December, 2020

Our blue tree (plus three winners)

The Frugal Girl

Inside today’s post: winners from all three of the recent giveaways I’ve had, plus I’m gonna show you what we did with our blue Christmas tree! Cookie-guessing answers. We’ll start with this since you are probably on pins and needles the most about this winner.

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Family Budget Spreadsheets 2021

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Are you ready for a fresh start? After the year we’ve had, I think we all are! If your fresh start for the New Year includes improving your finances, you are not alone! Saving more money is one of the top resolutions that people make…after getting in shape and eating healthier.

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4 ways to futureproof your home for greener energy

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

If you’re keen to save money and protect the environment, you will no doubt already have much of the necessary jobs around the home done. You may have already paid up for your home’s double glazing, not to mention the loft insulation cost. If you haven’t yet sorted the basics out, make a list of improvements and get working your way through them as your budget allows. You’ll feel better once you’ve ticked everything off your list.

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ShopRite: Chock Full o’Nuts Coffee JUST $1.50 Each Starting 1/3!

For the Mommas

ShopRite: Chock Full o’Nuts Coffee JUST $1.50 Each Starting 1/3! Coffee lovers can score a great deal on Chock Full o’Nuts Coffee at ShopRite. Starting 1/3, Chock Full o’Nuts Coffee is priced at $1.99 Plus we have $0.49

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A day in the frugal life

The Frugal Girl

I first wrote one of these “day in the life” posts years and years ago , mainly because I thought it might be fun to see how many instances of frugality pop up in my day to day life. So, this is less about, “How did Kristen spend her time?”

Five Frugal Things | I bought 100 more pounds of flour

The Frugal Girl

I saved on shipping at the Webstaurant Store. This is the site where I’ve been ordering flour during the pandemic. Their prices on King Arthur flour are the lowest I’ve found , even with the expensive shipping.

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Talk to me about robot vacuums

The Frugal Girl

It’s time for an Ask the Readers post, and this time, the question is from me! Lisey is really wanting us to get a robotic vacuum because she is tired of crumbs on our kitchen floor. In fact, she decided that that would be her Christmas gift to the family as a group. (I

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Our Guide To Finding The Right Loan Provider In A Financial Emergency

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Dealing with a financial emergency can be a stressful process for many of us that are living from paycheck to paycheck, however, with some forward planning, this can benefit you. However, with so many loan providers out there, you can choose the perfect lender for you with an affordable APR. In this article, we will be providing you with insight into how you can find the right loan provider in a financial emergency. Check Your Credit Score.

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ShopRite: Barber Chicken Cordon Bleu JUST $1.99 Each Starting 1/3!

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ShopRite: Barber Chicken Cordon Bleu JUST $1.99 Each Starting 1/3! ShopRite shoppers can score a great deal on Barber Chicken Cordon Bleu. Starting 1/3, Barber Chicken Cordon Bleu is priced at $2.99 Plus we have $1.00 ShopRite digital coupon to use on this deal That will make the final price just $1.99

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Thankful Thursday | Goodbye, 2020

The Frugal Girl

Today happens to be the last day of 2020! We’ve been doing Thankful Thursdays for a while now, and I have pondered the idea of stopping in 2021.

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Thankful Thursday | on Christmas Eve

The Frugal Girl

New here? Thankful Thursday is something we’ve been doing in these COVID times; a (frugal and free) exercise to help us hunt for the good that is in our lives and in the world, even in the midst of a pandemic. It’s Christmas Eve today.

Thankful Thursday | 11 more days

The Frugal Girl

New here? Thankful Thursday is something we’ve been doing in these COVID times; a (frugal and free) exercise to help us hunt for the good that is in our lives and in the world, even in the midst of a pandemic.

The 2020 cookie guessing contest

The Frugal Girl

Long-time readers know that at our house, Christmas cookies are always a little bit on the unusual side of things. And most of them have faces. I believe this grumpy tree is the cookie that started it all, years ago.

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How to make fried cornmeal mush

The Frugal Girl

(I first published this recipe in 2009, before the advent of printable recipes. So, here it is with fresh pictures, a printable recipe card, and a video!). I think that this dish may possibly have the least appealing name of any breakfast food out there, but trust me, it really is tasty.

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ShopRite: ShopRite Russet Potatoes 5lb Bag JUST $0.99 Each Starting 1/3!

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Lately, I’ve been…

The Frugal Girl

listening to. Podcasts… I go in fits and spurts with podcasts. I get really behind, and then I catch up on them all at once when I do things like a painting project. In my subscription list right now: Before Breakfast (Laura Vanderkam). How to Money. Solid Joys. Do You Even Blog? -On

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Five Frugal Things | a protective dinosaur

The Frugal Girl

Keep reading for more about the dinosaur! I had a use-it-up lunch. Which is nothing out of the ordinary; I often try to get rid of odds and ends when I eat lunch. This particular day: a Hungry Harvest carrot, sautéed in bacon grease with salt and pepper.

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Five Frugal Things | a small boo to Crate and Barrel

The Frugal Girl

I mended our bench cover (again). I’ve mended this at least 2-3 times before (see this post) but after I washed it this latest time, I noticed several new mending needs. This fabric is sort of a loose weave, which makes it prone to coming apart at the seams.

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Thankful Thursday | a little December snow!

The Frugal Girl

New here? Thankful Thursday is something we’ve been doing in these COVID times; a (frugal and free) exercise to help us hunt for the good that is in our lives and in the world, even in the midst of a pandemic. Today, I am thankful: for the beautiful snow that fell yesterday.

WIS, WWA | $50

The Frugal Girl

What I Spent. I skipped doing a regular grocery trip this week; I spent $40 on the trip I mentioned in the Five Frugal Things post (where I got the free sparkling water). And then yesterday I did a quick stop to get a few things to make panini ($10). December Spending. Week 1: $82. Week 2: $229.

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ShopRite: Crest Toothpaste JUST $0.19 Starting 1/3!

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Thankful Thursday

The Frugal Girl

New here? Thankful Thursday is something we’ve been doing in these COVID times; a (frugal and free) exercise to help us hunt for the good that is in our lives and in the world, even in the midst of a pandemic. This week I am thankful: for my cheerful spiral wall candleholder.

Five Frugal Things | black-thumb seed saving

The Frugal Girl

I dried marigold and hyacinth seeds. When Zoe and I were hanging the Christmas lights and doing a little yard cleanup, I grabbed some marigolds and some hyacinth bean pods and spread them on a tray to dry. I know the hyacinth seeds will work just fine next spring because I do this every year.

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WIS, WWA | I made chowder that Sonia can eat!

The Frugal Girl

What I Spent. More on the chowder down below. For now, grocery shopping: I spent $130 at Aldi and $90 elsewhere. Sonia made my shopping list a little cuter. So I had kind of a high spending week at $220. Which is exactly what I anticipated after lazily skipping a shopping trip last week.

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Five Frugal Things | $54 back at Aldi

The Frugal Girl

I got a $54 refund at Aldi. A few weeks ago, Aldi had a special 3-pack of their organic, grass-fed ground beef; 4.5 pounds for $17.96. So, I picked one up. But when I got home, I realized that something went wrong with the scanning, and that I’d been rung up for $17.96

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Win a $50 Novica gift card!

The Frugal Girl

Never heard of Novica ? Novica is a National Geographic company that exists as a hub to help artisans from all over the world sell their wares. Over the years, we’ve typically just purchased jewelry from Novica.

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ShopRite: FREE Schweppes Zero Sugar 2 Liter Drink Thru 1/16!

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ShopRite: FREE Schweppes Zero Sugar 2 Liter Drink Thru 1/16! Check out this awesome freebie deal on Schweppes Zero Sugar 2 Liter Drink at ShopRite. Thru 1/16, Schweppes Zero Sugar 2 Liter Drink is priced at $1.99

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Win a Cleanse, Smooth, Nourish package from Third Day Naturals

The Frugal Girl

I have a holiday giveaway for you from a small company owned by a Frugal Girl reader and her husband. Sarah and her husband make natural soaps, lip balms, and other skin-care products, which they sell at Third Day Naturals.

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WIS, WWA | a lazy shopper again

The Frugal Girl

What I Spent. I was a grocery shopping slacker this week again. I got a $25 Hungry Harvest box, did a quick $27 trip to Harris Teeter, and spent $30 picking up a rotisserie chicken and a few other things. So that means I’m starting out December with some nice, low spending.

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ShopRite: FREE Fairlife Coffee Creamers Thru 1/2! {Rebate}

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ShopRite: FREE Fairlife Coffee Creamers Thru 1/2! Rebate}. Don’t miss out on this freebie deal on Fairlife Coffee Creamers at ShopRite. Thru 1/2, Fairlife Coffee Creamer is priced at $1.49 Plus we have $1.50 Ibotta rebates to use on this deal That will make the final price FREE.

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ShopRite: Kellogg’s Oatmeal Cream Pies Cereal JUST $0.49 Each Thru 1/2! {Rebate}

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ShopRite: DiGiorno Pizza ONLY $1.49 Each Starting 12/28!

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ShopRite: DiGiorno Pizza ONLY $1.49 Each Starting 12/28! Pizza fans can score a great deal on DiGiorno Pizza at ShopRite. Starting 12/28, DiGiorno or California Pizzas are priced at $4.99

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ShopRite: Weaver Chicken Products JUST $1.99 Each Starting 12/27!

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ShopRite: Weaver Chicken Products JUST $1.99 Each Starting 12/27! Here is an amazing offer on Weaver Chicken Products at ShopRite. Starting 12/27, Weaver Chicken Products are priced at $3.99 Plus we have a $2.00 ShopRite digital coupon to use on this deal That will make the final price just $1.99

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ShopRite: Hass Avocados JUST $0.39 Each Starting 12/26!

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ShopRite: FREE Simply Almond Milk Thru 12/26! {Rebate}

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ShopRite: FREE Simply Almond Milk Thru 12/26! Rebate}. Don’t miss out on this freebie deal on Simply Almond Milk at ShopRite. Thru 12/26, Simply Almond Milk 46 oz is priced at $2.49 Plus we have a $3.99 Ibotta rebate to use on this deal That will make the final price FREE + $1.50 moneymaker.

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Giant: Sweet Strawberries Just $1.97 Starting 12/26!

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Giant: Sweet Strawberries Just $1.97 Starting 12/26! Great deal on Sweet Strawberries at Giant. Starting 12/26, Sweet Strawberries 1 lb is priced at $3.99 Plus we have a $2.02 Giant in-ad store coupon to use on this deal That will make the final price just $1.97

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ShopRite: Speed Stick Deodorant 2 Packs ONLY $0.99 Each Thru 12/26!

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ShopRite: Speed Stick Deodorant 2 Packs ONLY $0.99 Each Thru 12/26! Head on over to ShopRite to score a great deal on Speed Stick Deodorant 2 Packs. Thru 12/26, Speed Stick Deodorant 2 Packs is priced at $1.99

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