Archive for December 2010

5 Frugal Lessons from the Depression-era

5 Frugal Lessons from the Depression-era
I just read a great article about “5 frugal lessons from the Depression” from Bankrate.com and want to share it with you and elaborate on it a bit as well. Here’s the link to the slideshow and the article. Here’s my summary, thoughts + ideas from these lessons: Lesson 1 – Buy items on lasting value This... Read more »

Great Alternatives to Shopping at the Mall!

Great Alternatives to Shopping at the Mall!
It’s Christmas Eve and rather than going to beat the last minute crazed shoppers at the mall,  here are some great alternatives for gifts to put under the tree for your loved ones!   Money (simple, easy and everyone likes getting money!)  Visit your nearest ATM that doesn’t charge a fee of course!   Lotto... Read more »

10 reasons I shop at home for Christmas...

10 reasons I shop at home for Christmas...
In poker, so the saying goes, “If you can’t spot the sucker at the table- it’s you”.   In regards to shopping and spending money, the same thing is the case.  In the past few days, I have heard so many people talking about running around spending $15 and up on children’s toys…the exact same... Read more »
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$100 Stocking Stuffers?

$100 Stocking Stuffers?
Stocking stuffer ideas seem to be getting more and more ridiculous and extravagant each year.  This year I have seen Ipods, Cell Phones, and even diamond necklaces and car keys to luxury cars to be presented on commercials as ‘stocking stuffers’.  It seems a little excessive doesn’t it?  And that’s not even getting to the presents under... Read more »

Sweet solution for your holiday treat overload!

Holy holiday sweets overload!!!!   Okay, so everyone you know gave you cookies for Christmas…and while you’d like to eat them all in the next couple weeks, it’s not advisable to do so unless you’re looking to pack on an extra 12 pounds!   So, are you going to throw them out?  All those people spent... Read more »

Can You Have Joy from Frugality?

Can You Have Joy from Frugality?
…I would say a resounding yes!  However it takes the right mindset to get there with discipline and learning to make the best choices.  So, take a moment to consider your spending and to think about how and why you manage your finances the way you choose.   Personally, even being a “Fru-Girl”, I find... Read more »
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To send or not to send? (Christmas Cards!)

To send or not to send?  (Christmas Cards!)
“You have such a pretty face, you should be on a Christmas card!”  Yes, a quote from one of my favorite Christmas movies, Elf (as mentioned before!)   Well, why not put that lovely face of yours on a Christmas card?  There are so many to choose from, especially online, so the real question is... Read more »

10 free Christmas events in Evanston!

10 free Christmas events in Evanston!
That’s right, get on up north of Chicago to my favorite ‘burb’ of Chicago.  Evanston is a great city situated just north of Chicago and has cute ‘Christmasy’ shops and all kinds of free holiday entertainment (+ great shopping)!  The shops are unique, the food is truly world class cuisine and the streets are decorated... Read more »

Free Music + Cheesecake in Chicago!

Free Music + Cheesecake in Chicago!
Hola frugal amigos!  As I am grooving to my free Christmas music MP3s (see below!) and dreaming about Eli’s Cheesecake, I have to update you with new free things coming to you online and throughout Chicago!!! So if you haven’t already, it’s time to get on board with Eli’s Cheesecake Dock Sales located at 6701... 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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