Hi, and welcome to my blog! I’m Kristen, though I’m better known on the interwebs as The Frugal Girl.

I live frugally and cheerfully on the east coast of the United States with my husband and our four kids, who are all homeschooled.

FG family

I’ve been frugal all my life, and I blog to inspire other people to live on less (cheerfully, even!).

I write picture-filled posts about the practical, day-to-day ins and outs of frugal living (you won’t find posts on index funds and investing here), and I’m also passionate about green living and preventing food waste.

What will you find here?

Much as I love bargains and savings, I don’t live for them…I live for God. And frugal living is one of the ways that I serve Him by serving my family.

You can subscribe to my blog to get my posts delivered right to your email inbox daily.

If this is your first time here, you might want to browse through some of the most popular posts I’ve written.

To get an idea of how I spend my time, you can read:

Thanks for visiting my blog! I hope that it’s a blessing to you.

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1 greenadine July 18, 2008 at 1:13 pm

if you are frugal-girl; then i must be miserly-mom.
the dress is good, but anything would be on you at any price.
thanks for opening the dialog.


2 CharityGrace July 24, 2008 at 7:53 am

I’m an (almost) 30-year-old mom of 4 too, and wouldn’t you know, I’m wearing a skirt I got on clearance at Target! (Not as cute as your dress though.)

Furthermore, I grew basil this spring and blogged about my pesto making adventure this week! Weird!

I found your cool blog through Wasted Food. I’ll be visiting again. Nice job.


3 Kristen July 24, 2008 at 8:11 am

LOL We live in parallel worlds, apparently! It’s lovely to meet you…I’ll bookmark your blog, and I hope you stick around here too. :)


4 Natalie July 29, 2008 at 8:12 pm

Hi Kristen
I was really impressed when I saw your furniture painting. I was wondering if you could give further detail on how you get your furniture from freecycle.com. I looked at their website and was wondering if people post items they just dont’ want? I would really like to try it out to see if they come just as nice as yours, they look brand new no one would of guessed you just slapped some new paint and new hardware. Nice Job!!!


5 Dianna Lindsey August 12, 2008 at 7:59 am

I love your blog! It is so nice to hear (or read about other mama’s who are trying to save and not be wasteful. Lovely dress, by the way. I will visit again!


6 Kristen August 12, 2008 at 8:16 am

Natalie-sure, I’ll do a post on freecycle soon.

Dianna-thanks for stopping by! I’m so glad you like my blog(and my dress! lol).


7 Jah February 23, 2009 at 8:25 pm

Thanks so much for commenting on my blog! :) I wanted to leave you a little something but was not sure where to post it.. I guess here is a good place. I love your blog! I enjoy reading it and also learn so much from it at the same time.

My grandmother,who raised me, was a frugal lady.. she majored in home economics.. and became a housewife who was really good at her skills… especially baking… and that has turned her into a big business woman in Thailand .. that and her frugality of course :) You remind me so much of her.. She was also a woman of god, she went to church everyday!

You are an inspiration and a good influence on all of us! Thank you so much for a wonderful blog! Speaking of which.. I’m going to go read your latest entry ! have a lovely day ♥


8 Kristen February 23, 2009 at 8:36 pm

And thank YOU for commenting on mine! lol I love comments. :)

I had a really frugal grandma too…I think she would have liked my blog(if I could have convinced her to get on the computer! lol)


9 Frugal Dreamer February 24, 2009 at 5:40 pm

I have been reading your blog, but have never read this section! Do you homeschool your children as well?


10 Frugal Dreamer February 24, 2009 at 5:41 pm

…. I assume ‘homeschooler’ means that you do. (sorry, I hit submit comment before I was done! lol)


11 Kristen February 24, 2009 at 5:43 pm

Yup, I sure do! Only two of them are old enough yet, but the third will be starting kindergarten in the fall.

That’s funny you never read the “About” page…I always look for those right away when I find a blog. lol


12 EngineerMom February 26, 2009 at 9:00 am

Kristen –

I’m thinking about homeschooling my son (currently 8 mos) and any future children (we hope/plan to have 4). Do you have a blog about your homeschooling experiences and/or any advice? I was raised as a public schooler with two working parents. I have friends from college who were homeschooled, but no one close to my age who is currently on the parent side of the equation! I’m 26, for the record.



13 EngineerMom February 26, 2009 at 9:02 am

For the record, I found your blog through thesimpledollar, and have enjoyed reading about your experiences! The practical, day-to-day issues are what I deal with the most, too – grocery shopping, cooking, etc.


14 Maggie March 3, 2009 at 4:31 pm

Iam in the process of becoming frugal and I would like to paint my bedroom furniture instead of replacing it. I thought you did a wonderful job with yours. What paint did you use? Did you use a foam brush or a bristle one? A post on this would be very helpful!!
Thanks, Maggie from Montreal, Quebec


15 Kristen March 3, 2009 at 4:59 pm

Maggie, I spent some time this last week working on a post about painting furniture. I also have a bunch of pictures to include in the post…I’m hoping to get it up maybe on Thursday, so stay tuned!


16 Sharon March 13, 2009 at 3:20 pm

AWESOME! I love to find blogs that have good advice and then discover that the writer is also a believer. God keeps blessing me with all these new Christian Bloggers. I LOVE IT!


17 brooke March 14, 2009 at 9:30 am

just found your blog and am thoroughly enjoying/heartily agreeing with all i’ve read so far. :)


18 Frugal Liz March 21, 2009 at 9:05 am

I’m a 28 year old mom of three who is also a baking nut! I’m a stay at home mom, but I don’t homeschool. I tried when my oldest daughter was in kindergarden and I discovered that I’m really not a good teacher…At all. Thankfully we moved and the new school she is zoned for is really great. I kove your blog…The pictures are wonderful.


19 Susan March 21, 2009 at 4:24 pm

You are an inspiration girl!!! During these tough times I often wonder why I was spending SO MUCH $ at Walmart each week and had nothing to show for the money. I have spent most of the day on your website…from now on….I’ll be pocketing the money instead of spending. Thank You!!!


20 Jeanne March 31, 2009 at 1:39 pm

I am loving your blog! I am not a native to the idea of being frugal. As a matter of fact, I am a new immigrant. I made bread (using your recipe for the first time last week), I shopped off of the clearance last week, and today my girls (14, 12, and 11) and I are going to the local thrift store! They are excited about living a frugal lifestyle. I have tried to make it like a game. Thanks and please keep posting. Those of us who are new depend on you! :)


21 Sharon April 4, 2009 at 9:33 pm

Where are you? – geographically speaking, I mean. I noticed you’re a Weis shopper, so I’m thinking you must be in my neck of the woods – mid-Maryland.


22 Lynn Herrin May 18, 2009 at 10:03 am

Love your site! I am a new frugal gal, and I am learning. You don’t say what part of the country you are in. Keep up the good work!


23 Rob May 29, 2009 at 4:30 pm

You are really pretty.


24 Kristen May 29, 2009 at 5:50 pm

Lynn, I live in the DelMarVa area.

Rob, thank you. :)


25 jessica June 1, 2009 at 7:23 pm

Just wanted to let you know that your blog is an encouragment to me. I have two children one on the way. My husband just graduated from college and is looking for a job so we decided not to add on to the house until we have saved the money instead we are doing a little work to our bedroom so the new baby can stay with us. I have wanted to get rid of my bedroom furniture for along time, but it is a great set and SOLID wood which is hard to find these days. So a decided to paint it, I googled how to paint bedroom furniture and your blog came up. The step by step directions and photos are fabulous, the pics of the paint you used helped be out greatly. I was avle to walk in Home Depot and pick up exactly what I needed. I hope to start sanding and painting soon, I will try and post pics to let you know how it turned out. Thanks Again, from a stay at home, homeschool, trying to live frugal mom.


26 Yolanda June 5, 2009 at 10:54 pm

I loved it: “I don’t live for clearances…I live for God. I think clearances are a wonderful gift from Him, though.”

…my sentiments exactly.

I guess I should start back from the beginning of your blog because I can tell from the first page that you’ve got a lot of goodies on your hands!


27 Kelly June 16, 2009 at 9:56 am

Kristen–was just reading your bio. here (after I sent my email). I homeschool my four kids too.

Lucky I got mad enough to check out your link! Ha!



28 Holly June 28, 2009 at 9:45 am

Thanks so much for following up on my question about sanding with an orbital sander and the little curlicues it can leave. I did some hand sanding after the major work and it took them right out. So far, my project is going good.

I’ve been looking through your blog and enjoying your tips for frugal living. Plus, your furniture looks amazing! Thanks for passing along all your great tips.


29 BarbS July 22, 2009 at 9:00 am

Kristen, I have been channeling you this week, and just wanted tos ay thanks for the inspiration.

(I’ve been friends with Katy “the non-consumer advocate” since high school, and originally found your blog through hers, which I read religiously as well.)

This week (and it’s only Wednesday) I have baked bread from your recipe, used up two nectarines before they went bad, used some CVS ECB deals to score items I *needed* for less and items I *wanted* for FREE, and carefully looked at the ads before I went grocery shopping. I brought my lunch to work every day this month, and I even (can you believe it) made my very first meal plan. I know, it’s shocking!

I’ve always been frugal-minded, but never very organized about it. I rarely buy things on impulse, and I have always looked at the sales in the grocery store while shopping, comparing per-unit prices. But the planful part — thinking ahead and planning meals in advance, looking ads for things I don’t need at this moment but will need in the next few months, etc. — that’s all new to me.

So again, thanks for the inspiration! –Barb


30 Dick August 14, 2009 at 5:50 am

Hi Kristen,

I knew you excisted, just didn’t know where you were. And now I know ! Somebody who would rather buy a lens than spend it on food. (For the benefit of the other listeners check Kristen’s statement on the Simple Dollar blog) I, myself am even worse, I would even go without food (if pressed) if I had to choose. (yes..I know)

Cheers from Holland


31 Kristen August 14, 2009 at 6:00 am

Barb, I’m so proud of you. :)

Dick, just to clarify, I’d rather spend money on a camera lens than money on take-out food. lol I’m not one to want to go without food entirely. I just prefer to buy it and cook it myself so I can save up money for other things.

Are you into photography?


32 Dick August 14, 2009 at 6:14 am

Hi Kristen,

I knew I was bad…but now you mention it, I think I am even worse. And I have the same “affliction” with books. As you can imagine I am a rather skinny photographer who also likes to read.


33 Kristen August 14, 2009 at 6:19 am

Wasn’t it Erasmus who would rather have books than food? If so, you’re in good company. lol


34 Dick August 14, 2009 at 7:12 am

Yes ! Exactly . “When I get a little money , I buy books and if there is anything left I buy food” . Amazon used to use it in the early days. Now why do I know this .


35 Dick August 14, 2009 at 7:15 am

Of course you meant to ask this but I will make easier for you !



36 Kristen August 14, 2009 at 7:25 am

Actually, I was looking to see if you had a website attached to your comments! lol Beautiful pictures and beautiful locations!


37 Dick August 14, 2009 at 7:30 am

Deepest of bows !


38 Dick August 14, 2009 at 7:36 am

Not full-time I’m afraid, I do have a day job in a law library as an information specialist. I used to make more money during my modelling days but I do all right. I don’t have to tell how expensive this photography business can be.


39 cindy September 3, 2009 at 1:37 pm

LOVE your blog!
My 2 favorite four letter words:
1. FREE.
2. SALE.

My husband is constantly amazed how I can take about $25 worth of groceries and make a week’s worth of dinners (and enough leftovers to take for lunch the next day for the parents) for a week, for a family of 4 1/2 (a dad, a mom, a 12 year old, a 20 month old, and one on the way!

I am getting the nerve worked up to make bread (gasp!), and took a look-see at your recipes… I may give it a try soon.
Thanks for all the sharing!


40 Jenn September 3, 2009 at 2:25 pm

I just wanted to drop a note and let you know that I’ve been following your blog for the past month. I’m a married 31 y/o w/ 2 dog babies and praying for babies in the future. I do try my best to exercise frugality. I feel we have so much in common: I’m an avid freecycler, ferocious recycler, a GOODWILL hunter ;), and I love America’s Test Kitchen. Do you craigslist? I managed to furnish 80% of my home w/ second hand furniture from craigslist purchases, GOODWILL and Freecycle. Mayble I’ll send you pics sometime. Have a great Labor Day weekend and keep up the fantastic work! ps: Yesterday I made ATK’s recipe for poundcake. Yummy!


41 Kristen September 3, 2009 at 3:54 pm

Cindy, I hope you have great success with baking bread!

Jenn, I do Craigslist some, but I use Freecycle more because, well, free just can’t be beat! lol
I adore America’s Test Kitchen, though I don’t watch the show…I just read the magazines and the website. Cook’s Illustrated rocks my world. lol


42 DramaGirl September 4, 2009 at 11:27 am

Kristen, I just discovered your blog through blogher and am hooked! I believe I too am a born-frugalist who has lately had several lapses in judgement and succumbed to way too many impulsive buys because of (a) ‘wanting’ professional attire for my new job, (b) having to accompany shopaholic house-guests and (c) falling for all the cute baby stuff I see for my baby. I was actually quite ashamed of my recent splurges after reading your blog and i’m determined to fall back to my frugal senses. Like you, I also have longterm goals of having a paid-off mortgage (we don’t even own a house yet!) paying for my daughter’s (and any future babies’) college expenses, giving back to the people in my life who sacrificed many comforts and luxuries so that I may be where I am today, and to indulge in my true passion – travelling the world! I will be returning frequently to be inspired by you and hopefully, you can keep me in line so that I won’t lose sight of my ultimate goals! Please keep up the good work and have a great Labor day weekend!


43 jenniwaka September 27, 2009 at 11:20 am

What a great blog! Just started my own “F” blog last month on being Frugal and Fit. I’m trying to cook more, waste less, spend less and be healthy doing it, and I love finding others with the same goals. Keep up the good work!


44 Jody October 6, 2009 at 1:20 am


One of our friends told me about your blog. I am so excited to read more and that you are getting good feedback!


45 Elizabeth Carmen November 9, 2009 at 5:26 pm

How refreshing. I just stumbled on your blog and while I’m not in the motherhood stage of life, I love what you’re doing–living frugally, being a good steward with your resources and doing it for the glory of God. Awesome. I’m trying to learn all these “tricks of the trade” now so that when my husband and I do start our little family, we’ll have a head start! Thanks for the resources/ideas/inspiration!


46 julie January 19, 2010 at 7:53 pm

i am so glad that i found this site.(on tiphero.com) looking at the dresser that you refinished. it’s awesome! i just made the yogurt for the first time. it’s due to come out of the cooler in 20 min. i am also making the pull apart garlic bread tommorow for my husbands birthday dinner. the typical school day post is encouraging since i just started homeschooling my son in 2nd grade & my daughter in kindergarten. i love it. We started the dave ramsey’s financial peace university & we are on our way out of debt. we just started budgeting in august last year. i can’t believe of our 8 married years we never budgeted before. i am now also a frugal girl :)
i shop at an amish store in my city and i get great deals on food. God bless!


47 Gwen @ Frugal-Bugle.com January 24, 2010 at 5:44 pm

I love your recipes and the photography. Great blog.


48 karen G January 26, 2010 at 5:25 pm

I just wanted to say that I am a new visitor to your blog and I am loving it !!
I live in the UK and came across you blog it by accident …….and I am so glad I did.
Thank you so much for your very inspiring ideas.
Best wishes Karen x


49 Keith February 13, 2010 at 8:50 pm

Cheap snowy entertainment for kids. Turn them loose in the yard with a spray bottle filled with water and a little food coloring. Give your snowman clothes!


50 BarbS March 8, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Keith, I did this with my daughter’s Girl Scout Troop in January — it was so easy, and so much fun. The kids had a great time and spent almost two hours outside in the snow making “graffiti” on the snow, brightly-colored snow-people, and lots of other things. For the cost of one package of food coloring (using spray bottles we already owned) 14 kids for were entertained. It would be a great idea for a winter birthday party activity.

Two quick tips if anyone wants to try it:
1) use COLD water. warm water will melt the snow, and you won’t see the colors as much.
2) be generous in your use of the food coloring. the color is quite diluted by spraying on the snow, so you need a fairly strongly colored mixture for the most fun!


51 Eric Christian February 22, 2010 at 11:32 am

Hi Kristen,
I caught you on 700 club Monday Feb. 22nd and thought your story was amazing and how we all can learn so much from each other, God Bless and keep up the good work .. you have a beautiful family and God Bless all them as well…


52 Mary Price February 22, 2010 at 11:52 am

Katie, I saw you on cbn this morning and would like to be included on your emails. I’m a senion citizen and I reallytry to be frugal also.


53 Shantavious Tomlin February 22, 2010 at 12:29 pm

Dear Frugal Girl
We in the black community have been doing what you are doing all of our lives. Nevertheless I applaud what you are doing because if we all were more frugal the country just might be in better shape. Kudos for doing what you are doing. Some one must take the first step but you took a gigantic leap and people like me and others appreciate it. P.S. Tell your husband he hit the lucky lotto with such a beautiful wife!!! God bless and continue the wonderful efforts.


54 Cynthia Story February 22, 2010 at 1:16 pm

I saw you on the 700 Club today ( Mon. morning). The funny thing is earlier this morning, while I was fixing my breakfast I was thinking about what it means to be frugal and prudent. This past Sat. and Sun. I watched a movie called The Queen. The movie is about the present Queen Elizabeth. And what got my attention was how frugal she was and probably is. I realized that part of having great wealth is about how well you can make use of what you already have and living a little below your means. Jesus wasn’t wasteful, but He wasn’t cheap or a tightwad either. And Jesus talked about money more than He talked about heaven or hell.
I didn’t grow up poor (middle class). Through the years like a lot of people I developed some bad money habits and sucked in to debt. Thankfully I don’t have any credit card debt. But I do have bank overcharges, I am paying off. And some other smaller stuff I need to pay off. I am presently on S.S.I.(disability), but I know according to II Cor. 9:8 (Amp)God has something much, much better than that; living in the land of more than enough and financial freedom (Deut. 8).
I have already for a while been cooking from scratch and taking furniture found by the Dumpster and redoing it. But I know that there is more I can be doing, by cutting back on some of my spending and managing better what I already have.
Thank you Frugal Girl, girl friend for sharing your testimony and sharing the wise insights God has given you. May God continue to bless you and your family greatly and may God grant the desires of your heart.


55 Erin Lee February 22, 2010 at 1:37 pm

hi there. how old are your children? Also, I’ve never heard of Weis groceries. What area do you live in? I live in Melbourne, FL


56 Kristen February 22, 2010 at 9:03 pm

My kids are 10, 8, 5, and 4. :) And I live in the DelMarVa area…Weis is actually a PA based chain, so I don’t think they’re as far south as Florida!


57 charley February 22, 2010 at 1:52 pm

to save more try researceing how chickens, pork, and beef is raised! then check out how milk is produced and prossesed. you see three pounds of your frozen 14lb. chicken is manure water. save on medical bills by avoiding it.
you seem to be trying to follow God but are you following the creator God? you will find the test in Isaiah 8:2 If John 1:1, Hebrews 1:1 and John 1:18 are true then the creator must be Jesus and the OT is His Story. He is the one whe kept the cloths and tents from wearing out and He will do the same thing now if you ask and show that you are following His lead.


58 Angela February 22, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Nice to meet you :)…working on being more frugal myself…it’s funny how God works…last sunday’s sermon in church was on this very topic :D


59 sara speed February 22, 2010 at 1:59 pm

I am a stay at home mom , i drive my 14 yr old back in forth to school then back home to get things done ,,then i get bored and just eat , It seem like my only people connections are my Fb friends .any advice ..Lonely & bored ..thanks Sara


60 Cynthia Story February 22, 2010 at 2:23 pm

I want to clarify what I said about Queen Elizabeth. I’m not saying she is a great role model. There things Queen Elizabeth could speak out about, that so far I don’t hear. The Bible says, “to whom much is given, much is required”. It was just while watching the movie The Queen (a particular scene) I got a better understanding of how to maximize and take good care of what I already have and watch my spending.
Thank you again Frugal Girl


61 Annette February 22, 2010 at 4:18 pm

It’s wonderful to see that you are using the multiple talents God has given you.

What amazing photographs you have taken! What type of camera do you use? Our daughter is a senior in high school and would like to pursue photography and cosmetology. RIght now all she has is a small digital camera.

Thanks for sharing your frugal tips and ideas with all of us!


62 Barbara Gamez February 22, 2010 at 4:29 pm

Thank you so much for the info you have provided. It is very useful. I have been wanting to start composting but I thought it would be too much of a hassle. I am going to get a bin like yours and start. I am going to try to do box gardening and the composting will really help with that…


63 Holly Peyton February 22, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Hey Frugal girl,
I saw you on the 700 club just now and I came to check out your website. My sisnlaw does alot of blogging stuff like this also. Ive always loved stuff like this. Although I have no kids, but am newly married, I love to be frugal with things like this, I work alot as a hair stylist but love to bake. Im excited to see the recipe section. Keep up the great work and thanks for taking time to make your blog look awesome and also informative. Bless You


64 DeeDee February 22, 2010 at 7:01 pm

Hello Frugal Girl,

I was happy to see your story on Christian Broadcast Network this morning. I really love this show my husband I watch it every morning. It’s a great way to get news from a Christian point of view, another perspective besides ABC, NBC or CBS. I think if more Christians realized that tithing first before everything else, they would see gods blessing in their life. Anyway, I really like your blog, you have a new friend that will be keeping up with all your great advice. I too like baking and I have really got in to making my own bread and my family just loves homemade bread. Also, it’s so much cheaper and healthier for you. I can’t wait to try some of your recipes. We try to recycle most thing, or reuse containers for other projects. We compost and grow blue berries, black berries, concord grapes, and have a vegetable garden. I start canning 2 years ago. We always use coupons and the coupon mom site, we save thousands of dollars on grocery’s every year. From the heart, DeeDee


65 Julie Woodall February 22, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Hello! I enjoyed taking a look at your blog for the first time today. I noticed someone already asked the same question I was thinking…what kind of camera do you use? I’d really appreciate a reply (when you have a spare moment) as I’m shopping for a new digital camera. Thanks!


66 Kristen February 22, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Right now I use a Canon EOS Rebel XT body and I shoot mainly with a 50mm/1.4 lens and a 24-70 L Series lens. I’m saving up for a camera body upgrade, though!


67 Julie February 23, 2010 at 3:12 pm

Thanks so much for the quick reply!


68 Geraldine Hurst February 23, 2010 at 12:33 am

I saw you on the 700 club and thought I would check out your site. Pretty cool so far. Wish I had some of this advice when I was a single Mom of 3. Of course I did pretty well buying only what was on sale. And lots of yard sales! Now its just me an my husband kids all grown up. But still need to save what we can!!!


69 Steve Sauter February 23, 2010 at 2:51 am

Hi Kristen,
I saw your piece on the 700 Club this morning. Good for you Kristen. I love a great success story. My wife and I have similarities to your family. Because we have a large family (9 children) we’ve learned to stretch the $$$.
We grind our own wheat several times a week and make fresh bread daily. We do cheat and use a 2.5 lbs Panasonic bread machine.
My favorite past time is preparing a huge pot (4 Gallon) of split pea soup when I get home Friday night after being on the road all week and we feed the family over the weekend on the majority of that along with fresh bread slathered with butter – yum yum.
I include lots of onions and ham into the soup which really gives it a great flavor punch.
I think we figured the cost at about .30 cents to feed 11 people per meal. We purchase in bulk from Azure Standard in Dufur, OR so that really drives the price down.
I started several website businesses and my wife Jane runs them and I work full time for CBN as a Field Rep for Dr. Robertson covering MT, ID, NV, and parts of WA and OR.
Internet research for web development is something I do a lot of in my free time and because I do a lot of buying for our businesses I come across sites with incredible bargains. With your permission I would love to pass these on to your readers so that they can get in on some great savings.
May the Lord Bless you and proper you in all you do. Is. 48:17, Deut 8:18, Ps 35:27


70 Laura February 23, 2010 at 7:29 pm

From a new reader: What an inspiring post! It reminds me of the quote that our daughters’ school principal attaches to his email signature and that never fails to move me: “I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.”
(from Rabindranath Tagore)
I have been pouring over your blog for the past few days, and enjoying every minute of it. I have learned so much already.
My husband and I had stepped off the frugal path we started our married life on, but we have committed ourselves to getting back on and staying on. Quite a lifestyle change, but thankfully some of the old habits return quickly (like making a weekly menu and shopping from it).
Thanks again!


71 Grandma February 23, 2010 at 9:34 pm

What a blessing you are! So surprised to see one so young being so wise! Wish more young ladies your age would think like you! Just wanted to encourage you to keep on doing what you’re doing.


72 Cathy K. February 27, 2010 at 1:09 am

Dear Kristen:

Thanks for being such an inspiration even though you are so very busy with your own family. Watched The 700 Club and wanted to visit your Web Site: “The Frugal Girl”; looking forward to receiving your e-mails too! Again, thanks for sharing/serving. Cathy K.


73 Dods March 27, 2010 at 12:12 pm

Saw you on TV! God bless you! you are truly an inspiration for us “messies” as my daughter calls me, there’s hope for me yet. Like you say, I need to drag all the spoiled food out of my refrigerator and take a pic of it. After all these years of careless spending. I actually thought I was a responsible spender until I saw your blog. I love all your receipes, I gave up baking bread years ago and I never thought I’d ever shop at Aldi’s but you have completely changed by mind and heart and my husband is going to be so happy.


74 Linda March 27, 2010 at 11:39 pm

Would you share your recipe for yogurt smoothies. I jioned your blog when I saw you on CBN, my children are grown now…but I did this when they were small. We were in the military and living overseas, so I had no chose to cook a lot and make a lot of things homemade. It was fun, sometimes I make homemade bread or a pie, just because. I’ve enjoyed reading the blog and have copied some recipes. So thank you for sharing. God bless you and your family.


75 Sally Shopper April 2, 2010 at 1:02 pm

Hi Kristen,
My husband saw you on the Today Show (?) recently, and told me I should see your website, there was someone out there like me. Your website is wonderful! You must know you are quite young to be so wise. It is fun to be frugal, isn’t it :) My husband, who used to be embarrassed because I bought my clothes at Goodwill and Salvation Army, has changed his mind–thanks to you, though, not me–thanks!!
My grandmother lived with us for several years after my parents divorced, and her favorite store was “Sally’s” (Salvation Army.) We didn’t have much money, with mom’s job the only source of income. Grandma “made over” clothes from Sally’s for us when she could. The rest of our clothes came from Sally’s or the nearby Nearly New shop. She was a very talented sewer, baker, canner and cook. She had a strong faith in God, which she shared with us by singing her favority hymns while she worked, and reading to us/teaching us scriptures and stories from the bible. I believe I am a Christian today because of her example, and her faith.
This frugal upbringing made me the cost-conscious person I am today, though, I confess, I have bought clothes (on clearance) from department stores at end-of-season sales. The last 8 years or so almost all of my clothes and shoes have come from Goodwill or Salvation Army, and a lot of the furniture, dishes, pictures and decor for my home, too. Unless folks ask, and I tell them, no one knows my outfits are not new. I get a lot of compliments on what I wear, and if I share where I get my clothes, people are shocked. The next time they see an outfit they like, they are apt to say, “Now, that can’t possibly have come from your favorite store!” Of course, I always say yes, and smile at how amazed they are.
I have a good friend who has also bought her clothes, her husband’s clothes and her son’s clothes at Goodwill or consignment shops for many years. When we get together, we often share about the bargains we have found. We just can’t imagine paying department store prices for our clothes!
I will subscribe to your blog, and look forward to reading, and learning. Thank you for what you are doing here!


76 Erin Lee April 3, 2010 at 11:17 am

where did you get your recipe for beef burgandy over egg noodles? thanks :-) Erin


77 Amy Davis April 13, 2010 at 10:21 am

Hi! I’ve been enjoying your blog and considering getting into the world of blogging myself but not sure where to start. Most of my favorite blogs appear on Blogher but I’ve realized they aren’t where one starts……do you have any advice on where to start a blog?
thanks in advance :)


78 Stef April 20, 2010 at 3:38 pm

Hello, I just gave you a brief comment earlier today, something about tithing. Anyway I just wanted to pop my head in here also! (I have been poppiong my head in here almost daily!) but this is the only time I actualy started to write to you. I saw you on 700 Club! So that is what led me here. I love Aldi and I really was encouraged to continue going, by you posting it on here, otherswise I would be spending way to much at Sam’s! Hehe! You also reminded me how rewarding it is to bake for the family! I remember how hard it was to bake something with little ones around but you seem to manage ok…Hehe…And how expensive buying a tray of 1,000 cookies( a bit of an exageratiion) from Sam’s for a family of 4, is crazy! Especially when we through out the rest! You can only eat so many cookies! (what a shame) Well, I love you cheery-ness in every typed word as well, I wish you well and gb your entire family!


79 Jennifer May 2, 2010 at 8:57 pm

Hi! I too, am a homeschooling mother of four! I am, however, a LITTLE older than you at 46!!LOL! I have enjoyed your blog! I think I’ll put it on my favorites with a few other frugal blogs I have found! I am impressed that you can keep up such a nice blog with all the work involved with homeschooling…great job!! I’m happy to keep the house decent and the school work done!! I am educated as a Registered Nurse, but am able to be a “stay at home Mom” by trying to be frugal with what my husband brings home. I’m looking forward to future posts!!


80 JessicaW June 25, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Love what I’ve read from your blog so far – hoping to learn a thing or two (or three, or four-hundred!) from you :)


81 Laurie July 2, 2010 at 11:35 am

I am a new viwer and love your blog. I am on the East Coast and I read it every day. Keep gooing! Thanks.


82 Marg September 15, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Hi, I love your website. I’ve just now discovered all of the frugal websites out there. So many of you have the game down perfectly. I’m trying to get better at the deals and steals and coupons etc.. I really like your website the most. I’m trying to be a better steward of my finances and probably so opposite of most here, I’m a single working mom to an almost teenage daughter in expensive California. It’s hard to be frugal and cook and all that but I love reading everyone’s posts for inspiration. I rely on God for everything, even things I need to be more responsible for but without Him I’d really be a mess! lol…


83 Heather Anne January 1, 2011 at 3:38 pm

I’m so excited to find your blog! I’m also a homeschool mom (of three) and cheerful about being a frugal wife and good steward. I can’t wait to read up on your blog. What originally found you through your chai mix recipe! :)


84 Adriana January 3, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Hello Kristen,I’m from Mexico and I’ve enjoyed reading your blog because is interesting, pleasant and I learn more vocabulary.

Thanks for your time and happy new year !!


85 Cyndi January 3, 2011 at 6:27 pm

I’m not new and its been a while since I’ve left a comment. I still enjoy getting The Frugal Girl in my inbox. Since I’ve first subscribed for The Frugal Girl my life has gotten rather busy. I’m now attending school full-time at a local University, and it has really been a challenge: going back school and working at warping my brain around my courses. More than ever I see the need to be more frugal and I realize being frugal can be fun if its done right. Thank you Kristen for you helpful and godly advice and good suggestions. My goals are to be debt free and experience financial freedom.


86 Susan March 14, 2011 at 10:53 pm

Hi Kristen,
How refreshing to see happy, frugal Christians sharing with each other! I have just begun a new homesteading adventure with my family and have been looking at blogs
to see what others are doing. We, too, are frugal minded and are happy to be debt-free (as my husband quotes, “Owe no man anything but the debt of love.”). Four months ago, we sold our house (which was all the debt we had) and moved to our 4 acre property. We have no house (much to the dismay of many) and are living in a FEMA camper. We have a lot of plans and a lot of work to do. Our friends and critics say we are taking frugality to the extreme, but we are so enjoying where we are. Thanks for your ideas, I’ll be stopping by often.


87 Patty March 21, 2011 at 10:13 am

Where do you live that it was warm this weekend?


88 Kristen March 21, 2011 at 10:43 am

I’m in the Mid-Atlantic region of the U.S. :) It was in the 70s this past weekend, but that’s unusual for March. We’re back to 50s now, unfortunately. But, spring days are a-comin!


89 carol H hobbs June 3, 2011 at 12:25 am

Looking to purchase a laptop are there any deals on purchasing a laptop at an affordable pricem. Thanks in advance


90 Jenny August 1, 2011 at 9:32 am

I stumbled onto your recipe for coffee shop corn muffins today because we ran out of Jiffy mix. I have been looking for a from-scratch recipe that is sweet enough for a long time. I made your recipe this morning and the children loved it (and so did I)….thanks for posting it!

I also read your link on serving God by serving your family. It was just what I needed today. Thank you for your bold post!

We are musicians and also enjoy frugal living. It is amazing what you can do with what God gives you. There is always enough.
Have a great day!


91 Molly August 9, 2011 at 3:35 pm

Oh my goodness! I’ve been mispronouncing Lisey’s name in my head this whole time, when really it’s just like my sister’s! (Aleise, aka Leesie, and she’s the oldest, which is why for a long time I thought Lisey was your oldest, go figure)


92 Shannyn @FrugalBeautiful August 14, 2011 at 3:01 pm

You not only have a gorgeous family but you capture them on film so elegantly! I love that your son has his own 365 blog, that is so cool! I am a new blogger and found that your site was providing a nice amount of traffic to mine (I’m still learning analytics!) but thank you! Your site is such an inspiration of the direction and growth I would like to have, and the values to which you live your life are ones that I try to live by myself and hope to incorporate when I have a family of my own! :)


93 Rebecca P August 27, 2011 at 2:47 am

I gave you a shout out on my new blog. If you ever get a chance, stop by and check it out!



94 Beth Copher September 14, 2013 at 6:41 pm

Hi are you on Facebook?


95 Kristen September 18, 2013 at 9:24 am

Yep! Facebook.com/thefrugalgirl


96 Natalie September 23, 2013 at 10:25 am


I’m a big fan of yours and have been following your blog. Love all the photos.

I’ve recently started a new venture of my own, which includes a blog. I’ve been hesitant to include photos of my kids because….well, do I watch too much tv? But, I see your beautiful children and have enjoyed watching them grow and learn. Clearly you feel comfortable about this. Will you share your opinions?

Thank you!!


97 Nathan Lee Thomas October 10, 2013 at 5:43 am

Sweet blog !!

I had a similar apiphany (sp) when I was in highschool years ago and we made (of all things) a funnel out of metal sheeting and not only was it way sturdier than some flimsly or brittle plastic model I got to experience the joy of pounding it into shape with a hammer over an anvil !!

I felt like an old time blacksmith !!

and everytime I used it not only did it feel sturdier in my hands I remembered the pride of knowing I had actually made it with my own two hands as well !!

I think it must be the same for you when you’re doing your canning and then get to enjoy the “fruits” (pun intended) of your laber during the winter months when the apples and pears are no longer ripe on the trees for picking !!

Again, great job and I hope the rest of the book is just as great in echoing your already great grasp on the importance of craftsmanship and DIY !!


98 LRod November 4, 2013 at 8:58 pm

Just bookmark your website. Thanks for posting on how to paint wood furniture. Your post is about to save me some money on furniture I’m about to purchase. Looking forward to reading more advice on your website.



99 Josie November 22, 2013 at 10:38 pm

I’m an avid gardener. Keep up the composting!


100 JEL November 30, 2013 at 12:14 pm

I LOVED the basic yeast roll recipe. How do you look up previous recipes on your site? There should be a tab on the top of your page or be able to click on the link where it says what you will find in your blog. I am enjoying looking at your furniture re-dos.


101 Kristen November 30, 2013 at 9:03 pm

Yup! There’s a drop-down category menu on the side, and you can browse through the recipes there (scroll down the drop-down menu to see all the different recipe categories.)


102 Liz Frazza December 4, 2013 at 1:31 pm

Have had such a tough year-desperately need to be more frugal and hoping I’ll get some good ideas from you.


103 Cecile December 19, 2013 at 5:51 am

Hi Kristen,

I’m from South Africa.

I’m a working 46 year old mother of 4 youngsters between 19 and 22 (with another two youngsters we foster) and granny to two nearly 3 year old little angels. Except for my eldest daughter, they all live with my husband and I.

Although I’m a working mom, having so many mouths to feed and a huge household to run, I’m ALWAYS on the look-out for some frugal living ideas and I think I’m going to love your blog!


104 Kathy January 29, 2014 at 8:43 am

I am a 65-year old grandmother. I love your blog. Not only do you have great ideas, recipes, etc., but I love the way you take care of your precious family in a healthy, frugal way.


105 Kristen January 29, 2014 at 8:59 am

Ah, thank you! I’m so glad you enjoy my blog. :)


106 Elizabeth March 5, 2014 at 8:34 pm

Hey Frugal Girl!
I am very interested in what it is like to home school your children. Do you ever find it difficult to teach them certain courses or is there enough background information given in the books that you are confident? I dream of homeschooling my children someday but have no idea how I would be able to teach them all there is to know!
Thank you,


107 Sierra May 15, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Hi Kristen,

I’ve been reading your blog for a few months now and am finally getting around to posting a comment (I think I’ve seen you refer to this as “de-lurking” :) ). I’ve looked forward to reading your new posts each day as well as “catching up” by reading through your archives.

I’m currently pursuing a graduate degree full time, and while we don’t have any children yet, my husband and I are always looking for ways to save money and spend more wisely. It sure can be a challenge!

You offer so many wonderful ideas for living frugally. Thanks for your insight!



108 Kristen May 15, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Oh yes! Always lovely when someone de-lurks. Yay!!!!


109 Lauren June 7, 2014 at 7:57 am

Gosh, I’m just so blown away by your website! It’s rare to find such quality content backed up by an even higher quality God. :) I’ve browsed through several of your recipes and even though it’s only 8am where I’m at, I’m already starting to get hungry and want to make them all haha! I hope you have a blessed day and that your blog continues to thrive.


110 Charlie@Seattle Trekker July 7, 2014 at 7:05 pm

I am trying to add more kale to my diet and working with the issues that creates; I really appreciate the recipe.


111 Elizabeth July 14, 2014 at 2:01 pm

New to your blog and I love it. Especially the recipes. Thanks


112 Kristen July 14, 2014 at 2:04 pm

Glad to have you along for the ride!


113 Elizabeth July 14, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Is your French loaf made with all purpose flour or bread flour? Can’t wait to bake. Thanks


114 Kristen July 14, 2014 at 3:11 pm

I use Gold Medal All-purpose flour for my bread baking. It works great!


115 James July 24, 2014 at 7:45 am

Hi Kristen. I have a rather simple question (although I expect that the answer may not be so simple). I am a 31-year-old male who is religiously frugal. My primary purpose in life is to save the majority of my work income, in order to be able to capitalize on investment opportunities in the years to come, which will allow me to retire early and enjoy absolute financial independence. As such, frugality plays a big part in my life.

My question is: How do I go about finding a woman who shares these same ideals? The woman I’m currently dating – although she may not be an outright spendthrift – does not share the same passion for frugality that I have. Her willingness to spend money on nonessential items – as opposed to saving and investing said money for our retirement – infuriates me. Actually, most of the people in my life – family, friends, significant other, etc. – behave this way. So, I guess my revamped question is: How do I deal with all of the people in my life (loved ones and colleagues) who cause me great distress, due to the fact that they don’t share the same values as I do when it comes to saving money? Do I stop associating with them altogether and focus on my financial goals? Or is there another, less drastic, solution I can implement?


James P.


116 Janis Cicero July 25, 2014 at 9:10 pm

Just wanted to let you how much I enjoy your posts, etc. Most of all, I appreciate your reference to your faith! May God richly bless you and your family!


117 mary steele July 30, 2014 at 8:43 am

Where do you receive these boxes of food


118 Kristen July 30, 2014 at 9:26 am

Are you maybe referring to my produce delivery box? Check your local area for a CSA you can join…just google “your town CSA” and you should be able to find something similar.


119 Teresa August 29, 2014 at 8:10 am

Good Morning
I wanted to tell you I love your site. it is so inspiring.. I really need some advice . I have worked now for over 25 years and I would love to quit soon and just go home and be a wife and mom even though they are both out on there own, a grandmother and just be able to do more for the Lord. My husband has had diabetes now 37 years and for the most part does good but I can see things are getting harder on him. My dad died 6 years ago and I have to help take care of my mom also when ever she needs something. My daughter is a junior in college and my son is married and lives away with his family. I have a lot on my plate. We are for the first time in our life almost completely debt free except for a few small things. I want to try so hard to save money with meal planning , and shopping and what ever it takes. Any advice anyone can give me I would appreciate so much.. We are so bad to eat out because its quick and fast but I am seeing its costing us a fortune.


120 Anna November 24, 2014 at 2:29 pm

I’d say just talk it out with your husband. But just remember your children only stay for so long. Spend time with them and your husband too!


121 christine September 15, 2014 at 9:38 am

hi! thank you SO much for your tutorial on painting! you are using a latex paint – you thin with paint thinner, instead of with water? just asking. I bought the same kind and it was WAY too thick to get thin coats, but hesitated over using thinner…


122 Kristen September 15, 2014 at 12:20 pm

Yeah, that was just unnecessary on my part! You can definitely use water instead of paint thinner.


123 Kari October 3, 2014 at 3:38 pm

I feel as though I’m learning how frugality can be a matter of trust that God does supply rather than fear that God won’t provide, and seeing beauty and possibility in things rather than limitations; your website certainly affirms that! Thanks for telling your story in such a visually creative and beautiful way.


124 Cindy October 22, 2014 at 9:18 am

Just love your posts!


125 Chris October 30, 2014 at 12:35 pm

I’m trying to remember if I read somewhere on one of our blogs that you ordered new knobs/hardware for a project from a company that gave you a discount and would give others a discount too. Does this sound familiar to you?


126 Kristen October 30, 2014 at 1:01 pm

That must have been another blogger…it doesn’t ring a bell for me!


127 Anna November 24, 2014 at 2:25 pm

Hi I LOVE your blog and you. You are so nice and your family is so cute! I also remember meeting you. Love your blog!