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Being Frugal By Choice

  • newVanilla Sugar {Easy Homemade Gift}
    Discover the simple steps for how to make Homemade Vanilla Sugar. There are so many uses for this delicious recipe and it makes an amazing gift! Did you already start your homemade vanilla extract for the holidays? Do you have any vanilla beans left…
    - 7 hours ago 15 Nov 18, 12:00pm -
  • Leftover Turkey Casserole With Rice (Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free)
    If you have a leftovers hater in your life, this is the dish for you! This delicious and easy recipe for Leftover Turkey Casserole With Rice is a beyond simple way to use up Thanksgiving leftovers. A healthy dish that creates a completely new and exc…
    - 2 days ago 13 Nov 18, 12:00pm -
  • Scattered Sundays and Meal Plan
    A very special veteran’s day to those who have served and those who have supported their spouses and partner. We’re surrounded by the military here in Western Washington and I never cease to be amazed at the hard work and dedication I see daily.…
    - 4 days ago 11 Nov 18, 12:00pm -
  • Homemade Vanilla Extract – How to Make Vanilla Extract
    Making your own Homemade Vanilla Extract is so simple and makes the best handmade gift. This recipe uses vodka or bourbon and can also be made in the Instant Pot. On April 1, 2010, my husband Troy was laid off from a job he didn’t really like. It w…
    - 6 days ago 9 Nov 18, 12:00pm -
  • The 15 Best Make Ahead Thanksgiving Dishes
    These 15 Best Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Dishes will help you have a delicious and low-stress Turkey day. Recipes include easy appetizers, sides, desserts, and freezer dishes. The lead up to Thanksgiving is packed with excitement, planning, and stress.…
    - 7 days ago 8 Nov 18, 12:00pm -

Frugal Babe

  • Goodbye, mortgage!
    In January 2003, my husband and I bought our first house, and saddled ourselves with our first mortgage — I believe the first payment was due in March 2003. And in March 2018, just about exactly 15 years later, we made our final mortgage payment. S…
    - 15 May 18, 3:55pm -
  • Achieving our goals, thanks to long-term frugality
    Since it’s been a year and a half since I posted anything on here, I guess I’m a bit overdue for an update. All is well here, but I’m currently freelance writing for four separate organizations, so there is always paid work to be done when I’…
    - 31 Dec 17, 7:40pm -
  • Still here!
    Hello dear readers! Since it’s been five months since my last post, I guess I’m a bit overdue for an update. I just read through that last one, and it was sort of like reading a journal entry. All of the things I mentioned are still going well. A…
    - 19 Jul 16, 12:12am -
  • An update from our frugal corner of the world
    Hello friends! I got an email from a reader today (Hi Jean!) checking to make sure that nothing had happened to me, since my little blog world here has been so quiet. So I figured this would be a good time to check in with some quick updates on our l…
    - 12 Feb 16, 6:20am -
  • Outfitting our whole life – second hand
    Our second grader (my how time has flown!) is in choir this year.  He absolutely loves it, and looks forward to Tuesday mornings despite the fact that he has to be at school 50 minutes early for choir practice.  We love seeing him have so much fun…
    - 22 Sep 15, 11:49pm -

Frugal Living NW

  • newSodaStream Jet Sparkling Water Maker for $24.35 (BEST price by $20)
    Amazon has the SodaStream Jet Sparkling Water Maker for $24.35 shipped with Prime. This is the BEST price it’s ever been on Amazon by $20. Note that it does NOT include the 60 Liter Carbonator. You’ll have to buy that separately. Includes: (1)…
    - 2 hours ago 15 Nov 18, 5:10pm -
  • newMrs. Meyers Clean Day Laundry Detergent, Glad Garbage Bags, Heating Pads and more (11/15)
    Here are today’s electronics and household deals (11/15): Deal of the Day: Get this Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Laundry Detergent, Honeysuckle (64 oz) for $8.41 (BEST price!) Check out all the household essential deals here. Deal of the Day: Score this…
    - 2 hours ago 15 Nov 18, 5:00pm -
  • newNordstrom: VANS shoes for 40% off (perfect gift for teen girls!)
    Nordstrom is having their big fall sale right now. Many of the awesome pieces we saw during the Anniversary Sale are back at around 40% off! I found a ton of women’s VANS SHOES for up to 40% off, making them as low as $33. And bonus, they are actua…
    - 18 hours ago 15 Nov 18, 12:56am -
  • newFred Meyer Deals for November 14 – 20
    Here are the best deals at Fred Meyer this week. The Fred Meyer ad runs Wednesday – Tuesday in the Pacific Northwest. Find the full list of this week’s Fred Meyer deals, including a printable list feature, here. Along with sales and coupons, you…
    - 23 hours ago 14 Nov 18, 8:00pm -
  • newThe Best Gingersnap Cookies (recipe)
    Gingersnap Cookies My mother-in-law has been visiting for the past two weeks from a very rainy, cold Alaska. She enjoyed each and every crisp morning and warm afternoon, the smells and sights of the slowly changing leaves. It made me stop and soak…
    - 24 hours ago 14 Nov 18, 7:30pm -

Suddenly Frugal

  • Free Shipping Day Update
    Free Shipping Day usually occurs one week before Christmas, give or take a business day, to account for free shipping getting there on time. This year, Free Shipping Day will be held on Friday, December 18th. Free Shipping Day is the last day that on…
    - 13 Dec 15, 5:00am -
  • Holiday Tipping Etiquette
    It’s December, which means it is that time of year–to hand out holiday tips. If you’ve been wondering how much do I tip at the holidays, don’t stress: I’ve put together an easy-to-understand list of holiday tipping etiquette based on the mo…
    - 11 Dec 15, 5:00am -
  • Tips for Thrift Store Shopping
    When our family became Suddenly Frugal in 2007, we quickly learned how thrift store shopping could be a great way to buy clothing and other household goods that we needed without blowing our budget. We also learned that when it came to putting cash b…
    - 10 Dec 15, 5:00am -

The Frugal Girl

  • newFreezer challenge | five out of eight things: eaten
    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 pu…
    - 5 hours ago 15 Nov 18, 2:27pm -
  • Five Frugal Things | my jeans ripped again
    1. 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. I repaired this basically the same way that I r…
    - 1 day ago 14 Nov 18, 1:40pm -
  • Tuesday Tip | Make a no-sew rice sock
    If you have some random orphan socks at your house, use them to make a microwaveable rice sock. These are so great to put on a sore muscle, and they work especially well around your neck. And you can freeze them to use for calming down an inflamed mu…
    - 2 days ago 13 Nov 18, 3:26pm -

Thrifty Northwest Mom

  • newVera Bradley Cooler Tote $14.99 (Reg $78)
    Vera Bradley Cooler Tote What a cute cooler tote! 6pm is offering this Vera Bradley Cooler Tote for $14.99! That is down from the normal price of $78, for an 81% savings. They do offer free shipping on orders of $50 or more. Product Details: The ulti…
    - 23 mins ago 15 Nov 18, 7:00pm -
  • newWomens Riding Boots Just $19.99 at Macy’s (+ more boots on sale)!
    This Macy’s Black Friday Boot Sale is happening now, and there are some great prices on womens boots, like riding boots for just $19.99 (reg. $49.99)! You can even choose to pick them up in store to save on shipping costs if you want. Sizes and s…
    - 1 hour ago 15 Nov 18, 6:00pm -
  • newAmazon’s FreeTime Unlimited -3 Months for $2.99 + FREE Headphones for Kids ($19.99 Value)
    Amazon FreeTime Unlimited – 3 Months for $2.99! Amazon is offering a special offer for Kindle FreeTime! This deal started early & it’s an amazing deal – get 3 months of Free Time Unlimited.  This offer is good for a limited time only. Plus, y…
    - 2 hours ago 15 Nov 18, 5:27pm -
  • newAmazon Online Shopping – Best Daily Deals! (Updated Regularly)
    Amazon Online Shopping – Updated Daily (Mon. – Fri.)! Pin it to your favorites board here for easy access later! Amazon online shopping is a great way to save on all kinds of items you might need, without having to leave home! They sell just abou…
    - 3 hours ago 15 Nov 18, 4:30pm -
  • newMacy’s Early Black Friday Deals + 20% OFF Coupon Code!
    Macy’s Early Black Friday Deals As you may have seen we posted the Macy’s Black Friday Highlights last week with a link to the Black Friday ad scan too! Well, today they have a Macy’s Early Black Friday deals sale going on! Plus they are offeri…
    - 4 hours ago 15 Nov 18, 3:28pm -