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What I Spent, What We Ate | I am SO on budget

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What I Spent. I got my $25 Hungry Harvest box, and you guys, I forgot to take a photo. Which is weird, because I am normally so faithful at doing that. Please enjoy these squash friends instead: I spent $27.80 at Aldi, on chicken, oats, milks, syrup, naan, vanilla, and a jar of Tikka Masala sauce.

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52 New Recipes | Roasted Butternut Squash

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I got a new Cook’s Country issue this week (Yay! Always a good day when that arrives.), and inside there was a recipe for roasted butternut squash. Which is good news because Hungry Harvest has been sending me lots of winter squash.

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I’m feeling kind of crabby.

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I have only 20 minutes, but I think that leaves enough time for a little something that almost always helps me feel less crabby: a small list of things I’m grateful for. I’ll go first, and you can join me in the comments if you’d like. The sun is out today.

On Hungry Harvest, 8 months in

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I’ve been a Hungry Harvest customer for a little over 3/4 of a year now, so I thought it would be a good time to do an update post about it all. What’s Hungry Harvest?

Five Frugal Things | 2 dishwasher things, for starters.

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I ordered new rollers for my dishwasher’s top rack. I’m not sure what kind of plastic they make these out of, but over time, they dry out and fall apart. (My

Q&A | Amazon selling+ a really great thermometer

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Any feedback on selling on Amazon? I have books that I would like to move over from half.com. Early in the half.com years, I did amazing. The last 5 years have been really slow and now it is closed. I have inventory, including some vintage children’s Italian books, that I am ready to move.

Iowa Pine is back!!!

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This post contains affiliate links. Please see my disclosure for more details. And also Orange Clove and Cranberry. But Iowa Pine is what matters to me. Mrs. Meyer’s brings out seasonal scents all year round. And I do like a lot of them. But nothing is as fabulous to me as Iowa Pine.

Monday Miscellany

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It’s 10:00 am as I write this, and I really should be doing some other things at the moment. Like, laundry, school with my girls, making a menu plan, making a grocery list… ). So, how about a quick 30-minutes-of-blogging dose of randomness? Here’s my latest Hungry Harvest box.

Do I spend less when I shop less?

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What I Spent. A reader last week asked if I tend to spend more when I make multiple stops vs. just a few stops. I did less shopping this week, so let’s see! My Hungry Harvest box ( $25) stops right at my house. I spent $40 at the grocery store where Lisey works. And I spent $71 at Aldi.

Michael Jackson, a Nazgul, Rapunzel, and Flynn Rider!

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This isn’t necessarily a frugal topic, but dress-up photos are too much fun not to share! Joshua had to work, so he didn’t dress up. And Lisey went over to a friend’s house, so I don’t have a photo of her in her Oscar the Grouch costume. But the four of us did dress up!

Q&A | I don’t feel like cooking on the weekends. Help!

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Kristen, I’ve read your blog for years now and have gained a lot from the frugal tips, inspiration, etc. I have done meal plans for years and it helps so much. I have a mental block on what to eat/fix on Friday and Saturday.

Flynn Rider, beef bones, and more (It’s an FFT day!)

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FFT = Five Frugal Things, of course. I fixed Mr. FG’s costume. As I told you all, I’m dressing up as Rapunzel from Tangled (post-hair chop), and so of course, Mr. FG is going to be Flynn Rider.

What I Spent, What We Ate | A week of many stops

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What I Spent. You can tell by my shopping that I’m in a very different stage of life than I was years ago, when I shopped about once a week due to having four small kids in tow.

Stitch Fix Review, the second (October 2017)

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I’m currently giving Stitch Fix a try, using their “The cheaper, the better” option as a price point.And every month, I’m un-professionally modeling what Stitch Fix sends me. Stitch Fix has not sponsored these posts, and I’m not working with them.

Five Frugal Things | apples, a frying pan, a coupon, and more

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I promptly made applesauce with my bruised apples. I left a few out for eating, but I turned the rest into applesauce. Here’s how I make applesauce. ). The jars are all in the chest freezer now. And since some of you have wondered: yes, you can certainly freeze stuff in jars.

Braised Cauliflower with Garlic and White Wine

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I live in a household of People Who Are Not Fans Of Cauliflower. But cauliflower is really good for you, and my Hungry Harvest box sends me heads of it every now and again, so I do my best to serve it in ways that are not offensive to the people at my table.

Aaaaand here’s how my freezer challenge ended.

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As a reminder, here’s what I started with last week. And here’s what I ended with: So, I’d say this was pretty successful, and I’m pretty darn sure I can come up with uses for my last three items.

What I Spent, What We Ate | Nearing the end of the freezer challenge…

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What I Spent. Well…I’m happy to say that the freezer challenge was helpful for my grocery budget this week. I did get my $25 Hungry Harvest box, of course. And on Sunday, I made a $33.68

Five Frugal Things | in the week of the freezer challenge

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Since I’ve been working on whittling down my freezer contents this week, some of these will be freezer-challenge related. I made chicken broth. I used up the bones from my freezer (so, check one for the freezer challenge!), plus two onion ends from the fridge.

52 New Recipes | Chicken Stir-Fry with Noodle Cake

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My Hungry Harvest box gave me bok choy this week. Which sent me off to Cook’s Illustrated’s website for some help. Bok choy and I aren’t really on a first-name basis.).

A $10 offer just for Frugal Girl readers

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This post is not sponsored, but it includes an affiliate link that TopCashback sent to me. The affiliate link will give readers a $10 bonus. As you guys know, TopCashback is my fave cashback website for online shopping (they almost always have the highest cashback percentages!),

I’m doing a freezer challenge this week!

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My grocery budget has been a little overstretched so far this month, and my freezer could use a little decluttering. Which means that it seems like the perfect time to take inventory and spend a week trying to use up some odds and ends. Want to see what I’m starting with?

What I Spent, What We Ate | Welp. I did not go under. At all.

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What I Spent. I started out with my $25 Hungry Harvest box. I spent $55.48 at the store where Lisey works. I spent $98.59 at Aldi. And I made a $9.30 stop for panko, soy sauce, ginger, a red pepper, and lettuce. part of my shopping this week. But not all! So, I spent $188.

52 New Recipes | You might be cooking your pork all wrong. I was!

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Amazon links are affiliate links. This part isn’t exactly a recipe, but I roasted some pork tenderloins, and YOU GUYS!!! I discovered that I’ve been unnecessarily overcooking my pork tenderloins.

Five Frugal Things | eBay, muffins, a haircut, and more!

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I made sweet potato chocolate chip muffins. I had some wrinkly sweet potatoes, so I peeled, boiled, and mashed them, and used them in this recipe , which is just a minor variation on a pumpkin muffin recipe. Not the most virtuous way in the world to use up sweet potatoes.

5 Things That Are Making Me Happy

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Because heaven knows we could all use this exercise on a Monday morning, right? I’ll list mine, and then you can do yours in the comments! This dogwood tree. In the sunshine. In the fall, these leaves turn color before the rest of the trees around here do.

What I Spent, What We Ate | Starting off October

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What I Spent. I spent $44.57 at the grocery store where Lisey works. I spent $44 (exactly!) at Aldi. And I spent $49 at another grocery store. So, I was at $137 , which is great. Buuuut, then I really needed to go to Costco for frozen fruit.

A little bit of this, a little bit of that

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This post contains affiliate links. Time for a post full of multiple unrelated things! The comments on the Ask The Readers post. You guys. You all had so, so, so much helpful advice for Susan and any other people struggling to get dinner on the table. Thank you!

Ask the Readers: How do I get dinner on the table if I work full-time?

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On my last What I Spent, What We Ate post , reader Susan left the following question: Do you have many full time working mom who follow your blog? Are they cooking every night? By the time I get home, I’m exhausted.

Five Frugal Things, Fridge Clean-Out Edition

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Amazon links are affiliate links. The other day, I did a fridge organization/clean-out, and so I have a bunch of food-waste-avoidant stuff to share with you. I froze grapes and mango. We had three almost-finished bags of grapes in the fridge.

What I Spent, What We Ate | Plus last week’s spending

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I missed last week, so I’ll add that spending in here as well to wrap up September! What I Spent. My total for the last two weeks was $297.66 which is riiight on target. Week three was a little crazy with the spending, but I made up for it by hardly shopping this week. September Spending.

My first Stitch Fix!

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This post is not sponsored and I’m not affiliated with Stitch Fix. My referral link is at the end of the post. Ok, guys. You ready?? You may expect this level of modeling in all my Stitch Fix posts. You’re welcome.

Answers to some questions!

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Hey guys! When I wrote my post about affiliate links and such , you guys had a few questions that I wanted to answer. And I wanted to clarify a few things.

Because this never gets old…

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and because I’m short on time today, please enjoy this. It’s so excellent, even if you’ve seen it eleventy times before. (I I have, and I still cracked up when I watched it this morning.). Saturday Night Live Debt Skit from ABI Videos on Vimeo.

10 MORE filling and frugal snack ideas

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A little while back, I made a list of 10 frugal and filling snack ideas for a reader with hungry teenagers. Since you can never really have too many snack ideas, here are ten more. Yogurt. As long as you’re not buying the sugary, low-fat varieties, yogurt can be a filling, inexpensive snack.

An honest review of Dinnerly

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This post contains affiliate links , but it is not sponsored. I received a free box to review. A while back, I wrote about why I don’t use meal kit services, like Blue Apron or Hello Fresh.

A little bit about blogging, selling, and Amazon links in emails

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This is going to be off topic, but I promise it’s an anomaly. I’m not about to become a blogger who blogs about blogging. And fair warning: this is probably going to be a little rambly. Proceed accordingly (or not!).

If you can’t do it all, do these three things.

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Laura Vanderkam often mentions that one way to reduce the amount of time you need to spend on household maintenance is to reduce your standards. If you decide that surfaces don’t have to be dust-free, you can dust less often (or never!).

What I Spent, What We Ate | Meal Box week

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The Frugal Girl uses affiliate links , which help support this blog at no extra cost to you. What I Spent. I started off with my Hungry Harvest box. I spent $31.42 at non-Aldi stores, and $42.96 at Aldi. So, I’m at $99.38. Oh, wait.

52 New Recipes | two Dinnerly recipes

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This blog uses affiliate links, which help keep the lights on around here at no cost to you. So, this week, I’m doing something a little different for my new recipes.