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Self Isolating? Over 50 Frugal Ideas for Spending Your Time at Home

By now, I think all of us have heard the strongly suggested advice to self isolate and, if you must leave your home, to socially distance yourself from others (by at least 6 feet). Recommended group sizes keep shrinking. And as I am writing this, groups of 10 or more is now a no-no. If you can stay home, stay home. I know it’s not going to be possible for everyone to stay home, and this pandemic is going to…

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Try these 7 calming meditation apps and breathing exercises – for free

I was working on some other topics to share with you here on Frugal Thumb this week, but in light of the current news about coronavirus, I thought maybe a post about calming meditation apps and breathing exercises might be more helpful for us all right now. I know I need to remember to take deep breaths and meditate more often in the coming weeks! It seems like every email I open, every post on Facebook, and every scroll through…

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Get paid to get your flu shot

Hi, everyone! Welcome to fall. Yes, it’s that time of year again. When you can count on the leaves changing, the temperature dropping, pumpkin flavor getting added to everything (yum!), and… the flu making its rounds (yuck). Get your flu shot for your health. And if that’s not convincing enough, do it for your wallet. That’s right. Not only can you protect yourself and your family from the flu, you can do it for free and even get a little…

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How to Save on Birthday Gifts for Kids

Do your kids get invited to a lot of birthday parties?
If your family is like ours, between friends and family, it’s probably not uncommon to have some months with multiple parties for kiddos!
Of course, each one of those parties has an aging guest of honor who needs a gift from your child and/or family.
Oh, the happy and fun times!
Oh, the budgeting horrors!
But what if I told you all those parties didn’t have to be a strain on your family’s budget?

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Tangle-Free Way to Store Your Christmas Icicle Lights

If you haven’t packed away your outdoor Christmas lights yet because you’re dreading the tangled messy pile that they will ultimately become, this post is for you. I think we’d all prefer to have tangle-free Christmas lights, but it isn’t always clear how to accomplish that. Luckily, there are storage techniques that can make packing -and unpacking- your lights a breeze. Check out this post and give these packing techniques a try. You’ll be glad you did next winter when…

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Create a keepsake Christmas card ornament

Make a keepsake ornament out of your Christmas cards

This Christmas card ornament will solve your Christmas card pile troubles in the most wonderful way. Every year, we get loads of Christmas cards in the mail. It’s truly one of my favorite things to receive these from friends and family! I even put them all on display in our open kitchen so I can see them and add a festive feel throughout the holidays. But then, when the holidays are over and it’s time to take everything down, I…

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How to Properly and Safely Dispose of Expired Medicine

How to Properly and Safely Dispose of Medicine (For Free)

How are we supposed to properly dispose of medicine in a safe and environmentally friendly manner? I tried many times to figure out the answer to this question. I called pharmacies, but they wouldn’t take my unwanted or expired medicine. And I tried researching online, but I only found articles that recommended throwing old pills into used kitty litter so people wouldn’t misuse the medicine. At the same time, my research was telling me that medicine shouldn’t be thrown away in…

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Easy Halloween Decorations from Your Christmas Stash

Easy Halloween Decorations from Your Christmas Stash

Let your Christmas decorations do double-duty this holiday season by using them for your Halloween decorations! We have a lot of Christmas decorations in our family. Christmas is the holiday that we “overdo it” on decor, if that’s possible. 😉 But my daughter also really loves Halloween. She wanted to decorate more this year, and I needed to come up with some ways to make it happen. Walking through the stores, it was tempting to buy some of the neat…

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Ways to Save on Your Health and Fitness Budget

45 Ways to Save on Your Health and Fitness Budget – “Saving on Necessities” Series

“An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away” should not be your health and fitness budget plan.If only it were that easy! Sure, apples are a healthy addition to any diet, but there’s usually a little more than an apple required for most of us to stay healthy and fit from day to day.

There are lots of ways to save in this category, while still properly taking care of your health. That is key. Cutting corners to save a bit of money while being sickly is not an option here.

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