The Frugal Girl

My jeans split, my scale is discontinued, ThredUp photos are coming!

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This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. I’ve got some miscellany for you all today! I gave up on that one pair of jeans. You know how I’ve mended them a bunch of times?

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Tuesday Tip | Fix tarnished jewelry with foil + baking soda

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Ok, plus salt and vinegar too. But the post title was getting a bit long. If you’ve got some tarnished jewelry, you should really give this Apartment Therapy tutorial a try.

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How We Homeschool in High School

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Hi Kristen, I’ve been a reader of your blog for a few years. I’m a homeschool mom of 4 from Washington state, and my oldest, 13, is getting ready to start high school next year.

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Five Frugal Things | Free soap pump, Goodwill silverware, and more

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I called Method about their soap dispensers. I like foaming soap because it seems to be a lot less wasteful than regular liquid soap. But the last two dispensers I got from Method became nearly unusable after just one refill. The top just stayed down when you pressed it.).

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Is it cheaper to make trail mix or to buy it?

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For years, I have wondered if it’s cheaper to: a) make my own trail mix with Aldi ingredients. b) buy the pre-mixed Aldi trail mix. If I didn’t have a blog, I’d probably just spend the rest of my life wondering.

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8 thoughts after a year of owning a cat

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This post contains affiliate links. At the beginning of 2018, we adopted a 7 year old cat from the local animal shelter. I’m not gonna lie; I was pretty apprehensive about this.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | plus a slightly snarky story

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This post contains affiliate links. In case you happen to be new here: every Friday I write a post detailing what I spent on groceries and also what we ate. I used to publish a menu plan, but I eventually decided it was better to chronicle what we actually ate, vs. what I aspired to have us eat.

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Tuesday Tip | There are 42 weeks until Christmas.

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This post contains affiliate/referral links. I know Christmas is a weird thing to think about in March. But if you start doing something now to prepare for the holidays, you could save yourself a lot of financial stress in December. And January.

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Five Frugal Things | free Oreos, for one

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I realized last night that we hadn’t had one of these in the last two weeks. I am here to rectify that today! I had a very frugal CVS trip.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | Happy Birthday, Sonia!

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Sonia is now 15 years old! What I Spent. Let’s see! I spent $109 at Aldi, $25 on my Hungry Harvest , and $32 elsewhere. That makes my total $166 for the week. March Spending. Week 1: $76. Week 2: $166. What We Ate. Saturday. This was Sonia’s birthday party night.

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One-Pan Chicken and Veggie Ramen Bowls

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I’m posting this because I shared some step-by-step photos of these chicken and veggie ramen bowls on my Instagram stories last week, and my messages got flooded with requests for the recipe!

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Well, that was an unusual week!

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I didn’t really do any cooking this week because last Saturday, I flew out to Lake Tahoe to go skiing with my parents and my siblings.

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My nest has emptied a little bit

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I turned 40 in 2018, and on my birthday I remember thinking that this decade, my forties, would probably be a decade full of much more change than my thirties. (me me and my friend who came to see my for my 40th!). This is largely due to the stage of life we are in as parents.

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Are you ready to see this?

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My freezer is actually empty! Clean! Defrosted! And I’m just about ready to plug it back in. After working through nearly everything from my last freezer post, I put the few remaining items in my kitchen freezer.

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Well, I tried the gratitude journal thing.

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February’s happiness challenge. A daily gratitude journal my February happiness challenge item, and while I didn’t manage to get it done every day, I did write in the journal pretty frequently. Did this make me feel happier? Well.

I’m trying 12 cheap/free things that promise to make me happier

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Because trying things is fun. And watching other people try things is fun too! I mean, Gretchen Rubin wrote a whole book about trying happiness habits for a year, and the world was pretty interested in that.

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Homemade Granola Bars

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I wanted to link to this recipe recently, and I clicked on over to it only to discover that it was kind of a train wreck. Totally un-printable, with photos intermingled with directions and ingredients. It was 2009, what can I say? I didn’t know what I was doing!

What I Spent, What We Ate | A very freezer-ful week

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What I Spent. I skipped my Hungry Harvest this week because I was starting to get a little backlog of veggies. I love that it’s so easy to skip deliveries when this happens! (If If you want to try Hungry Harvest, you can get $5 off if you sign up through my referral link. ).

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What I Spent, What We Ate | It’s the start of birthday season here

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This post contains affiliate links. February, March, and April hold 5/6 birthdays in our family, starting with Mr. FG and Zoe in February. Let the celebrations begin! What I Spent. I spent $84 at the grocery store, plus $25 on my Hungry Harvest. And oddly enough, I did not go to Aldi this week.

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Freezer Challenge | MAYBE the very last one

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I’ve been working on eating down the contents of my chest freezer for months now, and I’m finally nearing the end! Here’s how things started, as a reminder. The lid of my chest freezer has accumulated some condensation inside the lid, where it’s frozen.

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How much should you spend on groceries? (and other grocery questions)

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I’ve gotten lots of questions in the new year about my grocery budget, so I thought I’d answer them here in a post, rather than emailing/responding to everyone’s comments. Less work for me, and then everyone can benefit! How many people are you feeding?

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I will actually write a post tomorrow.

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It is considered to be very bad blogging etiquette to pop on and say, “sorry for not posting!”, ”, but here I am. I have a couple of posts in the works but none of them are quite ready to publish and I don’t have time to finish any of them this morning.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | It’s the shortest day of the year!

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When I got up this morning and got out the devotional that Mr. FG and I read together, I looked and the date and realized, OOH! Today is the shortest day of the year! That in itself is not cause for rejoicing, exactly, because I hate dark days. But what it means is that longer days are coming.

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8 things I’ve learned in a year of drinking coffee

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This post contains affiliate links. Ok, well, almost a year. Up until this past year, tea has been my hot drink of choice. Chai, with sugar and heavy cream.).

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Tuesday Tip | Make some t-shirt rags

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If you have some old t-shirts lying around that are really, really no good for wearing or donating, cut them up into rags. Just get a sharp pair of scissors, cut out the neck edging and the seams, and cut the remaining fabric into your desired rag size.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | I’m $19 over for the month

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What I Spent. I spent $171 at the grocery store, plus $25 on my Hungry Harvest. So I’m at $196 , which is on the high side again. Partly this is because I keep having to buy all my proteins for the week since I don’t have a stash in my freezer!

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Tuesday Tip | Eat what’s cheap right now.

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Before you decide what to buy and cook each week, consider what’s available inexpensively right now. What’s on sale? What’s in season? What’s already in your freezer/fridge/pantry that needs to be used? Using what you have before it goes bad is a very cheap option!).

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What I Spent, What We Ate | New Year, Fresh Budget

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First, here’s how last year’s spending stacked up. 2018 Grocery Spending. January: $544. February: $588. March: $641. April: $728. May: $535. June: $749. July: $578. August: $498. September: $598. October: $628. November: $587. December: $661. 7332 total.

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Five Frugal Things | My jeans broke. Again.

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Happy Monday, friends! I mended my bench cushion. We bought a table and chair set from Crate and Barrel some years ago and while the furniture is fine, the pads are less impressive. The bench cushion especially has been problematic, in that it shrinks when you wash it.

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Five Frugal Things | ok, actually 10

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I used up some crystallized honey. I had two containers of pretty solid honey that I was tired of looking at. So I made a batch of chocolate chip granola bars. And a batch of energy balls. I made soup with my butternut squash. I got one from Hungry Harvest and it sat on my counter for a while.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | $76!

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What I Spent. I spent $25 on my Hungry Harvest and $51 at the grocery store. It was a light shopping week! What We Ate. Saturday. Mr. FG and I had our date night (tacos!) and the girls fended for themselves (which means things like grilled cheese or ramen, usually.). Sunday.

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Tuesday Tip | Get a free Mason jar set!

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This post contains affiliate links, which help support this site at no additional cost to you. I don’t usually share deals for Tuesday Tips, but I got an email yesterday letting me know about this and I wanted to share it.

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Thai Chicken Soup

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I shared about this soup on Instagram and in my menu post this week, and I got a fair number of message asking for the recipe. This is definitely going into our regular rotation because: we all thought it was delicious (most importantly!).

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5 Things That Are Making Me Happy

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I needed to make a list today, so I thought I’d post it. And if you need a little happiness boost, you can join me in the comments. DST starts a week from Saturday. YESSSSSSSS.

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Tuesday Tip | Sometimes a deal is not the cheapest option.

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I’ve noticed that especially when people are first learning about frugal living, they tend to be a little overly focused on discounts and deals. I do love a good deal, of course, and deals have their place in frugal living! But often the best savings are not to be found in deals and discounts.

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Stitch Fix | February 2019

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This post contains affiliate links. It’s time for another Stitch Fix post, where I un-professionally model the things Stitch Fix sends me. (If

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WIS, WWA | I got a lot of nights off!

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What I Spent. I got my $25 Hungry Harvest box, of course. And I spent $140 at the grocery store. So my grocery spending totals $165 this week. February Spending. Week 1: $109. Week 2: $165. What We Ate. Saturday.

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The Cookie Contest Answers!

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Readers. For the first time ever, no one got all the cookie answers right! In previous years, someone eventually got them all correct, but this time 0/116 got them all in order. A lot of you were really close, but boy, that last cookie stumped a bunch of you. Almost no one guessed it was Lisey!

Taxes. A shrimp recipe. FIRE. And updates on Sixth Continent.

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This post contains affiliate links. I did my taxes and I am relieved. It turns out that I earned less money than I thought I did and oddly, that’s a relief to me, That’s because I’m ending up owing a lot less money than I thought I would. Woohoo!

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What I Spent, What We Ate | restocking is no joke

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What I Spent. First up, last Saturday, I got my $25 Hungry Harvest box. For those of you asking about the value of the Hungry Harvest produce, I weighed mine this week, and my box held 20 pounds of produce. So, that’s $1.25/pound , averaged out.

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Four Frugal Things | and one fail

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We got a free tire for Joshua. He got his first flat, and after Mr. FG helped him put on the spare, we got ready to order a new tire and Mr. FG realized that we had a warranty on these tires through Tire Rack.

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Tuesday Tip | How to find posts/recipes on my blog!

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This is not a money-saving tip, necessarily, but it’s a question that I get somewhat regularly…people write to me wondering how to find a recipe or a DIY that I’ve posted before.

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There’s more love than hate for Stitch Fix (plus other miscellany)

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I have a bunch of smallish things to say. Which means it’s time for a miscellany post! Stitch Fix posts win. When I do a Stitch Fix post, there are always a few readers who voice some mild unhappiness about it. Which is fine. Not everyone will love every post.).

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