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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Camp Communication Email Templates: Camp Registration Open

Simply CVS

While there are tons of ways to market to new families and increase your enrollment for next summer, with all the talk about “new families” sometimes marketing to your existing families gets forgotten.

My Honest Review of Blue Apron Meal Kit Delivery Service

Family Balance Sheet

This is not a sponsored post, however, any direct links to Blue Apron are my referral links. You will receive dollars off your first order and I will earn a credit. I only write my honest opinion on products that I have tried. Thanks for your support.

Six Eco-friendly Ways to Save Money for You and Your Family

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Transportation. From a money-saving and environment-friendly perspective, this may be the most obvious solution to making room in your budget in an eco-conscious manner. Heading into the summer, gas prices will continue to go up, so transportation alternatives can really help. Carpooling, public transportation, and biking are all terrific ways to cut down trips to the gas pump while decreasing your own personal carbon footprint left on the environment.

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ShopRite: FREE Smithfield Ham Steaks Thru 9/15!

For the Mommas

ShopRite: FREE Smithfield Ham Steaks Thru 9/15! We have a NEW Smithfield coupon, woot! This week thru 9/15 Smithfield Ham Steaks on sale for $1.00 each and in addition to this, we have a new $1.50/1 Smithfield Anytime Favorites product coupon available to print.

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FREE BIC Disposable Razors with Rebate!

Couponing 101

Right now you can use this rebate to get FREE BIC Disposable Razors – up to $10 value !

AE gift card, free deck furniture, half off an entree…it’s Five Frugal Things!

The Frugal Girl

I ordered a discounted gift card from Sixth Continent. I got a PR email from this company, which sells discounted gift cards. There’s a sign-up bonus, which means that immediately after you open your account, you have enough discounts to get a $25 gift card for $15.90.

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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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Stitch Fix, October 2018 | I kept everything!

The Frugal Girl

I signed up with Stitch Fix using their, “The cheaper, the better” pricing option, and I’ve been chronicling my experiences here. So far, it hasn’t been exactly cheap! But fashion posts are always fun, so here we are.

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50 Things I’m Thankful For | 2018 edition

The Frugal Girl

I planned to publish this Thanksgiving Day. But life got in the way of me finishing the list, so I’m posting it the day after Thanksgiving. Since the start of my blogging days, I’ve been posting a list of 50 things I’m thankful for each year on Thanksgiving Day.

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The first Swago: Shopping Edition of 2018!

Simply CVS

Disclosure: Links to Swagbucks in this post are my referral links. Thank you for using my links. I also earned SB for sharing this promotion. Still recovering from all of your holiday shopping? The online rewards site Swagbucks has a smart and fun way for you to earn and save when you spend. Swagbucks is hosting another round of Shopping Swago! What is SWAGO you ask? It's a

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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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Control Pests without Poisoning Your Lawn – Organic Solutions

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Pests are a big problem for any homeowner looking to keep his or her lawn in tip-top shape. Along with diseases, lawn pests can wreak havoc on your lawn and turn a once lush and beautiful yard into a complete disaster. The natural solution to this, of course, is pest control. Unfortunately, most pest control solutions aren’t natural.

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Giant: 4 FREE Maple Cheerios Cereals Thru 11/8!

For the Mommas

Giant: 4 FREE Maple Cheerios Cereals Thru 11/8! We have a great deal to make savings at Giant. Maple Cheerios Cereals is priced at $1.88 In addition to this price you will save $6.00 off when you buy 4 of this product.

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Sharpie Special Edition 23-Piece Permanent Marker Pack Only $15.29

Couponing 101

Right now Amazon has the Sharpie Special Edition 23 Piece Permanent Marker Pack on sale for only $15.29 (reg. 25.99)! Shipping is free with Amazon Prime or any order over $35. This special anniversary edition includes 16 colors, 4 neon colors, and 3 metallic colors.

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Cast Iron Fried Chicken

The Frugal Girl

This post contains affiliate links. This popped on my menu post a little while back and a lot of you asked for the recipe. I’m sorry to say that I have exactly zero good pictures of the chicken and no step by step photos either.

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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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Zoe and I tried a beauty school. Here’s how it went.

The Frugal Girl

In my years of frugal reading (books, blogs, articles), I’ve frequently come across the advice to get hair services done at a beauty school. But since I usually only get my hair cut once or twice a year (I know, I know), I haven’t been super motivated to give it a try.

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Freezer challenge | five out of eight things: eaten

The Frugal Girl

Here’s what I started with last week: The flank steak is thawed in the fridge for something for dinner tonight. Haven’t decided! The frosting is still in the freezer. The bread is currently in the oven as a french toast casserole. We ate the pulled pork for dinner one night.

What I Spent, What We Ate | $65.50

The Frugal Girl

What I Spent. Let’s see. I started out with a $25 Hungry Harvest box. Next, I made a $22 Aldi trip, a $6.11 stop at Food Lion, and a $12.50 trip to Costco (I did buy some other things at Costco, but they were non-food items, such as light bulbs.). So, I’m only at $65.50 for the week.

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Star Wars. And a Cheshire Cat.

The Frugal Girl

As you all know, I am totally not a fan of Star Wars. Like, at all. I checked my watch multiple times through the last movie to see when it would be over, actually. But Zoe thought it would be fun if Mr. FG and I dressed up as Han Solo and Princess Leia, so that’s what we did.

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CVS Extra Buck Deals & the Best to Roll Current ECB's Onto for the Weekly Ad of 1/14/2018 with Coupon Match-ups

Simply CVS

Here are the coupon match ups for extra buck deals for the CVS weekly ad of January 14, 2018. There's a pretty good deal on Boost this week, if you can get your hands on two of last week's coupon inserts. This would be great to donate to a food pantry, adult daycare, or Hospice!!! These include the best CVS extra buck deals for rolling. Each week I make a list of the extra buck deals that. 1 14 CVS ad rolling extra bucks

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2018 Reader Survey: Help me make FBS better for YOU!

Family Balance Sheet

I have a big favor to ask you. I know that you all are extremely busy, but could you please, pretty please with a cherry on top, complete my reader survey. Now before you roll your eyes and leave, let me explain why I’m asking this of you.

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Sleep and Mental Health: How Late Nights Affect Your Brain

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

We all know how it feels to miss a night’s sleep. Tired, groggy, and irritable, all we want is to be to be left alone. Nothing a good night’s rest can’t fix right? Well yes, if it’s just one night’s missed sleep but what if it’s every night? An increasing amount of us aren’t getting sufficient sleep and more and more of us are suffering from sleep disorders. What few of us realize is the long term impact that sleeping badly on a regular basis have on our mental health.

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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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Amazon Prime Coffee & Tea Sample Box Only $9.99 + Earn $9.99 Credit!

Couponing 101

Amazon Prime member exclusive deal! Hurry and grab this Coffee & Tea Sample Box for only $9.99 shipped ! The box includes at least six samples from participating brands like Honest Tea, illy, Monster, and Gold Peak!

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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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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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Five Frugal Things | my jeans ripped again

The Frugal Girl

I fixed a ripped pair of jeans. Remember my pair of jeans that I ripped by pulling on the belt loop? Well, that repair is holding up fine, but the jeans developed a split by the bottom of the zipper.

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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!

Freezer Challenge | Smoothie time?

The Frugal Girl

The wind chill is currently 19°, but I still see a smoothie in my future. Possibly chased by some hot tea! Freezer goodies for this week. Left to right, top row: watermelon, two bags of buns, a bag of miscellaneous frozen fruit. Bottom row: Andouille sausage, shredded coconut, mystery rolls.

The freezer challenge, it is back!

The Frugal Girl

I kind of fell off the freezer challenge wagon this summer when I was about 75% of the way through. But I really do want to finish cleaning this thing out so that I can easily defrost it. And I’d love to have a nice clean slate to start with!

CVS Extra Buck Deals & the Best to Roll Current ECB's Onto for the Weekly Ad of 1/21/2018 with Coupon Match-ups

Simply CVS

Here are the coupon match ups for extra buck deals for the CVS weekly ad of January 21, 2018. Excited to see Arnicare on ECBs, I don't know if we've used that brand, but we really like Arnica gel in our family for bruises and sore muscles, and it's hard to find and not real cheap. These include the best CVS extra buck deals for rolling. Each week I make a list of the extra buck deals that. 1 21 CVS ad rolling extra bucks

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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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How to Take the Stress Out of Job Hunting

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

The journey you take when looking for a new job can be filled with stress and anxiety. It’s easy to lose hope, particularly when money is tight and you’re desperate to find a new job, but it’s important not to let the strain of the experience get to you. While job hunting is an intense and emotional experience, keep in mind that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

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

For the Mommas

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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