The Frugal Girl

Five Frugal Things | haircuts, food saves, a textbook return

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I cut Sonia and Zoe’s hair. Sonia wanted a trim, which is pretty easy to do on wavy hair. Any mistakes are quite invisible! I used the at-home bob method that I outlined in this post (where Sonia was the model for the photos, actually. Just a much smaller Sonia!).

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Five Frugal Things | food saves, closet shelving, a repair, and more!

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I made a quesadilla to use up some elderly tortillas. We had two tortillas that had been sitting around for a while, unloved and unwanted. So I made a quesadilla for lunch, and I added a sliced jalapeño. We DIYed some closet shelving for Zoe.

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A collection of tiny blog posts

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Good Monday morning to ya! It’s Monday morning as I type this. I have no idea when you will read it.). I’ve got a post full of random things for you today. It’s like a collection of tiny blog posts. The bookshelf is in Sonia’s room.

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All the details on my new windows (plus lots of photos)

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As you probably know if you have read any recent blog or Instagram posts, we recently had two windows installed in a wall that previously windowless. Some of you had asked for a post with more details, so I’m gonna do my best to provide all the pertinent info in this post.

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Thankful Thursday | red shoes, for starters

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This week I am thankful: for my happy red shoes. Thank you, eBay! for the readers who signed up for my food waste course. There is something a little bit scary about making and selling something, and when even just the first person signed up, I felt quite grateful.

Easy, Frugal, Not-From-A-Mix Homemade Brownies

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Updated November 2020 because I thought brownies might be just the thing today. I always am hesitant to make a chocolate recipe that calls for bars of unsweetened chocolate (and many brownie recipes do).

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10 things you’ve got wrong about homeschooling

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A number of you have asked for more homeschooling posts, since you’re unexpectedly joining the homeschooling ranks this year. I love reading “here’s what you’re doing wrong” types of list posts, so I thought it might be fun to do one about homeschooling misconceptions.

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Five Frugal Things | I have a new painting project

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I picked up a free bookshelf for Sonia’s room. Which means…I have a new painting project. The original owner started to do chalk paint, so I’m gonna have to remove that. I am a glutton for punishment. And also I cannot say no to free, paint-able furniture.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | about political ads

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Hey, everyone! A reader from Georgia emailed me yesterday to let me know that she’s getting all political ads on my site right now. Kittens: more fun than political ads. So, I just wanted to take a sec and tell you that I don’t choose which ads anyone sees.

Five Frugal Things | 48 pounds for $14

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Apples, that is. I got 48 pounds of apples for $14. I’ve struck out a few times when stopping for apples lately, but yesterday my stop paid off! This is what 48 pounds of apples looks like.

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Don’t buy this sweater (plus other random tidbits)

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We haven’t had a randomness post in a while; it seemed like time for one! Don’t buy this sweater if you’re built like me. I saw this tunic sweater in a roundup of Amazon sweaters, and I thought it looked cute and comfy. So I ordered one in small/medium.

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WIS, WWA | I’m done with the bookshelf

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Happy Friday, everyone! I’m happy to tell you that I think we’ll be able to put the new bookshelf in Sonia’s room today. Which is excellent because the shelf and the sawhorses are seriously making it hard to walk downstairs right now.

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Thankful Thursday | Guess what was wrong with my washer?

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New here? Thankful Thursday is something we’ve been doing in these COVID times; a (frugal and free) exercise to help us hunt for the good that is in our lives and in the world, even in the midst of a pandemic. This week, I am thankful: that my washing machine is working again. The problem?

Five Frugal Things | I’m $80 richer!

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I sold two things on Facebook Marketplace. Two items are out of my house, they’re now in homes where they’re needed, and I have $80. This is a nice little collection of benefits for the 10-15 minutes I spent making the listings and responding to messages.

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Thankful Thursday | I have windows!

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New here? Thankful Thursday is something we’ve been doing in these COVID times; a (frugal and free) exercise to help us hunt for the good that is in our lives and in the world, even in the midst of a pandemic. This week, I am thankful: that my windows are installed.

Five Frugal Things | I did two appliance repairs

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The other day I was thinking, “Wow, I’m really thankful that all my appliances have been working well.” ” And then two of them needed help within 24 hours. Luckily the stove wasn’t the culprit this time!

Thankful Thursday | I have a big hole in my wall

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This week, I am thankful: -that my window installation is going to be finished soon. before the window install, obviously! I had anticipated it would be done by now. But it rained Monday, which was our original install date.

WIS, WWA | Will I ever get to the store??

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What I Spent. Well, I still didn’t do a regular grocery shopping trip. One of these weeks I will! Maybe today.). I did get a $20 Hungry Harvest box. And Mr. FG and I made a $39 stop at Trader Joe’s, plus a $10 milk run. So my grocery spending this week is $69.

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How to get rid of lice with tea tree oil (instead of insecticide)

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I thought perhaps lice would not be such a problem right now because of COVID-19, but a reader just let me know today that she’s been fighting a persistent case with her daughter who is doing in-person classes.

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How do you make peace with things breaking?

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A reader left a comment on my post about my washing machine breaking , with the suggestion that her questions could be a post topic. In part, she wrote: “I am struggling with coming to peace with the fact (?)

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Thankful Thursday | I have a college account now!

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

Want to stop throwing food away? Give me four weeks!

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If you are an average person (and most of you are, by definition!), and you live in a somewhat wealthy, developed country, such as the U.S., you throw food away on a regular basis.

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Thankful Thursday | my washing machine broke

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New here? Thankful Thursday is something we’ve been doing in these COVID times; a (frugal and free) exercise to help us hunt for the good that is in our lives and in the world, even in the midst of a pandemic. My washing machine is currently broken.

Five Frugal Things | apples, books, Converse…

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I got a free milkshake for Zoe. A previous milkshake; I didn’t get a photo of Zoe’s yesterday! Yesterday was a braces-tightening day, and she asked for a milkshake on the way home.

A Freecycle Nightstand | Before and After

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2020 note: This post, originally published in 2009, is related to the one I’m publishing tomorrow. I went back to the archives and discovered it could really use some cleaning up. So, here it is. Enjoy! I got this nightstand from freecycle for exactly $0. (it it IS free cycle, after all!).

Do kids just always need something else?

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Hi Kristen! I am a new mom (daughter is 10 months old!) and we live a fairly frugal lifestyle, partly out of necessity and partly just because we don’t have expensive tastes. We live in a small house, so we have definitely limited baby gear and toys with our daughter.

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Sonia’s Side Table Makeover: before, during, and after

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Earlier this summer, I poked around Facebook Marketplace to find a small table for Sonia. There was an old black dresser there (from Mr. FG’s bachelor days!) and she wanted something smaller and more beautiful to replace it. So, I found this table.

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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 for the good that is in our lives and in the world, even in the midst of a pandemic.

WIS, WWA | & some kitten photos

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Sonia and I went to feed the rescue cats last night, and it was a full house! So many crazy kittens. This was one of Sonia’s favorites. And this was one of my favorites. She’s so cute with that little head tilt! Our own cat always seems so large (and calm!) after we see the kittens.

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Thankful Thursday | I have a mum from South Dakota

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New here? Thankful Thursday is something we’ve been doing in these COVID times; a (frugal and free) exercise to help us hunt for the good that is in our lives and in the world, even in the midst of a pandemic. It’s Thursday again!

Five Frugal Things | bow-toe kitten heels

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I helped Sonia find a pair of clearance shoes. We had a small funeral to go to, and she needed a pair of black shoes. Sonia does have a massive collection of shoes, but exactly zero of them were black.

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All about my new stove

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Since you all have been along for my whole stove saga, I figured a little post about my new one would be in order. In case you’re new, or you’re coming across this post in the archives one day: I broke my cooktop by doing something stupid with a lid that got stuck.

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Four things that are saving my life right now

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Anne Bogel from Modern Mrs. Darcy occasionally does “What’s saving my life right now” posts. They’re not meant literally, of course…they’re just lists of things that are making her life better right now. Here’s one of hers from this year. ).

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WIS, WWA | $254

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What I Spent. I did finally drag myself out to the grocery store. FINALLY. And yikes, I spent a lot of money: $254 , to be specific. This is what happens when you put off actual grocery shopping for several weeks in a row; you need to buy all of the things!

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Q&A | Kids, Marriage, and Money

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I have a 5 month old and am finding it hard to connect with my husband. How did you and Mr. FG maintain your relationship and marriage when your kiddos were young? Reese. Oh man, I feel totally not qualified to give marriage advice since I’m a frugal blogger, not a relationship blogger.

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Five Frugal Things | free cereal! cheap mums!

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I got a free box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Mr. FG alerted me to the million-box giveaway General Mills was doing. Since he likes that cereal (the girls don’t really eat cereal at all), I picked up a box, scanned my receipt, and got the $5.30 credit to my PayPal account within 24 hours.

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Lately…

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I did one of these posts mid-August when I was short on time to write a post, and multiple readers emailed me and said, “please do more of these!” ” So, here you go. Lately, I’ve been: reading. Cost: $0. All library books.). When Breath Becomes Air.

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WIS, WWA | $27

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What I Spent. I did not do an actual shopping trip this week; just a quick $27 fill-in trip. That’s pretty boring! So here are some kitten photos from our rescue shift. October Grocery Spending. Week 1: $224. Week 2: $152. Week 3: $27. What We Ate. Saturday.

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Five Frugal Things | Converse, notebooks and more

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I got some 35 cent notebooks. Zoe needed a few things for some tutorial classes she’s taking, so I got a few bargain items at Office Depot, including $0.35 notebooks. We can always, always use more notebooks.

Thankful Thursday | from a cranky me

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New here? Thankful Thursday is something we’ve been doing in these COVID times; an exercise to help us hunt for the good that is in our lives and in the world, even in the midst of a pandemic. Full disclosure: I am writing this post while not in a very good mood.

Thankful Thursday | time to exercise!

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

It’s called a thankfulness exercise for a reason

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Since we’ve been doing thankfulness posts every week around here for a while, thankfulness has been on my mind a lot. There are worse things that could be on my mind!). In particular, I’ve been thinking about how thankfulness is just not easy. Or natural. Or our default.

Five Frugal Things | I sold Zoe’s nightstand

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It’s a nightstand-heavy week around here. I sold Zoe’s Ethan Allen nightstand. “But you just painted that!”, ”, you might be thinking. And you’re right. I bought and painted it last fall for her, though I didn’t post about it here until May.

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