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Silver Lining Thursday

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Last week, a reader suggested that it would be helpful to think about the silver linings that have come with a year of pandemic life. So, I thought we’d do that today in lieu of a normal Thankful Thursday. It’s kinda like Thankful Thursday, but with a twist.

WIS, WWA | with a non-cake birthday

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(WIS, WWA = What I Spent, What We Ate. That’s just awfully long to put in the title of a post!). What I Spent. We spent $101 on groceries this week ( $48 of that at Aldi), so, a pretty light spending week.

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Meet a Frugal Girl Reader | K D

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This week, we’re meeting Kate, who goes by K D in the comments. Whenever I see her name pop up in the reader comment notifications, I feel happy because I know she will always have something interesting to contribute, and she is unfailingly kind and positive! Tell us a little about yourself.

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Thankful Thursday |

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New here? Thankful Thursday is a weekly practice we’ve been doing to help us all pay attention to the good that is around us, even in the midst of really hard times. It’s a $0 mood booster. This week I am thankful: that Lisey took my van to be cleaned.

Meet a Frugal Girl Reader | Jody S.

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Today, we get to meet Jody S., another familiar name from the comment section here. Tell us a little about yourself. Jody and her husband in West Virginia, her home state. My name is Jody, and I’m in my 40s.

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Five Frugal Things | gluten-free adventures

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I bought some name-brand gluten-free pretzels on sale. There are a number of specialty gluten-free brands out there, but some mainstream manufacturers sell gluten-free items too and those seem to be cheaper than the specialty brands.

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WIS, WWA | a not-icy one

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Last week, it was snowing as I typed the Friday post. And today, it’s sunny and pretty much all the snow and ice has melted. Also, I saw buds on some plants while we walked this morning. So it really feels like spring is coming! What I Spent.

Five Frugal Things | Prunes: now extra-dry!

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I have been eating some extremely dry prunes. In my pantry clean-out, I found a container of forgotten-about prunes. At this point, their texture is reminiscent of shoe-leather.

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How I fight food waste at breakfast & lunch | in photos

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I have often mentioned that I employ breakfast and lunch as use-it-up meals for myself, and I’ve shared some of my tactics here and in my food waste course. oatmeal with berries and walnuts from my freezer.

Thankful Wednesday

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A bunch of you yesterday raised an eyebrow at me saying I added a carrot to my oatmeal. And multiple people were wondering how I make an individual serving of oatmeal. yesterday’s carrot! I was going to do a post about that today, but I need more time to put that together.

WIS, WWA | I ordered a Butcher Box

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What I Spent. Mr. FG picked up a few things at Target for $14. And guess what! I finally went to BJ’s myself! First impressions : a whole lot like going to Costco. I spent $52 there. Then I made a $47 trip to Harris Teeter. I got a $25 Hungry Harvest box.

Five Frugal Things | plus a fail

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Scroll down for the fail. We’re starting with wins first! I mended an armpit hole. This is an American Giant item; it’s basically a hooded heavy-duty t-shirt and last time I took it off, I noticed it had sprung a hole in the underarm.

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Thankful Thursday | bring on the oranges

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New here? We’ve been making thankful lists every week, as a way of hunting for the good that’s still here even in the midst of tough times. Join us in the comments! This week, I am thankful: that my canker sore is gone.

WIS, WWA | oh hey, more of the white stuff

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Hello from my icy home! Well, my home isn’t icy. It’s just icy outside of my home (with a sprinkling of snow on top). I am very thankful it’s not cold inside my house and I feel terrible for all the Texans who have been cold this week.

Thankful Thursday | a late one

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New here? Thankful Thursday is our weekly (free!) practice to help us hunt for the good, even in the midst of tough times. Join us in the comments if you need a mood boost. This week, I am thankful: that we had blue skies yesterday.

Meet a Frugal Girl reader | Kristin from Going Country

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This year, I wanted to add in a feature that I think will be fun for all of you. You all hear from me a LOT, since, uh, I’m the only one who writes here, officially. Well, hi! It’s me! Writer of many words! But I am most certainly not the only frugal soul who hangs out around here.

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Meet a Frugal Girl Reader | Battra92

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This week, we’re mixing it up and meeting a male Frugal Girl reader, one who has been reading since almost the very, very beginning. Battra has some lovely fall colors in his yard. Tell us a little about yourself. Hmm, let’s see. I don’t think I am all that interesting.

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Sonia’s bookshelf | Before and After

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Unlike me, Sonia is a person who loves to own books. I like to read books and then get rid of them, which is why the library is my favorite thing. You can read books without storing them! On the rare occasion when I need to buy a book, I almost always immediately resell it on eBay.

Our blue tree (plus three winners)

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Inside today’s post: winners from all three of the recent giveaways I’ve had, plus I’m gonna show you what we did with our blue Christmas tree! Cookie-guessing answers. We’ll start with this since you are probably on pins and needles the most about this winner.

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Five Frugal Things | preserving jalapenos

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Happy Tuesday! Time for some frugal goodness. I brined some jalapeños. My last Hungry Harvest box included a bag of big jalapeños. I love hot peppers, and I’ve been eating them pretty regularly, but I was worried that they might go bad before I got to all of them.

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Meet a Frugal Girl Reader | Ruth T

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Time to meet another Frugal Girl reader! This time around, we have Ruth T, who is a familiar presence in the comments here. And now we get a face to put with a name. So fun! Something funny; both Sarah G and Ruth T took the same early-married-days budgeting approach that Mr. FG and I did.

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Thankful Thursday | after a sad day for the U.S.

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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. I started this post draft earlier in the week, before the sad events in DC yesterday.

WIS, WWA | empty fridge time!

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What I Spent. Hungry Harvest’s delivery schedule was a little off, which means that I haven’t gotten a produce box for a few weeks. Plus, I put off grocery shopping until mid-week.

A day in the frugal life

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I first wrote one of these “day in the life” posts years and years ago , mainly because I thought it might be fun to see how many instances of frugality pop up in my day to day life. So, this is less about, “How did Kristen spend her time?”

stream of consciousness | a pm edition

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Well, hello. It’s currently 1pm, and I almost never write or publish blog posts this late. I have a zillion posts in draft mode, but none of them are finished. They need links or pictures or more editing or a video…things I didn’t have time for.

WIS, WWA | the end of a streak

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What I Spent. We broke our streak of low grocery spending. I went to Aldi and spent $125. I got a Hungry Harvest box for $20 (I had a $5 credit from a previous order error). Mr. FG picked up some groceries and spent $32 at BJ’s.

Five Frugal Things | hat tip to Mr. FG

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Mr. FG fixed a lamp. Sonia had this white Tomons lamp for a couple of years, and sadly, the switch broke. We bought a replacement lamp for her, but then Mr. FG took apart the broken switch on the old lamp to see if it was repairable.

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Five Frugal Things | I bought 100 more pounds of flour

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I saved on shipping at the Webstaurant Store. This is the site where I’ve been ordering flour during the pandemic. Their prices on King Arthur flour are the lowest I’ve found , even with the expensive shipping.

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Thankful Thursday | a negative test for Lisey

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New here? Thankful Thursday is something we’ve been doing in these tough 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 Lisey’s Covid-19 test was negative.

Thankful Thursday | last one for January!

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New here? Thankful Thursday is a practice we started here in 2020; an exercise to help us hunt for the good even in the midst of very tough times. This week, I am thankful: for the eggs from my sister-in-law.

Thankful Thursday | Goodbye, 2020

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Today happens to be the last day of 2020! We’ve been doing Thankful Thursdays for a while now, and I have pondered the idea of stopping in 2021.

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Talk to me about robot vacuums

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It’s time for an Ask the Readers post, and this time, the question is from me! Lisey is really wanting us to get a robotic vacuum because she is tired of crumbs on our kitchen floor. In fact, she decided that that would be her Christmas gift to the family as a group. (I

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WIS, WWA | I made a dumb pork mistake

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What I Spent. I made a trip to Aldi, where I spent $86. And then the next day, because of my pork mistake ( See Tuesday in the section below) , I went to Harris Teeter and spent another $32.

WIS, WWA | We’re giving Mr. FG a hard time

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What I Spent. I made a quick stop at Weis and spent $14. And Mr. FG made three trips to BJ’s warehouse club, his new favorite store. He spent $41 on milk, coffee, some snacks, lunch meat, and a big bag of organic blueberries.

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Using up my Stitch Fix credits | more in the saga!

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In case you’re new: I tried out Stitch Fix for a while, using their “the cheaper, the better” option. While I did get a few good pieces, Stitch Fix has routinely struggled to send me things that are very sensibly priced and/or that I even like.

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Meet a Frugal Girl Reader | Sarah G

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Part of a new series! This year, I’m stepping aside here and there to let you all meet fellow Frugal Girl readers. Last week, we got to meet Kristin from Going Country , and today, we get to hear from Sarah G. 1.Tell us a little about yourself.

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Thankful Thursday | on Christmas Eve

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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 Christmas Eve today.

Surviving the pandemic winter | What’s helping me

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A reader sent me this message via Instagram recently: Could you possibly do a blog about surviving the pandemic mentally? Between winter, being tired of being online, etc. I’m super crabby…despite my blessings…which are many.

Thankful Thursday | with a few cousin items!

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This week, I am thankful: that my pregnant cousin is feeling a little better. I went to help her yesterday, and while she’s not feeling 100%, she is doing better than before. The one I’m holding is the one who is currently pregnant. for a body healthy enough to help my cousin.

WIS, WWA | We joined BJ’s!

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What I Spent. Let’s see. Mr. FG has been wanting to try a BJ’s warehouse club membership, so when we got a $25/year offer in the mail, he took advantage of that. So, $25 there. He spent $36 there, mostly on mouthwash and shampoo, but also on a few food items.

Thankful Thursday | 11 more days

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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.

The 2020 cookie guessing contest

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Long-time readers know that at our house, Christmas cookies are always a little bit on the unusual side of things. And most of them have faces. I believe this grumpy tree is the cookie that started it all, years ago.

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How to make fried cornmeal mush

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(I first published this recipe in 2009, before the advent of printable recipes. So, here it is with fresh pictures, a printable recipe card, and a video!). I think that this dish may possibly have the least appealing name of any breakfast food out there, but trust me, it really is tasty.

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