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Five Frugal Things | a cheap shot for the cat

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I got a $5 rabies shot for our cat. We are required to keep her up on her rabies shots, even though she is strictly an indoor cat. A rabies shot is kind of expensive at our vet, but the animal shelter offers a $5 rabies shot clinic about once a month.

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Meet a Canadian Reader | Ann

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Edit: OH MY GOSH you guys. I totally messed up this poor reader’s name. For some reason, I typed “Amy” this morning instead of “Ann” Mea culpa, Ann, and everyone else! Today we’re meeting a reader from Vancouver.

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Five Frugal Things | I sold old glasses!

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I sold a pair of Sonia’s old glasses. Katy, of The Non-Consumer Advocate , gave me this idea. I listed this pair quite some time ago, and when the “you sold an item!” ” email came through, I almost wondered if I still had the glasses. But mercifully, I did.

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Thankful Thursday | for an accidental email

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This week, I am thankful: that the college testing email was an accident. I got a notification yesterday telling me that I would have to send proof of a negative test every week before going on campus, despite having all my shots. I was like, “REALLY??”

WIS, WWA | whoa, the empty shelves

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The grocery stores are feeling eerily reminiscent of their early 2020 selves. It’s kind of wild! I don’t know if I’m just getting sort of used to this type of thing or what, but I am less pressed about it than I was in early 2020. I’m kinda like, “Well, ok.

Ask the Readers | What are good meals to bring to others?

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When calls go out to give meals to others, I find myself paralyzed.* What are good things to make/give that are frugal, delicious, and have a high likelihood of being well received?

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Thankful Thursday | a snowy edition

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This week, I’m thankful: that we got snow! The last few years have been pretty light on the snow end of things, and I felt a little sad about that. Snow is rare enough here in the mid-Atlantic that it feels like a treat to me when it does happen. that we did not lose power when it snowed.

WIS, WWA | a four-pork-roast week

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We didn’t actually EAT four pork roasts, mind you. ?? But I did buy four of them. What I Spent. This week, I spent: $117 at Aldi. $98 98 at Weis. $14 14 at BJs. And that adds up to $229 for my first spend of the new year.

Five Frugal Things | some grocery shenanigans

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My first two items this week are both grocery-related and they both were a bit of a headache! I got a $50 Harris Teeter gift card.

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Five Frugal Things | Yes, on a Wednesday!

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So you know what’s funny? All semester long, I pretty much didn’t miss posting a day! But now I’ve missed a couple while on break. I think the reason is that while Lisey was home for winter break, I didn’t have access to my usual desk setup, so I got all out of my groove!

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WIS, WWA | Last one for 2021

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Happy New Year’s Eve, everyone! Time for the last menu/grocery report for 2021.

Thankful Thursday | a $500 vet bill

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Hey, everyone! Time for our weekly thankfulness exercise. And mine’s going to start out with hunting for the bright sides of a $500 vet bill. Ready? This week, I am thankful: that we were able to get our cat seen on Christmas Eve.

Meet a Canadian Reader | Amy

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Today we’re meeting a reader from Vancouver. She shares my family’s love for googley eyes, and I think you will love her outdoorsy photos (the snow-shoeing one is my favorite.). Amy worried that she had sent in too many photos and I was like, “Too many photos??

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Meet a Hong Kong/Maine Reader | Trish

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Hey everyone! For our first reader interview in the new year, we’re meeting a nurse who recently moved back to the U.S. from Hong Kong. You may remember we met another reader from Hong Kong in November!). Here’s Trish: 1.Tell us a little about yourself.

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Five Frugal Things | two sales and a freebie

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This week’s edition starts out with two eBay sales. I’m never going to get rich off of the things I sell on eBay, but it does make me happy to send things off to people who want them. It’s like low-stakes match-making. ??. I sold a Christmas ornament from the abandoned house.

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Meet a NY Reader | Corrine

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Tell us a little about yourself. My name is Corrine and I am 36 years old. I live with my husband, 7-year-old son, 3-year-old daughter, and 2 cats (one is a tuxedo, like Kristen’s, and the other is a snowshoe Siamese). My husband and I have been married for 11 years.

Five Frugal Things | I sold some wedding rings

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I sold some unneeded wedding rings. Mr. FG ordered some silicone rings for himself, but it took a couple of tries to get the right size. Happily, the company will send you up to two new packages to help you get the size correct, and it did indeed take three total tries to fit his finger.

Merry Christmas (eve)!

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Hey friends! Since it’s Christmas tomorrow, I’m busy doing holiday-prep tasks today. So, I’m going to just skip the usual menu/grocery report this week. And I’ll leave you with a picture of my Christmas tree.

Meet an Alabama Reader | Jessy

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Today we’re heading to the southern part of the U.S. to meet a reader from Alabama. I think you are going to love seeing the little guys that she crochets; so cute! Here’s Jessy: 1.Tell us a little about yourself. My name is Jessy. I’m a stay at home wife and foster mom.

Meet a Michigan Reader | Stevie

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Hey everyone! I’ve got a post-Christmas reader interview for you today. My favorite part of this one is the photo under question #4. ??. Tell us a little about yourself. Hello! My name is Stevie and I have been married for 28 years and have two sons and one daughter-in-law.

Cookie Answers (and Thankful Thursday)

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Hello, everyone! Thanks for playing along with our cookie game yesterday. ?? No one got all the answers correct, so I spent a long time poring through the comments this morning trying to figure out who got the closest.

The 2021 Cookie Guessing Contest

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Normally, we do try to get this done a little earlier in December. But since Lisey has moved out now, we had to wait until she came back for a visit. If we did only four cookies, this would be way too easy for you guys and where’s the fun in that? (4 4 x 3 x 2 x 1= only 24 possibilities!).

Meet a Reader | Julie, from Colorado

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After Julie saw that last week’s interview with Dorinda was the last one in my queue, she wrote to say she’d love to participate. So, funny enough, we are meeting two Colorado readers in a row! Tell us a little about yourself.

Thankful Thursday | Almost there!

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Hey everyone! I didn’t post yesterday because I spent the day studying for and taking my last regular exam (#8!). I got both the lecture and the lab portion done, so now all that’s left is my cumulative final on Monday. Sweet.

WIS, WWA | Black Friday edition

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As usual, I am happily spending my Black Friday at my house and not at the stores. It’s not a moral high-ground thing for me…I just don’t enjoy Black Friday shopping ( here’s why ).

WIS, WWA | (looks around sheepishly)

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It’s the first week of December and shew, we sure did make up for some low spending weeks this time around! Read on… What I Spent. 102 at Giant. 145 at Aldi. $12 12 at Weis. $7 7 at Safeway. Aaaaand that adds up to $266. December is off to a ROARING start around here, I guess.

5 recent purchases that I love

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As a frugal blogger, I tend to write about how I avoid buying things. But I do think that there are legitimate reasons to purchase things. I think that if a purchase is useful or particularly joy-inducing, that’s a good reason to drop a few dollars.

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Thankful Thursday | relational technology

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I know the internet, social media, and smartphones in general get a (somewhat deserved) bad rap. I mean, I definitely can see the downsides, particularly when it comes to social media. There are lots of reasons I keep Instagram off of my phone almost all the time!).

It’s finals week

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I am currently working on learning four chapters’ worth of material for a regular exam (#8 for the semester) which I need to take this week, and then on Monday, I have a cumulative final.

Five Frugal Things | Thanks, past Kristen!

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I stored my black nylons in a Ziploc bag. Mr. FG and I had a funeral to go to on Saturday ( I wrote a little about it here, on my other blog ), so I was looking for some legwear to go with my black dress.

Meet a Reader | Jenni (owner of a fake brick chimney!)

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Hey everyone! We are meeting Jenni today, and the title of this post references the fact that she has a fake brick chimney in her house. presumably, this was not her personal decorating choice. Scroll on down to see it! Tell us a little about yourself.

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WIS, WWA | a week until Christmas!

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What I Spent. Ok, well, it’s a week and a day until Christmas. Close enough. Christmas really sneaks up on you when your semester ends in mid-December. Yikes! Here’s hoping all the things I ordered show up in time. This week, we spent: $64 at Harris Teeter. $28 28 at Lidl. $21 21 at BJs.

Five Frugal Things

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Howdy guys! It’s Tuesday and you know what that means: a fresh Five Frugal Things list. I got some Safeway app deals. I installed the Safeway app for the first time, and they gave me some first-time user offers.

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Meet a French Reader | F, from Paris

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I just love it when international readers write in, offering to participate in this series; it’s so much fun to get a glimpse into life in various parts of the world. Today, we’re meeting F, a Parisian reader. Here’s F: 1. Tell us a little about yourself.

Thankful Thursday | This is when you get stronger

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You know how when you are exercising, there’s a point where you feel like you really cannot possibly keep going for a moment more? And you know how often turns out that you actually can do a little bit more?

Thankful Thursday | I come by this honestly

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This week, I’m thankful: for potholders from my aunt. My aunt has been busy using up fabric scraps by making potholders, and she’s sent some along with Lisey the last few times she’s come home to visit.

Thankful Thursday | Thank someone else

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Recently, I was listening to a Huberman Lab podcast about gratitude practices , and the host (a Stanford neuroscientist, aka, more of an expert than me!) is actually not a big fan of making gratitude lists.

Meet a Colorado Reader | Dorinda

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Dorinda is a girl after my own heart…she sent lots of photos in with her interview answers. I love it! Tell us a little about yourself. I’m Dorinda. I grew up on a wheat and beef farm in Kansas, spent seven years in north Dallas, and now reside in Colorado with my husband Greg (Mr.

Q&A | Four quick ones!

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Sometimes I get Q&A submissions that require a whole post ( like the one about patience ), but today I’ve got a few quick ones. You mentioned LED twinkle lights in a Thankful Thursday post. Can you show us a photo and tell us which ones you have? Karen.

Meet a Reader | Texas Rachel

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Hello, everyone! Today, we’re meeting Rachel. She’s been reading here since 2009, but she’s actually never left a comment. She’s making up for it today, though!

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Hyperemesis | Advice for pregnant women and those who love them

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Every now and then, I mention my rough pregnancies in passing, and usually when I do, readers have some questions about hyperemesis (which is extended and extra-terrible morning sickness). The full name is hyperemesis gravidarum, often abbreviated HG.

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WIS, WWA | Do you think we’ve over-complicated dinner?

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In Laura Ingalls Wilder’s book, Little House in the Big Woods, she describes a visit to her grandparents’ house, where she and her family share a meal with the grandparents plus some uncles and aunts.

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Five Frugal Things | an uninspired edition

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Some weeks, I have a running list of interesting frugal things I’ve done (such as trash-picking a cool glass vase ). On such weeks, I have lots to choose from when I sit down to write this post. But this week, I don’t think I have done any particularly interesting frugal things.

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