The Frugal Girl

I have to work at this (or, how a knife block purchase inspired a pity party)

The Frugal Girl

Recently, one of my girls said something in passing about how being thankful and content comes naturally to me, and another of them said, “Nope, Mom has to work hard at this.”

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Thankful Thursday | Thank YOU

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You guys, thank you so very much for all your kind comments yesterday. Whenever I write a post like that, I have a tiny bit of hesitation…like, “What if I’m the only one who has struggles like this? What if I’m being dramatic?”

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Homemade Cinnamon Swirl Egg Bread

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I’ve made quite a few loaves of this bread since moving into my rental, and after I mentioned it several times, you guys asked if I had shared the recipe. And oddly, I had not!

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Five Frugal Things | We have bowls!

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I got some free bowls. We had been making do with two cereal bowls plus some weird flat-ish bowls from the abandoned house. It was workable, but not ideal. So when I saw that someone was offering a set of bowls on my Buy Nothing Group, I said, “Oooh, yes please.”

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WIS, WWA | groceries at 7-11

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What I Spent. I think this is the first time I’ve ever had grocery spending at 7-11. I bought two of these from 7-11! But man, I had tried so many other places in search of cream or half and half, and 7-11 is the only place that came through for me. I spent: $63 at Aldi. $30 30 at Giant. $32

Meet a Reader | Karen, one of the original readers!

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Hello everyone! Today we’re meeting Karen, who usually goes by KS in the comments. Although she wasn’t here for the first post (pretty much no one was), Karen has faithfully reading my blog for many, many years. I consider her one of the originals. ??. Here’s Karen: 1.

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Thankful Thursday | another lull

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This week, I am thankful: that Tuesday is over. Because things always seem to happen in clusters, on Tuesday of this week, I had a microbiology exam followed by a microbiology lab with two quizzes, followed by a chemistry exam. I am so happy to be on the other side of that day!

WIS, WWA | a blur of not-cooking

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I kind of remember hitting a wall in the semester last fall when dinner-making seemed very hard. And I was only taking one class at that time. So, I suppose I should not be surprised that I have now hit a week where my dinner-making efforts were almost non-existent.

Meet a Reader | My Aunt Kathy!

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You guys, today we have a special Meet a Reader guest…my very own Aunt Kathy! You may remember that last year at school, Lisey lived with my aunt and uncle, and this is that aunt. I was delighted when she volunteered to do a Meet a Reader interview.

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No-Stir, Lots-of-Clusters Granola

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I first published this ten years ago (!), so it needed a small update, and it now includes a printable recipe card…just scroll all the way to the bottom of the post for that. I am seriously so excited to share this recipe with you. Woohoo!

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Thankful Thursday | a table fix

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This week I am thankful: that my dad fixed my table. The base developed a crack by one of the legs, and since it was in a weird spot to fix, he and I made a paper octagon to fit the opening on the bottom of the table.

How to make a teabag wreath (courtesy of A. Marie)

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Recently, reader A. Marie mentioned making teabag wreaths with her Jane Austen group, and several of you asked for photos of the process. Marie wanted to add the photos to her comment, but there’s no tidy way to do that!

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How do you know if you’re frugal or just ridiculous?

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A reader question: How do you know if you’re frugal or just ridiculous? There seems to be a thin line. For example, is it frugal or ridiculous to postpone shopping for new undergarments for a year because new undergarments are not necessary for survival?

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Four Frugal Things | plus one fail that I will redeem

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I picked up some more free chairs. You know how I was painting those two Buy Nothing group chairs so that they’d match my table?

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WIS, WWA | Man, I’m tired

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What I Spent. I currently am in managing, but barely mode. Like, I am getting pretty much everything done that I need to get done, but it’s all sort of in the nick of time.

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Meet a Reader | MB: America, Scotland, Canada

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Today we’re meeting a longtime reader who has lived in America, Scotland, and Canada! Here’s MB: 1. Tell us a little about yourself. I’m an American living in Atlantic Canada with my husband and our four children. our kids at the beach.

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Thankful Thursday | I have a chest freezer!

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This week, I am thankful: for my new chest freezer. Last Friday night, I was sitting at dinner with the girls and I said, “You know what? I am really tired of not having a chest freezer. After dinner, I’m gonna go buy one.”

Five Frugal Things | I almost didn’t write this one

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I almost did not sit down to write a blog post today; it has been a WEEK on the school front for me. Today I have my fourth exam in a week’s time, so I haven’t really been doing anything terribly impressive on the frugal front…I have just been studying and doing homework.

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Meet a Reader | Kelly from Seattle (and France)

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Hello everyone! Today we’re meeting Kelly, who I knew as a fellow blogger way back at the beginning of my blogging days. She’s an American, but she lived in France for 12 years, which sounds quite lovely. Here’s Kelly: 1. Tell us a little about yourself. Hi, everyone!

Crustless Pumpkin Pie with Streusel Topping

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Updated 2022 to add a printable recipe card! Pumpkin pie without a crust? Why would someone want such a thing?? Well, if you’re like me, and traditional pie crust really, really doesn’t blow your hair back, crustless pie is a gift from heaven.

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Five Frugal Things | a Halloween freebie

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I got a free Reese’s pumpkin. I noticed that my Royal Farms app was offering me a free Reese’s pumpkin yesterday…so when I was out to pick up milk, I popped in and got my freebie.

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WIS, WWA | 3 is easy

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What I Spent. I was thinking this week…feeding only three people for dinner is a whole lot easier than what I’m used to! And that’s a serious mercy since I am spending so much time on schoolwork these days. Don’t worry; I did not eat this mushroom. ??.

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Trash to treasure: a bookshelf with legs!

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I first spied this bookshelf on Facebook Marketplace, where it was listed for $15. And I thought to myself, “Ummm, nope. Not paying cash for a shelf that looks that dirty!” ” But then a little bit later, I saw the same shelf pop up on my Buy Nothing group.

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Thankful Thursday | for a sunny bedroom

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This week, I am thankful: for how sunny my bedroom is. The shifting of the fall sun has meant my bedroom is getting a lot of bright sunshine, and I like this! for no exams this week. I think I already said this in last week’s post, but MAN I am so happy to have a break from exams.

Meet a Reader | Lindsay, a Canadian sod farmer

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Today we’re meeting Lindsay, a sod farmer from Quebec, and you guys, I am so so impressed with how much food she and her husband grow for themselves…don’t miss the list in her answer to question #4! Here’s Lindsay: 1. Tell us a little about yourself. Hi there!

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Q&A | Extended warranties, French toast, and continued masking

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On today’s menu: two non-controversial topics, and one controversial one. Will I regret including the last one? We shall see!). I have learned (or think I have learned) that those home warranty and many appliance warranties are a total scam and waste of money for a homeowner.

WIS, WWA | Halloween week

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What I Spent. Pumpkin pictures will be sprinkled throughout this post. ??. I spent: $141 at Aldi. $7 7 at Giant. $8 8 at a liquor store to buy some wine for the tortellini soup (see Thursday’s menu). So, $156 for me this week. What We Ate. Saturday.

Thankful Thursday | An afternoon post!

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Oh hey, everyone! Today we’re having an unusual occurrence: an afternoon blog post. ??. If you’re new here…during the early days of the pandemic, we started making weekly lists of things we’re thankful for, and we just have never stopped!

3 Ingredient Homemade Whipped Cream

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Those of you who are experienced in the kitchen will read this post title and be like, “What? Why is this even a post?? Doesn’t everyone know how to whip cream??”

Five Frugal Things | I finally painted again

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It’s Tuesday! Five Frugal Things Day! This jar is a Treasure House rescue item…if you follow me on Instagram you probably recognize it. I painted a chair.

WIS, WWA | with some classic jello

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What I Spent. I stopped in at BJ’s warehouse club this week, so my spending is on the high side! I spent: $29 at Safeway. $12 12 at Aldi. 164 at BJ’s. So, $205 for me.

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A Zoijurushi Griddle review (not sponsored)

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Could you possibly put a link to the pan you used for the French toast? I have been looking for a new griddle, and I like that yours has sides and isn’t just flat. Do you have any pros/cons about this particular one? Thanks for any information! Debby.

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WIS, WWA | a no-takeout week for me!

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What I Spent. This week, I spent: $80 at Lidl. $25 25 at Safeway. $15 15 at a small Mexican grocery store. $30 30 on a Hungry Harvest box. So that’s $150 even. What We Ate. Lisey’s been at my aunt and uncle’s house this week (taking care of their chickens!),

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Thankful Thursday | the sun is coming out!

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This week, I am thankful: that the sun is coming out today! this gets a bigger font than the rest of the items because I am so happy about it.). It has been raining here almost nonstop since last Friday…the hurricane leftovers just got stalled here for an unusually long time.

WIS, WWA | $84

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What I Spent. This week, I spent: $50 at Giant. $34 34 at Safeway. And that’s it! So, $84 total. What We Ate. Saturday. We had a fend-for-yourself night because we were not all home at the same time for dinner. Sunday. I made a batch of stuffed shells , some homemade French bread , and a salad.

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Meet a Reader | Jen from England

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Today we’re meeting Jen, who lives with her little family in England. I love meeting readers from anywhere, but it always adds a little extra fun when they live outside the U.S.! Here’s Jen: 1. Tell us a little about yourself.

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Thankful Thursday | Oh hey, open windows!

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This week, I am thankful… for some fall-like weather. Yesterday when I woke up, it was in the low 60s and I WAS SO HAPPY. And when I walked to and from class, I felt so good outside. Today promises to be even more lovely. Ohhhh yessss. that my air conditioning is off for the moment.

Thankful Thursday | for happy shoes

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This week, I am thankful: for my new blue Converse. I feel pretty happy when I wear them. ?. that my first microbiology exam went well. I got a solid A, so, yay! And now I know better what to expect on the next exams in this class. that I took Bio 101 so recently.

WIS, WWA | A 3-soup week

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What I Spent. I think she would like to join us for dinner ?. Let’s see! I spent: $17 at Harris Teeter. $2 2 at Safeway (I just needed pasta!). $64 64 at Aldi. $30 30 on a Hungry Harvest box. $35 35 on takeout. So, $148 altogether this week. What We Ate. Saturday.

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Five Frugal Things | adding to the Converse collection

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I fixed up my eBay Converse. I bought a blue pair on eBay a few weeks ago; they were a good price, but they were a little dirty and they didn’t come with laces. I used Aldi’s version of a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to clean up the white rubber parts of the shoes. One clean, one dirty.

Five Frugal Things | A bright dress for $9.97

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I got a dress for $9.97. Old Navy sent me an email about a one-day sale they had on a few dresses, so I clicked on over. As you know, I tend to buy things in very neutral colors, but the $9.97 dresses were not available in anything neutral. So…I bought one in a bright color. Are you shocked??

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Thankful Thursday | for a social cat

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This week, I am thankful: for the joy our cat brings to us. She’s such a social cat, so she is always hanging out wherever we are. And this makes my girls very happy. ?. that tomorrow’s high is only in the 60s. I know I might get some hate for this one from the summer-lovers ?

WIS, WWA | A week of double meals

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I think I’m entering a leftovers-heavy stage of life or something, because three times this week, dinners were repeats! What I Spent. I spent: $45 at Safeway. $28 28 on a Hungry Harvest box. And that was it! A light grocery-shopping week. Oh, wait.

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