Archive for November 2010

Free things to do on Thanksgiving (and bonus advice from a retail pro for tomorrow)

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! Be thankful – say grace and give thanks for all the blessings in your life.  There is always something to be thankful for.  Play a ‘thankful game’ with kids or adults….write on your paper cup what you are thankful for and go around the table and share what everyone wrote down.  This is... Read more »

Top 10 shopping secrets for BLACK FRIDAY!!

Top 10 shopping secrets for BLACK FRIDAY!!
BLACK FRIDAY is the annual American retail-crazed extravaganza that offers deals beckoning and tempting frugal shoppers and bargain hunters nationwide out of their homes into the cold at insane hours of the night or morning!  If done right, you can save a lot of money without camping out the night before!  From a family who... Read more »

Frugal Busters!!!

Frugal Busters!!!
So you’re happily on the path to frugality, saving money and living within a budget….when all of a sudden you’re hit with a giant expense out of nowhere  - A frugal buster!!!   Beware of these frugal busters!!! Parking Tickets – these can be from $15 – $200 and can certainly throw a wrench in your... Read more »
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Holiday Shopping 101, Lesson 3: Chicago's Outlet Shopping!!!

Holiday Shopping 101, Lesson 3:  Chicago's Outlet Shopping!!!
Outlet shopping all day until I drop is one of my favorite ways to spend a day off with friends and family. My friend Theresa and I recently drove up north to Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin to visit the awesome outlets that Theresa raved about. When we pulled into the parking area on the Sunday before... Read more »

Homemade Potato and Cheddar Pirogies - frugal Chicago eats!

Homemade Potato and Cheddar Pirogies - frugal Chicago eats!
Every Chicagoan loves pirogies!  And no matter how you spell it,….pierĂ³gi, pyrogy or perogi….everyone knows that pirogies are delicious filled dumplings!  Homemade pierogies are also preeeeeetty cheap to make as well!  Pretty much all they require is a couple potatoes, flour, egg and cheese…and a chunk of time for pirogie-making!  It goes quicker with 2 or 3... Read more »

Save money with coupons - like a pro!

Save money with coupons - like a pro!
When sales and coupons are combined, they render the perfect storm of the best savings and give you that “rush” happy feeling of saving money!  Those who enjoy being frugal and cheap like me know what I’m talking about. Match-ups” are when you combined a SALE + COUPON = MATCH UPS! Steps to save money... Read more »
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Meet & greet your Chicago politicians - free fun!

Meet & greet your Chicago politicians - free fun!
My lil’ cousin came up to visit Chicago-land this spring for a weekend and at the annual spring Buckingham Fountain ceremony we got a chance to meet and have a photo opportunity with Chicago’s own Mayor Richard M Daley.  He even signed my map of Chicago and the official photographer from the Mayor’s office snapped... Read more »

Da Bears: Your frugal guide to watching Da Bears!!!

Da Bears:  Your frugal guide to watching Da Bears!!!
Da Bears, Da Bears, Da Bears…. Luckily for us in Chicago, avocados are in season during football season!  Nom nom nom!  Score some for 50-70 cents each at Village Marketplace in Skokie!     Avocados…a must have for any tailgate! This is the perfect time to combine your culinary and crafty skills to create a... Read more »

Holiday Shopping 101, Lesson 2: How to do the Mall

Holiday Shopping 101, Lesson 2:  How to do the Mall
Shopping malls can be a mecca of holiday sales or just simply a a nightmare filled with crabby shoppers, whiny kids, strollers running over your toes, and food court eats that drain your energy and wallet.  Here’s my HOW TO do the mall for the holiday season shopping!  Crazed shoppers….do you want to be part of this insanity??... Read more »
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Free Chicago for Christmas/Winter 2010!

Free Chicago for Christmas/Winter 2010!
There are so many things to do free in Chicago this season….and I know I have left so many out too!  And, for out-of-towners, plan a vacation to Chicago to enjoy the many amazing and free things to do here in the Windy City!  Many hotels during Christmas season offer great deals to get you... Read more »
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    I'm Stephanie, your local north-sider Chicagoan with advice on everything frugal! I enjoy living joyfully without excessive spending and sharing my 'saving money' advice and practices with others. I am a Christian and love music-making, cooking, traveling the world and of course, blogging! "LIKE" me on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Frugirlsteph

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