The Budget Diet

It’s been a week. But I do have a colorful Snoopy.

The Frugal Girl

This has been a long week for a variety of reasons, and not really my best week of cooking. The combo of just getting back from a trip (with no menu plan in hand) and then getting sick right away has made things a little wonky on the food front!

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What I Spent, What We Ate | January totals

The Frugal Girl

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! I’m ending this month with $689 in total spending, and I’d budgeted $750 because of it being a five week month. January Grocery Spending ($150/week budget).

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

The Frugal Girl

Here it is: Eat more of your fruits and vegetables. It’s not complicated. But it is hard to do. Why focus on fruits and veggies? For one thing, they’re one of the food types most likely to be wasted. (

Does Aldi sell organic food?

Stockpiling Moms

One of the biggest questions we receive is does Aldi really sell organic food? Aldi has been known for its competitively low prices compared to other grocery chains over the years. Not only is it a. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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WIS, WWA | I am complaining about the clouds

The Frugal Girl

Hello, frugal people! It’s been kind of dreary and rainy here, and I’m feeling a little bummed out from all the clouds. Here’s hoping for some sunshine soon! Zoe and I DID get to see our very plump friend at the cat rescue center, though, and she is kind of like sunshine.

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A few words about body image + 4 other frugal things

The Frugal Girl

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!). I’d heard the suggestion of an under-hood light before, but at first, I thought that made no sense.

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Five Frugal Things | Free E-Z pass, a refund, + 3 more

The Frugal Girl

I got a free E-Z pass transponder. The E-Z pass is an electronic toll collection system that’s used on the east coast and also as far into the Midwest as Illinois.).

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Stitch Fix January 2020 | I sent it all back

The Frugal Girl

If you dislike Stitch Fix posts…consider yourself warned! Proceed only if you feel like being irritated today. If you’d rather peruse some hilarious second-hand fashion: the ThredUp Rescue Box fails. And here are the ThredUp Rescue box keepers. (I’m

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

The Frugal Girl

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. Mr. FG and I went out and shared a pizza. Sunday.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | $199!

The Frugal Girl

What I Spent. I got a Hungry Harvest box for $25 and then I spent $174 at the grocery store. So, I’m at $199 this week, which makes up for last week’s low spending. January Grocery Spending. Week 1: $33. Week 2: $199. What We Ate. Saturday.

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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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WIS, WWA | Some appreciation, from me to you

The Frugal Girl

This week, I’ve been reminded again of something I appreciate about you guys: there are so many of you that consistently show up and interact in the comments, talking to me and also to each other.

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The non-digital planner that almost works with my brain

The Frugal Girl

Elaine left a comment this morning wondering about what planner I use, so here’s a quick explanation. But first, we have to talk about synesthesia. What’s synesthesia?? I’ve written before about the spatial sequence synesthesia that I and some of my kids have.

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Pioneer Woman Cap’n Crunch Chicken Strips

Stockpiling Moms

The first time I went to Planet Hollywood, I fell in love with their chicken strips. I have never found any to match them until now! Pioneer Woman Cap’n Crunch Chicken Strips are right on the. [[ 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 a new year!

The Frugal Girl

I know I skipped a lot of Friday menu posts in the last six weeks. We did buy groceries and eat dinner, though. And I haven’t added it up, but I think I ended the year averaging right around $150/week, as I have the whole year long.

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Five Frugal Things for New Year’s Eve

The Frugal Girl

Well, hi. I’m popping back from my unplanned one-week silence here on the blog. Whoops. I thought a five frugal things post would be a good warm-up. We saved $9 on hair gel at Target.

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Weekly Meal Plan Printable

Stockpiling Moms

Below is a great downloadable Weekly Meal Plan Printable that can help you get on track and stay on track with your menu. Meal Planning is my jam! It is a great way to save time and money in the. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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Sonia tried being my ThredUp stylist! Here’s how it went.

The Frugal Girl

Sometimes when I’ve done Stitch Fix posts, you guys have suggested that I instead hire one of my girls to be a stylist for me. So, we decided to take your suggestion. Meet my new stylist! Sonia, who has always been a passionate shopper, seemed like the perfect candidate for the job.

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“Are you ready for Christmas?”

The Frugal Girl

People keep asking me that question when I’m out and about. And I’m sorry to say that as of this moment, the answer is no. And I thought that if you are in the same boat, you might be encouraged to see where I’m at. I have presents purchased, but exactly ZERO of them are wrapped.

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WIS, WWA | I cooked exactly nothing.

The Frugal Girl

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 | Even though it’s Cyber Monday!

The Frugal Girl

I know it’s Cyber Monday today, but I felt like writing a frugal post instead of a deals post. Mr. FG and I made a fresh new budget. As with all fresh new budgets, this one will need a month or two of test-driving to see if it’s right for us or if we need to tweak a few things.

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2019 Thankful List

The Frugal Girl

Every year, I make a list of 50 things I’m thankful for, and I publish it on Thanksgiving Day. However, this year Thanksgiving week was a rough week and I did not get my list finished. I thought about just deleting the draft, but several of you have asked about my list.

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Sometimes, I hate the internet. And I’m a part of what I hate.

The Frugal Girl

This morning, someone told me how much she enjoyed our Christmas cookies. Understandable. Who could not love cookies with eyes??). Then she mentioned something about how she hadn’t even made cookies yet.

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Five Frugal Things | More mending + I was firmly assertive

The Frugal Girl

I fixed Zoe’s chokers. She bought a set that turned out to be terribly flimsy; they kept breaking after just a few wears. Luckily, I was able to get them back together with a pair of needlenose pliers. How long will the repair last? I dunno.

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Update on my rhinoplasty, 3 years later

The Frugal Girl

I hadn’t planned to do any more posts about my nose, but I’ve gotten a couple of messages asking about it lately, wondering how the nose job is holding up. And since I like to do posts that cover what you guys want to know about, well, here we are. Wait, you got a nose job? Kind of.

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A few thoughts on joy

The Frugal Girl

December is a time of year that promises joy. Joy from family, joy from traditions, joy from peace, joy from gifts. And of course, joy from spending. The problem with a lot of our sources of joy is that they are outside our control and so sometimes, they do not deliver.

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Butternut Squash Yeast Roll Recipe

The Frugal Girl

I got this recipe from one of my aunts back when I was a teenager, and for whatever reason, I haven’t made them much of late. Anyway, Lisey randomly remembered liking them and she said something about it the other week.

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One of you is getting a $100 Visa gift card!

The Frugal Girl

Rakuten, the company formerly known as Ebates, emailed to ask if I’d like to host a $100 Visa gift card giveaway for one of you. I said yes because who among you could not use a $100 gift card at this time of year?? What does Rakuten offer?

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The Christmas Cookie answers (and a winner!)

The Frugal Girl

Last year, no one got them all right, so I had to sift through the guesses and find the closest one. But this year, Rhonda got them 100% right. Rhonda, check your email! Here are the correct answers for all of you. Our cookies are always a little quirky, and I love them.

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Are non-food Aldi Finds frugal or wasteful?

The Frugal Girl

Aldi, my favorite discount grocery store, offers fantastic prices on food. But they also have an aisle dedicated to seasonal products, which are called Aldi Finds. There are also some food Aldi Finds, but they’re not the main event.).

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All the “How do I start a blog?” questions!

The Frugal Girl

The Frugal Girl is most definitely not a blog about blogging. But I get blogging-related questions pretty frequently from readers who want to start their own blogs. And since I’ve been at this for 11 years, I have a little bit of expertise to share.

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The 2019 Cookie Guessing Game!

The Frugal Girl

Alrighty, readers. It’s time! Joshua wasn’t able to join us this year, so I just have five cookies for you, which should make things very slightly easier. I was going to point out that Lisey will eventually move out and probably not join us as well.

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Five Frugal Things | 100% mending

The Frugal Girl

This week’s edition of Five Frugal Things happens to be entirely about mending, because once I get my sewing stuff out, I like to get it all done at once. I fixed Arthur’s eye.

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7 Easy Herbs Kids Will Love To Grow

Stockpiling Moms

Look below at these 7 easy herbs kids will love to grow and see how fun it can be to get a mini garden going all of their own! Kids love tending their own mini gardens, and herb gardens a great way. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]].

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Marketers do not want you to be content.

The Frugal Girl

Long Intro: On Monday, I wrote a Five Frugal Things post that mentioned CoolSculpting. And I wrote a few words about body image, and about how much money we could save if we did not believe the industry’s message which says, “Your body is wrong, and we can help you fix it.”

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What I’m reading and listening to | January 2020

The Frugal Girl

Last year, I made a running list of what I read (though I fell off the wagon toward the end of 2019). The problem with that method is that you end up with one REALLY LONG and bulky page, so I thought this year, I’d break it down by month instead.

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Saving Money on Home Heating

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Winter is the coolest time of year, as the saying goes. When you’re home, sweet home, you want to be warm as toast. You know what’s worse than a drafty home? A high heating bill. Saving money on home heating starts with preventing heating loss. Point2 Homes recently published an interesting article sharing tips to prevent heat loss in your home. Insulating Your Walls. The best way to prevent heat loss is to ensure you have proper insulation in your home.

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So, I started a second blog.

The Frugal Girl

I realized yesterday that I told my email subscribers and Twitter followers about this, but I never said anything on my actual blog. In November, I started a tiny blog with somewhat tiny posts that are a tiny bit more personal than what I share here.

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5 Ways to Travel Well with Children

Shereen Travels Cheap

Now, I don't have children, but I have traveled with them, so I know a thing or two on how to do it without losing your mind. As a parent, you already know that it can be difficult to make everyone happy.

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6 ways 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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How To Travel-fy Your Haircare Routine

Shereen Travels Cheap

When you travel, if you want to travel light, there are some things you have to change. While it can be easy to get caught up in routines, and it's important to keep some of them intact wherever you go, sometimes you need to switch things up to fit your travel lifestyle.

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6 ways to save money on groceries without coupons

The Frugal Girl

It’s January and lots of people are looking for ways to save on groceries right now! So, I’m bumping this post back up to the top of the pile. When I posted my thoughts about the Extreme Couponing tv show , I promised to share my non-couponing ideas with you.

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Stitch Fix January 2019 | I sent it all back

The Frugal Girl

If you dislike Stitch Fix posts…consider yourself warned! Proceed only if you feel like being irritated today. If you’d rather peruse some hilarious second-hand fashion: the ThredUp Rescue Box fails. And here are the ThredUp Rescue box keepers. (I’m

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