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Xconomy Bookclub: “Troublemakers” Charts the Birth of Silicon Valley

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In 1968, a little-read article in a soon-to-fail magazine prophesied an age of networked machines that could be more than passive, oversized calculators to become digital partners in solving problems alongside humans. “In In a few years, men will be able to communicate more effectively through a machine than face to face,” wrote JCR “Lick” Licklider and Bob Taylor, in a Science and Technology article called “The Computer is a Communication Device. ”

Why I think most recipes qualify as frugal

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In the survey, some readers wondered why I post recipes, since this isn’t a cooking blog and since not all of the recipes I post are classic frugal fare. So, I thought I should explain! Honestly, Amy Dacyzyn of the Tightwad Gazette would probably never cook the things I make for dinner.

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WIS, WWA | Kind of a non-cooking week

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What I Spent. Let’s see. I got my Hungry Harvest box on Saturday. On Sunday night, our snack food run to Aldi was $27. And then my more responsible grocery shopping ran me $78.73. So, I’m at $121. January Spending. Budget is $150/week). Week 1: $187. Week 2: $111. Week 3: $121.

a little hotel sleepover

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(aka why I didn’t post on Monday). Sonia and Zoe have a friend (named Zoe, actually! And they both have middle names that start with G.) who moved here 3.5 years ago. almost 3 years ago, when they were all much smaller!). Sadly, she’s moving to the Midwest in just a few weeks.

Tuesday Tip | Use imitation vanilla

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I mentioned this waaaay back in 2008, but with the recent price hike for real vanilla extract, I thought it needed a new mention. Also, there are a few more people reading now than there were in 2008. ).

3 ways to find recipes on my blog

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A reader recently wrote in to ask how to find recipes here on The Frugal Girl. Chipotle Chicken Kebabs , in case you were wondering. And here’s a tip on storing chipotle chilies. So, I’m here to help!

Tuesday Tip | Use a hammer to fix dents

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I thought for something new in 2018, we’d have a Tuesday Tip post: a small tidbit that will help you save money, time, effort, sanity, and so on. A hammer isn’t going to help you with every dent, obviously. Don’t try this on your car!).

The secret to making really good potato cubes

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For many years, I made potato cubes by cubing potatoes and then cooking them in a skillet with oil. That kind of got the job done, but it required SO MUCH OIL, it took 45 minutes, and I had trouble with the outsides of the potatoes getting burnt before the insides got cooked.

How to cook during a kitchen renovation

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Reader Allison normally cooks from scratch, but she’s in the midst of a kitchen renovation. (Oh, Oh, the horror! At least for right now. In the end it will be fabulous.).

Five Frugal Things | baby shampoo, a dead battery, and more

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I’m using up some baby shampoo. Not from when my kids were babies, mind you (my littlest baby is about to turn 12!). No, I bought this when I got my ear piercing , per the instructions. But I ended up finding saltwater soaks to be way more helpful in the healing process.

The top Frugal Girl posts from 2017

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Happy New Year, frugal friends! I missed talking to you guys last week, but it was definitely a smart choice to take the week off. I thought I might get a bit of down time, but it ended up being a very busy week, with lots of social plans (mostly for my girls!

Why I'm Not Publishing a "Best of" Post for 2017

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Photo via Ronny Olsson on Fickr. Every year since 2011 I've published an annual Best Cause Marketing Promotions of [INSERT YEAR] the first week of January. But I'm not doing one this year. Here's why. 10 Best Cause Marketing Promotions of 2016 [SLIDESHARE] Mission accomplished.

A speedy Five Frugal Things

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This post contains affiliate links. Quick because it’s already almost 10:00 am here! I sold a faux leather jacket on eBay. I bought it on clearance over a year ago, never wore it, and recently realized I could actually sell it on eBay for more than I paid for it. So, that’s what I did.

What I Spent, What We Ate | a quick one!

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No grocery pictures this week, because it was just that kind of week. What I Spent. I got a $25 Hungry Harvest box. I spent $45 at Costco. I spent $106 at non-Costco stores. So, I’m at $176, which is more than my $150/week budget. But I underspent last week, so it’s all good.

Five Frugal Things

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I organized my fridge. It was getting a little hectic in there, which always, always leads to food waste. I did find a few old veggies I had to compost, but mostly things just needed organizing. I made zucchini bread. This is actually several frugal wins in one.

The 2017 survey results

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First: You guys are amazing. Over 1300 of you filled out my survey, and lots of you took the time to write thoughtful responses to the short-answer questions. Thank you so, so much! Really, you all are fantastic. Now, get comfy, because this is going to be kind of long.

Someone got all the cookies right!

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Actually, between last night and this morning, three of you did! But the first one was Trina. Great job, Trina! Look for an email from me today. You guys, thank you so much for playing along.

The 2017 Cookie Guessing Contest!

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Yesterday, we had our annual cookie-decorating fest around the dining room table. We made a large mess. We might not get around to tons of Christmas traditions, but we DO faithfully decorate cookies together. Zoe, the clown.

Win 4 free products from Third Day Naturals!

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This post and giveaway are not sponsored. This post contains affiliate links. Third Day Naturals is a small, family-owned business in upstate New York, and it’s run by a Frugal Girl reader and her husband!

What I Spent, What We Ate | plus check back at noon!

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Food now, a giveaway coming at noon! What I Spent. I spent $70.78 at the grocery store. And then I got my $25 Hungry Harvest. I added on $3.99 of organic strawberries to my harvest as well. So my total for the week is $99.97. Yay! (My My goal is $150/week.). What We Ate. Monday.

52 New Recipes | Mashed Potato Cakes

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Sonia mentioned the other day that she’d love it if we ate more potatoes. So, when I was perusing thru my stack of Cook’s Country magazines, this recipe caught my eye.

stream of consciousness

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You guys, I’m blown away by how many of you have taken my reader survey. And not only are you all taking the time to click check boxes, many of you are also responding to the questions that require a short answer. I’ve been busy reading every single response (over 1,000 so far!),

What I Spent, What We Ate | A two-week catchup

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Due to the Thanksgiving holiday (and me being sick!), I didn’t do a food post last week. I spent $302 for the last two weeks, which means that I am actually right on budget. Whee! I don’t have grocery pictures of everything I bought, but I do have some Hungry Harvest photos. What We Ate.

52 New Recipes | Pork Tinga

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This week, I picked a recipe from my most recent Cook’s Country issue: a recipe called Pork Tinga. Basically, it’s slow-cooked pork butt, which is served on tostada shells and topped with things like cilantro and avocado. We know how I feel about cilantro and avocado, right?

A thankful list, on delay

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Every year so far in my blogging life, I’ve listed 50 things I’m thankful for. But I was pretty sick on Thanksgiving, so I didn’t end up getting to make my list.

It’s been a few days.

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This post contains affiliate links, which support this blog at no extra cost to you. Sorry for dropping off the face of the earth there, guys.

Stitch Fix the third (November 2017) | Not the best fix ever

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I’m currently in the midst of giving Stitch Fix a test drive , using the “the cheaper, the better” option they offer. I don’t work with Stitch Fix, but the links in the post are referral links, like every Stitch Fix customer has.

What reusable lunch bag should you buy?

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This post contains affiliate links, which help to support this blog at no extra cost to you. Hi FG! I’m curious what you use for Mr. FG’s lunch. I’d like to find something that’s durable and reuseable, yet still looks nice.

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.

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.

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

The last day

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I hardly ever blog on Sundays, but I just wanted to throw out a quick reminder that today is the last day to get your free apron, three free Mrs. Meyer’s products, and free shipping! Just make your first $20 order through this link , and you’ll get all those free goodies!

What I Spent, What We Ate | It all averaged out!

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What I Spent. Here’s my Hungry Harvest for the week ($25). (I I get these on Saturdays, so this is almost a week ago. All that’s left of this is one pepper, half an onion, and the three zucchini. Yay me!). I stopped at Target and bought some flour and tea ( $22.64).

Flowers, lip balm, Brussels sprouts, and rutabaga, oh my!

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Happy Thursday to you, friends! I have a bunch of things to tell you, so hop on board for some miscellany. I cooked up some Brussels sprouts. Mr. FG sent me an article about how to make the best Brussels sprouts ever , and I happened to have a bag in the fridge from Hungry Harvest.

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.