Shereen Travels Cheap

My Los Angeles Wish List

Shereen Travels Cheap

For the second time in a year, my vacation plans have taken a turn and I'm finding myself having to go with a back-up plan. Family things have me not being able to visit Las Vegas next month as planned, but Eric is still going and I'm changing my own plans to visit Los Angeles in August instead.

My Favorite Apps for Saving Money

Shereen Travels Cheap

I'm all about saving a ton of money, but even a few pennies is still better than not saving anything. Those pennies add up pretty quickly.

Your Daily Goodie Box

Shereen Travels Cheap

You may already subscribe to a few monthly boxes, maybe for your favorite fandom, clothes, beauty products or almost anything else. Health and food boxes seem a bit harder to find, and it's nearly impossible to find a free one.

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How and Where to Travel As a Vegetarian

Shereen Travels Cheap

Are you a vegetarian or a vegan? It doesn't mean you can't travel the world. Some places are definitely more veggie-friendly than others, but if you know which destinations are better or what to look for, then you can travel easily just like everyone else.

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Ally Bank vs. Simple Bank: Which is More Suitable For You?

The Budget Diet

More consumers are now opting to go digital when it comes to their banking institution and are choosing online-only banks. Simple Bank and Ally Bank are considered to be two of the leading online-only banks. Customers can count on these banks for good online banking platforms and low fees.

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MileIQ App Review

The Budget Diet

It doesn’t matter what kind of business you are establishing. What’s important is that you keep track of all your income and expenses so that you can pay your fair share of taxes. . .

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5 Things That Are Making Me Happy (and one that’s not)

The Frugal Girl

The unhappy thing. Let’s get this out of the way first! After all this car mess with Joshua (his wreck, then his next car getting hit by a bus), I’m having a bit of a hard time relaxing about my kids driving.

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Eight Tips for Buying a Used Car

The Frugal Girl

A reader recently wrote in asking for tips about shopping frugally for a used car for her teen driver.

The big chest freezer cleanout | Basket #1 & Compartment #2

The Frugal Girl

I’m working on cleaning out my chest freezer this summer, one basket/compartment at a time so that I don’t get overwhelmed and give up on it entirely. Last week’s basket. Here’s how things went with my basket challenge from last week.

2018 Summer Bucket List

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. Register Lisey and Sonia for fall classes.

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Fun Freetime: Sitting Cards

Motherhood Moments

Here's a great way to make neat place settings, courtesy of The Craft Kingdom: DIY and Craft Projects for Kids and Adults. The Craft Kingdom has a great Youtube page with video tutorials, as well as Instagram and Facebook pages for more ideas. I really like her style and versatility!

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It’s time (to deal with my chest freezer)

The Frugal Girl

I love my chest freezer dearly, I really do. But since I’ve owned it for quite a few years now, it’s gotten to be a little lacking in the organizational department, and there are plenty of odds and ends that should be used up in order to avoid food waste.

Miscellany | chicken, a star map, a car, a hydrangea, and more

The Frugal Girl

Time for some randomness! Zaycon chicken is $0.99/lb right now! I still don’t have my first order (delivery got bumped from June to July), but if you want to get some of their chicken breasts, click here (affiliate link) and then use code FALLFRESH at checkout to get the $0.99/pound price.

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Deal: $10+ for Big Apple Circus’ One-Ring Wonders at Franklin Mills

Frugal Philly Mom

Save on tickets to Big Apple Circus – Philadelphia Mills! Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Big Apple Circus , where you can ooh! and ahh! to some of the world’s most celebrated circus acts in an intimate setting.

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Five Frugal Things | a free $475 repair, for starters!

The Frugal Girl

I get commissions for purchases made through links in this post. I took my laptop in for a free $475 repair. My Apple laptop (which I bought refurbished some years back) started having a screen issue in the last year.

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Deal: One-Year Family or Family Plus Membership to the Academy of Natural Sciences (Up to 31% Off)

Frugal Philly Mom

Just in time for summer break! Save on One-Year Family or Family Plus Membership to the Academy of Natural Sciences (Up to 31% Off). Choice of: $88.50 (Reg. 119) for One 1-Year Family Membership. 103 (Reg. 149) for One 1-Year Family Plus Membership.

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“It’s just money.”

The Frugal Girl

This is a much ballyhooed phrase in the personal finance world, largely because people use it to justify all sorts of irresponsible financial behavior. Maxing out your credit card for a trip to Europe? Eh, it’s just money. Buying a house whose mortgage takes 70% of your income?

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Giveaway: Family 4-Pack to Game Masters + General Admission to Franklin Institute

Frugal Philly Mom

Showcasing the work of over 30 innovative game designers, Game Masters takes visitors on an interactive journey inside their favorite video games—from the trailblazing arcade era through today’s web and console games.

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How to freeze odds and ends without trying too hard

The Frugal Girl

Whenever I mention freezing something to avoid food waste, readers ask me what they can safely freeze and what process they need to go through to freeze various foods.

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Being frugal by choice rather than necessity is way more fun.

The Frugal Girl

In her book about organizing, Marie Kondo relates how even as a small child, she was anxious to keep her family’s home tidy. Clearly, organizing and tidying is in her bones!

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Tuesday Tip | Make a skillet breakfast/lunch

The Frugal Girl

If you follow my Hungry Harvest Instagram account , you know that I often have a plate of veggies + some kind of protein for breakfast or lunch. chased with dark chocolate, full disclosure). I’ve found this to be a really great (and pretty quick!)

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5 things that are making me happy (and one that’s not)

The Frugal Girl

Hat tip to my friend Katy for the post idea. Actually, let’s start with the not-making-me-happy thing. We are, once again, car shopping for Joshua. I can’t get into all the details of it here, but there was odometer fraud and we couldn’t legally keep the car.

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Want to know what I got for my 40th birthday?

The Frugal Girl

On Friday, which was my birthday, Mr. FG headed out to a doctor appointment and then to work. Or so I thought. He showed up back at home about an hour later and when I went upstairs to see why he was back so soon, I saw one of my best friends sitting on my couch!

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Five Frugal Things | Well, hello!

The Frugal Girl

Hey everyone! It was good to unplug for a few days, but I’m glad to be back. How about a Five Frugal Things post to kick things off? I checked around for a deodorant sale price. Lisey was out, so I searched to see if the kind she uses was on sale anywhere.

7 Reasons Your Grocery Bill is Too High

The Frugal Girl

I get commissions for purchases made through links in this post. 1) You’re shopping at the wrong store. While you can find bargains at most any store, where you shop does have a huge affect on your grocery bill.

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A few things I’m loving

The Frugal Girl

I get commissions for purchases made through links in this post. My new mini whisk. I got a mini whisk at Christmas, and man, I love this thing. I bought this mini set of whisks years ago, and they’d really seen better days.

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What I Spent, What We Ate

The Frugal Girl

I get commissions for purchases made through links in this post. What I Spent. I knew this week was going to be spendy. I dropped $111 at Aldi, $60 at Costco, and $39 at another grocery store. Plus I got a $25 Hungry Harvest box. So, I’m starting June off at $235! What We Ate. Monday.

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Five Frugal Things | In which I do not want to cook dinner

The Frugal Girl

More on that don’t-want-to-cook-dinner thing in item #5. I used up two extra egg yolks. A dinner recipe called for two egg whites, which meant I had two yolks sitting in my fridge. So, I added them into my scrambled eggs, which were part of my lunch plate the other day: 2.

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A few thoughts on turning 40

The Frugal Girl

Delayed a bit, since I turned 40 at the end of April. But then again, I was a little busy on the weekend of my birthday. Just FYI: this post is going to have nothing to do with frugality and a whole lot more to do with navel-gazing. Because this is my blog and I will navel-gaze if I want to!).

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10 ways to jumpstart your emergency fund this month

The Frugal Girl

I get commissions for purchases made through links in this post. If you read my post about the importance of an emergency fund , you might have felt inspired to start one.

What I Spent, What We Ate | $62

The Frugal Girl

What I Spent. I didn’t do tons of grocery shopping this week. Which probably means next week will be nutso. I made a $32 trip on Monday, and then a $17 trip on Wednesday. And yesterday I made a $13 stop for some dinner ingredients plus a cantaloupe and some sausage that was on sale.

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My ThredUp Goody box arrived!

The Frugal Girl

I get commissions for purchases made through links in this post. ThredUp did not sponsor this post or ask me to order/review a Goody Box. And I have a review and photos for you.

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Area Attractions: San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles New Exhibits

Motherhood Moments

San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles (SJMQT) announced today that it will showcase an innovative array of exhibitions and events. SJMQT will be displaying the exhibitions The Art of Labor (In collaboration with the Surface Design Association), CUT IT OUT! (a a paper cutting exhibition), and Maggy Rozycki Hiltner’s expansive project Vantage Point. The Opening Reception, located at SJMQT, is from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 22, 2018.

How to make your house more lovely for $0

The Frugal Girl

If you have a big fat home-improvement budget, then making your home beautiful is no great challenge. But since most of us have a lot of other things vying for our money, I thought I’d make a list of ways to make your home feel more lovely for a grand total of $0. Clean it up.

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Miscellany | including: a bus hit our car

The Frugal Girl

My overnight was fantastic. I went to a local hotel overnight by myself on Friday, and it was fantastic. I took a walk in a local free park at sunset. I ate outside at a little Mediterranean restaurant. I went to bed early. Because I am a party animal! I ate breakfast all by myself.

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Korean Sizzling Beef Lettuce Wraps

The Frugal Girl

These popped up on my menu recently, and more than one of you asked for the recipe. I have very few photos (apologies), but I wanted to get the recipe up here for you without waiting until the next time I make it. I can always add more photos later.

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What I Spent, What We Ate |

The Frugal Girl

What I Spent. I got a $25 Hungry Harvest and then I spent $139 at the grocery stores. So, I’m at $164 this week, which isn’t too bad. Especially compared to last week. June Spending. Week 1: $235. Week 2: $164. What We Ate. Monday.

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Forget the mistake, remember the lesson

The Frugal Girl

Last week we were at an ice cream shop that encourages customers to write/draw on post-it notes and then stick them up on the walls. This one caught my eye, and not just because of the misspelling.

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Tuesday Tip | Prep your produce

The Frugal Girl

I know you already KNOW you should do this. So I’m not imparting information so much as I’m reminding you. And myself, let’s be honest.

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Giveaway: Safer Pain Relief

Motherhood Moments

The summer is coming and the warmer weather mean some people are working out harder than in the winter or trying new sports for the first time. Getting fit sometimes results in aches and pains and reaching for OTC pills is not always the healthiest solution.

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