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What I Spent, What We Ate | It was an unusual week.

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Unusual on several fronts, actually. What I Spent. I started out the week with a $73 trip to Aldi last Friday. On Saturday, I got my Hungry Harvest ( $25 ). And then I spent $106 on several other midweek trips. So, I spent $236.98 this week. Good heavens.

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How to make your house more lovely for $0

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If you have a big fat home-improvement budget, then making your home beautiful is no great challenge. But since most of us have a lot of other things vying for our money, I thought I’d make a list of ways to make your home feel more lovely for a grand total of $0. Clean it up.

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Nadine West | Like Stitch Fix, but cheaper

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary package of clothing to review, but this post is not sponsored. After one of my Stitch Fix posts, I got an email from Nadine West, a company that offers a service similar to Stitch Fix, but with a more budget-friendly price range.

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All about my new counters and backsplash

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Eagle-eyed readers have been noticing that my kitchen counters and backsplash have changed in the last 6 months or so, and more than one has written me to ask about our thought process behind the upgrades. So, I’m here to talk about that!

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WIS, WWA | Eating down the freezer

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This post contains affiliate links. What I Spent. Let’s see. I spent $47 at Aldi last Friday. I got my Hungry Harvest on Saturday ( $25). On Tuesday, I made a $44 stop at Aldi. And yesterday I spent $32 at a non-Aldi grocery store, buying mostly loss-leader sale items.

Tuesday Tip | Store leftover paint in food jars

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You know how when you finish a painting project, you often have a little bit of paint leftover? You want to keep it around for touch-ups, but you don’t want to store a big bucket for that small amount of paint.

Screen Time and me!

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When I wrote about screen time and my kids, a reader asked for my thoughts about screen time for adults, and what I specifically do to control my own screen time. Just like with my kids, what I’m largely concerned about for myself is the type of screen time I’m having.

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Screen Time and My Kids | Through the years

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A reader emailed this question to me recently: Your kids are very handy and do amazing things, like knitting, sewing etc, which leads me to believe they don’t spend a lot of time watching tv. . Is that true? How much time are they allowed tv, if any?

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10 random things about me

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Sometimes on Instagram, people do Friday Introductions posts, where they share some random things about themselves. I always love to read those and I figured, hey, why should Instagram have all the fun? So I thought I’d do one here.

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Tuesday Tip | Put the word out

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When a non-emergency “I need to buy a new thing!” ” situation comes up, instead of buying something right away, try putting the word out. Let your group of friends know you’re looking to buy/borrow the item. Put a “wanted” post out on freecycle/Nextdoor.

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Kids Toys | What to keep, what to give away

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Readers frequently ask me about how I handle outgrown toys. What do I keep? What do I get rid of? Is there any point in keeping outgrown toys around? What about when grandchildren come along? Is it more frugal to keep toys rather than getting rid of them?

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I’m sick again.

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I got the flu (or at least something like that) a month ago, was under the weather for over a week, and then got better in time for my Florida trip. yay for that!).

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Q&A | Credit cards vs. cash + teaching kids how to drive

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This post contains affiliate links. Do you use credit cards, pay them off each month and get the benefit of the % return?

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What I Spent, What We Ate |

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What I Spent. I got my Hungry Harvest box ( $25 ). and then I spent $79 at the grocery store. Plus, I had to stop at Costco, where I spent $52 on frozen fruit and laundry detergent. So, I’m at $156 for the week. Which is not under, but at least it’s not over like last week!

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Five Frugal Things (Oh, and hi!!!)

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Whatever bug this is (I have no idea if either of my bugs were actually the flu, as I did not get tested), it’s shorter than the last one. Phew. I’m feeling about 87.5% better now, which means I’m up! and off the couch! Couch? Sickbed? The lines blur.

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Zaycon, Brandless, a new Instagram, and more

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This post contains affiliate links. I registered with Zaycon. I keep hearing frugal bloggers talk about Zaycon, and I finally signed up! Zaycon is a company that sells meat in bulk in a way that kind of reminds me of some co-ops I’ve been a part of.

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How to make Whole Wheat Pizza

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Click here to go straight to the printable recipe. Whole wheat pizza? What?? I know. Earthy, nutty whole wheat flour is not what you associate with pizza. And honestly, neither do I! I still do think that the tastiest homemade pizza I’ve ever made is comprised of 100% white flour.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | I don’t really know!

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You may remember that last year, for Mr. FG’s birthday, I gave him a trip to Florida rather than birthday presents. And he liked it so much (he hates winter!), I did that again this year. with free flights, thanks to our Southwest card.).

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Five Frugal Things | Weekend Edition

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I froze some excess bananas. Banana ripening is hard to predict! I usually buy a yellow bunch and a green bunch, but sometimes the green ones I buy ripen faster than I think they will, and I end up with an excess of need-to-be-eaten-right-now bananas.

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Well. We adopted two pets.

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ATTENTION: There are pictures of a guinea pig in this post. Proceed accordingly. I’ve never been much of an animal person. People are more my jam. Some of the most important people in my life are animal people, so, because I love them, this happened.

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On the importance of an emergency fund (and targeted savings funds)

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When I published a Q&A about investing recently, several readers left comments pointing out that the first order of financial business is to set up an emergency fund and then worry about investing. Which I totally agree with! Don’t put the cart before the horse, readers.

Five Frugal Things | For the second time in a week!

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I have exactly 15 minutes to write a post, so Five Frugal Things it is. Update: I finished this with four minutes to spare. Speed blogging!). I helped Zoe sell Build-A-Bear clothes and shoes.

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Five Frugal Things

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This post contains affiliate links. I bought a winter coat at half price. The last time I got a new winter coat was before I got pregnant with Lisey. That was a good long time ago. Lisey’s been around for a while. In fact, she turns 17 today. Happy Birthday, Lisey! Anyway.

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On being content with a teeny bathroom

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We live in a two-level house, and there’s a bathroom on each level. Upstairs, by the kids’ bedrooms, is the bathroom I painted gray this summer. And downstairs, near my bedroom, is a tiny bathroom. I do not adore this bathroom.

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We are all making choices with our money.

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Responses to a few recent posts got me ruminating on this topic, so I thought I’d throw some thoughts into a blog post. Let’s jump in, shall we? We are all making choices with our money every day. And those choices will vary from person to person.

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On changing grocery budgets

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Recently, I had some temporary trouble sticking to my $150/week grocery budget, and quite a few readers asked me about whether I’d consider raising my budget. Here’s a somewhat representative question: I’m curious—at what point would you consider changing your budget, food or otherwise?

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Four Frugal Things (and one very not frugal thing)

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I shopped clearance clothes for Sonia. She had the good luck of growing out of her clothes at the time of year when all the winter clothes are on clearance! Such marvelous timing.

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Stitch Fix, February 2018

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I haven’t done one of these since November! (I I decided once a month was too much, so I spaced out my Stitch Fix deliveries a bit.).

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Tuesday Tip | Wipe surfaces down with water

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Readers often email me asking for money-saving household cleaner tips. And one of the most common tips I have is: Don’t use so many cleaning products! I do keep some cleaning products at my house, of course. But, I don’t use a cleaning spray every time I need to wipe a surface.

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WIS, WWA | The end of a spendy month

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What I Spent. Well, I wanted to be at $100 this week, but I actually spent $144. Which would normally be fine, but I was trying to be a little extra frugal this week to balance out some high spending earlier in the month. March Spending. Week 1: $245. Week 2: $156. Week 3: $96. Week 4: $144.

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WIS, WWA | First one for April

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Hey, friends. Happy Friday to you! I hope your weekend is full of good things. And not snow. Our forecast has been flirting with the possibility of snow. Geez.). What I Spent. On Friday, I went to Aldi and another grocery store. On Saturday, my Hungry Harvest arrived.

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Tuesday Tip | Turn your glass containers upside down.

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Every Tuesday, I post a quick frugal tip. To cut back on plastic waste and to save money, we try to store food in reusable containers. I’m particularly partial to glass containers because you can actually see what’s in them.

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WIS, WWA | I’m under, but not really. Oof.

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What I Spent. I got a Hungry Harvest delivery ( $25). I spent $34.11 on an Aldi run, and then $32.45 at another local grocery store. And lastly, Mr. FG and I made a quick stop for bananas, carrots, and milk, and that ran us $4.43. I’m coming in at $95.99 , so we’ll just say $96.

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WIS, WWA | It was an expensive week.

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What I Spent. My fridge was a bit empty when I came home from Florida , plus it was Sonia’s birthday party this week…so I spent a lot more than usual! I spent $163 at Aldi alone. I spent $7.31 at the trip where I got my free oranges.

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Five Step Fruity Overnight Baked Oatmeal

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(Go straight to the recipe if you like!). I’ve made baked oatmeal on and off in the past, but I’ve always felt a little iffy about how much sugar most baked oatmeals contain.

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$20 Dinner Date Night Tips

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Note: I wrote a little bit about this almost three years ago, but I thought it might be time for an update. Mr. FG and I have a somewhat loose $20/week budget for a date night, and while we sometimes go over, most weeks we manage to stay right around $20.

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Five Frugal Things | Free oranges, for one thing!

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Sorry I was MIA yesterday! I was out of town last week, and the previous two weeks, I was under the weather. So, it’s been three weeks since I’ve been doing all my regular tasks around here, and I’m busy playing catch-up.

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Tuesday Tip | Get a flexible spatula

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Amazon links are affiliate links. I grew up with these, and it wasn’t until I was an adult that I realized the shocking news: not everyone has flexible rubber spatulas in their kitchen drawers! Whoa.).

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Five Frugal Things | Much eBaying has happened.

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Good Monday to you, friends! I know not everyone feels this way, but I love Mondays. They’re like a mini New Year every seven days…a fresh start! A week of possibilities stretching out in front of me! I helped Lisey list a bunch of books on eBay.

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What I Spent, What We Ate

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What I Spent. I got my Hungry Harvest box on Saturday ( $25 ). I spent $77 at Aldi and $40 at another grocery store (because Aldi doesn’t always have everything I need.). So, I’m at $142 for the week. February Spending (average/goal is $150/week). Week 1: $154. Week 2: $205. Week 3: $142.

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