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Q&A | subscriptions, my top 30 meals, and more

I’ve got another round of questions from readers to answer today! If you have a question you’d like me to answer in a future Q&A, you can leave a comment here on this post or you can email me.

Are you planning on keeping your subscription services? Have they run their course or do you still look forward to getting them? I’ve finally canceled a couple, after having them for a few years. I just felt like that was enough.


I don’t have tons of subscriptions, so I’ll address each one individually.

Stitch Fix: I currently have a pile of credit with them because apparently some people Googled and found the post where I had a $50 referral link to share.

So, I figure I should at least keep getting fixes to use up my credit!

Mighty Fix: This one I have mainly kept getting because I occasionally blog about their services, and I figure I should keep myself up to date on what their offerings are.

Otherwise, I’d probably have cancelled by now, since you only need so many reusable items for one household.

Hungry Harvest: I plan to keep this one going, largely because it really makes me eat more produce.

I’m wondering if you still were/are teaching piano. Seems like a long time since you mentioned that.
Your kids (Lisey, oh my!!!!) are looking so grownup.


Nope! I quit teaching piano once Zoe started school. Homeschooling four kids at once was just a little too much to handle while teaching piano as well.

So, I’ve only been teaching my own kids for a while now.

I can always go back to piano teaching later if I want to, but I’m very happy with the decision to pause it for this stage of my life.

Are you planning to post on this blog for another decade or two? Or do you enjoy your new blog more?


(this and the next three questions are all from April, but I’m splitting them up to make this less confusing to read!)

I don’t know for sure. Blogging is kind of new in the grand scheme of things, but also kind of old in our fast-paced times. So, I really just have a wait-and-see-what-happens attitude about my blog.

As long as it continues to be viable, I continue to enjoy it, and it continues to serve people, I’ll keep typing away.

I do enjoy writing at my other blog, Kristen Prompted, but I don’t consider that to be a replacement for this blog.

  • Kristen Prompted exists mainly for my own personal enjoyment, though one day maybe it will grow enough to earn some money (right now, it earns exactly $0).
  • The Frugal Girl does bring me enjoyment, but it also exists to serve other people and to earn money.

Have you looked into making your blog into a book?

I have not, largely because so many of my posts are not evergreen kind of content that would work well in a book. Posts like Five Frugal Things would be weird in a book!

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I definitely am a person who prefers small writing projects over big ones!

I’ve probably typed the equivalent of multiple books here over the years, but since it’s all been done in bite-sized chunks, it hasn’t felt overwhelming.

Trying organize the meatier posts of my blog into a book, though? That definitely feels overwhelming.

Why haven’t you started your own mastermind group for bloggers?

This has just never occurred to me! I do belong to a mastermind, but it’s managed by other people.

All I have to do is show up and participate. 🙂

If you had to eat the same 30 meals for the rest of your dinners, what would they be?

Boy, that would be a long list to make. I have a hard enough time coming up with a two week meal plan these days.

Maybe I’ll list some of the common themes you’d find in my favorite 30 meals:

  • Tex-Mex!
  • lots of sauce. Everything could do with more sauce, I say.
  • spicy foods
  • crunchy, colorful veggies (I usually like mine raw or gently cooked)
  • plenty of sandwiches (including things like gyros. Put food in any kind of bread, add a sauce and veggies, and I am happy.)
  • homemade pizza, because there’s nothing like hot from the oven crust
  • bowls with meats, grains, veggies, and sauce
  • breakfast for dinner, including whipped cream and fruit (like waffles with whipped cream and berries)
  • polenta/grits (topped with things like veggies, cheese, a fried egg, or sautéed seafood. And a sauce. SAUCE ALL THE THINGS.)
  • soup with fresh bread

What would be common things in your favorite 30 meals?

P.S. If you submitted a question and it didn’t get answered in this post, worry not! I have more queued up for the next Q&A post. I just couldn’t fit them all into one post without it getting way too long.

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Saturday 6th of June 2020

I blog, but have never heard of a mastermind group. What does it entail?


Sunday 7th of June 2020

Generally, it's a group of people who meet regularly to help, inform, and encourage each other as well as keep each other accountable to their goals.

Ours meets every other week for an hour, so it's a pretty small time commitment.


Thursday 14th of May 2020

I'm not sure I could come up with 30, but I know eggs and any kind of curry are certainly on the list.

Maybe you'll answer this in your next Q&A: Do you have any frugal habits that you may not tell most people about or are a little embarrassing (i.e. reusing floss, diluting soap, limiting electricity usage etc.)? I love to hear little things people do that become habits to be more frugal. I know I have a few that others may find extreme.


Thursday 14th of May 2020

I love the Q&A posts! I have a few:

-How has your attitude to frugality changed with time, as your children are older (and yes, the rest of us are too!) -Has this changed attitude led to changes in spending, are there new things to be frugal about, or are you frugal with fewer things? -How about when your husband or older children disagree about which things to be frugal about, and have different spending habits? -Do you get discouraged with frugality, the feeling of never "getting ahead", comparing yourself to others who seem to have an easier time without the sacrifices you make (and not just seem to, but really have an easier time)? -Are there unexpected things you find that are frugal, that you would not have thought to be?

Thank you! I do hope you find joy in blogging for many more years. I'm on social media, but it tends to be busy, and I like the quieter, more thoughtful atmosphere of a blog.


Thursday 14th of May 2020

I do enjoy your blog, and also enjoy reading all the comments, so I hope you continue. I recently made your squash yeast rolls for the first time (got butternut and acorn squash in my produce box) and we love them! Plus they were so easy to make. I put them in the freezer and just bring out what we need for each meal. It has been years since I made yeast bread, but now that I've been successful with those rolls, I am planning to try some of your other bread recipes.


Thursday 14th of May 2020

Well, that is just delightful to hear! I'm so glad my recipe got you back into yeast baking.

Susan FL

Thursday 14th of May 2020

I would love to read a post on teens and car insurance. We have 2 sons, now 19 and 21, and our car insurance bill has tripled. It’s outrageous! I’m wonder what tips or advice you have for shopping for car insurance. Thanks!


Thursday 14th of May 2020

Thought I would comment because I've recently been searching for car insurance with teens. State Farm has a couple programs that bring the cost down if you participate and if you have Pemco in your area, they are cheaper as well.

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