Every Monday, I answer a few of the questions that my readers send me. If you have a question you’d like me to answer in a future Q&A post, just leave me a comment here or email me (thefrugalgirl [at] gmail [dot] com) and put Q&A in the subject line. I look forward to hearing from you!
OK, silly question, I noticed you have stuffed animals in your grocery pictures every week. Somehow this has only really dawned on me lately even though I’ve been reading your blog for well over a year. Are they the new ones you buy every week on your grocery shopping trip or are they just for decoration?
A lot you asked about this after the latest grocery picture. Way back in the early days of my blog, Joshua hid a stuffed spider in among the groceries, and that spider made a lot of weekly appearances thereafter. The girls wanted to get in on the action too, so they started putting a few stuffed animals in the photos as well. It’s all just for fun, and Sonia and Zoe are especially pleased to think that their stuffed animals are famous because they appear on my blog.
So, no, none of those are new…they’re just stuffed animals that my children already own. If I bought new stuffed animals every week, we’d have no space in our house by now (even though we buy them fairly infrequently, we’ve already managed to amass quite a collection!)
I’m curious whether or not you have ever used whole wheat instead of buying flour…and if you know anything about the benefits of that. I’m considering the costs and the added benefits for my family (currently we buy bread and freeze it) of making our own bread but going a step further and getting whole wheat and milling it into our own flour.
Yup! I own a grinder and I mill all of my whole wheat flour. I share more about that on my FAQ page.
If any of you are newbies to my blog, go check out the FAQs! I’ve answered a lot of the most common questions there.
I have a question about the homemade yogurt. Can I use 1% milk? Have you tried it? I am trying to lose some weight and the extra fat in the whole milk will hinder that a little but if the texture and flavor will suffer I will skimp elsewhere.
You certainly can if you wish. The yogurt will not be as thick and creamy as when it’s made with whole milk, though. To combat this, you can try adding some powdered milk to the mixture before you stir in the starter.
I personally feel that the whole milk is totally worth the extra calories, simply because of the lovely texture it provides.
My husband is trying to start his own business of selling firewood. I know that you teach piano, and I was wondering how you would handle taxes and finances.
I take care of all that myself…I use Quicken to keep track of my income and my business expenses, and when tax time rolls around, I always use Turbo Tax.
My piano teaching business and my blog are both sole proprietorships and I file a schedule C for each of those.
You can’t use the free edition of Turbo Tax if you need to file a schedule C, but the deluxe version, which you’ll need, is totally worth the money. Doing your own business taxes if you’re a sole proprietorship isn’t really that hard if you’ve got Turbo Tax to guide you. It’s really, really, really user-friendly and takes all the guesswork out of filing.
I love Turbo Tax, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is interested in doing their own tax preparation.