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I am not trying to tell anyone how to eat

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I’m about to publish another big ol’ post comprised of nothing but food-waste-fighting breakfast and lunch meals. Last time I did this , some of my social media followers sort of got the wrong idea.

7 Questions to Help You Make Decluttering Decisions

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I recently got this email from a reader: As a long-time reader/fan, I know that you declutter your home every summer. I wonder if you might be willing to do a post or series on decluttering that includes your thought process when you declutter.

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Vintage-Style Buydeem Toaster Review (with Sonia’s help!)

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I already own a toaster, which you’ve probably seen in the background of some of my photos; it’s a bright red number from Cuisinart, and we’ve been really happy with it. So when Buydeem reached out to ask if I would review one of their products, I almost said no.

Care about something a lot? Then the work will fall on you (and that’s ok)

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A little while back, a reader asked if my kids feel about my food-waste avoidance efforts; do they think it’s dumb? Are they as enthusiastic about avoiding food waste as I am? The answer? They don’t think my efforts are dumb.

Thankful Thursday | Biology: done

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New here? Thankful Thursday is our weekly community opportunity to hunt for the good in our lives. It’s free! It could perk up your day! And you get better at this if you practice, so I’d love for you to join in the comments. This week, I am thankful: that I’m done with biology!

Donating clothes? Here’s how to increase the odds they’ll get used, not thrown away

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In recent years, I’ve done some volunteering at an organization near us that helps people who are coming out of homeless situations.

Meet a Reader | Jodie

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Today, we’re meeting a bright and colorful reader who also happens to be a blogger. Jodie runs a fashion blog for 50+ women, called Jodie’s Touch of Style. Tell us a little about yourself. I’m a retired cosmetic dentist living in Sun City, Arizona with my husband.

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WIS, WWA | Also, about airplane mechanic school

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In yesterday’s post, I mentioned in passing that Lisey was going to airplane mechanic school in the fall. I thought I’d mentioned it here before, but I must have only mentioned it on my other blog. Whoops. Here’s the post I wrote there about Lisey ). Anyway!

Thankful Thursday | I’m glad to not need gas!

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This week, I am thankful: that we are not in dire need of gas. We have some gas in the tanks of all of our cars, and none of us needs to do a whole bunch of driving right now anyway.

Five Frugal Things | $30 for a truck of mulch

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I got a $30 truckload of mulch compliments of my dad. We do not have a truck, but my dad does. And he was kind enough to bring over a whole truck load from the local sawmill. The entire truckload cost only $30, which is such a bargain compared to the mulch that comes in bags.

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Q&A | Why do I want to become a nurse?

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I’m still working on putting together some more Meet a Reader posts, so today we’ll do another Q&A round. Why the drive to become a nurse? Rose ( remember her from a Meet a Reader post? ).

WIS, WWA | my griddle died

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More about the griddle on Monday’s meal. RIP, griddle. What I Spent. Well, I got a $25 Hungry Harvest box. Mr. FG made a $45 BJ’s trip. He and I made a quick stop at Lidl (my first time in the store!) and we spent $6. And then we spent $22 at Harris Teeter on a few things.

Thankful Thursday | Yup. Still thankful for the weather.

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New here? Each week, we all practice the free art of hunting for things to be grateful for. This week, I am thankful: for the rain that washed some of the pollen away. The oak flowers have pretty much all fallen, and we’ve gotten a little rain to help wash the yellow dust away. Excellent.

Five (er, 7) Frugal Things

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Usually I take advantage of a birthday freebie or two, but this year, I really went for it. So, I’m gonna just share a birthday-freebie Five Frugal Things. Except I have seven, so this will be slightly longer than usual. Free Potbelly cookies.

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Four inexpensive 2b wavy hair products (Curly Girl approved)

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I recently shared a photo on social media of my wet hair followed by my dry, scrunched wavy hair, and lots of people were asking about the products that I used. Your hair is wavy?

Five Frugal Things | $10 wedding shoes

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I kept a cheaper pair of shoes. This was inadvertently frugal! I had ordered a larger pair of my original DSW shoes, but then I also found a similar pair at Target for $10. Lisey actually gave an upvote to the Target shoes style-wise. AND they were more comfortable.

Q&A | Fridge organization, jeans, pasta, and Oreos

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I put out a call for Q&A submissions on Facebook yesterday, and I got inspired to promptly put some into a post! How can I organize and manage the inside of my refrigerator? Susan. Oh, Susan. I feel you here.

Thankful Thursday | I did not owe taxes!

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New here? Thankful Thursday is our weekly effort to hunt for the good in our lives; a free mood-booster! This week, I am thankful: that I owed no taxes this year. I am exceedingly happy about this, which is why it’s first on the list.

WIS, WWA | my birthday week!

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What I Spent. Well, we didn’t do a ton of grocery shopping this week because it was a pretty unusual week of dinner meals for us. I made a $25 stop at Harris Teeter and Mr. FG did an $80 run to BJ’s warehouse club. So, our grocery spending was $105. April Grocery Spending. Week 1: $115.

Five Frugal Things | mostly about Lisey

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Lisey’s been making some good frugal moves lately, so I’m sharing the spotlight with her today. Lisey bought a used toolbox set for $150. Our neighbors across the street were having a yard sale, and Lisey ran over and snagged a huge Craftsman toolbox for herself.

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This always happens on Wednesdays

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I reliably put posts out on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. But somehow, Wednesday often gets the short end of the stick, and I end up either not writing a post or writing a rather random post, like a stream of consciousness.

Thankful Thursday | No, we didn’t get a second cat!

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New here? Thankful Thursday is our weekly gratitude practice; a way to hunt for the good that is there in our lives and in the world. And it costs exactly $0. This week, I am thankful: for Sonia’s pet-sitting job.

Meet a Frugal Girl Reader | J D

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JD was one of the first people I emailed an interview request to, back in January. I never heard back, so I assumed she didn’t want to participate. But as it turns out, she never got my email!

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Thankful Thursday | with the cutest kitten

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This week, I am thankful: for the kittens we saw last night. Sonia and I nearly expired from the cuteness. Look!!! We had four eight week-old kittens at the shelter for our shift, and oh my word, they were SO cute.

WIS, WWA | a pile o’ receipts

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What I Spent. I had a pile of receipts from this week! $19 19 at Giant. $52 52 at Lidl (Mr. FG stopped there three times. Heh.). 104 at Aldi. $18 18 at BJs. $25 25 for a Hungry Harvest box. And that all adds up to $218. April Grocery Spending. I seem to be on an upward spending trend this month.

Five Frugal (mending) Things

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This week, I have a 100% mending-themed five frugal things post! I fixed my joggers. Again. This pair of very old American Giant joggers have appeared before in a Five Frugal Things post.

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Five Frugal Things | I have a dental appliance

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I bought a Luna Guard. My dentist told me it looks like I grind my teeth at night (whoops) and she recommended a Luna Guard. So, I ordered one, molded it to my teeth, and I’m two nights in to wearing it. Note: I do not actually wear this thing during the day.

WIS, WWA | but first some tulips

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Hello! Groceries in a second, but first, look at these tulips from my sister-in-law’s yard. I gave up on growing tulips myself because the voles ate every last one. But since my neighbor’s cat has seemed to reduce the vole population, maybe I will give tulips another go. What I Spent.

Stream of consciousness

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It’s currently 11 am (ok, scratch that, it’s now after 12pm), and none of my in-draft posts are ready to go. So, stream of consciousness is what you get today, written from my couch, where the cat is sitting next to me. something in my drafts.

Meet a Reader | Cindy B.

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Hello, readers! We are meeting reader Cindy today; she and her husband are full-time RVers. I wonder if there’s a larger proportion of RVers in the frugal community because even though full-time RVers are a minority, Cindy is the second featured Frugal Girl reader who lives in an RV full time!

Five Frugal Things | a library edition

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Well, the library makes up the first two, at least! I put next month’s book club book on hold. I am sort of allergic to buying books (unless they are somehow not available at the library). As long as they are at the library, that is where I will always go.

WIS, WWA | still not over it!

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What I Spent. I am still not over the joy of daylight at dinnertime. My family is probably getting tired of my enthusiasm over it, actually, but I can’t help it; I am so happy to have daylight when we sit down to eat.

“It’s just money.”

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This is a much-ballyhooed phrase in the personal finance world, largely because people use it to justify all sorts of irresponsible financial behavior. Maxing out your credit card for a trip to Europe? Eh, it’s just money. Buying a house whose mortgage takes 70% of your income?

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Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

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Back in our teen years, my sister and I used to freezer bananas and blend them up with milk to make a faux ice cream-ish sort of dessert. It’s surprisingly delicious for something that’s just fruit and dairy.

Thankful Thursday | the vaccine one

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This week, I am thankful: that some warm, sunny weather is coming. It’s been a chilly, cloudy week, but we’re going to get some sun starting on Saturday, and next week promises some warmer air too. for the later sunsets.

Anti-food waste breakfast and lunch (in pictures)

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I recently shared a collection of breakfast and lunch photos, all with a bent towards using up odds and ends in the name of avoiding food waste. And since enough readers found that to be helpful, I’ve got another such collection for you today! breakfast | carrot oats with an orange.

Five Frugal Things | Only so much martyrdom

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I ate the rest of the gluten-free pretzels. Since Sonia is off the low FODMAP diet, she’s back on gluten. But we still had some gluten-free pretzels hanging around, and since I think they’re pretty good, I finished them up. (I

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Dryer balls or Food Huggers?

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In honor of Earth Day tomorrow, I have a fun offer for you guys from Mighty Fix! Mighty Nest runs a subscription service called the Mighty Fix; when you subscribe to the Mighty Fix, you get an earth-friendly, healthy item in your mailbox every month.

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Meet a Frugal Girl Reader | Sarah, an RVer

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Reader Sarah is a full-time RVer, and she wrote to me asking if I’d like to feature her in a Monday post, since RVing is a slightly unusual way of life. And I thought that it would be a fun way to mix things up, so I sent her the interview questions. Tell us a little about yourself.

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Pardon the changes!

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Google is rolling out some new standards that websites need to meet. Which means I needed to change my blog’s theme. It still needs some serious tweaking, so apologies in advance. I’m working on it! The post Pardon the changes! appeared first on The Frugal Girl

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Thankful Thursday | And now it’s April!

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This week, I am thankful: that we are halfway through the spring semester. I am enjoying my biology class and lab, but those two classes are definitely eating up a lot of my time. So I’m glad to be halfway through. that I’m doing well in my classes.

WIS, WWA | with some actual dinner photos

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(WIS, WWA = What I Spent, What We Ate). It’s not dark at dinnertime anymore! Which means I am much more inspired to pick up my camera before we eat. And that means that there are actually some current dinner photos in this post. What I Spent.

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Meet a Reader | Ruby

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We’ve got another reader-requested interview subject today: Ruby, a Georgian reader who, like many other FG readers, was originally inspired by The Tightwad Gazette! Tell us a little about yourself.

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