December, 2018

What I Spent, What We Ate | It’s the shortest day of the year!

The Frugal Girl

When I got up this morning and got out the devotional that Mr. FG and I read together, I looked and the date and realized, OOH! Today is the shortest day of the year! That in itself is not cause for rejoicing, exactly, because I hate dark days. But what it means is that longer days are coming.

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What We Ate this Week on our Budget 12.14.18

Family Balance Sheet

Here’s a peek at what we ate this week on our budget. I’ve had to bump up the budget over the years as my kids have grown and started to eat as much as adults. I now spend $600-700/month on groceries and I struggle to remember those days when I spent $400-500.

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Sunday Coupon Insert Schedule 2019

For the Mommas

Sunday Coupon Insert Schedule 2019 This is the tentative Sunday Coupon Insert Schedule for 2018. This includes the P&G, RetailMeNot Everyday and SmartSource list. We will publish the rest as they become available.

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A Beginner’s Guide to Couponing

Couponing 101

Couponing 101: A Beginner’s Guide to Couponing. Never used a coupon in your life? This beginner’s guide to couponing will teach you the basics so you can start saving money with coupons. Get Some Coupons. The Sunday newspaper is a great source of coupons.

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Random randomness | a dead dishwasher,

The Frugal Girl

I have a bunch of unrelated things to tell you. So randomness it is! My dishwasher is currently dead. It mysteriously stopped mid-cycle a few nights back, which is a bummer.

Stitch Fix, December 2018

The Frugal Girl

This post contains affiliate links. You know how I’ve been trying out Stitch Fix using their “the cheaper, the better” option? Well, I decided to try bumping my price points up to the next level to see what would happen. And I would say basically: nothing.

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Five Frugal Things | nearly free bagels, a bob for Sonia, and more

The Frugal Girl

This post contains an affiliate link. I used a $5 bagel coupon. A new-ish bagel shop near us sent out a $5/any purchase coupon, so I went and bought six bagels for a little over a dollar total. I gave Sonia a haircut.

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ShopRite: Lipton Iced Tea Mix Canister JUST $1.32 Each Starting 12/30!

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ShopRite: Lipton Iced Tea Mix Canister JUST $1.32 Each Starting 12/30! Starting 12/30, ShopRite has Lipton Iced Tea Mix Canisters priced at only $2.99 In addition to this, you will earn $5.00 in catalina that will make your final price ONLY $1.32

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Today Only – $2.95 Hand Soaps at Bath & Body Works!

Couponing 101

Hand Soaps $2.95. Is there ever such a thing as too much hand soap? Not when it only costs $2.95 at Bath & Body Works! We are in the thick of flu season, so you really can’t overstock on these. Fill up your cart and use code SNOWYSOAPS at checkout. Then watch your savings add up!

The Cookie Contest Answers!

The Frugal Girl

Readers. For the first time ever, no one got all the cookie answers right! In previous years, someone eventually got them all correct, but this time 0/116 got them all in order. A lot of you were really close, but boy, that last cookie stumped a bunch of you. Almost no one guessed it was Lisey!

Parmesan Polenta with Red Sauce

The Frugal Girl

Sonia saw this Parmesan polenta recipe in a Cook’s Country magazine and requested that we try it. So she deserves credit for putting this into our rotation! In case you’re not familiar with it, polenta is a cornmeal pudding, which is often chilled and then sliced and baked or fried. (

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Zoe’s got a Saatva mattress. SO FANCY.

The Frugal Girl

And we are all a little jealous. A rep from Saatva reached out a little while ago to see if I could review one of their mattresses, and since Mr. FG and I have a relatively new mattress, I asked if I could have a twin mattress for Zoe.

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Chocolate Mint Truffles

The Frugal Girl

This mint chocolate truffle recipe is one from Lisey’s old baking site, which got lost when I switched hosting companies. A reader emailed to ask if I could repost the recipe, though, since she makes these every Christmas for giving away.

Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual Sale!

For the Mommas

Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual Sale! Have you been waiting for the Bath & Body Works Semi Annual Sale? The Bath & Body Works Semi Annual Sale is back! You can save up to 75% off on select body care items in stores and online.

Amazon Deal of the Day: 30% off Exploding Kittens

Couponing 101

Right now Amazon has the ever-popular game Exploding Kittens for only $13.99 (reg. $20) 20) , plus free shipping with no minimum purchase — even if you don’t have Prime!

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Freezer Challenge | Bones. Many bones.

The Frugal Girl

I’m working on cleaning out my chest freezer so I can do a serious defrosting job on it. I’m alllllmost done! Last week’s freezer stuff. This mystery soup was indeed butternut squash soup , and I ate it for lunch one day. Check!

The cookie-guessing game will be delayed!

The Frugal Girl

This post contains affiliate links. You guys have been asking about it, which makes me smile because I love how much you love this little tradition we have. (If If you’re new here: each December, the six of us decorate a cookie and we let you guys guess who made which one.

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Freezer Challenge | I made so much broth!

The Frugal Girl

I now have no bones in my freezer. Zippo. Zilch. Nada. A bone-free freezer. Yay me! I cooked up the turkey bones into broth one day. And then I roasted the beef bones and made them into broth another day. So, my freezer does have broth in it, but I still consider that a win.

Tuesday Tip | Not sure if it’ll freeze? Try a small test.

The Frugal Girl

I’ve gotten several questions lately about whether or not this or that can be frozen. I’m happy to answer these questions if I know the answer, but sometimes I don’t!

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ShopRite: 2 FREE Ragu Simply Pasta Sauce Thru 12/29!

For the Mommas

ShopRite: 2 FREE Ragu Simply Pasta Sauce Thru 12/29! Thru 12/29, ShopRite has Ragu SimplyPasta Sauces priced at only $1.49 In addition to this, we have a Ragu Simply Sauce printable coupon to print. Stack it with a ShopRite ecoupon to make your final price FREE each!

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Up to 50% off Wonder Workshop STEM Toys

Couponing 101

Save up to 50% on kids coding robots and accessories from Wonder Workshop. For a limited time, Amazon has slashed its prices on Wonder Workshop toys and bundles. Plus, Amazon is offering free shipping, no minimum or Prime membership required!

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The 2018 Cookie Guessing Contest

The Frugal Girl

Well, hello there. I sort of forgot I had a blog for a few days there, what with all the holiday goings-on. But I am happy to tell you that over Christmas, we got all six of us in the same place long enough to decorate some cookies.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | In which I burn a pizza.

The Frugal Girl

This post contains affiliate links. What I Spent. I got a $25 Hungry Harvest, and I spent $131 at the grocery store. These are cinnamon crisps , which I made to give away to some friends for Christmas.). December Spending. Week 1: $131. Week 2: $182. Week 3: $192. Week 4: $156. What We Ate. Saturday.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | early Saturday is where it’s at!

The Frugal Girl

What I Spent. You guys, I went shopping at Aldi early on a Saturday morning, and my goodness, it was fantastic. The parking lot was so not full of cars! The store was so not full of people! It was…relaxing. As relaxing as grocery shopping can be. I spent $110 at Aldi and $47 elsewhere.

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Congrats to Tara!

The Frugal Girl

I have a time crunch this morning, but I wanted to pop in really quickly to tell you the winner of the Third Day giveaway. Tara is the winner, so Tara, check your email!

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ShopRite: Oral B Indicator Toothbrush ONLY $0.49 Each Starting 12/30!

For the Mommas

ShopRite: Oral B Indicator Toothbrush ONLY $0.49 Each Starting 12/30! Starting 12/30, ShopRite has Oral B Indicator Toothbrushes priced at only $1.99 In addition to this price you will save $1.00 off instantly when you buy 2 of this product.

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Just Dance 2019 – 25% off

Couponing 101

Right now Amazon is offering hit dance video game Just Dance 2019 for Wii U and Xbox 360 for just $29.99 (reg. 39.99). That’s 25% off. Get your family dancing in the living room this holiday with this fun interactive game.

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What I Spent, What We Ate | Welcome to December!

The Frugal Girl

What I Spent. I started out with a $25 Hungry Harvest. Then I spent $73 at Costco, and $33 at a local grocery store. So, I’m at $131 to start off December. Yay me! What We Ate. Saturday.

Win a Third Day Naturals gift set!

The Frugal Girl

Happy almost-weekend, frugal friends! I have a fun little weekend giveaway for you from Third Day Naturals , a longtime friend of The Frugal Girl.

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Weis Ad Scan 01/03/19-01/09/19

For the Mommas

Weis Ad Scan 01/03/19-01/09/19 Here is the NEW Weis Ad Scan for the sales coming up starting 01/03/19 and running thru 01/09/19. Search for matching coupons for these advertised deals using our coupon database HERE.

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Giant: Christmas Clearance Up To 75% Off!

For the Mommas

Giant: Christmas Clearance Up To 75% Off! Another great thing about Christmas is the great sales that comes the day after. Giant has Christmas items on clearance pricing up to 75% off. There were many great items from Candy cane to gift bags.

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ShopRite: Purex Laundry Detergent JUST $0.79 Starting 12/30!

For the Mommas

ShopRite: Purex Laundry Detergent JUST $0.79 Starting 12/30! Starting 12/30, ShopRite has Purex Laundry Detergent priced at only $1.79 In addition to this, we have a $0.50/1 Purex Laundry product printable coupon to use on this deal that will make your final price ONLY $0.79

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ShopRite: Skippy Peanut Butter ONLY $0.95 Each Starting 12/30!

For the Mommas

ShopRite: Skippy Peanut Butter ONLY $0.95 Each Starting 12/30! Starting 12/30, ShopRite has Skippy Peanut Butter priced at only $1.99 In addition to this, we have a Skippy Peanut Butter products coupon to print. Stack it with a ShopRite super coupon that will make your final price ONLY $0.95

ShopRite: Gift Card Deal – $10.00 Moneymaker Starting 12/30!

For the Mommas

ShopRite: Gift Card Deal – $10.00 Moneymaker Starting 12/30! Starting from 12/30, when you purchase $50.00 of Nike or Spa Week Gift Card you’ll get a $10.00 OYNO catalina coupon. This is a good way to score $10.00 in FREE groceries.

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ShopRite Ad Scan For 12/30/18 Thru 1/5/19 Is Here!

For the Mommas

ShopRite Ad Scan For 12/30/18 Thru 1/5/19 Is Here! Here is your NEW ShopRite Ad Scan for the sales running 12/30/18 Thru 1/5/19. Please note: Prices and select sale items may vary by location.

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Free 8-Pack of Sparkling Water – Get Your Coupon HERE

For the Mommas

Free 8-Pack of Sparkling Water Sign up now because these coupons won’t last for long! Fill in your form and choose from FREE Arrowhead, Zephyrhills, Ice Mountain, Ozarka, Deer Park or Poland Spring 8-Pack Product Coupon.

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Giant: Campbell’s Condensed Soups ONLY $0.34 Each Starting 12/28!

For the Mommas

Giant: Campbell’s Condensed Soups ONLY $0.34 Each Starting 12/28! We have a great deal to make savings at Giant. Campbell’s Condensed Soups is priced at $1.00 Plus we have a Campbell’s Condensed Soup coupon insert to use on this deal that will further reduce the price.

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