The Frugal Girl

5 Things That Are Making Me Happy (and one that’s not)

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The unhappy thing. Let’s get this out of the way first! After all this car mess with Joshua (his wreck, then his next car getting hit by a bus), I’m having a bit of a hard time relaxing about my kids driving.

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Eight Tips for Buying a Used Car

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A reader recently wrote in asking for tips about shopping frugally for a used car for her teen driver.

The big chest freezer cleanout | Basket #1 & Compartment #2

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I’m working on cleaning out my chest freezer this summer, one basket/compartment at a time so that I don’t get overwhelmed and give up on it entirely. Last week’s basket. Here’s how things went with my basket challenge from last week.

2018 Summer Bucket List

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Every year, I publish a list of the things I want to do before summer “kicks the bucket” My list is a mix of practical and fun things because I want my summer to be a mix of those two. Register Lisey and Sonia for fall classes.

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It’s time (to deal with my chest freezer)

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I love my chest freezer dearly, I really do. But since I’ve owned it for quite a few years now, it’s gotten to be a little lacking in the organizational department, and there are plenty of odds and ends that should be used up in order to avoid food waste.

How to freeze odds and ends without trying too hard

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Whenever I mention freezing something to avoid food waste, readers ask me what they can safely freeze and what process they need to go through to freeze various foods.

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Being frugal by choice rather than necessity is way more fun.

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In her book about organizing, Marie Kondo relates how even as a small child, she was anxious to keep her family’s home tidy. Clearly, organizing and tidying is in her bones!

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Tuesday Tip | Make a skillet breakfast/lunch

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If you follow my Hungry Harvest Instagram account , you know that I often have a plate of veggies + some kind of protein for breakfast or lunch. chased with dark chocolate, full disclosure). I’ve found this to be a really great (and pretty quick!)

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5 things that are making me happy (and one that’s not)

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Hat tip to my friend Katy for the post idea. Actually, let’s start with the not-making-me-happy thing. We are, once again, car shopping for Joshua. I can’t get into all the details of it here, but there was odometer fraud and we couldn’t legally keep the car.

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Want to know what I got for my 40th birthday?

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On Friday, which was my birthday, Mr. FG headed out to a doctor appointment and then to work. Or so I thought. He showed up back at home about an hour later and when I went upstairs to see why he was back so soon, I saw one of my best friends sitting on my couch!

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Five Frugal Things | Well, hello!

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Hey everyone! It was good to unplug for a few days, but I’m glad to be back. How about a Five Frugal Things post to kick things off? I checked around for a deodorant sale price. Lisey was out, so I searched to see if the kind she uses was on sale anywhere.

7 Reasons Your Grocery Bill is Too High

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I get commissions for purchases made through links in this post. 1) You’re shopping at the wrong store. While you can find bargains at most any store, where you shop does have a huge affect on your grocery bill.

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A few things I’m loving

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I get commissions for purchases made through links in this post. My new mini whisk. I got a mini whisk at Christmas, and man, I love this thing. I bought this mini set of whisks years ago, and they’d really seen better days.

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What I Spent, What We Ate

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I get commissions for purchases made through links in this post. What I Spent. I knew this week was going to be spendy. I dropped $111 at Aldi, $60 at Costco, and $39 at another grocery store. Plus I got a $25 Hungry Harvest box. So, I’m starting June off at $235! What We Ate. Monday.

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Five Frugal Things | In which I do not want to cook dinner

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More on that don’t-want-to-cook-dinner thing in item #5. I used up two extra egg yolks. A dinner recipe called for two egg whites, which meant I had two yolks sitting in my fridge. So, I added them into my scrambled eggs, which were part of my lunch plate the other day: 2.

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A few thoughts on turning 40

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Delayed a bit, since I turned 40 at the end of April. But then again, I was a little busy on the weekend of my birthday. Just FYI: this post is going to have nothing to do with frugality and a whole lot more to do with navel-gazing. Because this is my blog and I will navel-gaze if I want to!).

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10 ways to jumpstart your emergency fund this month

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I get commissions for purchases made through links in this post. If you read my post about the importance of an emergency fund , you might have felt inspired to start one.

What I Spent, What We Ate | $62

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What I Spent. I didn’t do tons of grocery shopping this week. Which probably means next week will be nutso. I made a $32 trip on Monday, and then a $17 trip on Wednesday. And yesterday I made a $13 stop for some dinner ingredients plus a cantaloupe and some sausage that was on sale.

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My ThredUp Goody box arrived!

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I get commissions for purchases made through links in this post. ThredUp did not sponsor this post or ask me to order/review a Goody Box. And I have a review and photos for you.

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How 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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Miscellany | including: a bus hit our car

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My overnight was fantastic. I went to a local hotel overnight by myself on Friday, and it was fantastic. I took a walk in a local free park at sunset. I ate outside at a little Mediterranean restaurant. I went to bed early. Because I am a party animal! I ate breakfast all by myself.

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Korean Sizzling Beef Lettuce Wraps

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These popped up on my menu recently, and more than one of you asked for the recipe. I have very few photos (apologies), but I wanted to get the recipe up here for you without waiting until the next time I make it. I can always add more photos later.

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What I Spent, What We Ate |

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What I Spent. I got a $25 Hungry Harvest and then I spent $139 at the grocery stores. So, I’m at $164 this week, which isn’t too bad. Especially compared to last week. June Spending. Week 1: $235. Week 2: $164. What We Ate. Monday.

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Forget the mistake, remember the lesson

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Last week we were at an ice cream shop that encourages customers to write/draw on post-it notes and then stick them up on the walls. This one caught my eye, and not just because of the misspelling.

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Tuesday Tip | Prep your produce

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I know you already KNOW you should do this. So I’m not imparting information so much as I’m reminding you. And myself, let’s be honest.

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Some things that are making me happy

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It’ll probably be a happy/grateful mash-up this time around. Insurance is giving us a fair price for Joshua’s car. Just so you know, I got Joshua’s permission to tell you it was his wreck. I didn’t want to share that without making sure it was ok with him.

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All about my new counters and backsplash

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Eagle-eyed readers have been noticing that my kitchen counters and backsplash have changed in the last 6 months or so, and more than one has written me to ask about our thought process behind the upgrades. So, I’m here to talk about that!

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Five Frugal Things

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I got a boost on my Ebates check. I had an $85 balance over at Ebates and they sent me an email offering a boost of 10-20% if I redeemed for a gift card instead of a check.

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Nadine West | Like Stitch Fix, but cheaper

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary package of clothing to review, but this post is not sponsored. After one of my Stitch Fix posts, I got an email from Nadine West, a company that offers a service similar to Stitch Fix, but with a more budget-friendly price range.

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Tuesday Tip | Keep a scrap paper clip on your fridge

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I know it’s the digital age and all, but somehow, I do still seem to end up with an impressive amount of un-needed paper. yesterday’s to-do list on scrap paper left from printing an eBay shipping label.

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Small and consistent wins the day. And the year.

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Earth Day is today, and Hungry Harvest asked if they could sponsor me to write an Earth Day post (and run a giveaway for you guys!). Of course, I said yes. Giveaway details are at the end of the post. I have mixed feelings about Earth Day.

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Screen Time and My Kids | Through the years

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A reader emailed this question to me recently: Your kids are very handy and do amazing things, like knitting, sewing etc, which leads me to believe they don’t spend a lot of time watching tv. . Is that true? How much time are they allowed tv, if any?

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Five Frugal Things | cereal box as shipping container + more

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I reused a cereal box as a shipping container. Zoe sold another Calico Critter item on eBay, and we didn’t have a box the right size. I had a cereal box in the cabinet, though, so I gently took it apart, turned it inside out, taped it back up, and we were in business!

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Five Step Fruity Overnight Baked Oatmeal

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(Go straight to the recipe if you like!). I’ve made baked oatmeal on and off in the past, but I’ve always felt a little iffy about how much sugar most baked oatmeals contain.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | It was an unusual week.

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Unusual on several fronts, actually. What I Spent. I started out the week with a $73 trip to Aldi last Friday. On Saturday, I got my Hungry Harvest ( $25 ). And then I spent $106 on several other midweek trips. So, I spent $236.98 this week. Good heavens.

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Kids Toys | What to keep, what to give away

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Readers frequently ask me about how I handle outgrown toys. What do I keep? What do I get rid of? Is there any point in keeping outgrown toys around? What about when grandchildren come along? Is it more frugal to keep toys rather than getting rid of them?

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WIS, WWA | Eating down the freezer

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This post contains affiliate links. What I Spent. Let’s see. I spent $47 at Aldi last Friday. I got my Hungry Harvest on Saturday ( $25). On Tuesday, I made a $44 stop at Aldi. And yesterday I spent $32 at a non-Aldi grocery store, buying mostly loss-leader sale items.

Tuesday Tip | Store leftover paint in food jars

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You know how when you finish a painting project, you often have a little bit of paint leftover? You want to keep it around for touch-ups, but you don’t want to store a big bucket for that small amount of paint.

Screen Time and me!

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When I wrote about screen time and my kids, a reader asked for my thoughts about screen time for adults, and what I specifically do to control my own screen time. Just like with my kids, what I’m largely concerned about for myself is the type of screen time I’m having.

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WIS, WWA | dance week! and no-car-week for me.

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I get commissions for purchases made through links in this post. It’s been an odd week both because it began with me being gone for the weekend and because it’s dance recital week for Sonia and Zoe (which means two rehearsals and a recital).

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