One Frugal Girl

I see money as the ticket to freedom. I am in my mid-thirties, happily married to the sweetest man in the world and mother to the most precious baby boy. This blog is my story. In it I detail my day-to-day trials, tribulations, failures and successes with money.

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Goal: Getting Dinner to the Table

Things have gotten a little off track since the arrival of child #2. Somewhere in the middle of my third trimester I lost the desire to cook a decent meal and as any new mother knows things didn’t exactly get easier after birth. Last week I set a very small goal to get back in the kitchen ....more

Choosing a Kid’s Bike: Focus on Quality or Price?

I’m crouching in the consignment store staring at two bikes. I probably look a little bit crazy. I lift one and contemplate it’s weight ....more

Pampers Premium Care Review

Before my first son was born, (sometime around the beginning of my third trimester), I read a blog post about stockpiling diapers. It sounded like such a great idea, of course I wanted to save money on diapers and what better way to save then by taking advantage of promotional sales? I was already making a weekly trip to stores to stock up on household items for free or nearly free, so why not add diapers to the list of items I bought there? ...more

$10 Aéropostale eGift Card with $20 In-Store Purchase

Spend at least $20.00 with your registered VISA credit card at an Aéropostale store and you’ll receive a FREE $10...more

Saving Money on Groceries: That’s a Lot of Chicken!

I prefer to buy organic or all natural chicken for my family, but it’s so much more expensive than the other stuff our grocery store sells. Every once in a blue moon our grocery store offers buy-one-get-one offers and from time to time the price is dropped to $3.59, but the full retail price is typically $5.99 a pound. When I received the latest email from Peapod offering chicken for $3.99 I decided to stock up ....more

Complaining About Poor Service and Unsatisfactory Goods

Do you complain after receiving poor service or unsatisfactory goods? I don’t make it a habit to point out bad service, but this past week I sent letters to two separate companies asking for a refund of my purchases. One night my family and I ate dinner at a local restaurant and ordered a few wings to go ....more

If It’s Not Useful It’s Out

I used to wonder how someone could get rid of 50, 60 or 70% of their possessions. Now I know. I didn’t calculate the exact number of items we’ve removed over the past six months, but I would bet it’s a minimum of 40 or 50% of our stuff ....more

Consignment – The Second Time Around

At only four months of age my little bruiser is already wearing 12-to-18 month clothing. We received a bunch of baby onesies and sleepers shortly after my son was born, but with his long torso and meaty thighs he has already outgrown all of them! I didn’t expect any gifts for our second born child and I am more than grateful for the generosity of friends and family ....more

Odds, Ends and Other Such Things

Once a week I intend to write a few words in either this blog or my children’s journals, but with the introduction of our second child I cannot seem to find the time to focus on either. My older son gave up napping a few weeks ago, so I have absolutely no quiet time between the time I wake in the morning and the minute I go to sleep at night. The oldest will return to preschool in the fall and that should give me just a few minutes a day for myself ....more

Book Review: Calming the Chaos

Book Description: Far too many people in contemporary culture feel they don’t have enough time to “get it all done.” The stress of this chronic overwhelm creates a disorganized mind that leads to a chaotic life. Based on her highly acclaimed “Energy Management” workshops, and drawn from over 25 years of counseling and coaching experience, professional trainer and speaker Jackie Woodside shares her breakthrough methods that lead to becoming the least stressed, most productive person you know! In Calming the Chaos, you will learn the step-by-step skills and thought processes that lead to increased productivity and peace of mind ....more