, and Mementos

Family Balance Sheet

Kids create a lot of paper during their childhood. They create a lot of other stuff too, but that’s for another post. Today, I’m sharing how I have handled ALL of the paper, artwork, mementos, and miscellany over the last 14+ years that I’ve been a mother.

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Freezer Challenge update from me

The Frugal Girl

I and lots of other Frugal Girl readers have been busy working on eating the odds and ends in our freezers. We’ve been chatting about that all week on the FG Facebook group , but I didn’t share all of my freezer adventures there. The whole rundown is here!

What I Spent, What We Ate | I guess I’ve been a little lazy!

The Frugal Girl

What I Spent. I made a menu plan for two week’s worth of meals, made a list, and headed to the store. I spent a total of $227 , which is fine, because I’m not anticipating much grocery spending next week (two week’s worth of my budget would be $300).

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I think my odds and ends are all gone!

The Frugal Girl

I’ve been doing a freezer challenge for the last few weeks, mainly inspired by wanting to stay out of the grocery stores as much as possible. And what better way to do that than to eat the food I already have? Here’s what I started with last week.

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