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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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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.

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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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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 | 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.

Thankful Thursday | I have a handmade quilt!

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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. Hey there, friends! It’s Thursday, and you know what that means: time for some thankfulness.

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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Five Frugal Things | electric savings, meat markdowns, & more

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I switched our electric service to a lower rate. I got a renewal letter, checked the rate, and discovered it wasn’t actually lower than my default company’s rate.

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Thankful Thursday | a pregnancy memory

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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. The other morning, I was out for a walk and I was thinking back to when I was newly pregnant with Zoe.

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 | I appreciate you guys

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Before we get to the frugal stuff, I want to say that I tried to respond to most of the comments on Monday’s post , but if I missed yours: Thank you so much for your prayers and love and thank you for sharing your stories.

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WIS, WWA | I one-upped myself, fashion-wise

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What I Spent. So you know how the other week I told you that I wore a polka-dotted shirt? which is surprising because it was a print and I rarely wear prints!). Well, this week I did one better: Yes. A flowered shirt, even!

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WIS, WWA | Plus Sonia & Kitten Photos

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What I Spent. First, would you like to see a few kitten pictures? Sonia came with me to do the cat shift this week, and there was this teeny tuxedo kitten that was unbearably cute. Seriously! Recognize the jacket from this Thred Up fashion post ? Also, look at the pink nose on this one.

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Five Frugal Things | It never hurts to ask!

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I got a 50% discount on a medical bill. We had a billing mixup and just ended up getting a bill from a January visit. When I called to pay it, I asked if there was a discount for paying in full, and much to my surprise, the guy offered 50% off. Two lessons here: it never hurts to ask.

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WIS, WWA | a lot of Dinner Illustrated

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I didn’t realize this when I made my menu plan, but everything I cooked this week was from Dinner Illustrated. It’s a really useful cookbook; highly recommend if you struggle figuring out what to cook for dinner! I wrote a whole review of it here. What I Spent.

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Thankful Thursday | no legwarmers, please

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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. It’s Thursday! Time to exercise our thankfulness muscles, everyone!

WIS, WWA | Also, I wore polka dots

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What I Spent. So, the only shopping I did this week was a $151 trip to Costco. Normally when I go to Costco, it pretty much blows my budget for that week. But apparently it works out all right if Costco is the ONLY place I go.

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Lately…

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I didn’t have time to write a blog post this weekend, and it’s already noon on Monday. So, here is a quick and rather random post, just so you have something to read. Lately, I’ve been… listening to. Leslie Odom’s album, “Mr.”

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What I Spent, What We Ate | takeout x2

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What I Spent. Unrelated but cute: there were baby tuxedo cats at the adoption center this week! I spent $162 on groceries this week between a Hungry Harvest box and the regular grocery store. August Spending. Week 1: $76. Week 2: $162. What We Ate. Saturday.

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5 alternatives to disposable kitchen storage bags & wraps

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Over in the Frugal Girl Facebook group , a reader asked for ideas to help reduce plastic food storage usage in the kitchen (things like zipper bags, Saran wrap, and so on). I’ve tried a lot of non-disposable alternatives so I thought I’d share my favorites here.

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I broke my stove (like, REALLY broke it)

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If I could start this post off with an emoji, it would be a sheepish one. When I do dumb things like this, I often feel like I don’t want to blog about it, because…embarrassing! Remember when I melted my hot water kettle by putting it on the stove?? ). But I usually realize my hesitance is a pretty good sign that I should write about it. Here we are. While cooking dinner one night about a month ago, I took the lid off my skillet to set it down on the stove top.

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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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How to recover after a money mistake: 7 tips

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In the recent survey I did , a reader left this question: What should you do when you have failed and bought something that doesn’t work/was not necessary/isn’t easy to resell? I especially wonder about your thoughts in such situations. Do you criticize yourself? Or is it ok to slip? Do you control harder afterwards? My immediate reaction to a money mistake made by me.

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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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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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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! But Lisey is going to the same orthodontist that Zoe is, which means we got the $300 discount for subsequent family members.

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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.

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. This week, I am thankful: -that our power stayed on during the storms. Tropical storm Isaias moved on through here this week, and we did not lose our power or experience any other serious damage. Lots of small branches are down, but those are no big deal. that my neck is feeling so much better.

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. Among other things, gratitude improves your mental and physical health, enhances empathy, reduces aggression, and improves your sleep. All this for the low, low price of $0! Gratitude is such a bargain.

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. Plus, this way I can make it decaf and just lightly sweetened. It’s a perfect summer beverage. I rescued all the bread ends.

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Thankful Thursday | a short one from 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. I am thankful. that Sonia does not appear to have EDS. EDS= Ehlers Danlos Sydrome). She’s got a few of the symptoms, so her pediatrician referred her to a geneticist. We had a telehealth appointment, and it looks like Sonia just has some hypermobility, not EDS. So, that’s good news.

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. I am totally not an eBay expert (lots of people on the internet know more about eBay than I do!), but I’m happy to share what I do. Install the eBay app. This is not essential, but it makes adding photos to your listing so, so much easier.

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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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Five Frugal Things | Some non-controversy

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Yesterday was kind of a day with comments, mainly on my Facebook page. I knew masks were a little controversial, but I was perhaps unprepared for just how controversial they are on Facebook. I love you all, regardless of your position on face masks. Virtual (and virus-free!) hugs to you all. And now for a totally un-controversial post. At least, I think it will be. I sold my old camera lens on eBay. I disclosed the auto-focus problem, of course.

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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. Neighbors let us borrow their kayak so we could both go (we only had one at the time). We have bodies that are healthy enough to allow us to go out and kayak. Our kids are old enough to mind themselves while we go do things like this.

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Five Frugal Things | a gift card, a free fizzy drink, and more

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I contacted Target about a missing $5 gift card. I’d bought at least $20 of personal care items, which should have triggered a $5 gift card for me. But somehow, I didn’t get one. So, I hopped on the chat, and about 5 minutes later, they sent an electronic Target gift card to my email. I figure that’s $1/minute, so it was worth my time to reach out. I got Sonia a free fountain drink.

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Five Frugal Things | pretty much 100% food!

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When you all responded to my survey, lots of you said you enjoy Five Frugal Things posts. So, I just wanted to give a hat tip to my friend Katy at The Non-Consumer Advocate , since her blog is where I got the idea in the first place. Katy posts almost nothing other than Five Frugal Things, so you’d probably enjoy her blog if you are not already a reader. I mashed and froze my cooked sweet potatoes. I’d baked them all in the crock pot (perfect for summer!)

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Thankful Thursday | Because I’ve been heat crabby

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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. Normally my Thankful Thursday posts are sort of random, but today I have a theme: summer/hot weather. I’m doing this because we have had a very long, mostly-uninterrupted string of hot, humid days with little relief in sight.

Putting off a task? Time how long it takes.

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Have you ever procrastinated on a task for days, only to find out that once you get started, the task takes a mere 15 minutes? We humans are not the most logical creatures sometimes, and I have noticed that I vastly overestimate how long a task takes, especially when it’s not a super fun job. Also, I have noticed that a timer (and the cold, hard facts it tells me) can really help me avoid procrastinating. How long does it REALLY take?

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My new Stitch Fix box arrived (with Lisey’s help)

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If you are new here or new to Stitch Fix: Stitch Fix is an online styling subscription program. You fill out a profile, pay a $20 styling fee, and you get a box of five clothing items to try. The $20 styling fee applies toward anything you keep. I originally was trying out the “the cheaper, the better” price point, but it was all pretty expensive anyway. As of now, I’m just trying to use up the credit I accumulated from an older post.

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What I Spent (less!) & What We Ate

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What I Spent. To start out, here’s a quick reminder that a little soak in water magically revives wilted greens. My downcast cilantro: And my cilantro, revived: This works great for herbs as well as greens like lettuce or kale. And it costs almost nothing! This week, I only spent $76 on groceries; a departure from the last few weeks of my spending. Maybe I can keep this up for a few weeks to level things out after my expensive July. What We Ate. Saturday.

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Five Frugal Things | eBay fangirling

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I started listing my five frugal things and realized I have kind of an inadvertent eBay theme going on here. It IS an awesome website for both making and saving money. And I am not affiliated. I listed many books on eBay. I went through my big bookshelf and found lots of no-longer-needed schoolbooks to offload. I’m hoping there will maybe be a big market for these right now, since more people will probably be homeschooling this fall.

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Can I ask you two quick questions?

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Ok, well, it’s really three questions, counting the one in the title! As I’ve been thinking through future blog post plans, I’ve found myself wanting to know exactly why it is that you read my blog. I mean, obviously you are here because you have some interest in saving money! But there are a lot of places on the web where you can get money advice, so that is probably not the whole reason you read this blog.

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