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Tuesday Tip | Boil your stinky kitchen washcloths

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Hat tip to my friend Stacy for this idea! You know how your kitchen washcloths get a funky stink over time, even if you are a responsible washcloth user? I’m super faithful about using a fresh one every single morning. I rinse mine out and hang them over the oven handle to dry overnight.

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The best thing to remember when you feel like life is unfair

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Maybe it’s not THE best thing, but it’s a good thing to remember. Everyone who lives on this planet is subject to unfair, unpleasant things. Some more than others, to be sure, but all of us experience some difficulties in life that aren’t really our fault.

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5 Things You Can Choose to Do Instead of Wallowing

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Yesterday I wrote about even in the midst of unfair circumstances, you still usually have some choices available to you other than feeling like a helpless victim. Feeling like a victim is not super productive, as a general rule).

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What I Spent, What We Ate | NC/SC readers, I hope you’re safe!

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Readers in the path of Florence, I hope that you are all safe and dry. We’ve loved visiting North and South Carolina beaches over the years, and it makes me sad to see what the storm is doing. And I can imagine how much more sadness there is when you live in those areas.

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15 Cheap/Free Ideas to Make You Feel Happier

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Inside of yesterday’s post about dealing with financial discouragement , I started to make a list of these, and I realized it would better to do that in a stand-alone post. There are plenty of ways to lift your spirits if money is no object (massage! dinner out! a vacation! shopping!).

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My bucket list did not go well this year.

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Every year, I publish a list of the things I want to do before summer “kicks the bucket” My list is a mix of practical and fun things because I want my summer to be a mix of those two. For the first time since I started making these lists, I got no painting projects done! WHO EVEN AM I?

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Five Frugal Things, road trip style

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We stopped at Aldi for road trip snacks. We loaded up at our home Aldi for the trip out there, and then before we headed back home, we stopped at the Aldi in Ohio. So convenient to have an Aldi in both places.

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Five Frugal Things (maybe it’s a week of fives?)

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I’m following the Five Happy Things post from yesterday with a Five Frugal Things post today. I helped Sonia & Zoe look at unit prices. They had some coupons they wanted to use at Bath and Body Works, plus some money in their pockets from cat-sitting.

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Five Frugal Things (in five minutes)

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I have five minutes before I have to leave for an appointment, so I’m just going to type as many as I can as fast as I can! I chose store credit for a ThredUp return. Because you get free return shipping that way! ( Get $10 off your first ThredUp order by using my referral link. ).

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What I Spent, What We Ate | $118

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What I Spent. I spent $118 on food this week, including Tuesday’s dinner out (see below!). August Spending. Week 1: $166. Week 2: $100.89. Week 3: $118. What We Ate. Monday. Bacon-wrapped jalapeno chicken , watermelon, potato chips, and caprese salad. Tuesday.

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What do you do when things are tough?

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A little while ago a reader asked me what I do when I hit hard spots in my life, and I thought for sure I’d written a post on the topic. But I searched and came up with nothing, so here I am at my keyboard.

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All about Ohio! (with eleventy pictures)

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So, we’re back from our little trip to the Midwest! I’d been through Ohio a lot of times as a kid on my way to Iowa and South Dakota to visit my grandparents, but this was Sonia and Zoe’s first time.

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Zaycon Fresh Foods has suspended operations

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I placed an order for chicken breasts back in March, and then another order for shrimp in April. They were due to arrive in July and August respectively, but I’d already been charged for them. Zaycon put up a notice on their site that they were ceasing operations, effective June 25th.

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My blog turns 10 today.

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It’s a little crazy to think of, but it’s true: I’ve been blogging here at The Frugal Girl for a decade now. That practically makes me a senior citizen in the blogging world. my 2008 profile picture.

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Some wise words on contentment

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A few tidbits to encourage you today… “Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.”. Socrates. I’m iffy on luxury necessarily being artificial poverty, but oh, I love the first half of this quote. “He

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Five Frugal Things | I installed a faucet, for one.

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I replaced a bathroom faucet. I walked into my kids’ bathroom and noticed that the faucet was steadily dripping. I did some googling, as one does when faced with a homeowner problem, and discovered that fixing a leaky faucet is quite do-able.

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Five Frugal Things

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I found a missing library book. I thought I’d rounded them all up, but I discovered there was one still missing. So, I hunted through the house and I found it under another book underneath a piece of furniture in Sonia and Zoe’s room.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | Road trip time!

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What I Spent. I spent $166 on groceries this week. So, a little over budget, but not by much! What We Ate. Monday. I was planning to cook some tortellini, but discovered they were moldy. That’s never happened to me before.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | Plus my monthly averages

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(I’m low on pictures this week to break up the post, so please enjoy this bunny, knitted and photographed by Sonia.). What I Spent. I spent $124.42 on groceries this week, including a Hungry Harvest box. But I didn’t take a picture of it this week. Whoops. Week 1: $154. Week 2: $152.

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Five Frugal Things | including two accidental frugalities!

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I saved $40 at Old Navy. This was rather inadvertent, but I’m including it anyway! Zoe needed a few fall wardrobe items as did Sonia, so we stopped in at Old Navy.

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Five Frugal Things | puzzles, for one!

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It feels like it’s been a less-than-frugal week, but let’s see what I can come up with! We watched Coco for free on Netflix. I’d been wanting to watch this for a while and had considered going to see it when it was at the cheap theater.

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Eight Tips for Buying a Used Car

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A reader recently wrote in asking for tips about shopping frugally for a used car for her teen driver.

Tuesday Tip | Parmesan Cheese lids fit Mason jars!

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It’s true! Those plastic lids from grated Italian cheeses fit regular-mouth Mason jars. In my opinion, they don’t fit quite as well as the lids that are made for Mason jars, but hey, if you’ve already got them sitting around, they’re a free one-piece screw-top lid.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | In which I unhappily eat salmon

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What I Spent. In total, I spent $146.95. This includes my Hungry Harvest, regular shopping, and my Amazon Fresh order. July Spending. Week 1: $154. Week 2: $152. Week 3: $147. What We Ate. Monday.

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Stitch Fix, June 2018 | No one’s booty could look good in this skirt.

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I’m currently trying Stitch Fix using the “the cheaper, the better” price range setting. It’s not ending up to be exactly cheap so far, but it’s a fun experiment. I earn a commission through links in this post. I know that’s a long title, but whatever.

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Five Frugal Things | A little tailoring, for one

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Happy Monday, friends! How about Five Frugal Things to start off the week? I joined Shell’s Fuel Rewards program. Mr. FG has been filling up at the Shell station, and he noticed that they have a Fuel Rewards program. So, I signed up and now we’ll get at least 5 cents off per gallon.

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Reality – Expectations = Happiness (or does it?)

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When I wrote about tips for used car shopping , I mentioned this equation: Reality. – Expectations. __. Happiness.

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Does contentment lead to complacency?

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Last week when I posted a few quotes about contentment, there was a little discussion in the comments about how contentment can lead to complacency.

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Five Things We Ate (Ok, really, it’s WIS, WWA!)

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You know I had to do a title in keeping with the five things for this week. . What I Spent. I spent $114 which is on the low side, but that’s because I got a free Dinnerly box this week in prep for a giveaway post I’m doing for them this coming week. Stay tuned for that!

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My blog is back up!

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My site, it was down. Sorry about that yesterday, guys. Apparently there was an issue with something rebooting and then not starting back up and it took a little while to get things going again.

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Five things I love about my smartphone

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I took a long, long time to get onto the smartphone wagon. I don’t regret that at all, and there are occasionally times where I think life was better without smartphones. But on the other hand there are a lot of things I really do love about having a phone! Having a camera in my pocket.

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Hey friends!

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Sorry for dropping off the face of the planet there for a few days. We headed out spur of the moment for some R&R at a relative’s house for the week, and so I didn’t have any blog posts prepped like I usually do when I’m away.

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Freezer Challenge, Week 6 | the squash is ALL gone.

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Geez. I can’t believe I’m in week 6 of this already! Thanks for following along on my freezer adventures and giving me lots of great use-it-up ideas. You all are the best. Last Week’s Food. Alrighty! Here’s what I started with last week.

July Bucket List Update (Also, I’m not deleting your comments!)

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Every year, I publish a list of the things I want to do before summer “kicks the bucket” My list is a mix of practical and fun things because I want my summer to be a mix of those two.

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Stream of consciousness ahead!

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Because my brain feels a little like mush right now, and stream of consciousness is all I’ve got. And also because this is my blog and I will do stream of consciousness if I feel like it. There’s only a week and a half until school starts.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | $152.16, to be exact

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I earn a commission through links in this post. What I Spent. I spent $152.16 this week, so I am pretty much exactly on budget. Excellent. July Spending. Week 1: $154. Week 2: $152. What We Ate. Saturday. I grilled some marinated chicken, made buttermilk biscuits , and cut up a watermelon. Sunday.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | And July begins

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I earn commission through links in this post. What I Spent. To start July off, I spent $154 on Hungry Harvest and at the grocery store. What We Ate. Saturday.

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I placed an Amazon Fresh order yesterday.

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I earn commission through links in this post. Email subscribers! There are a bunch of links in this post that will not work via email. To use the links, visit the post on my blog and they’ll all be there. I know, today is Prime Day and everyone else is blogging about that.

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Tuesday Tip | Ask for a discount.

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This is a tough one for me because I’m a people-pleaser at the core. I don’t like to rock the boat, I don’t like to be “inconvenient”, and I don’t like to make anyone uncomfortable. These qualities don’t exactly make one a natural-born haggler.

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How did your family of origin affect your financial habits?

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A reader wrote to me with the following question, and I’d like to throw it out there for you all to answer! You’ve talked about various things that influence how a person spends or saves and I wonder.

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