2019

Stop saying things are easy when they’re not!

The Frugal Girl

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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Rakuten Review: How to Earn Cash Back

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Ebates is NOW Rakuten! Same great product, just a new name! This is my honest review. All links to Rakuten are to my referral link. When you join, you will also get a referral link to share with your friends to earn additional cash back.

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A Day in the Life of a Children’s Education Funds (CEFI) Dealing Representative

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In 2019, Canada became the most educated country in the world. According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), over 56% of Canadian adults between the ages of 25 and 64 received a two-year or four-year degree or received an education through a vocational program. In addition to the OECD accolade, Canada also saw a surge in employment this year, a sign of strength in the country’s overall economic growth.

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Sunday Grocery Coupons Roundup

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Here is your Sunday roundup of free printable grocery coupons. Just click, print and save before you go grocery shopping for the week! Remember to read the coupon carefully so you know what it applies to and when it expires.

Giant: Lucky Charms Cereal & More ONLY $0.66 Each Starting 11/22!

For the Mommas

Giant: Lucky Charms Cereal & More ONLY $0.66 Each Starting 11/22! We have a great deal to make savings at Giant. Lucky Charms or Select Cereals are priced at $0.99

10 Inexpensive DIY Christmas Tree Ornament Ideas

The Frugal Girl

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.

Five Frugal Things | 20’s haircut, a fabric shaver, applesauce, and more

The Frugal Girl

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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“Are you ready for Christmas?”

The Frugal Girl

People keep asking me that question when I’m out and about. And I’m sorry to say that as of this moment, the answer is no. And I thought that if you are in the same boat, you might be encouraged to see where I’m at. I have presents purchased, but exactly ZERO of them are wrapped.

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How to make No-Bake Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

The Frugal Girl

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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What I Spent, What We Ate | I haven’t been sleeping well.

The Frugal Girl

FG has been out of town on a work trip this week and as so often happens when he’s gone, I haven’t been sleeping very well. (My My sleep app keeps giving me red “bad” ratings. Ha.).

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It’s going to be imperfect. Keep trying anyway.

The Frugal Girl

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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Summer Fun Guide 2019

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After a long-snowy-polar vortex winter, are you dreaming of blue skies and sunny days? We are! Summer is my kids’ favorite season. What’s not for them to love?

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IS TERM INSURANCE PURE PROTECTION PLAN?

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We live in a world filled with risks and uncertainties. People, their families, their properties and their assets are constantly at exposed to a variety of risks. Insurance plans are a vital part of every person’s life for it acts as a safety net for when an individual is in need of monetary assistance due to certain circumstances.

Free Printable Coupons for Pets

Couponing 101

Here is your weekly roundup of free printable coupons for pets. Just click, print and redeem on your next trip to the store! Remember to read the coupon carefully so you know what it applies to and when it expires.

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ShopRite: 2 FREE Nivea Men’s Body Washes Starting 9/29!

For the Mommas

ShopRite: 2 FREE Nivea Men’s Body Washes Starting 9/29! Starting from 9/29, ShopRite has Nivea Men Body Washes priced at only $3.99 In addition to this you will save $2.00 off instantly when you buy two of this product.

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Five Frugal Things for New Year’s Eve

The Frugal Girl

Well, hi. I’m popping back from my unplanned one-week silence here on the blog. Whoops. I thought a five frugal things post would be a good warm-up. We saved $9 on hair gel at Target.

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Five Frugal Things | Even though it’s Cyber Monday!

The Frugal Girl

I know it’s Cyber Monday today, but I felt like writing a frugal post instead of a deals post. Mr. FG and I made a fresh new budget. As with all fresh new budgets, this one will need a month or two of test-driving to see if it’s right for us or if we need to tweak a few things.

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Joshua’s now on Republic Wireless

The Frugal Girl

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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2019 Thankful List

The Frugal Girl

Every year, I make a list of 50 things I’m thankful for, and I publish it on Thanksgiving Day. However, this year Thanksgiving week was a rough week and I did not get my list finished. I thought about just deleting the draft, but several of you have asked about my list.

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Five Frugal Things | a $217 medical bill error, for starters!

The Frugal Girl

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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Costume Photos! (2019)

The Frugal Girl

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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A few thoughts on joy

The Frugal Girl

December is a time of year that promises joy. Joy from family, joy from traditions, joy from peace, joy from gifts. And of course, joy from spending. The problem with a lot of our sources of joy is that they are outside our control and so sometimes, they do not deliver.

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Christmas Savings Club | July 2019

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Welcome to the 2019 Christmas Savings Club. The club is open to anyone who wants monthly accountability to save for a cash Christmas.

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Go Green, Save Money, Live Healthy

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When balancing our lives, there are many things that we need to consider. Life is full of surprises and being ready for them is very important. Two of the most important facets of our lives is remaining healthy, and being financially sound. These two aspects can often reflect one another.

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Free Printable Health & Wellness Coupons

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Is it just me or is allergy season in full swing? Take these free printable coupons with you to the drug store to get you feeling right! This week’s roundup includes top health brands like Claritin, Flonase and Alka-Seltzer. Just click, print and save on your next trip to the store!

Giant: Angel Soft Bath Tissue 4 Pack ONLY $0.49 Each Starting 9/20!

For the Mommas

Giant: Angel Soft Bath Tissue 4 Pack ONLY $0.49 Each Starting 9/20! We have a great deal to make savings at Giant. Angel Soft Bath Tissue 4 pack is on sale for $1.49

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One of you is getting a $100 Visa gift card!

The Frugal Girl

Rakuten, the company formerly known as Ebates, emailed to ask if I’d like to host a $100 Visa gift card giveaway for one of you. I said yes because who among you could not use a $100 gift card at this time of year?? What does Rakuten offer?

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Are non-food Aldi Finds frugal or wasteful?

The Frugal Girl

Aldi, my favorite discount grocery store, offers fantastic prices on food. But they also have an aisle dedicated to seasonal products, which are called Aldi Finds. There are also some food Aldi Finds, but they’re not the main event.).

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What I Spent, What We Ate | Not exactly a role-model week!

The Frugal Girl

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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WIS, WWA | Plus a little gratefulness

The Frugal Girl

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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All the “How do I start a blog?” questions!

The Frugal Girl

The Frugal Girl is most definitely not a blog about blogging. But I get blogging-related questions pretty frequently from readers who want to start their own blogs. And since I’ve been at this for 11 years, I have a little bit of expertise to share.

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The Christmas Cookie answers (and a winner!)

The Frugal Girl

Last year, no one got them all right, so I had to sift through the guesses and find the closest one. But this year, Rhonda got them 100% right. Rhonda, check your email! Here are the correct answers for all of you. Our cookies are always a little quirky, and I love them.

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Pumpkin cookies, pumpkin carving, pumpkin painting (and regular painting…)

The Frugal Girl

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?

How to Save Money on Groceries

Family Balance Sheet

Looking for ways to save money on groceries? Groceries is one budget category that can get out of control very quickly. However, groceries is also an easy budget category to control, but it takes some planning, skill, and organization.

Good Modern Home Design is Eco-Friendly & Sustainable

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

By Michael Tobias. Faced with a climate crisis globally, there are numerous very real threats facing humanity, especially since it is acknowledged that as much as 25% of greenhouse gas emissions come from housing of one sort or another.

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Free Printable Cleaning Coupons Roundup

Couponing 101

Check out these free printable cleaning coupons for savings on top household brands like Windex, OxiClean, Shout and Scrubbing Bubbles. Just click, print and save on your next trip to the store! Remember to read the coupon carefully so you know what it applies to and when it expires.

ShopRite: Sara Lee Frozen Pie ONLY $0.04 Thru 11/23!

For the Mommas

ShopRite: Sara Lee Frozen Pie ONLY $0.04 Thru 11/23! This week thru 11/23, ShopRite has Sara Lee Frozen Pie priced at only $1.99 In addition to this, we have a $.55/1 55/1 Sara Lee Product coupon insert to use on this deal. Stack it with an Ibotta rebate that will make your final price ONLY $0.04