Where Has A Frugal Chick Been



Have you missed me?

The last 30 hours have been completely insane so I wanted you to know where I have been (since I haven’t been here).

It began Tuesday morning around 10 a.m.  You know how when you are leaving town you have every moment planned?  You know what you need to pack, have half the bags laid out and the other things in a list in your mind.  Oh and your cat is stalking your suitcase because she has now figured out you are leaving town and her only defense is to lay on top of your clean clothes so that you do not forget her while you are gone.

I get an e-mail and find out that my site had been attacked by a hacker who placed a worm in the guts of my website.   At that point I had two hours to get everything done and get out the door while freaking out about the hacker.

Basically what this worm does is ensure that whenever a person googles my site they get a nice big link that says my site is spam.  They have created a mirror site that messes me up five ways to Monday.  Thankfully it’s a nice safe worm for my readers- since I don’t keep any of your personal information it has no idea who you are.  While to a hacker this may be amusing this website is my main source of income.  They are jeopardizing my relationship with many companies and in a worst case scenario I could have to rebuild my site from scratch.  I e-mailed my web guy to have him start looking around and tried to finish up my posts for the day, shower, clean my house, get cash and not forget to pack anything.

So during the 3.5 hour drive to DC (with Sharon from Mom on Dealz and Dana from The Coupon Challenge) I was on the phone with my web guy trying to get things worked out.  As soon as I got to the hotel I locked myself in the business center and worked on the Food Lion deals.  Two hours later we left to head to American Tap Room to meet a friend of mine for dinner.

While I am not a beer drinker I did take this great picture at dinner- do you want to guess if the beer was big or the Tabasco sauce little?

After dinner we went walking around Arlington and found this AMAZING gelato place.  I have never had real gelato before so I was thrilled to try it.

They had so many flavors- including Rose and Violet!  They actually soak the flower in water and remove the essence to flavor the gelato.  I tried violet- it tasted like exactly what you picture violet to taste like.  Someone in the store said it tasted like bathroom air freshener.

I settled for a small bowl with banana and wedding cake.  On our continued walk while eating our gelato we stumbled across a Whole Foods and like the good tourists we are went inside and exclaimed happiness over everything.  Since we don’t have a Whole Foods in our town it’s a nice treat to look around.

After a lovely evening I got back to the hotel to deal with the website craziness some more and be sure that all the grocery deals you all know and love were posted.  Then I fell asleep on the couch in our sitting room.

After calling in to 92.9 The Wave this morning we headed out to our conference.  A quick metro ride followed by some misdirection around town and we arrived at the conference.  I will skip all the boring work stuff except to say that I didn’t have internet access during the entire presentation!

At the conference we also got to hang out with fellow bloggers Amee from Madame Deals, Brandi from Must Love Coupons and Charlotte from My Active Child so after we went to the Pot Belly Sandwich Shop.

During this whole thing I have been e-mailing back and forth with a NEW company trying to get some answers on the hacking situation.  Then it was back in the car to fight DC and Hampton Roads traffic.

After teaching piano and voice tonight I am finally home to begin posting deals.  I am sorry I wasn’t able to do more today and I promise to continue fighting the evil hacker until all is well in google world.  Just know for a while you may want to use www.thefrugalchick.com to get to my site rather than www.afrugalchick.com.  They will both get you to the same place.

Thanks so much for sticking with me while we work out all the craziness!

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It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of Year


Every year it happens- December comes after November.  It is a month full of craziness, diet breaking food and bank emptying expenses.  And yet every year we are surprised.  We can’t believe that it snuck up on us so quickly.  With resources already stretched tight just to get basic bills paid the additional holiday costs- gifts, clothes for company holiday parties, travel- are now going to blow the budget.

So we pull out the plastic and make poor decisions that we spend the next six months paying back.

Why not make this year different?  Some simple steps can completely change your situation when Black Friday comes around.

  1.  Use coupons and save on things you already purchase- Using coupons does not have to be a complicated process.  In its most simple form take the coupon inserts out and cut the coupons for products you already buy.  Then take the money you save each week and throw it in a jar or drawer.  At $5 a week you should have a nice nest egg for some Black Friday shopping.
  2. Start shopping now- Just because a gift is given in December does not mean it cannot be purchased in April.  Set aside some space in your home and start storing toys, candles, body lotion and gift cards.  A $20 gift card costs $20 in June or December.
  3. Start now using companies that give you store credits- Imagine how easy holiday shopping would be if you had a big stack of gift cards for payment.  Websites like Swagbucks.com and Recyclebank.com let you earn gift cards for watching videos and taking quizzes.
  4. Shorten your shopping list- Ask your family about drawing names this year instead of purchasing multiple gifts.  Agree with your spouse in advance to focus on the kids and not each other.  Instead of buying gifts for each of your friends maybe take a night to go out to eat instead (plus you can use a coupon for the meal).

Take these simple steps now to ensure December does not surprise you this year!

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Finding Froggy


If you have spent any time with me you are aware of my complete love for my nephew P.  He is easily the funnest part of my life.

A very important part of P’s life is his friend Froggy (whose picture I have placed above).  Froggy is his bedtime buddy.  During the day he remains in P’s room waiting to help him at nap time and bed time to sleep well.

As all of you who are parents can imagine not having Froggy at home when it’s time for bed is a pretty traumatic experience.   There is wailing and gnashing of teeth.  Not to mention the tears outside of the washing machine as his little body goes round and round in the water when he needs a freshening up.  My nephew is convinced he is drowning slowly in front of his eyes.

Today we want to a local neighborhood that was having a community yard sale.  It was fun to walk from house to house looking for potential treasures.

As we walk up to one house P yells “Froggy!” and points to a pile of stuffed animals.  Lying on top of the pile in all of his green silky glory is Froggy’s identical twin brother.

My sister has been checking regularly at stores for a while now for a back up Froggy with no luck.  How much easier would it be to have a back up Froggy in the event he was left somewhere?

So my sister gladly coughed up the spare change to buy the back up Froggy.  Money well spent and my nephew proudly placed him in the stroller to be taken home and washed.

The moral of the story- you never know what (or who) you will find at a yard sale!  Be sure to keep an eye out for treasures- you may find an old friend.

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I Love My Kindle Fire


When it comes to technology I am usually the LAST person to have the newest gadget.  I was the last of my friends to get a cell phone, an MP3 player or a lap top.  I just got a smart phone in October 2011.  When it comes to electronics I am not a trend setter.

I have been mulling over the idea of an e-reader for a while.  I have this problem where I like BOOKS- the way they smell, the way they feel and the sense of accomplishment that comes from turning a last page.

BUT my little condo has become over run with books.  I am always just on the verge of returning a library book late.  And my night stand is overflowing so much that my alarm clock is having a hard time staking it’s claim.

About a month ago Amazon had a Gold Box Deal of the day I couldn’t resist- $139 for a Refurbished Kindle Fire.  Even though my frugal nature was screaming I bought it and anxiously waited for it to show up.

When it get here I pulled it out of the box, pushed the button on the bottom to get it started and everything was already done.  Amazon had synced the device with my account so all the books I had downloaded over the last 3 years were already there.  There was almost no set up required- it would be a great gift for someone who isn’t always good with technology.

It has been incredibly convenient having all of my books in one place.  Lying in bed at night I can read my Bible and then by pressing the screen switch over to my current reading for pleasure.  I can stream Netflix and plays Words With Friends while sitting on my couch.

I can not tell any difference between my refurbished model and my friends new models so save yourself the $30 if you are considering buying one!

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Today I Used My Whole Toothpaste Stock Pile


Today I reached the end of my current tube of toothpaste and had to use my WHOLE toothpaste stockpile to replace it.

Yes my toothpaste stockpile is ONE TUBE of toothpaste.

Here’s the thing- toothpaste is free almost every week somewhere.

It’s right up there with pasta and toothbrushes as items that are easy to get free.  So I don’t feel the need to have 5 tubes in my stockpile- it will expire before I can use it.

One tube per human in my household seems like a perfectly reasonable number to me.

So remember- friends don’t let friends keep toothpaste until it’s expired.  Don’t be a toothpaste hoarder!

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Locals: Fun and Frugal Weekend Activities


Each week Charlotte at My Active Child finds the best frugal events for you and your family in Hampton Roads.  Here is what you can expect this weekend:

Saturday
  • 10:30am Pony Pedicures at Bluebird Gap Farm 60 Pine Chapel Road Hampton, VA 23666
Sunday

Looking for more fun?  Check out the My Active Child Activity Calendar!

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Locals: Fun and Frugal Weekend Activities


Each week Charlotte at My Active Child finds the best frugal events for you and your family in Hampton Roads.  Here is what you can expect this weekend:

Saturday
10am-12pm Lowe’s Build & Grow Workshop at All Lowe’s Locations
11am Swamp Stomp at First Landing Park Trail Center 2500 Shore Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23451
11am “Turtle Painting” ($2/child, Registration Required) at Sandy Bottom Nature Park 1255 Big Bethel Rd Hampton, VA 23666
12-2pm Bluebird Country Hayrides- weather dependent at Bluebird Gap Farm 60 Pine Chapel Road Hampton, VA 23666
12-3pm Second Saturday Family Day at Chrysler Museum of Art, 245 W Olney Rd, Norfolk, Virginia 23510
1pm Once Upon a Truffala Tree at First Landing Park Trail Center 2500 Shore Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23451
2pm Zootime at Barnes & Noble Greenbrier 1212 Greenbrier Pkwy, Chesapeake, VA 23320
2pm “A Ballerina” Storytime Barnes & Noble TCC at MacArthur Center 300 Monticello Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23510
2pm The Egg Seekers at Horace Downing Library 555 E. Liberty Street Norfolk, VA 23523
3pm Seaside Creations- Make a sculpture out of seashells! at First Landing State Park- Main Boardwalk 2500 Shore Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Sunday
10am “Have Knots”  ($2/person, Registration Required) at Sandy Bottom Nature Park 1255 Big Bethel Rd Hampton, VA 23666

Looking for more fun?  Check out the My Active Child Activity Calendar!

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