The Frugal Girl

Everything you wanted to know about Fincon!

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Last week, I went to Fincon19, my very first blogging conference. Well, actually, I think it was the first conference of any type I’ve gone to in my 41 years on this planet. You guys said you wanted to hear more about it, so I’m here to answer some questions!

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Five Frugal Things | CVS “savings” are inflated.

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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. See item #2 regarding CVS! I used the wifi at the dermatology office to research CVS deals. I had to get my stitches out (I had a mole removed, not cancerous, thankfully!),

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Five Frugal Things | I mended a sweater and I am quite excited about it.

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I asked for a ThredUp discount. Sonia found me a $14 Ann Taylor cashmere sweater, and when it arrived, we discovered it had a small hole in it.

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A Dollar Shave Club review from a household of women!

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This Dollar Shave Club review is not sponsored. I pay for my own subscription to Dollar Shave Club , and they have no idea I exist except as a paying customer. This post contains referral links, which earn credit for this site at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure policy here.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | A week of requests

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What I Spent. I spent $148 this week on an embarrassing number of stops! In addition to Costco, I have five other stops recorded. It was not my most organized week, to be sure. But hey, at least I am on budget this week. October Spending. Week 1: $260 (!). Week 2: $148. What We Ate. Saturday.

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Lazy Daisy Cake Recipe

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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. Years ago, at the request of my children, I got this Lazy Daisy cake recipe from my mom.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | Does anyone NEED Nutella?

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What I Spent. I spent $128 at the grocery store and $25 on my Hungry Harvest box. What’s Hungry Harvest? ). This means I’d be starting October right on budget, but…I went to Costco last night. We know how that goes.

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Five Frugal Things | & I need costume-selling input!

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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 listed 9 Halloween costumes for sale. I had six that had belonged to Mr. FG and me, plus three kid costumes. Hopefully people are in costume-shopping mode right about now.

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Five Frugal Things | My costumes are selling now!

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I sold four costumes! You guys were 100% right when you said that eBay was a better place to offload costumes. I had them listed for a couple of weeks on Facebook with almost no bites, but since I listed them on eBay last week, I’ve sold four.

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Homemade Ham and Swiss Roll-Ups (Homemade Hot Pocket dough with no yeast!)

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This homemade hot pocket dough with no yeast (and a ham and cheese filling) comes together in just a few minutes. This post contains affiliate links, which earn revenue for this site at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure policy here.

Roasted Red Pepper and Basil Mayo

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I’ve mentioned using this roasted red pepper and basil mayo on croissant chicken sandwiches several times, and while I did share the ingredients in a menu post, that’s not exactly the most accessible way to share a recipe.

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Joshua’s now on Republic Wireless

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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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What I Spent, What We Ate | Costco is always the culprit.

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What I Spent. We spent $150.52 at the grocery store this week, which means I would have been right on budget. Except there was a Costco trip that totaled $31 (two chickens plus floss and toothpaste.). On a related note, here are the top ten things I buy at Costco.

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WIS, WWA | We got takeout twice, but we’re still on budget!

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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 didn’t do a full grocery shop this week…we just had a few small stops, which added up to $43.

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How to make homemade Orange Julius

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The recipe for homemade Orange Julius has been on my blog for ages, but it was paired with the Strawberry Syrup recipe. This was super annoying when you were just googling for the Orange Julius recipe (as I have done many times!). So, I wanted to give this its own post.

8 ways to save money at FinCon

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I’m a first-timer but I found a lot of ways to save money at Fincon. Frugal people are gonna be frugal, no matter where they are!

What I Spent, What We Ate | Next one will be September!

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I am definitely ready for some slightly cooler weather, but I’m also a little sad that our summer break is coming to an end. But, it’s going to end no matter how I feel about it, so I’m going to focus on the fact that I am getting pretty tired of hot and humid weather.

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Five Frugal Things | free shipping at CBD.com + 4 more

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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 signed up for a free month of CVS’s CarePass. I was in there using some ExtraBucks, and the associate told me about CarePass.

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I got my soffit painted!

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I’ve been putting this project off because it’s been so hot here for so long. But we finally got a break in the weather and I had a day with not too many obligations. Time to sand and paint! We have plywood soffits on our house, and I sanded and painted the back one a few years ago.

Our second Ohio trip, in photos

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We finally crossed this off of our summer bucket list , just in the nick of time. One of my best friends, Mia, used to live here, but in 2018, she and her kids moved to Ohio. Sonia and Zoe and I visited them last August , and we went for another visit this August.

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What’s a mastermind group? and more related questions.

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Lots of you had mastermind questions after I posted about FinCon, so even though this is a little off-topic, I’m going to answer them here. What the heck is a mastermind group? Mastermind groups are not unique to blogging.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | 0% fancy this week

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What I Spent. I only spent $69 at the store this week, plus $25 on my Hungry Harvest box. So, a pretty cheap week! September Grocery Spending. Week 1: $123. Week 2: $182. Week 3: $94. What We Ate. It was not a heavy kitchen week for me this go-round.

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Five Frugal Things | I’m amazed about the second one!

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Time for some mid-week frugality. Ready? I’ve sold $130 worth of books on eBay. While decluttering the office, Mr. FG and I found a bunch of books that we no longer needed. So, I went on an eBay listing spree, and as a result, I’ve sold $130 worth of books.

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Five Frugal Things | eBay, snacks, audiobooks, and frozen pizza!

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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 listed a whole bunch of books on eBay. I decluttered two bookshelves, which left me with a big pile of books to get rid of.

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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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How to make a chalkboard from an ugly framed print

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2019 note: this post is a few years old, back when sponsored posts had to be published on a separate page. I really like the chalkboards I made for this post, though, so I thought this deserved a spot on the actual blog. Remember when I ventured into the world of stain last summer ?

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How to make homemade grape jelly (from prepared juice)

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(This recipe, which I published in 2008, is still making the rounds on Pinterest, but it didn’t have a printable recipe. Such things did not exist in 2008. So, here it is, updated with a printable.).

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.

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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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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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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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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DIY 3 Ingredient Strawberry Pancake Syrup

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A version of this recipe has been on my blog for several years, but it’s waaay back in the archives. And it was sharing a post with the orange julius recipe , which made it sort of inconvenient to just look up the strawberry syrup recipe. (I I discovered this when I went to look it up myself!).

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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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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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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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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?

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

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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.

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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Five Frugal Things | $5 coats, two mending jobs + more!

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This post contains affiliate links, which earn money for this site at no extra cost to you. See my disclosure policy here. I mended a camp chair bag. When we packed for camping last weekend , we discovered that one of our camp chair bags had a big hole in the side.

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Would you rather be good at earning or good at saving?

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Obviously, we’d all choose to be good at both. But if you HAD to choose between one or the other, which would you pick? This will probably come as no surprise, but I think I’d rather be good at saving. If you aren’t good at saving, you can never earn enough.

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