The Frugal Girl

How to sell books on eBay

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Whenever I mention in passing that I’m selling books on eBay, someone asks questions about the process. So, I thought it would be good to have a post that I can send people to when they ask that question in the future.

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Five Frugal Things | And the bear says hello

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This bear that Sonia made has nothing to do with today’s post. But he’s really cute, and I thought he might improve your day. We got a family discount on orthodontics. Is there a lot about orthodontics that is frugal? Not really!

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Five Frugal Things | tea, masks, and food rescues

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Happy Tuesday! Time for your weekly dose of five frugal things. I’ve been making iced tea. This is so, so much cheaper than buying pre-made tea. A box of tea bags costs about $3, which is about the price of one of the bottle gallons from the store. Definitely a money-saving option.

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Thankful Thursday | the benefits of gratitude

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Marigolds that I grew from seed. So cheap! And so easy, even I can do it. In an Instagram post earlier this week, I mentioned a Forbes article about the scientifically proven benefits of gratitude.

A fail of a Stitch Fix

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(Usual disclaimer: If you hate Stitch Fix posts, I totally understand. They’re polarizing! But you’ve been apprised of this post’s content, so if you are in the “I hate Stitch Fix posts!”

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Thankful Thursday

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New here? Thankful Thursday is something we’ve been doing in these COVID times; an exercise to help us hunt the good that is in our lives and in the world, even in the midst of a pandemic. This week I am thankful: for a kid who drives.

Five Frugal Things | a new painting project

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gratuitous cat photo that has nothing to do with this post. I mended a shirt (and more). I pulled out my black tank top and noticed it had a small hole (more like a slit). I placed a small black tshirt scrap pieces underneath the slit and zig-zagged it closed.

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I kayaked. And I got very discontented.

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Recently, on a sunny Saturday morning, Mr. FG and I were kayaking out on the river our neighborhood borders. There were so many reasons to be happy and/or thankful. The weather was beautiful. We have free water access in our own neighborhood.

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Five Frugal Things | swimsuit flip, hot sauce + 3 more

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I sold a Target return. This was such a weird situation. Let me explain. One of the swimsuits we ordered was too small for Zoe, so I went through the online returns process. Target refunded me, but said I didn’t need to bother to return the suit. (I’m

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How to Cut Hair: A simple girl’s bob

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Since open hair salons are in limited supply (and since not everyone can/wants to go, even if they are open!), I thought a refresh of this post might be helpful. Bang-trimming tips included at the end of the post!

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WIS, WWA | also some kittens

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What I Spent. First, how about a kitten picture? The cat rescue we volunteer at has opened back up again, with social distancing measures, and we had a lot of kittens this week! Kittens are so so cute, but every time Zoe and I take care of them, we remember why we like our older cat.

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How I teach my kids to drive

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A reader recently asked me if I’d written a post with tips on teaching teens to drive. I haven’t done that, because it felt a little off-topic for a frugal blog. But, I did a poll on my Facebook page asking readers if they wanted a post on the topic, and the results said yes.

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Two unusual silicone kitchen items I love

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I am not a person who likes clutter, and my dislike of clutter certainly extends to my kitchen. Unitaskers are not my favorite thing. At all. But the two I’m going to tell you about today have definitely earned their place in my cabinet!

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a 2020 summer bucket list (such as it is!)

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This summer is probably not going to be quite like any of us had anticipated. Pandemics have a way of interrupting plans a bit. In fact, I hadn’t even though about my annual summer bucket list until a reader emailed to remind me. Let’s see what pandemic-friendly things I can come up with.

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How to grocery shop less often: 10 tips

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If you’ve ever read the comments here on my blog, you are familiar with Kristin, from Going Country. I knew that Kristin is a seasoned veteran in infrequent grocery shopping, so I asked her if she’d be willing to share her tips for the rest of us. And she graciously said yes.

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5 reasons your homemade pizza is terrible (or meh)

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If you’ve tried making pizza at home, odds are good that you’ve turned out some pretty mediocre pies. Not disgusting pizza…just very meh pizza. I spent years making unremarkable pizza myself, despite having a pizza stone.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | with a few fireworks photos

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What I Spent. I spent $180 on groceries this week. That’s a little high, but it did include a stock-up trip to Aldi (which included an 18 roll page of toilet paper. I really like being able to buy TP again!). Not an Aldi shelf, but look at all that stock! Sweet. Week 1: $145. Week 2: $180.

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Q&A | share an embarrassing frugal habit!

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I’m saving the “embarrassing frugal habit” question for the end, so keep scrolling to get to that one. First, a few other questions. How has your attitude to frugality changed with time, as your children are older (and yes, the rest of us are too!)

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What I Spent, What We Ate |

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What I Spent. I didn’t do a big shop this week; just a smaller fill-in at $88.50. Which is a good thing, considering I spent $285 last week. (!). Here’s how things stack up for the month of June: June Spending. Week 1: $104. Week 2: $194. Week 3: $285. Week 4: $88.50. What We Ate.

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You will be slow at first. But you can get faster!

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The other day, I was making a batch of whole wheat pancakes , and I noticed that I got the batter mixed up in less time than it took for the cast iron pan to get hot.

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WIS, WWA | First one for July!

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Time for a new month and a new grocery budget. And now it’s officially the second half of the year. The first half of 2020 was so crazy that I wonder what the second half will bring. What I Spent. I got a $25 Hungry Harvest box, and I spent $115 at the grocery store. What We Ate. Saturday.

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Five Frugal Things | I know it’s been quiet here

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It’s been a little bit quiet here, I know. I just…I haven’t quite known what to say or what’s appropriate to write. Since I am a white person with privilege in multiple arenas, I am often unsure of what the helpful thing is to say at times like these.

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Thankful Thursday

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Things are hard in the world right now for multiple reasons, so we’ve been doing weekly thankful posts around here. Even in the midst of hard times, there is always something to be grateful for if we hunt hard enough, and this weekly post is our chance to hunt together.

Things I?ve learned during quarantine

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Frozen milk takes approximately 3 years to thaw. Ok, so not actually, but it feels like it. HOW DOES IT STAY ICY FOR SO LONG???

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WIS, WWA | A non-exemplary week of cooking

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What I Spent. I did not plan a menu this week. And I was reminded that I cannot be trusted without a menu plan. I know other people can do this. And they can even thrive! But I am not that kind of person. Because I didn’t plan a menu, I didn’t do a big grocery shopping trip.

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Will it work? Try it and see!

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When you are facing a new task, it makes sense to look to other people for guidance. How do you fix a hole in a sock? Can you freeze mushrooms? Can you substitute x for y in a recipe? Can you use fabric dye to cover a bleach stain? ( I tried that one and here’s what happened.).

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WIS, WWA | Well, I ordered more flour

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What does it say about me that I have stockpiled more flour than toilet paper? What I Spent. a view from one of our neighborhood walks this week. I had planned on going grocery shopping this week, but as it turns out, I was able to make another week of meal plans with what I had in the house.

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How to make berries, broccoli, and bananas last longer

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Some years ago, I wrote about how to make broccoli, strawberries, and bananas last longer. The post was originally a sponsored one, so it was in an out-of-the-way spot on my blog. Since everyone is trying to stretch the time between their grocery trips these days, I thought it deserved a republish.

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WIS, WWA | I cracked because, toilet paper.

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What I Spent. I was hoping to stay out of the stores entirely this week, but I cracked and made a quick stop in search of toilet paper (I came up dry on my last big grocery haul). Happily, I found some, so now we have a backup pack. Excellent. Running low on toilet paper makes me nervous.

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Worried about rising grocery prices? This can help.

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Grocery prices are going up right now, and given the current situation, I will not be surprised if they continue to rise for a while. This is a little bit unnerving for those of us who are budget-minded (which is probably most of the people reading this blog!).

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Sanity in the time of a pandemic

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Reader Karen sent me a message on Instagram the other day asking what I am doing to maintain sanity and a grateful attitude during these difficult times. For the record, I don’t think I have this completely figured out, and I have not been unflappably cheerful this whole time.

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Five Frugal Things | excessive mending alert

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Let’s start with the mending, shall we? I mended a 23 year old tea towel. This is the part where I tell you about something I don’t necessarily recommend! I got this tea towel as a wedding shower gift 23 years ago, and at this point, I mainly use it to squeeze shredded zucchini.

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Thankful Thursday | because we need some perkiness

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Since current circumstances are putting a damper on even the most perky among us, I’m doing a weekly post full of things I can be thankful for/encouraging things I’ve seen. Join me in the comments to give yourself a little mood boost! I am thankful: that the weather has been so sunny.

What I Spent, What We Ate | $430 (!!)

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What I Spent. Well. I went to the store and I spent many dollars. I normally would budget $300 for two weeks, but I spent $430 ! I attribute this to a few things: prices are definitely higher. I am not shopping around as much for good prices.

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An all-over-the-place Q&A from Instagram

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I asked my Instagram followers to send me some questions for a Q&A post, and so today, we’ve got a pretty random collection of questions! Who paid for driving expenses (gas, insurance, etc.) when your kids were licensed?

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Five Frugal Things | a tree edition

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But first, a homeschool frugal thing. I did early renewal for the umbrella group. The yearly family fee starts out at $85 and goes up each month from June-September. So, I mailed mine off and it’ll get there long before the June 30th deadline. (An

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What are your favorite frugal blogs?

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Reader Lara left this comment: Do you have any frugal blog recommendations? I love yours, of course, but always looking for more! Seems like a lot of the “money-saving” blogs are really about deals / coupons / sales and end up encouraging more consumerism.

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Five Frugal Things | I got my first Venti

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Happy Tuesday! It’s time for some frugal things. Five, to be exact.;). I got a free Starbucks drink. My birthday was in April, but Starbucks extended the redemption period. I’d never gotten a birthday drink before and I didn’t realize you could get any size.

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A craigslist Ethan Allen nightstand rehab

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Attention: If you are the type of person whose heart breaks when someone paints old furniture, today’s post is not for you. You should probably go visit another blog just for today.

a Good Things post

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Because heaven knows we all could use one. America is a mess, the world is a mess, and we are probably all individual messes too. So, it seems like a very good week to not skip a Good Things post.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | I bought a zillion groceries

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After not going out at all last week, I did head out to the grocery store this week. mask from a box we bought back in September, for Sonia to wear to biology class on mold experiment days!).

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How about some thankfulness on a Thursday?

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The current world situation is hard, hard, hard for all of us. And it’s when things are hard, hard, hard that I find thankfulness to be so important. If life is humming along smoothly, I don’t have to work to find things to be grateful for.

How to freeze food in glass jars

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Can you freeze food in glass jars? I get this question almost every time I post a photo of frozen applesauce, soup, broth, or jam. And the answer is: YES. You can certainly freeze food in glass.

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