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What am I going to do with an empty nest?

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Kristen, Gosh, time has flown by! Just read your post about having two HS grads — I think I started reading your Frugal Girl when everyone was a baby! Zoe and me around the time I started blogging. So, I was just wondering if you had been doing any advanced planning for an empty nest?

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Vintage fashion, a cereal bag reuse, and more!

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Time for Five Frugal Things, people. I used a cereal bag to freeze turkey. I saved the enormous plastic bag from a Costco-sized box of Cheerios because I thought it might come in handy. And it did, yesterday!

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Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

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This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure policy here. (I I originally found these muffins on All Recipes years ago, and I’m resharing the recipe now with a printable recipe card!).

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What I Spent, What We Ate | It’s starting to feel like summer!

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This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure policy here. We are mostly finished with school, the weather is warm, and we had watermelon this week. So, basically summer. What I Spent.

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Progress is almost never dramatic.

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Big wins, sudden breakthroughs, and “aha!” ” moments are what we’d all love to experience. But in my experience (ha), those happen really, really rarely. In pretty much every area of my life, progress has happened slowly over time.

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A really quick Five Frugal Things

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It’s been a good Monday morning so far…I worked out, showered, took Sonia to her tutorial, went to Aldi and another store, and did some laundry. And it’s not quite 11:00 am. But I did not write a blog post. So, we’re gonna just have a quick little Five Frugal Things today.

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Homemade Chewy Snickerdoodles

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Recently, I was out with Mr. FG for dinner and I saw a big snickerdoodle cookie at the cash register. I hadn’t had a snickerdoodle in ages, so I decided to give it a try. Friends, let me tell you: It was a crushing disappointment of a cookie.

Tuesday Tip | How to avoid overspray with nonstick spray

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This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure policy here. (I I thought about it for a long time and could not come up with a better title than that. It’ll be what it’ll be.).

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It doesn’t have to be perfect to bless other people.

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(This is a post I wrote 9 years ago, and I thought it needed to see the light of day again.). Ahh, perfectionism. It almost sounds like a virtue, doesn’t it? In reality, it is such a snare in so many ways, not the least of which is its tendency to render us immobile.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | I am a marinating fail.

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See Thursday’s meal for my fail. Also, thank you all so much for your helpful comments on yesterday’s post. Maria has so many good ideas to help her navigate family life without dental insurance now. You guys are the best! What I Spent. Let’s see.

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Get 5% back on Aldi gift cards with Sixth Continent (a reader tip!)

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This post contains referral links, which earn commission for this site at no extra cost to you. This post is not sponsored by Sixth Continent or Aldi. Ok, so, today’s Tuesday Tip comes compliments of reader Emily H. peaceofcake03 on Instagram).

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How to Make Popovers (in a muffin tin)

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This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure policy here. Oddly enough, until a few years ago, I’d never had a popover, despite having seen them in cookbooks for years.

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April 2019 Photo-A-Day roundup

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For the last two months, I’ve been taking a photo a day, using lists of prompts from the internet. I enjoy taking photos, and having a daily prompt makes me pick up my camera more often than I otherwise would. And it also makes me take photos of things I otherwise wouldn’t!

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Tuesday Tip | A quick Frywall review

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This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure policy here. In an issue of Cook’s Country or Cook’s Illustrated (I can’t remember!), I saw that they recommended the Frywall. What’s a Frywall?

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What I Spent, What We Ate | It was my birthday week.

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This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure policy here. What I Spent. I spent $94 at the grocery store, plus $25 on my Hungry Harvest box. Related: What’s Hungry Harvest? So, I’m starting May off at $119. Woohoo!

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Five Frugal Things | Including $200 for watching TV!

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I took advantage of Sixth Continent’s 30% back deal. On Monday, Sixth Continent had a several-hour offer that gave 30% credit back on any gift card purchase. I’d gotten the email about it, but forgotten until a reader messaged me on Instagram to remind me. Phew!

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What I Spent, What We Ate | dance week!

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What I Spent. I’ve been busy attending end-of-year dance stuff with Zoe…but I’ve also been grocery shopping and cooking. I spent $166 at the grocery store and $25 on my Hungry Harvest box. So, I’m at $191 for the week. May Spending. Week 1 : $119. Week 2: $191. What We Ate.

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Is a Southwest card the best option for airline miles?

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This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure policy here. This reader question showed up in my inbox today so I thought I’d give it a quick answer.

Wednesday Baking | Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

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This post was in my 2010 archives, and I’m republishing it today with a printable recipe card. I made this on Easter of this year and was reminded how tasty it is. And it’s SO easy. You should give it a try! Today’s recipe is not at all healthy. Not in the slightest.

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How to Declutter Without Creating Trash

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Last updated March 30, 2019. Though I forgot to mention this in my review of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Kondo’s persistent mentions of the hundreds of bags of trash she’s helped her clients throw out…well, it made me a little twitchy.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | I have $75 left for April.

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First, a little clarification. Yesterday I mentioned that as a second-generation homeschooler, I haven’t felt worried about how well my kids would do. What I meant is that I’ve already been through the process, so I know it can work.

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English Muffin Bread (aka a very, very easy bread recipe)

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Kneading is probably the number one thing that discourages people from making bread. I did write a “ How to knead” post , but in case you are still terrified of kneading, I have a recipe that requires no such thing!

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What I Spent, What We Ate | Did I keep it at $75?

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What I Spent. Remember how last week, I mentioned that I only had $75 left to spend in April? This week I spent $79 at Aldi and $7 at another store. That adds up to $86 , so I came in VERY nearly on budget. Woohoo!

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Tuesday Tip | Expect to be rather terrible at first.

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This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. When you are trying something new, whether it’s budgeting, bread baking, menu planning, cooking, sewing, or any number of other things, you should expect to be rather terrible at first.

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Five Frugal Things | PT, a free date night, braces, and more

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We had a bargain-full date night. First, we had subs at Jersey Mike’s, using the Sixth Continent gift card I ordered last week. Then we stopped at Rita’s, where I had a coupon for a free Italian ice, due to my birthday coming up this week.

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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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Ask the Readers | What can you do without dental insurance?

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Hi Kristen! I’m Marie, also a mom of four kids (13, 10, 4, and 2). We’re homeschoolers too and my husband is self employed so money is TIGHT. I just recently had a root canal done and it has cost us $2500!

ThredUp Rescue Box Review | the fails

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This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. In case you missed Monday’s post, I recently took a bit of a risk and ordered a $100 rescue box from ThredUp *.

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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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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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Five Unrelated Things

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This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure policy here. Hello, frugal people! I’ve been under the weather this week with a throat infection, which is why there was no post yesterday.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | Sunday was a bit of a fail.

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This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. What I Spent. I spent $144 at the grocery store, plus $25 on my Hungry Harvest. So, $169 to start out April.

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March Happiness Update + April’s Challenge

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In 2019, I’m trying one new habit per month that A) promise to increase my happiness levels and B) costs little to nothing. In January, I used my phone less. Definitely will keep doing this.). In February, I tried a gratitude journal. This was not a keeper of a habit for me. One month was enough !).

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ThredUp Rescue Box Review | The keepers

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This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. I recently took a bit of a risk and ordered a $100 rescue box of size small tops from ThredUp *.

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Tuesday Tip | Think about dinner BEFORE dinnertime

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If you are a person who can come up with great ideas on the fly simply by looking through your fridge/pantry, then you just keep on being you. (I’m I’m envious of your skills, and this post is not for you.).

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Some things that are making me happy

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Because this is a very good exercise to do on the regular. Join me in the comments! The trees are getting leaves. The myriad oaks in our neighborhood are still just sporting ugly flowers, but almost everything else suddenly has baby green leaves.

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Why I love Dinner Illustrated

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America’s Test Kitchen did not pay me to write this post. I bought my own second hand cookbook copy and I’m just posting about it because I love it! This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure policy here.

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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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Five Frugal Things | Leaves, a longboard, cheap weights, and more!

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We cleared our own leaves. For a variety of reasons, we never cleaned up our yard leaves last fall. So I got an estimate from someone to blow them and take them away for yard waste recycling. 300, they said. Which suddenly made me want to pick up our leaf blower. leaf blowing; a dirty business.

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May Happiness Challenge | Read a chapter every day

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In 2019, I’m trying one new habit per month that A) promise to increase my happiness levels and B) costs little to nothing. I allllways seem to be late posting about each new month’s challenge. Maybe in June I will actually post about the challenge at the beginning of the month.

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Tuesday Tip | Pay attention to what you do every day, week, or month.

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It is true that occasional big financial decisions (house buying, car buying, private jet buying) are massively important when it comes to your financial situation. But most of us grasp the gravity of these decisions.

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10 Tips for Introverted Moms

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This post was last updated in April 2019. When I wrote about the downsides of homeschooling , I mentioned that having the kids home all the time can be a little bit exhausting if you’re an introvert. (A A simple definition is that an introvert gains energy by being alone.

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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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