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WIS, WWA | absolutely no grocery shopping!

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What I Spent. I am very pleased to say that I did not go to the grocery store at all this week! However, we did get subs on Wednesday night ( $31 ), and we spent our date night budget on wings Saturday night, so there was a little bit of food spending.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | I guess I’ve been a little lazy!

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What I Spent. I made a menu plan for two week’s worth of meals, made a list, and headed to the store. I spent a total of $227 , which is fine, because I’m not anticipating much grocery spending next week (two week’s worth of my budget would be $300).

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Five Frugal Things | basil, lasagna noodles, & more

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Hello, hello! Time for your regular midweek dose of normalcy. I planted basil. When I made my last grocery trip, I picked up a packet of basil seeds for $2. I’m kind of a black thumb, as I’ve mentioned before, but basil is pretty easy even for black thumbs to grow.

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WIS, WWA | I overbought

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What I Spent. So, here’s what happened. I made a menu plan , went to the store on Monday, and bought the things I needed for the week. Aldi looked too crazy, so I went to another store and spent $176. That is why I shop at Aldi.

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What lovely things have you seen this past week?

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Reader WilliamB emailed me this past week, suggesting that in these times of unrest, it might be nice to have a post (and comment section) dedicated to sharing some of the lovely things we’ve seen this week.

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Five Frugal Things | You guys, I gardened (a little bit)

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It’s always somewhat noteworthy when I do something plant-related. So three plant things is VERY noteworthy. I planted some green onion ends. You can do this indoors in colder weather (in a glass of water), but I always forget to change the water in mine, and they end up getting stinky.

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8 Menu Planning Tips

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Since most of us are trying not to go to the grocery store too much these days, I thought a republish of some menu planning tips could be helpful. I hope this serves you as you try to feed your household safely.

It’s been a week. But I do have a colorful Snoopy.

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This has been a long week for a variety of reasons, and not really my best week of cooking. The combo of just getting back from a trip (with no menu plan in hand) and then getting sick right away has made things a little wonky on the food front!

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Freezer Challenge update from me

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I and lots of other Frugal Girl readers have been busy working on eating the odds and ends in our freezers. We’ve been chatting about that all week on the FG Facebook group , but I didn’t share all of my freezer adventures there. The whole rundown is here!

What I Spent, What We Ate | January totals

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What I Spent. I spent $135 on groceries this week, which I am a little surprised at because I went to Costco. But yay me! I’m ending this month with $689 in total spending, and I’d budgeted $750 because of it being a five week month. January Grocery Spending ($150/week budget).

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A simple (but hard!) way to avoid food waste

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Here it is: Eat more of your fruits and vegetables. It’s not complicated. But it is hard to do. Why focus on fruits and veggies? For one thing, they’re one of the food types most likely to be wasted. (

WIS, WWA | Week one of quarantine!

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It’s been a weird week. No homeschool tutorial, our appointments are all cancelled, and Mr. FG has now begun working from home. Zoe and I DID leave the house to go do our shift at the cat rescue, though, because cats still need to eat even during a pandemic.

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A few words about body image + 4 other frugal things

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I bought a squirrel repellent for my van. Longtime readers will remember my persistent troubles with squirrels nesting in my van. Last year, I even found live baby squirrels in there!). I’d heard the suggestion of an under-hood light before, but at first, I thought that made no sense.

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Stitch Fix January 2020 | I sent it all back

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If you dislike Stitch Fix posts…consider yourself warned! Proceed only if you feel like being irritated today. If you’d rather peruse some hilarious second-hand fashion: the ThredUp Rescue Box fails. And here are the ThredUp Rescue box keepers. (I’m

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Five Frugal Things | Free E-Z pass, a refund, + 3 more

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I got a free E-Z pass transponder. The E-Z pass is an electronic toll collection system that’s used on the east coast and also as far into the Midwest as Illinois.).

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6 non-grocery-store food ideas for you

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Life has gotten considerably crazier here in the U.S. since I last blogged on Friday. Schools are closed, events are cancelled, people are working from home, and, uh, the grocery stores are kind of nuts. If you want something like lemon extract, you’re good. It’s in stock!

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You don’t “need” to

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In a recent email from James Clear , I read this quote (by him): The fact that you go to the gym even though you don’t “need” to… is why you don’t need to. The fact that you save when you could spend… is why you have money to spend. Your habits create your strength.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | groceries + Chick Fil A

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What I Spent. I spent $107 at the grocery store, plus $33 at Chick-Fil-A (see below!). a small kitten from our shelter shift this week. January Grocery Spending. Week 1: $33. Week 2: $199. Week 3: $140. What We Ate. Saturday. Mr. FG and I went out and shared a pizza. Sunday.

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FFT | 2 hat tips to Mr. FG!

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Because credit is due where credit is due! Mr. FG cut our internet bill in half. Verizon had bumped our rate up to over $100/month because our previous negotiation had expired.

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WIS, WWA | I am complaining about the clouds

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Hello, frugal people! It’s been kind of dreary and rainy here, and I’m feeling a little bummed out from all the clouds. Here’s hoping for some sunshine soon! Zoe and I DID get to see our very plump friend at the cat rescue center, though, and she is kind of like sunshine.

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WIS, WWA | Some appreciation, from me to you

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This week, I’ve been reminded again of something I appreciate about you guys: there are so many of you that consistently show up and interact in the comments, talking to me and also to each other.

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WIS, WWA | I’m not stocking up for the coronavirus

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What I Spent. Actually, let’s start out with a picture of Zoe and one of our rescue cat friends. I got a $25 Hungry Harvest, I spent $39 at Panda Express, and I spent $90 on groceries. So: $154 for this week.

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You’re suddenly homeschooling! And you have questions.

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I’m not sure I thought I’d ever see the day when half of the United States population was homeschooling*. But here we are! Welcome to the group, everyone. *A A reader pointed out that perhaps a better name for this is “distance learning” Still. You are doing school. At home.

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On not using paper towels

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Given the current worries about obtaining paper products, I thought a republish of this paper towel post might be helpful. Because if you’ve got a reusable product, you don’t have to worry about supply issues.

You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone. But you could.

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“You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone.” ” says the song. And I think that’s true for most of us, most of the time. We go through life somewhat mindlessly, not really appreciating what we have until it’s taken from us.

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WIS, WWA | Mainly bowls!

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What I Spent. I tried four recipes from the ATK Bowls cookbook that I patiently waited for at the library. Since it’s new and in high demand, I figured I’d better dive in and quickly see if it’s a cookbook I want to own! Anyway, grocery spending first!

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Five Frugal Things | Fetch really isn’t working for me

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I scanned a pile of receipts with Fetch. I’ve been using this app for a while now, and I can definitively tell you that it’s a much better use of your time if you buy a lot of brand name grocery/personal care items.

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Sonia tried being my ThredUp stylist! Here’s how it went.

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Sometimes when I’ve done Stitch Fix posts, you guys have suggested that I instead hire one of my girls to be a stylist for me. So, we decided to take your suggestion. Meet my new stylist! Sonia, who has always been a passionate shopper, seemed like the perfect candidate for the job.

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Apparently, I’ve been ruining shirt collars because of one little mistake.

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Note: I was doing laundry yesterday and remembered that I did not always know I should unbutton shirt collars. It’s a serious habit for me now, but I figured a republish of this reminder might be helpful!

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Freezer challenge, anyone?

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Since the grocery store options are a little iffy for most of us, this seems like a perfect time for a freezer challenge. Are you with me? Almost all of us have a stash of random food hiding out in our freezers (doubly true for those of us with chest freezers!),

So, what did you eat this week?

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I’m short on time today, but I know a lot of you love to share what you’ve had for dinner on the What I Spent, What We Ate posts. So, even though I won’t be able to type up a full post today, I at least wanted to put this up here for you guys.

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Five Frugal Things | More mending + I was firmly assertive

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I fixed Zoe’s chokers. She bought a set that turned out to be terribly flimsy; they kept breaking after just a few wears. Luckily, I was able to get them back together with a pair of needlenose pliers. How long will the repair last? I dunno.

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A very honest answer to a Young Living essential oils question

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I got this email about a year ago: Kristen, I was wondering what your feeling is about the essential oil craze that is going on now? I am a member of Young Living but it is super expensive so I don’t order all the time.

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WIS, WWA | Week one of trying not to shop

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It’s been a weird week. No homeschool tutorial, our appointments are all cancelled, and Mr. FG has now begun working from home. Zoe and I DID leave the house to go do our shift at the cat rescue, though, because cats still need to eat.

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Five Frugal Things | 100% mending

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This week’s edition of Five Frugal Things happens to be entirely about mending, because once I get my sewing stuff out, I like to get it all done at once. I fixed Arthur’s eye.

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A $150 correction + 4 more frugal things

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Things were quiet here yesterday because after I got home from skiing , I promptly got sick with a cold. Hopefully it’ll be a quick one! I caught a $150 medical bill error.

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Marketers do not want you to be content.

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Long Intro: On Monday, I wrote a Five Frugal Things post that mentioned CoolSculpting. And I wrote a few words about body image, and about how much money we could save if we did not believe the industry’s message which says, “Your body is wrong, and we can help you fix it.”

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WIS, WWA | I cooked exactly nothing.

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What I Spent. I was gone for most of this week, skiing with my parents and siblings out in California at Lake Tahoe. So, Mr. FG and the girls were at the helm in the kitchen, and they did quite a fabulous job.

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6 ways 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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Update on my rhinoplasty, 3 years later

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I hadn’t planned to do any more posts about my nose, but I’ve gotten a couple of messages asking about it lately, wondering how the nose job is holding up. And since I like to do posts that cover what you guys want to know about, well, here we are. Wait, you got a nose job? Kind of.

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Butternut Squash Yeast Roll Recipe

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I got this recipe from one of my aunts back when I was a teenager, and for whatever reason, I haven’t made them much of late. Anyway, Lisey randomly remembered liking them and she said something about it the other week.

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What I’m reading and listening to | January 2020

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Last year, I made a running list of what I read (though I fell off the wagon toward the end of 2019). The problem with that method is that you end up with one REALLY LONG and bulky page, so I thought this year, I’d break it down by month instead.

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So, I started a second blog.

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I realized yesterday that I told my email subscribers and Twitter followers about this, but I never said anything on my actual blog. In November, I started a tiny blog with somewhat tiny posts that are a tiny bit more personal than what I share here.

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