The Frugal Girl

I'm a child of God, wife to my husband, mom to my 4 kids (ages 15, 13, 10, and 8), photography, baking, and money-saving nut, and piano player, among other things.

Free Computer Virus Protection (Yes, really!) + How to Know How Much Stuff to Keep

Every other Monday, I answer a few questions from readers....more

Let’s see. What’s happenin’ on the food waste front?

The only possible bit of waste I have is this lemon, which came in a bag of lemons and was squishy when I brought it home. (Check the bag better next time, Kristen!) I may see if I could possibly salvage it for a stove-top air freshener, though. So, that’s all I’ve got waste-wise....more

Zoe, the faithful snowman builder

On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I post a picture and just a few words. Of my four kids, Zoe is probably the most enthusiastic about playing in the snow....more

Two quick things (free Big Hero Six, plus a Swagbucks event)

I’ve got two things in my inbox that I wanted to share with you, and I’ll make this super quick. One Right now, you can get a Big Hero 6 DVD free through TopCashBack if you are a new member. TopCashBack is like Ebates, but I usually find their cashback rates to be slightly higher, so I generally check there first ....more

What I thought of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up

This book has been much-discussed in the blogosphere, and before I even read the book, the discussion made me think more about why I clean. (It turns out it’s because I want to.) I promised I’d share my thoughts about the book once I actually read it, so that’s what’s on tap today. (I keep a running list of books I’ve read in 2015, along with short thoughts about each book, but I wanted to say a little more about this book than would fit there.) So ....more

ATK Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken Tacos

Good morning to you, readers! I’m pleased to say that my head has unfogged itself and I’m feeling a lot more like myself today. Exxxxxxcellent ....more

Blah. I don’t feel good.

The girls and Mr. FG got a cold last week, and I thought I might escape just like I managed to escape the plague they all had in December. But no such luck this time ....more

Want to win a slow cooker cookbook from America’s Test Kitchen?

America’s Test Kitchen just put out The Healthy Slow Cooker Revolution, a photo-filled cookbook comprised of lighter, healthier fare than you’d usually expect from a slow-cooker cookbook. And because I am a lucky blogger, I got a review copy to try out, plus two to give away! This book is the same size as the DIY cookbook and the 6-Ingredient cookbook, and like those two, it has tons of pictures....more


On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I post a picture and just a few words....more

Missed a credit card payment? Ask for a refund.

Though I try my very best to always pay everything exactly on time, there have been a few times in my life where I’ve just forgotten to schedule a payment. (I suspect this happens mostly when I’ve forgotten to click on the umpteenth confirmation screen during the payment process…) Anyway, it’s a dreadful feeling to see a late fee notice, especially when you’re at a financial point where $25 is an enormous sum of money. Since I have a history of paying my full balance on time every month, when I’ve missed a payment, I call and ask for mercy ....more