March, 2018

How 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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Using Tax Pros Can Be Cheaper Than You Expect

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

This post is sponsored by H&R Block. Beyond the two well-known certainties of death and taxes, lies the almost-certainty: that doing your taxes yourself will create a world of stress, hours filled with mind-numbing forms and the possibility of a costly error that you will need to pay for in the near future. So H&R Block aims to close off that scenario with an option that combines the cost-saving DIY preparation with the peace of mind of having a tax professional check your work.

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Introducing: Family Budget Spreadsheets

Family Balance Sheet

I’ve been working behind the scenes on a tool that I personally use to track and organize our finances: Family Budget Spreadsheets. This package of 9 Microsoft Excel spreadsheets is designed to help you organize your finances, plan for major purchases, create a budget, understand your cash flow, and track your net worth. Many years ago, we could say yes to the questions in the above graphic. This blog was based on my very first spreadsheet, the Family Balance Sheet.

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Giant: 2 FREE PopChips Nutter Puffs + Moneymaker Thru 4/4!

For the Mommas

Giant: 2 FREE PopChips Nutter Puffs + Moneymaker Thru 4/4! Thru 4/4, Giant has PopChips Nutter Puffs for $3.00 Simply stack a Checkout 51 rebate with this deal that will make the puffs 2 FREE plus $2.00 moneymaker! Giant deal thru 4/4/18: Buy (2) PopChips Nutter Puffs $3.00 each Pay $6.00

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GDPR

Last year, we hosted the 2017 MVP Awards across three of our sites. In order to get ready for this year’s coming awards across even more of our sites, we’re catching up with some of our judges from the previous awards who offered their time and insight to make the awards even better. Take a look!

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10 random things about me

The Frugal Girl

Sometimes on Instagram, people do Friday Introductions posts, where they share some random things about themselves. I always love to read those and I figured, hey, why should Instagram have all the fun? So I thought I’d do one here.

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Five Frugal Things (Oh, and hi!!!)

The Frugal Girl

Whatever bug this is (I have no idea if either of my bugs were actually the flu, as I did not get tested), it’s shorter than the last one. Phew. I’m feeling about 87.5% better now, which means I’m up! and off the couch! Couch? Sickbed? The lines blur.

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ShopRite: Pampers Wipes ONLY $0.49 Each Starting 4/1!

For the Mommas

ShopRite: Pampers Wipes ONLY $0.49 Each Starting 4/1! Starting 4/1, ShopRite will have Pampers Wipes priced at only $1.49 In addition to this, we have a $0.50/1 Pampers Wipes coupon insert that will make your final price ONLY $0.49 ShopRite deal 4/1 thru 4/7/18: Buy (1) Pampers Wipes $1.49

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Princess Jelly Shoes – $13!

Saving With Shellie

How cute are these Princess Jelly Shoes ?! They are just $13! Your little princess will never want to take these off! Their favorite characters on cute comfy shoes… what more do they need?!

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What I Spent, What We Ate |

The Frugal Girl

What I Spent. I got my Hungry Harvest box ( $25 ). and then I spent $79 at the grocery store. Plus, I had to stop at Costco, where I spent $52 on frozen fruit and laundry detergent. So, I’m at $156 for the week. Which is not under, but at least it’s not over like last week!

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Screen Time and My Kids | Through the years

The Frugal Girl

A reader emailed this question to me recently: Your kids are very handy and do amazing things, like knitting, sewing etc, which leads me to believe they don’t spend a lot of time watching tv. . Is that true? How much time are they allowed tv, if any?

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On the importance of an emergency fund (and targeted savings funds)

The Frugal Girl

When I published a Q&A about investing recently, several readers left comments pointing out that the first order of financial business is to set up an emergency fund and then worry about investing. Which I totally agree with! Don’t put the cart before the horse, readers.

Zaycon, Brandless, a new Instagram, and more

The Frugal Girl

This post contains affiliate links. I registered with Zaycon. I keep hearing frugal bloggers talk about Zaycon, and I finally signed up! Zaycon is a company that sells meat in bulk in a way that kind of reminds me of some co-ops I’ve been a part of.

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Ovation Brands Family Night – Enter to Win Meal Passes and Sandlot Blu-Ray

For the Mommas

Ovation Brands Family Night – Enter to Win Meal Passes and Sandlot Blu-Ray Ovation Brands Family Night is back at your favorite restaurants – Old Country Buffet, Ryan’s, Hometown Buffet, Country Buffet – and Furr’s Fresh Buffet. This family fun night features the movie The Sandlot.

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Kids Toys | What to keep, what to give away

The Frugal Girl

Readers frequently ask me about how I handle outgrown toys. What do I keep? What do I get rid of? Is there any point in keeping outgrown toys around? What about when grandchildren come along? Is it more frugal to keep toys rather than getting rid of them?

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On changing grocery budgets

The Frugal Girl

Recently, I had some temporary trouble sticking to my $150/week grocery budget, and quite a few readers asked me about whether I’d consider raising my budget. Here’s a somewhat representative question: I’m curious—at what point would you consider changing your budget, food or otherwise?

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WIS, WWA | It was an expensive week.

The Frugal Girl

What I Spent. My fridge was a bit empty when I came home from Florida , plus it was Sonia’s birthday party this week…so I spent a lot more than usual! I spent $163 at Aldi alone. I spent $7.31 at the trip where I got my free oranges.

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Five Frugal Things | Free oranges, for one thing!

The Frugal Girl

Sorry I was MIA yesterday! I was out of town last week, and the previous two weeks, I was under the weather. So, it’s been three weeks since I’ve been doing all my regular tasks around here, and I’m busy playing catch-up.

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Five Frugal Things

The Frugal Girl

This post contains affiliate links. I bought a winter coat at half price. The last time I got a new winter coat was before I got pregnant with Lisey. That was a good long time ago. Lisey’s been around for a while. In fact, she turns 17 today. Happy Birthday, Lisey! Anyway.

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National Catalina Offers List For March!

For the Mommas

National Catalina Offers List For March! New Catalina offers, Woot! We start a new round of Catalina offers for the month of March. Catalina offers are another great way to save money and here is the list of National Catalina Offers for March.

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Five Frugal Things | For the second time in a week!

The Frugal Girl

I have exactly 15 minutes to write a post, so Five Frugal Things it is. Update: I finished this with four minutes to spare. Speed blogging!). I helped Zoe sell Build-A-Bear clothes and shoes.

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WIS, WWA | I’m under, but not really. Oof.

The Frugal Girl

What I Spent. I got a Hungry Harvest delivery ( $25). I spent $34.11 on an Aldi run, and then $32.45 at another local grocery store. And lastly, Mr. FG and I made a quick stop for bananas, carrots, and milk, and that ran us $4.43. I’m coming in at $95.99 , so we’ll just say $96.

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WIS, WWA | The end of a spendy month

The Frugal Girl

What I Spent. Well, I wanted to be at $100 this week, but I actually spent $144. Which would normally be fine, but I was trying to be a little extra frugal this week to balance out some high spending earlier in the month. March Spending. Week 1: $245. Week 2: $156. Week 3: $96. Week 4: $144.

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Tuesday Tip | Use competitor coupons at craft stores

The Frugal Girl

I used to be unaware of this, so maybe some of you are too: You can use competitor coupons at most craft stores. For instance, you can use A.C. Moore coupons at Michael’s, Michael’s coupons at J0-Ann Fabrics, and so on.

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Giant: FREE Puffs Facial Tissues Starting 4/6!

For the Mommas

Giant: FREE Puffs Facial Tissues Starting 4/6! Starting 4/6, Giant will have Puffs Facial Tissues on sale for $1.00 Combine the sale price with a $0.50/1 Puffs Facial Tissues coupon insert that will make the tissues FREE! Giant deal 4/6 thru 4/12/18: Buy (1) Puffs Facial Tissues $1.00

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ShopRite: Hefty Trash Bags ONLY $1.99 Each Thru 3/10!

For the Mommas

ShopRite: Hefty Trash Bags ONLY $1.99 Each Thru 3/10! This week thru 3/10, ShopRite has Hefty Trash Bags priced at only $2.99 In addition to this, we have a $1/1 Hefty Tall Kitchen or Large Black Trash bags coupon to print that will make your final price ONLY $1.99

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NEW Giant Ad Scan For 03/23/18 Is Here!

For the Mommas

FULL Giant Ad Scan 03/23/18 Thru 03/29/18 Here is the complete Giant Ad Preview for 03/23/18 thru 03/29/18! Please note: Prices and select sale items may vary by location. Preview The NEW Giant Ad Scan For 03/23 HERE Preview the ad and check below for some of the newest coupons: Save $0.50

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ShopRite Ad Scan For 04/01/18 Thru 04/07/18 Is Here!

For the Mommas

New ShopRite Ad Scan (04/01/18 Thru 04/07/18) Here is your NEW ShopRite Ad Scan for the sales running 04/01/18 Thru 04/07/18. Please note: Prices and select sale items may vary by location. Preview The NEW ShopRite Ad Scan For 4/1 HERE Check below for some of the newest coupons: Foods Save $1.00

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Giant: FREE Pompeian Vinegar + $4.30 Moneymaker Starting 3/30!

For the Mommas

Giant: FREE Pompeian Vinegar + $4.30 Moneymaker Starting 3/30! Back again. Giant will have Pompeian Vinegar on sale for 50% off starting Friday 3/30 and while we do not currently have any coupons, these are included in the buy 5, get $.40 40 off gas rewards offer.

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Giant: 5 FREE Clorox Scentiva Products Plus Moneymaker Thru 3/29!

For the Mommas

Giant: 5 FREE Clorox Scentiva Products Plus Moneymaker Thru 3/29 Here is a great moneymaker deal to add to your shopping list. This week thru 3/29, Giant has select Clorox Scentiva Products on sale for just $2.99 each and these are included in the buy 5, get $0.40 off gas rewards offer.

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ShopRite: 10 FREE Swedish Fish Or Sour Patch Kids Box Candies Thru 3/28

For the Mommas

ShopRite: 10 FREE Swedish Fish Or Sour Patch Kids Candies Thru 3/28 Oh how I love Swedish Fish Candy and this week thru 3/31, ShopRite has Swedish Fish and Sour Patch Kids Candy on sale for just $1.00 each but you pay ONLY $0.50 each when you purchase these in increments of ten.

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ShopRite: Huggies Diapers & More ONLY $0.44 Each Thru 3/31!

For the Mommas

ShopRite: Huggies Diapers & More ONLY $0.44 Each Thru 3/31! We have another great deal on Huggies products this week at ShopRite. Huggies Diapers, Huggies Wipes and more are on sale and we have a several coupons available along with a few digital savings offers.

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ShopRite: Kimberly Clark Catalina Offer + Deals & Double Dip Starting 3/25!

For the Mommas

ShopRite: Kimberly Clark Catalina Offer + Deals & Double Dip Starting 3/25! Oh yes, you know that I love the Kimberly-Clark catalina offers. Back again! Starting 3/25, ShopRite will have a spend $25, get $5.00

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ShopRite Ad Scan For 03/25/18 Thru 03/31/18 Is Here!

For the Mommas

New ShopRite Ad Scan (03/25/18 Thru 03/31/18) Here is your NEW ShopRite Ad Scan for the sales running 03/25/18 Thru 03/31/18. Please note: Prices and select sale items may vary by location.

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