The Frugal Girl

Five Frugal Things | Free E-Z pass, a refund, + 3 more

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I got a free E-Z pass transponder. The E-Z pass is an electronic toll collection system that’s used on the east coast and also as far into the Midwest as Illinois.).

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Stitch Fix January 2020 | I sent it all back

The Frugal Girl

If you dislike Stitch Fix posts…consider yourself warned! Proceed only if you feel like being irritated today. If you’d rather peruse some hilarious second-hand fashion: the ThredUp Rescue Box fails. And here are the ThredUp Rescue box keepers. (I’m

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A few words about body image + 4 other frugal things

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I bought a squirrel repellent for my van. Longtime readers will remember my persistent troubles with squirrels nesting in my van. Last year, I even found live baby squirrels in there!). I’d heard the suggestion of an under-hood light before, but at first, I thought that made no sense.

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Marketers do not want you to be content.

The Frugal Girl

Long Intro: On Monday, I wrote a Five Frugal Things post that mentioned CoolSculpting. And I wrote a few words about body image, and about how much money we could save if we did not believe the industry’s message which says, “Your body is wrong, and we can help you fix it.”

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What I Spent, What We Ate | groceries + Chick Fil A

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What I Spent. I spent $107 at the grocery store, plus $33 at Chick-Fil-A (see below!). a small kitten from our shelter shift this week. January Grocery Spending. Week 1: $33. Week 2: $199. Week 3: $140. What We Ate. Saturday. Mr. FG and I went out and shared a pizza. Sunday.

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The non-digital planner that almost works with my brain

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Elaine left a comment this morning wondering about what planner I use, so here’s a quick explanation. But first, we have to talk about synesthesia. What’s synesthesia?? I’ve written before about the spatial sequence synesthesia that I and some of my kids have.

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Sometimes, I hate the internet. And I’m a part of what I hate.

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This morning, someone told me how much she enjoyed our Christmas cookies. Understandable. Who could not love cookies with eyes??). Then she mentioned something about how she hadn’t even made cookies yet.

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Stop saying things are easy when they’re not!

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In our current headline-driven, Pinterest-y culture, I see many promises of “easy” Five Easy Ways to Meal Prep. Easy Workout Plans for Busy Moms. Easy DIY Furniture Plans. Budgeting Made Easy.

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“Are you ready for Christmas?”

The Frugal Girl

People keep asking me that question when I’m out and about. And I’m sorry to say that as of this moment, the answer is no. And I thought that if you are in the same boat, you might be encouraged to see where I’m at. I have presents purchased, but exactly ZERO of them are wrapped.

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Five Frugal Things for New Year’s Eve

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Well, hi. I’m popping back from my unplanned one-week silence here on the blog. Whoops. I thought a five frugal things post would be a good warm-up. We saved $9 on hair gel at Target.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | It’s a new year!

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I know I skipped a lot of Friday menu posts in the last six weeks. We did buy groceries and eat dinner, though. And I haven’t added it up, but I think I ended the year averaging right around $150/week, as I have the whole year long.

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10 Inexpensive DIY Christmas Tree Ornament Ideas

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Yesterday, I was adding a printable to my no-bake cinnamon applesauce ornament recipe , and I started googling to find other easy DIY Christmas ornament ideas.

6 ways to make your house more lovely for $0

The Frugal Girl

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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Five Frugal Things | 20’s haircut, a fabric shaver, applesauce, and more

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I gave Sonia a haircut. After watching Downton Abbey and seeing Edith’s 1920s haircut, she was itching for a change. So, we cut off a few inches and she is loving her new, shorter ‘do! (I

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2019 Thankful List

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Every year, I make a list of 50 things I’m thankful for, and I publish it on Thanksgiving Day. However, this year Thanksgiving week was a rough week and I did not get my list finished. I thought about just deleting the draft, but several of you have asked about my list.

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How to make No-Bake Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

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When I was a kid, a friend of mine gave me a cinnamon applesauce heart, and I remember keeping it as one of my special treasures for quite some time. I think I kept it in one of my dresser drawers, and I remember that it smelled good for ages.

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Five Frugal Things | Even though it’s Cyber Monday!

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I know it’s Cyber Monday today, but I felt like writing a frugal post instead of a deals post. Mr. FG and I made a fresh new budget. As with all fresh new budgets, this one will need a month or two of test-driving to see if it’s right for us or if we need to tweak a few things.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | I haven’t been sleeping well.

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FG has been out of town on a work trip this week and as so often happens when he’s gone, I haven’t been sleeping very well. (My My sleep app keeps giving me red “bad” ratings. Ha.).

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It’s going to be imperfect. Keep trying anyway.

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The other day, I opened a new bar of soap from Third Day Naturals, and I set the wax paper wrapper aside to add to my compost. That was a nice no-waste feeling, and it lasted for a brief moment.

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Joshua’s now on Republic Wireless

The Frugal Girl

We’ve been big Ting wireless fans ever since smartphones entered our home, BUT: Ting is only affordable if you manage to keep your usage down. If you use a lot of data, your Ting bill can get high in a jiffy!

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A few thoughts on joy

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December is a time of year that promises joy. Joy from family, joy from traditions, joy from peace, joy from gifts. And of course, joy from spending. The problem with a lot of our sources of joy is that they are outside our control and so sometimes, they do not deliver.

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Stitch Fix January 2019 | I sent it all back

The Frugal Girl

If you dislike Stitch Fix posts…consider yourself warned! Proceed only if you feel like being irritated today. If you’d rather peruse some hilarious second-hand fashion: the ThredUp Rescue Box fails. And here are the ThredUp Rescue box keepers. (I’m

2020 132

Five Frugal Things | a $217 medical bill error, for starters!

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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 discovered a $217 medical billing error. People: Always check your Explanation of Benefits statements!

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Are non-food Aldi Finds frugal or wasteful?

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Aldi, my favorite discount grocery store, offers fantastic prices on food. But they also have an aisle dedicated to seasonal products, which are called Aldi Finds. There are also some food Aldi Finds, but they’re not the main event.).

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The Christmas Cookie answers (and a winner!)

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Last year, no one got them all right, so I had to sift through the guesses and find the closest one. But this year, Rhonda got them 100% right. Rhonda, check your email! Here are the correct answers for all of you. Our cookies are always a little quirky, and I love them.

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6 ways to save money on groceries without coupons

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It’s January and lots of people are looking for ways to save on groceries right now! So, I’m bumping this post back up to the top of the pile. When I posted my thoughts about the Extreme Couponing tv show , I promised to share my non-couponing ideas with you.

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One of you is getting a $100 Visa gift card!

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Rakuten, the company formerly known as Ebates, emailed to ask if I’d like to host a $100 Visa gift card giveaway for one of you. I said yes because who among you could not use a $100 gift card at this time of year?? What does Rakuten offer?

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One tip to avoid food waste: Eat things that don’t go together

The Frugal Girl

One of my readers left a comment recently saying that my menu posts had inspired her to not worry so much about making meals where everything “went together” A random fridge lunch.

Costume Photos! (2019)

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Our costumes are largely not frugal, so…here’s a Saturday post for you, where I can be non-frugal for a moment. Zoe went as Michael Jackson from the Thriller music video. We tried really hard to find a secondhand version on eBay, but nothing was small enough.

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Five Frugal Things | with a hat tip to Katy!

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I sold a drawer pull for $12. I bought a nightstand for Zoe on Facebook marketplace for $25, painted it (a before and after post is coming), put on a new handle from my stash, and listed the other one on eBay.

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All the “How do I start a blog?” questions!

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The Frugal Girl is most definitely not a blog about blogging. But I get blogging-related questions pretty frequently from readers who want to start their own blogs. And since I’ve been at this for 11 years, I have a little bit of expertise to share.

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The 2019 Cookie Guessing Game!

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Alrighty, readers. It’s time! Joshua wasn’t able to join us this year, so I just have five cookies for you, which should make things very slightly easier. I was going to point out that Lisey will eventually move out and probably not join us as well.

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WIS, WWA | Plus a little gratefulness

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Last Friday when I wrote the WIS, WWA post, we’d been to the ER twice (once for Sonia’s asthma, once for Mr. FG). We brought our total to three with a very long Friday night/Saturday visit for Mr. FG, who has still been plagued by ear/vertigo problems.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | Not exactly a role-model week!

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What I Spent. This week I spent: $105 at the grocery store. $25 25 on my Hungry Harvest. $68 68 on takeout (!) See the rest of the post. That puts me at $198 on food spending for the week to start November off.

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Pumpkin cookies, pumpkin carving, pumpkin painting (and regular painting…)

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Usually I try to post on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. But I posted on Monday and Tuesday, and the gap from Tuesday to Friday seemed too long. So, here I am with some randomness to fill in the gap. Remember when blogs were more like this all the time?

WIS, WWA| Name-brand crackers are better. The end.

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What I Spent. Incidentally, on Instagram and Facebook this week, we chatted about off-brand crackers. My thought is that there are almost no good generic crackers, and most of you felt the same way as me. Some things are worth paying more for. I spent $134 at the grocery store this week, so, yay me!

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You don’t have to like it; you just have to do it.

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This is a phrase that I have most definitely said to my kids. And I’m pretty sure that my parents said it to me! There is something in children that makes them think that doing things they don’t want to do is some kind of great injustice. Or that not wanting to do something is reason enough to just not do it. But it is not limited to just children.

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Five Frugal Things | plus a $15 offer from Top Cashback

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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 bought marked-down soup.

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The cookie guessing game is coming.

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We decorated cookies earlier this week, but I’ve been pretty sick since then and haven’t manage to put together a post. And I was working on it this morning, but ran out of time before an appointment. I promise I will do my very best to get a guessing post up here this afternoon. (If

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What I Spent, What We Ate | Three left until 2020

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There are only three more WIS, WWA posts left in 2019! What I Spent. I didn’t do a WIS, WWA post last week, but I spent $176 total between the two weeks so I’m just gonna average it and give each week $88. Year to Date Grocery Spending.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | We certainly ate out less!

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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 had much better week for eating in than last week , which is admittedly a low standard. What I Spent. I spent $113 at Aldi and then $25 at another store.

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10 Ways to Keep Track of Your Stocks

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As a stock market investor, staying informed about stock market news and trends is the way you grow your money. You cannot make sound decisions on quick trades unless you know the condition of the overall market as. Read More >.

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Free Community Day at Please Touch Museum

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. Come visit Please Touch Museum for a special day of learning and play as we honor the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on Sunday, January 19, 2020. There is no cost for admission and the Museum opens at 11 a.m.!

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