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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.

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.

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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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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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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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!

What I Spent, What We Ate | early Saturday is where it’s at!

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What I Spent. You guys, I went shopping at Aldi early on a Saturday morning, and my goodness, it was fantastic. The parking lot was so not full of cars! The store was so not full of people! It was…relaxing. As relaxing as grocery shopping can be. I spent $110 at Aldi and $47 elsewhere.

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AE gift card, free deck furniture, half off an entree…it’s Five Frugal Things!

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I ordered a discounted gift card from Sixth Continent. I got a PR email from this company, which sells discounted gift cards. There’s a sign-up bonus, which means that immediately after you open your account, you have enough discounts to get a $25 gift card for $15.90.

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AE gift card, free deck furniture, half off an entree…it’s Five Frugal Things!

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I ordered a discounted gift card from Sixth Continent. I got a PR email from this company, which sells discounted gift cards. There’s a sign-up bonus, which means that immediately after you open your account, you have enough discounts to get a $25 gift card for $15.90.

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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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Freezer challenge | five out of eight things: eaten

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Here’s what I started with last week: The flank steak is thawed in the fridge for something for dinner tonight. Haven’t decided! The frosting is still in the freezer. The bread is currently in the oven as a french toast casserole. We ate the pulled pork for dinner one night.

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.

Five Frugal Things | my jeans ripped again

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I fixed a ripped pair of jeans. Remember my pair of jeans that I ripped by pulling on the belt loop? Well, that repair is holding up fine, but the jeans developed a split by the bottom of the zipper.

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Tuesday Tip | Not sure if it’ll freeze? Try a small test.

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I’ve gotten several questions lately about whether or not this or that can be frozen. I’m happy to answer these questions if I know the answer, but sometimes I don’t!

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What I Spent, What We Ate | $65.50

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What I Spent. Let’s see. I started out with a $25 Hungry Harvest box. Next, I made a $22 Aldi trip, a $6.11 stop at Food Lion, and a $12.50 trip to Costco (I did buy some other things at Costco, but they were non-food items, such as light bulbs.). So, I’m only at $65.50 for the week.

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Stitch Fix, October 2018 | I kept everything!

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I signed up with Stitch Fix using their, “The cheaper, the better” pricing option, and I’ve been chronicling my experiences here. So far, it hasn’t been exactly cheap! But fashion posts are always fun, so here we are.

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Tuesday Tip | Make a no-sew rice sock

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If you have some random orphan socks at your house, use them to make a microwaveable rice sock. These are so great to put on a sore muscle, and they work especially well around your neck. And you can freeze them to use for calming down an inflamed muscle.

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Star Wars. And a Cheshire Cat.

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As you all know, I am totally not a fan of Star Wars. Like, at all. I checked my watch multiple times through the last movie to see when it would be over, actually. But Zoe thought it would be fun if Mr. FG and I dressed up as Han Solo and Princess Leia, so that’s what we did.

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The freezer challenge, it is back!

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I kind of fell off the freezer challenge wagon this summer when I was about 75% of the way through. But I really do want to finish cleaning this thing out so that I can easily defrost it. And I’d love to have a nice clean slate to start with!

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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10 ways to bless someone without spending a lot

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I had a random thought yesterday, which was this: if you are on a tight budget and you have a friend or family member who is going through a rough time, you might feel a little bit helpless to assist them. Because let’s face it, money is sometimes useful for blessing others in hard situations.

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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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Zoe and I tried a beauty school. Here’s how it went.

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In my years of frugal reading (books, blogs, articles), I’ve frequently come across the advice to get hair services done at a beauty school. But since I usually only get my hair cut once or twice a year (I know, I know), I haven’t been super motivated to give it a try.

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Congrats to Tara!

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I have a time crunch this morning, but I wanted to pop in really quickly to tell you the winner of the Third Day giveaway. Tara is the winner, so Tara, check your email!

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What I Spent, What We Ate | It’s November!

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What I Spent. I started out the week with a trip to Aldi and one other store, totaling $84.26. And then I managed not go to to the grocery store at all again. Yay me! What We Ate. Saturday.

It’s not the stuff that creates good memories

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The other day, my mom forwarded me a link to the listing for my grandparents’ house, which is now for sale. You may remember that my grandpa died last year, and I went to South Dakota to see my beloved childhood place one more time.).

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What I Spent, What We Ate | Last one for October!

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What I Spent. Greetings from the cat, who is keeping me company as I write this post. We spent $138 on food this week. including a Hungry Harvest. October Spending. Week 1: $230. Week 2: $115. Week 3: $145. Week 4: $138.

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Q&A | Homeschool books, chicken broth, and high-priced drugstores

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Today we have one question from the mailbag and two questions from the comments on recent posts. I know not everyone reads the comments, so I thought it might be worth answering the questions here too!

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What I Spent, What We Ate | Welcome to December!

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What I Spent. I started out with a $25 Hungry Harvest. Then I spent $73 at Costco, and $33 at a local grocery store. So, I’m at $131 to start off December. Yay me! What We Ate. Saturday.

What I Spent, What We Ate | You guys, it’s cooled down!

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This post contains affiliate links. Today, it feels like fall outside and I AM SO HAPPY. It’s currently a breezy, sunny, low-humidity 60 degrees and my goodness, it is a blessed relief from the muggy and warm weather we’ve been having all fall.

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Win a Third Day Naturals gift set!

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Happy almost-weekend, frugal friends! I have a fun little weekend giveaway for you from Third Day Naturals , a longtime friend of The Frugal Girl.

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Four things that are making me happy (and one that’s not)

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First, congrats to Tara L, who won the MotoG6 Play giveaway from Ting. Congrats, Tara! Also, just a reminder that the $50 credit offer for new Ting signups ends tomorrow, so click here and get yourself signed up with Ting right away. I got rid of some clutter.

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Five Frugal Things | A water bill, beef jerky, flats, a Redcard, and veggies

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I paid my water bill online. Normally I pay this bill via mail because there’s a fee for paying online. Which is annoying, but that’s another topic for another day.). I sent my check off, but I got it back in the mail because…I forgot to sign the check.

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I have a Moto G6 Play to give away!

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This giveaway post is not sponsored. Ting is providing the phone for the giveaway. Ting links are affiliate links. As you all know, we are big fans of Ting Wireless here at the FG house.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | And we’re off to camp!

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Before we get to food, I just wanted to say that I really enjoyed reading your comments on my last post ( It’s not the stuff that creates good memories ). It was fun to read about the places (and the smells!)

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4 Frugal Things (and one frugal fail)

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got $0.50 Frosties. I thought this deal would be over after Labor Day, but nope! Still going strong. I sent off my out-of-network papers. I finally got everything in order and in the mailbox!

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Get $10/$15 at Grubhub!

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This post contains affiliate links. In case you are as clueless as I was until this week, Grubhub is an app/site that helps you order food from local restaurants for delivery.

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Want higher interest on your savings account?

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Thank you to CIT Bank for sponsoring this post. All opinions and words are my own. Links are affiliate links. Of course you do. Because it is always fabulous if your hard-earned money is earning you more interest while it hangs out in your savings account!

“You only live once! Spend the money!”

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I’d like to hear your comments on your balance between “You only live once” (so spend) and… needing to be responsible and save. I’m naturally frugal (I love that you use frugal and not cheap, which has such a negative connotation to it) but sometimes I do have to think “Laura, you only live once — spend it” Do you have these moments? Many thanks! Laura. I definitely understand this dilemma!

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Tuesday Tip | Get up to $300 back on a new phone!

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This post contains affiliate links. I got an email yesterday from Ting, announcing that they have a pretty great Black Friday deal coming up.

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Wednesday Baking | Yeast Roll Roundup

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I thought a roundup of all my yeast rolls recipes would be helpful, especially for those of you who haven’t decided what variety you’ll be baking for tomorrow’s Thanksgiving meal. (I I include myself in that crowd!). For those of you outside the U.S., my apologies.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | Snow in November?

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This was the view from my bedroom window yesterday. We hardly ever get snow in November, and it was so odd to see the combination of autumn leaves on the trees + snow on the bushes. It rained and slushed all day after that, so the snow is completely gone now.