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What I Spent, What We Ate | It’s the start of birthday season here

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This post contains affiliate links. February, March, and April hold 5/6 birthdays in our family, starting with Mr. FG and Zoe in February. Let the celebrations begin! What I Spent. I spent $84 at the grocery store, plus $25 on my Hungry Harvest. And oddly enough, I did not go to Aldi this week.

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Well, that was an unusual week!

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I didn’t really do any cooking this week because last Saturday, I flew out to Lake Tahoe to go skiing with my parents and my siblings.

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8 things I’ve learned in a year of drinking coffee

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This post contains affiliate links. Ok, well, almost a year. Up until this past year, tea has been my hot drink of choice. Chai, with sugar and heavy cream.).

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Homemade Granola Bars

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I wanted to link to this recipe recently, and I clicked on over to it only to discover that it was kind of a train wreck. Totally un-printable, with photos intermingled with directions and ingredients. It was 2009, what can I say? I didn’t know what I was doing!

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Are you ready to see this?

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My freezer is actually empty! Clean! Defrosted! And I’m just about ready to plug it back in. After working through nearly everything from my last freezer post, I put the few remaining items in my kitchen freezer.

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I’m trying 12 cheap/free things that promise to make me happier

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Because trying things is fun. And watching other people try things is fun too! I mean, Gretchen Rubin wrote a whole book about trying happiness habits for a year, and the world was pretty interested in that.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | A very freezer-ful week

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What I Spent. I skipped my Hungry Harvest this week because I was starting to get a little backlog of veggies. I love that it’s so easy to skip deliveries when this happens! (If If you want to try Hungry Harvest, you can get $5 off if you sign up through my referral link. ).

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Tuesday Tip | Make some t-shirt rags

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If you have some old t-shirts lying around that are really, really no good for wearing or donating, cut them up into rags. Just get a sharp pair of scissors, cut out the neck edging and the seams, and cut the remaining fabric into your desired rag size.

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Five Frugal Things | ok, actually 10

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I used up some crystallized honey. I had two containers of pretty solid honey that I was tired of looking at. So I made a batch of chocolate chip granola bars. And a batch of energy balls. I made soup with my butternut squash. I got one from Hungry Harvest and it sat on my counter for a while.

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Freezer Challenge | MAYBE the very last one

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I’ve been working on eating down the contents of my chest freezer for months now, and I’m finally nearing the end! Here’s how things started, as a reminder. The lid of my chest freezer has accumulated some condensation inside the lid, where it’s frozen.

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How much should you spend on groceries? (and other grocery questions)

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I’ve gotten lots of questions in the new year about my grocery budget, so I thought I’d answer them here in a post, rather than emailing/responding to everyone’s comments. Less work for me, and then everyone can benefit! How many people are you feeding?

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What I Spent, What We Ate | I’m $19 over for the month

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What I Spent. I spent $171 at the grocery store, plus $25 on my Hungry Harvest. So I’m at $196 , which is on the high side again. Partly this is because I keep having to buy all my proteins for the week since I don’t have a stash in my freezer!

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Tuesday Tip | Get a free Mason jar set!

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This post contains affiliate links, which help support this site at no additional cost to you. I don’t usually share deals for Tuesday Tips, but I got an email yesterday letting me know about this and I wanted to share it.

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Five Frugal Things | My jeans broke. Again.

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Happy Monday, friends! I mended my bench cushion. We bought a table and chair set from Crate and Barrel some years ago and while the furniture is fine, the pads are less impressive. The bench cushion especially has been problematic, in that it shrinks when you wash it.

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Stitch Fix | February 2019

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This post contains affiliate links. It’s time for another Stitch Fix post, where I un-professionally model the things Stitch Fix sends me. (If

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What I Spent, What We Ate | It’s the shortest day of the year!

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When I got up this morning and got out the devotional that Mr. FG and I read together, I looked and the date and realized, OOH! Today is the shortest day of the year! That in itself is not cause for rejoicing, exactly, because I hate dark days. But what it means is that longer days are coming.

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There’s more love than hate for Stitch Fix (plus other miscellany)

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I have a bunch of smallish things to say. Which means it’s time for a miscellany post! Stitch Fix posts win. When I do a Stitch Fix post, there are always a few readers who voice some mild unhappiness about it. Which is fine. Not everyone will love every post.).

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Tuesday Tip | Eat what’s cheap right now.

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Before you decide what to buy and cook each week, consider what’s available inexpensively right now. What’s on sale? What’s in season? What’s already in your freezer/fridge/pantry that needs to be used? Using what you have before it goes bad is a very cheap option!).

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What I Spent, What We Ate | New Year, Fresh Budget

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First, here’s how last year’s spending stacked up. 2018 Grocery Spending. January: $544. February: $588. March: $641. April: $728. May: $535. June: $749. July: $578. August: $498. September: $598. October: $628. November: $587. December: $661. 7332 total.

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Tuesday Tip | Try Chewy.com

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This post contains affiliate links. I’m a pretty inexperienced cat owner (we’ve only had ours for about a year), so we’ve just been buying our cat’s supplies at places like Petsmart or Target.

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Random randomness | a dead dishwasher,

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I have a bunch of unrelated things to tell you. So randomness it is! My dishwasher is currently dead. It mysteriously stopped mid-cycle a few nights back, which is a bummer.

Thai Chicken Soup

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I shared about this soup on Instagram and in my menu post this week, and I got a fair number of message asking for the recipe. This is definitely going into our regular rotation because: we all thought it was delicious (most importantly!).

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What I Spent, What We Ate | restocking is no joke

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What I Spent. First up, last Saturday, I got my $25 Hungry Harvest box. For those of you asking about the value of the Hungry Harvest produce, I weighed mine this week, and my box held 20 pounds of produce. So, that’s $1.25/pound , averaged out.

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Stitch Fix, December 2018

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This post contains affiliate links. You know how I’ve been trying out Stitch Fix using their “the cheaper, the better” option? Well, I decided to try bumping my price points up to the next level to see what would happen. And I would say basically: nothing.

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Cast Iron Fried Chicken

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This post contains affiliate links. This popped on my menu post a little while back and a lot of you asked for the recipe. I’m sorry to say that I have exactly zero good pictures of the chicken and no step by step photos either.

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50 Things I’m Thankful For | 2018 edition

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I planned to publish this Thanksgiving Day. But life got in the way of me finishing the list, so I’m posting it the day after Thanksgiving. Since the start of my blogging days, I’ve been posting a list of 50 things I’m thankful for each year on Thanksgiving Day.

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Five Frugal Things | nearly free bagels, a bob for Sonia, and more

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This post contains an affiliate link. I used a $5 bagel coupon. A new-ish bagel shop near us sent out a $5/any purchase coupon, so I went and bought six bagels for a little over a dollar total. I gave Sonia a haircut.

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The Cookie Contest Answers!

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Readers. For the first time ever, no one got all the cookie answers right! In previous years, someone eventually got them all correct, but this time 0/116 got them all in order. A lot of you were really close, but boy, that last cookie stumped a bunch of you. Almost no one guessed it was Lisey!

My February happiness challenge, plus an update on January’s challenge

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In 2019, I’m trying one new habit per month that A) promise to increase my happiness levels and B) costs little to nothing. January Habit Update. In January, my happiness habit was to spend less time on my phone.

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Parmesan Polenta with Red Sauce

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Sonia saw this Parmesan polenta recipe in a Cook’s Country magazine and requested that we try it. So she deserves credit for putting this into our rotation! In case you’re not familiar with it, polenta is a cornmeal pudding, which is often chilled and then sliced and baked or fried. (

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Zoe’s got a Saatva mattress. SO FANCY.

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And we are all a little jealous. A rep from Saatva reached out a little while ago to see if I could review one of their mattresses, and since Mr. FG and I have a relatively new mattress, I asked if I could have a twin mattress for Zoe.

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Freezer Challenge | Smoothie time?

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The wind chill is currently 19°, but I still see a smoothie in my future. Possibly chased by some hot tea! Freezer goodies for this week. Left to right, top row: watermelon, two bags of buns, a bag of miscellaneous frozen fruit. Bottom row: Andouille sausage, shredded coconut, mystery rolls.

What is Hungry Harvest?

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Sometimes when I write my menu posts, readers email me and ask, “What is Hungry Harvest ?” ” So I thought I should write a little Hungry Harvest FAQ post that I can link to each week! Hungry Harvest is a company that rescues fruits and veggies.

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8 ways to keep kitchen towels and dishcloths sanitary

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This post contains affiliate links. In my post on setting a grocery budget , I mentioned that I use very few paper towels, and I got a question from a reader who was wondering how to keep towels and dishcloths sanitary. He also wondered if this creates a lot of laundry.

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Chocolate Mint Truffles

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This mint chocolate truffle recipe is one from Lisey’s old baking site, which got lost when I switched hosting companies. A reader emailed to ask if I could repost the recipe, though, since she makes these every Christmas for giving away.

Freezer Challenge | Bones. Many bones.

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I’m working on cleaning out my chest freezer so I can do a serious defrosting job on it. I’m alllllmost done! Last week’s freezer stuff. This mystery soup was indeed butternut squash soup , and I ate it for lunch one day. Check!

The cookie-guessing game will be delayed!

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This post contains affiliate links. You guys have been asking about it, which makes me smile because I love how much you love this little tradition we have. (If If you’re new here: each December, the six of us decorate a cookie and we let you guys guess who made which one.

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

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What I Spent. By the way, the mystery soup from my freezer was indeed butternut squash soup. And I ate it all! Yay me. I spent $156 this week, so just about on budget. Buuuut I spent $239 last week. I did buy an organic turkey, so that kind of explains the high spending last week.

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Tuesday Tip | Revive dry mascara with saline (plus: a tip that doesn’t work!)

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You know how you’re supposed to throw mascara away every three months? Well, Lisey and I had a couple of tubes that were getting dry and clumpy before they even made it to the three month mark. Digusted, Lisey took to the interwebs to find a good DIY for fixing the problem.

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Monday Miscellany

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I have random things to say, people! Tide pods are convenient, but not THAT convenient. Since they’re definitely more expensive than the liquid Costco or Aldi detergent I use, I’d never tried them until I got a pack for almost nothing at CVS (coupon and sale).

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Tuesday Tip | Try Facebook Marketplace

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This one deserves a hat tip to multiple people who told me to try this, so I’m really just passing it along. I’m not a Facebook fangirl, but I have to say, I’m pretty impressed with my experiences selling things on the marketplace there.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | $216

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What I Spent. I started out with a $25 Hungry Harvest box. ( Get $5 off your first Hungry Harvest order when you sign up through this referral link! ). Then I spent $45.89 at Costco. And I spent $118 at Aldi. Finally, I spent $5.89 on toothpaste at Target, and $22 at a regular grocery store.

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Freezer Challenge | I made so much broth!

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I now have no bones in my freezer. Zippo. Zilch. Nada. A bone-free freezer. Yay me! I cooked up the turkey bones into broth one day. And then I roasted the beef bones and made them into broth another day. So, my freezer does have broth in it, but I still consider that a win.