The Frugal Girl

I can’t recommend Sixth Continent right now

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Sixth Continent gift cards are sometimes not downloading. I have used and loved the site for months now, as have many of you. But recently, problems have begun to crop up. Multiple readers let me know this week that they’ve ordered gift cards and have not been able to download them.

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Sonia’s $25 Goodwill dresser is now white!

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This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure policy here. Last November, I walked into Goodwill and spied this dresser.

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How I’m dealing with cooking magazine clutter

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I am a long-time (happy!) subscriber to Cook’s Country, and occasionally to Cook’s Illustrated. I consider my subscriptions to be an investment in my efforts to cook at home, and cooking at home saves so much money, a magazine subscription is a tiny thing to pay for.

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Two twin beds: painted!

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Way back in 2003, when I was pregnant with Sonia, we bought a bunkbed for Joshua and Lisey to share. Later, Lisey and Sonia shared it, and then until last year, Sonia and Zoe shared it. So, every kid in our family has slept in this bed!

What I Spent, What We Ate | 4th of July week

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Well, hi! I’ve been absent for two days, due partially to the holiday and also to the fact that I have been busy painting. I have things to show you next week! What I Spent. I spent $120 at the grocery stores this week, and I accidentally did not get a Hungry Harvest.

WIS, WWA | Why I share this instead of a menu plan

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This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure policy here. If you’re new here, each week I share my grocery totals and also what we ate in the past week.

Use less self-control: Avoid spending triggers

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I was listening to a How to Money podcast episode recently (while sanding Sonia and Zoe’s beds!) and they said something about spending triggers…which triggered some thinking for me.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | $204

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What I Spent. It was an expensive week for us here! I spent $179 at Aldi and Costco, plus $25 on my Hungry Harvest box. Luckily, I only spent $120 last week. July Spending. Week 1: $120. Week 2: $204. What We Ate. Saturday. Easy button night: we got some frozen pizzas! Sunday.

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5 ways to make yourself miserable after a money mistake

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Did you incur a late fee? Have you forgotten to pay a bill and been charged interest? Did you miss the return window on a purchase? Did cancelling that appointment slip your mind? The one where you have to pay the full amount? Maybe you broke something expensive or botched a repair.

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July Summer Bucket List Update

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Every summer I make a list of fun things and productive things I want to do before summer “kicks the bucket” I post updates every few weeks to let you guys know how I’m doing (and to hold me accountable!). Ok, one month of summer is gone already.

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Tuesday Tip | Make disposable products inconvenient.

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This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure policy here. If you’re trying to avoid using disposable products (a sensible frugal move!), make it inconvenient to use them.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | Father’s Day, a little sickness…

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(From our Father’s Day trip to a local park). What I Spent. It was an off week for Hungry Harvest (I’m trying every other week to see if that’s more manageable), and at the grocery store I spent $195. Good thing I didn’t get a Hungry Harvest!

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Google saved me a trip to the vacuum repair store (+4 more frugal things)

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I fixed my vacuum. One of my kids was vacuuming and somehow the whole thing tipped over and got stuck in the non-upright position. I fiddled with it a bit and couldn’t get it to pop back up. I was about to give up, but I did a little googling and found the answer on a forum.

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I’m not passionate about cooking. I just like to eat.

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I think there’s a difference. People who are passionate about cooking seem to really enjoy the process. They like to play around in the kitchen, and cooking seems to fulfill some creative desires inside of them.

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How to Make Spiced Pecans (or Cashews. or Almonds.)

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Spiced nuts are often considered to be a holiday food, but I love having them around for topping summer salads. So, today I’m republishing this recipe in honor of the arrival of salad season!

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Vintage fashion, a cereal bag reuse, and more!

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Time for Five Frugal Things, people. I used a cereal bag to freeze turkey. I saved the enormous plastic bag from a Costco-sized box of Cheerios because I thought it might come in handy. And it did, yesterday!

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What am I going to do with an empty nest?

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Kristen, Gosh, time has flown by! Just read your post about having two HS grads — I think I started reading your Frugal Girl when everyone was a baby! Zoe and me around the time I started blogging. So, I was just wondering if you had been doing any advanced planning for an empty nest?

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What I Spent, What We Ate | I skipped Tuesday’s cooking

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What I Spent. I spent $151 at the grocery store and $25 on my Hungry Harvest box. So, $176 total. June Spending. Week 1: $160. Week 2: $176. What We Ate. Saturday. Mr. FG and I went out to Five Guys for a quick date night.

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Five Frugal Things | Are you shopping on Prime Day?

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This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure policy here. I sold a Duplo squirrel. Sonia and I packed away the Duplos for storage while tidying her room, and I decided to sell this squirrel.

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Chocolate Cookie Bears (or bunnies or pretzels or anything else!)

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I’m getting a late start today, so here’s a recipe from my archives. If you have small kids to bake with, you really should give this a try. It’s been a hit with 100% of the kids who have visited my house, not to mention my own kids!

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Five Frugal Things | homeschool books, taco truck sauce, and more

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I sold Zoe’s school books. She finished school last week and I listed, sold, and shipped her non-consumable textbooks. The nice thing about your youngest kid finishing books is that you can get rid of them! No more schoolbook storage once she’s done with them.).

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Zoe’s longboard got stolen.

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This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure policy here. Poor girl. Apparently while her back was turned, some other neighborhood kids made off with it. We tried putting the word out in the neighborhood, but heard nothing.

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WIS, WWA | We are halfway through 2019!

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This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure policy here. This is an usually low-photo post for me. I just haven’t picked up the camera much this week since I’ve been busy painting. What I Spent.

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Homemade Chewy Snickerdoodles

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Recently, I was out with Mr. FG for dinner and I saw a big snickerdoodle cookie at the cash register. I hadn’t had a snickerdoodle in ages, so I decided to give it a try. Friends, let me tell you: It was a crushing disappointment of a cookie.

Progress is almost never dramatic.

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Big wins, sudden breakthroughs, and “aha!” ” moments are what we’d all love to experience. But in my experience (ha), those happen really, really rarely. In pretty much every area of my life, progress has happened slowly over time.

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Five Frugal Things | Pumpkin oats, 50 cent Frosties, and more

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I’m using up pumpkin in my oatmeal. I made a batch of pumpkin muffins on Monday and annoyingly enough, they did not use the whole can. So, I’ve been stirring a few tablespoons of pumpkin into my oatmeal, along with spices like allspice and cloves.

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How to make homemade egg bread

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This has popped up on my menu plan a few times here and there and lots of you have asked for the recipe. But it’s taken me FOREVER to get around to posting it. Sorry ’bout that! This is a soft, slightly sweet white bread.

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A really quick Five Frugal Things

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It’s been a good Monday morning so far…I worked out, showered, took Sonia to her tutorial, went to Aldi and another store, and did some laundry. And it’s not quite 11:00 am. But I did not write a blog post. So, we’re gonna just have a quick little Five Frugal Things today.

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WIS, WWA | You should try BLTs Lisey’s way!

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See Tuesday’s meal for the BLT mention. What I Spent. I didn’t get a Hungry Harvest this week (I’m trying every other week this summer to see if that works out well), and I spent $160 at the grocery store. What We Ate. Saturday. Pizza night! I bought pizza instead of making it.

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Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

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This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure policy here. (I I originally found these muffins on All Recipes years ago, and I’m resharing the recipe now with a printable recipe card!).

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May’s Happiness Habit, plus what I’m trying in June

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In May, my goal was to read a chapter a day, and I think I exceeded that. I finished seven books in May, actually! Four of them (Vinegar Girl, Dept. of Speculation, The Watsons Go to Birmingham, and The House on Mango Street) were pretty short, though, so this sounds more impressive than it is.

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What I did with yesterday’s Hungry Harvest

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My Hungry Harvest yesterday was mostly vegetables. In fact, I think the only fruit was a bag of large apricots and some kiwifruit. This is fine, but I (and probably a lot of people!) find fruit to be a whole lot easier to eat than vegetables.

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Tuesday Tip | How to avoid overspray with nonstick spray

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This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure policy here. (I I thought about it for a long time and could not come up with a better title than that. It’ll be what it’ll be.).

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It doesn’t have to be perfect to bless other people.

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(This is a post I wrote 9 years ago, and I thought it needed to see the light of day again.). Ahh, perfectionism. It almost sounds like a virtue, doesn’t it? In reality, it is such a snare in so many ways, not the least of which is its tendency to render us immobile.

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Five Frugal Things | $20 survey, gas savings, $0.88 flowers, and more

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This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure policy here. I filled out a survey for $20. Remember that TV show I watched so I could complete a paid survey for $200?

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Five Frugal Things | Scrunchies, shorts, straws, gas, and produce

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This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure policy here. I modified my niece’s shorts. So this was frugal for her, not me. She ordered a pair of shorts online, and the legs were surprisingly enormous.

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WIS, WWA | Oh right. There are five Fridays this month.

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I did my end-of-month numbers round up last week, because I forgot that May actually had one more week. Whoops. I’m just gonna add them into today’s post, with updated numbers. What I Spent. I skipped my Hungry Harvest box this week because I had too much produce to use.

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Colors, colors, colors

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This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure policy here. For the last few months, I’ve been taking a photo a day, using prompts from Fat Mum Slim.

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Right now, I am…

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happy that my workout for today is done. I love what working out does for me; I do not love the process. REALLY happy that we are having a cool morning after a serious heat wave last week. feeling great because I had a cool shower.

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How to Make Popovers (in a muffin tin)

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This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure policy here. Oddly enough, until a few years ago, I’d never had a popover, despite having seen them in cookbooks for years.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | It’s starting to feel like summer!

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This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure policy here. We are mostly finished with school, the weather is warm, and we had watermelon this week. So, basically summer. What I Spent.

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April 2019 Photo-A-Day roundup

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For the last two months, I’ve been taking a photo a day, using lists of prompts from the internet. I enjoy taking photos, and having a daily prompt makes me pick up my camera more often than I otherwise would. And it also makes me take photos of things I otherwise wouldn’t!

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Tuesday Tip | A quick Frywall review

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This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure policy here. In an issue of Cook’s Country or Cook’s Illustrated (I can’t remember!), I saw that they recommended the Frywall. What’s a Frywall?

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