2020

How I Organize My Kids’ Paperwork, Artwork, and Mementos

Family Balance Sheet

Kids create a lot of paper during their childhood. They create a lot of other stuff too, but that’s for another post. Today, I’m sharing how I have handled ALL of the paper, artwork, mementos, and miscellany over the last 14+ years that I’ve been a mother. For starters, both of our girls are sentimental. They like to hear stories, especially of their birth through toddler years. They love to look at pictures and videos from before they can remember.

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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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Green Energy Jobs- What Are Your Options?

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Green jobs are becoming all the rage as of late. Whatever your personal beliefs on why that’s happening, there’s no denying it’s true. If you’re interested in pursuing a career in the green energy sector, there are jobs available in a number of different areas for a varying degree of skill sets.

Giant: Giant Brand Russet Potatoes Just $1.77 Starting 11/13!

For the Mommas

Giant: Giant Brand Russet Potatoes Just $1.77 Starting 11/13! Giant shoppers can score a great deal on Giant Brand Russet Potatoes. Starting 11/13, Giant Brand Russet Potatoes 5 lb is priced at $2.99 Plus we have a $1.22

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Easy, Frugal, Not-From-A-Mix Homemade Brownies

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Updated November 2020 because I thought brownies might be just the thing today. I always am hesitant to make a chocolate recipe that calls for bars of unsweetened chocolate (and many brownie recipes do).

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 | 48 pounds for $14

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Apples, that is. I got 48 pounds of apples for $14. I’ve struck out a few times when stopping for apples lately, but yesterday my stop paid off! This is what 48 pounds of apples looks like.

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All the details on my new windows (plus lots of photos)

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As you probably know if you have read any recent blog or Instagram posts, we recently had two windows installed in a wall that previously windowless. Some of you had asked for a post with more details, so I’m gonna do my best to provide all the pertinent info in this post.

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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.

Five Frugal Things | food saves, closet shelving, a repair, and more!

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I made a quesadilla to use up some elderly tortillas. We had two tortillas that had been sitting around for a while, unloved and unwanted. So I made a quesadilla for lunch, and I added a sliced jalapeño. We DIYed some closet shelving for Zoe.

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Five Frugal Things | I bought 100 more pounds of flour

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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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How We Frugal-ed in November 2020

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November is the start of what can be an expensive season. Here’s how we frugal-ed our way through it. Frugal Wardrobe in November: I have a small bedroom closet, so I like to keep my wardrobe fairly lean, but highly functional.

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How to Save Electricity While You’re Working at Home

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

It’s not novel news that working from home has become quite the norm these days. The Coronavirus pandemics led to many lifestyle changes and one of the biggest is the severed connection between public office environments and its staff. Incredibly, 42% of the U.S labour force now work from home full-time! It’s a complex situation, employees get to stay in the comfort of their homes but are pushed to ensure their productivity still meets the required standards.

Giant: General Mills Cereals ONLY $0.49 Each Starting 10/23!

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Giant: General Mills Cereals ONLY $0.49 Each Starting 10/23! Stock up deal on General Mills Cereals at Giant. Starting 10/23, General Mills Cereals are priced at $0.99 Plus we have a $1/2 General Mills printable coupon to use on this deal That will make the final price just $0.49

Five Frugal Things | I have a new painting project

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I picked up a free bookshelf for Sonia’s room. Which means…I have a new painting project. The original owner started to do chalk paint, so I’m gonna have to remove that. I am a glutton for punishment. And also I cannot say no to free, paint-able furniture.

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How We Frugal-ed in February 2020

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Frugal living is NOT about feeling deprived. Frugal living is being intentional with our money and creative with our resources, so we have more to put towards the things that are important to us. We want to live WELL on LESS Money. Frugal Kitchen in February: Curbside Pick-up: I continued my new grocery routine in February. I cannot stress enough how much this has saved me time and I really think money too.

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WIS, WWA | Will I ever get to the store??

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What I Spent. Well, I still didn’t do a regular grocery shopping trip. One of these weeks I will! Maybe today.). I did get a $20 Hungry Harvest box. And Mr. FG and I made a $39 stop at Trader Joe’s, plus a $10 milk run. So my grocery spending this week is $69.

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Talk to me about robot vacuums

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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

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.

Thankful Thursday | Goodbye, 2020

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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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7 ALDI Soup Ideas

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Are you an ALDI shopper? I pulled together a list of ALDI soup ideas using ingredients I found at the store. These family favorites are hearty, tasty, and easy on your grocery budget.

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A collection of tiny blog posts

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Good Monday morning to ya! It’s Monday morning as I type this. I have no idea when you will read it.). I’ve got a post full of random things for you today. It’s like a collection of tiny blog posts. The bookshelf is in Sonia’s room.

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Don’t buy this sweater (plus other random tidbits)

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We haven’t had a randomness post in a while; it seemed like time for one! Don’t buy this sweater if you’re built like me. I saw this tunic sweater in a roundup of Amazon sweaters, and I thought it looked cute and comfy. So I ordered one in small/medium.

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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: Coffeemate Creamer JUST $2.00 Each Thru 8/8!

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ShopRite: Coffeemate Creamer JUST $2.00 Each Thru 8/8! Elevate your coffee experience from a mere routine to a meaningful ritual with Coffeemate Creamer that is available for JUST $2.00 Each at ShopRite. Thru 8/8, Coffeemate Flavored Creamers 32 oz is priced at $3.00

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Thankful Thursday | on Christmas Eve

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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.

My 2021 Planner

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Are you looking for the perfect 2021 planner? Today, I’m sharing mine. It is highly functional, affordable, and at the moment, wide open for all the possibilities and opportunities that 2021 will bring. While I embrace the digital world, paper is the way I plan my life.

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The 2020 cookie guessing contest

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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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Five Frugal Things | haircuts, food saves, a textbook return

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I cut Sonia and Zoe’s hair. Sonia wanted a trim, which is pretty easy to do on wavy hair. Any mistakes are quite invisible! I used the at-home bob method that I outlined in this post (where Sonia was the model for the photos, actually. Just a much smaller Sonia!).

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How to make fried cornmeal mush

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(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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How to Create a Family Balance Sheet + Get a FREE one for your family!

Family Balance Sheet

Need a quick snapshot of your finances? Let me show you how to create a Family Balance Sheet. I’m a firm believer that finances must be organized and neat, and a Family Balance Sheet helps you keep track of your finances in one tidy spreadsheet.

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an extremely brief Cyber Monday post

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The online world today is filled with deals. So I have two things to say: 1. It is ok if you don’t take advantage of a single bargain that is offered online today. Just because a deal exists does not mean you need to take advantage of it. Shopping deals is not always the best way to save money.

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Five Frugal Things | I did two appliance repairs

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The other day I was thinking, “Wow, I’m really thankful that all my appliances have been working well.” ” And then two of them needed help within 24 hours. Luckily the stove wasn’t the culprit this time!

Lately, I’ve been…

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

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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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Five Frugal Things | a small boo to Crate and Barrel

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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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