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If you live outside the U.S., I’d love to hear from you!

Hello, everyone!

I have a few miscellaneous things to tell you today.

Outside the U.S.? We want to meet you!

We’ve had a lot of age diversity in our Meet a Reader features so far, but I think everyone I interviewed so far hails from America.

North American on a globe.


I know that there are plenty of you who live in other countries too, and I know other readers would love to read an interview with some non-Americans.

We’d love to see what frugality looks like around the globe!

A view of a globe from overhead.


If you live outside the U.S. and you’d like to answer a few questions and send in some photos, please let me know. You can leave a comment on this post or you can send me an email.

And of course, I’m happy to feature more U.S.-based readers as well; let me know if you’d like to participate.

As always, you can share as much or as little info as you like, and while we do love to see reader’s faces, several interviewees have chosen to stay anonymous, and that’s totally fine too.

You can nominate my blog for an award from Plutus

Plutus is a little like the Oscars, but for personal finance blogs. I don’t even know what I get if I win, but they let me know that I can share a link for you guys to nominate me.

I promise to thank you profusely in my acceptance speech if I win. 😉

I tried a homemade chia drink recipe

Lisey loves those Mamma Chia bottled drinks, so I wanted to try making a version at home.

I tried this recipe with some cran-grape juice we had. Super easy, very similar to the Mamma Chia drinks, and way, way cheaper!

A glass jar of homemade chia drink.

(I did not add any maple syrup to my drink.)

Yesterday was my blog’s birthday

A dark photo of birthday candles, lit.

I started The Frugal Girl on July 4th, 2008.

(Why did I start my blog on the 4th of July? I have no idea!)

Here’s the very first post I ever wrote on this blog, about skirt re-fashioning for Lisey and me.

My blog’s birthday always gets a little overshadowed by my country’s birthday (rude, U.S.A.!), but hey, I’ve been typing here for 13 years now.

And some of you have been reading here for 13 years too.

Thank you for making this community what it is; I am so thankful that you all are here!

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Monday 9th of August 2021

Hello, I'm Sibylle from Germany.

I congratulate you on the great blog! If you want, I can answer your questions about living frugally in Germany. Or check out my blog about minimalism, self-sufficiency, consumption reduction, sufficiency and DIY.

Greetings from Sibylle from


Monday 9th of August 2021

Oooh, yes, that would be lovely! I will email you.


Friday 16th of July 2021

I am from the Netherlands. I wish you a happy belated blog Birthday!


Friday 16th of July 2021

Oh, hello! Would you be interested in being featured in a Meet a Reader post? It would be fun to hear from the Netherlands. But if you don't want to, no worries.


Sunday 11th of July 2021

Hi Kristen, happy belated blog birthday!!

I'm from Canada, so probably not the kind of non-USA reader you're looking for if diversity is the goal, but I don't comment often so wanted to take the time to say hi and thank you for all that you do. I've really enjoyed reading your blog and appreciate your writing voice!


Wednesday 7th of July 2021

Hey Kristen, I'm a rare commenter, I'm in Sydney Australia. Not a mum (well... date a guy with two kids, so bonus mum). I nominally live alone, but spend most nights with my boyfriend and his two kids which we have half the time. And he calls me a 'tight a**' cause in his opinion I am one/have one in both senses of the words!


Wednesday 7th of July 2021

Bonjour from Québec, Canada!

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