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A Simple Substitute for Buttermilk
No need to buy buttermilk. This simple substitute works just as well, and it only takes five minutes to make.
How to Test If Eggs Are Still Good
Have a carton of eggs that have passed their use-by date? How can you tell if the eggs are bad? Here's how to test to see if they are still good!
3 Cream of Tartar Substitutes
If you don't have cream of tartar in your pantry, use this substitute instead.
A Cheap and Easy Substitute for Heavy Cream
Need heavy cream for a recipe? Here's a great stand-in.
15 Useful Things You've Been Throwing Away
Turn a creative eye on the things that you're thowing away, and you may just discover that they're worth keeping:
How to Make Your Own Buttermilk
Once you see how easy it is to make buttermilk, you'll want to make your own everytime. Here's how:
Next Time You're Out of Cumin, Try This...
If you don't have any cumin, one of these three substitutes should do the trick.
6 Fast and Cheap Substitutes for Vanilla Extract
Need a good vanilla extract substitute? Try one of these.
Got Fruit Flies? Try This Cheap and Simple DIY...
Rid your home of fruit flies with a simple, homemade trap.
Why You Don't Actually Need to Buy Castor Sugar...
Have a recipes that calls for castor sugar? Here's how to make it yourself.
Free Printable Budget Worksheet
Take the pain out of creating a budget with this free budget worksheet.
Whip Up a Cardamom Substitute with This Handy...
When you don't have cardamom on hand, use this simple cardamom substitute instead.
Save Money with This Evaporated Milk Substitute
Don't pay a premium for those little cans of evaporated milk. Here's how to make your own in two minutes or less.
What Kind of Apples Are Best for Applesauce?
Use one (or more) of these apple varieties for the best applesauce.
10 Stores that Offer Layaway
Find out which stores are offering layaway this year.
Try This Easy Italian Seasoning Recipe
Make your own Italian seasoning using spices that you already have on hand.
How to Get Rid of Roaches Naturally
Want to kill roaches naturally and affordably? Here's the answer!
Out of Molasses? Here's How to Make a DIY...
Looking for a molasses substitute? Here are five.
Forgot the Nutmeg? Use This Instead
All out of nutmeg? Use one of these substitutes as a fill in.
Budget Calculator -Monthly Budget Calculator
Use our budget calculator to tweak your monthly budget until you get it right.
The Best Time to Buy Everything
Here's a month-by-month guide to the best time to buy everything.
List of Goodwill Outlet Store Locations
Addresses for all of the Goodwill Outlet Store locations.
Free Household Notebook. Includes 36 Printables
Ready to frugalize your home and your finances? Use these free printables to create a household notebook with everything that you need to get the job done.
Yes, You Can Freeze Apples. Here's How.
Learn how to freeze apples, and you'll be able to freeze them when they're at their cheapest.
All Out of Bread Flour? Here's How to Whip Up a...
Have a recipe that calls for bread flour? If you don't have any on hand, use this substitute.
How to Remove Laundry Stains with Vinegar
Here's how to remove 16 of your toughest laundry stains with vinegar.
Out of Allspice? Here's a Simple Substitute
Use spices you already have to create a good substitute for allspice.
Make Half and Half Substitute with This Simple...
A two-ingredient substitution for half and half.
5 Websites That Will Pay You to Take Surveys
Interested in getting paid to take surveys, but not sure which companies you can trust? Here are the ones that I recommend (and use):
2 Ways to Substitute Light Corn Syrup
If you're out of light corn syrup -- or just don't like using it -- one of these substitutes will do the trick.
22 Ways to Stay Warm (Without Turning Up the...
22 ways to warm up without touching the thermostat.
Are Your Used Books Worth Money Online?
Sell your used books for maximium profit each and every time with the help of this simple trick.
Is It Safe to Eat Freezer Burned Food?
Freezer burned food isn't pretty, but is it safe to eat? Here's the answer.
Ran Out of Coriander? Try One of These...
No coriander in your spice rack? Use one of these substitutes in its place.
Cheap and Natural Ways to Get Rid of Ants
Six proven home remedies for ants.
Out of Sage? Here are 5 Substitutes
When you find yourself out of sage, use one of these substitutes.
A Beginner's Guide to Couponing
Learn the ins and outs of couponing from a seasoned pro.
Out of Bay Leaves? Use This Instead
When you need a bay leaf substitute, grab this spice from your spice rack.
Make Your Own Baking Powder with 3 Ingredients
Discover how easy it is to make your own baking powder.
How to Cook for One or Two on the Cheap
Cooking for one or two? Here are the tips you need to reign in your grocery bill.
Looking to Unload Used Clothes? Here's Where to...
Clean out your closets and earn some extra cash. Here's where to sell used clothes for the most coin:
Out of Brown Sugar? Here's How to Make a Simple...
Use this stand in when you don't have any brown sugar on hand.
One Way to Save Money? Learn the Difference...
Learn how to tell distinguish between needs and wants, and you'll spend less.
Out of Tomato Sauce? Try This Substitute
Out of tomato sauce? Grab a can of tomato paste from your pantry, and whip up a quick substitute. No trip to the store required.
How to Make Money Taking Online Surveys
Learn the ins and outs of taking online surveys, and add to your income.
Fight Pests and Save Cash with This Homemade...
Keep the fleas off your pup for pennies a week.
Where to Sell Your Unwanted Stuff for the Most...
Find out who's willing to pay you the most for your used stuff.
54 Businesses that Offer Senior Discounts
Here are 54 senior discounts for you to take advantage of.
8 Ways You Can Score Free Amazon Gift Cards
Want to shop for free on Amazon? Here are eight ways to get free Amazon gift cards:
The Right Way to Freeze Spaghetti Squash
Simple instructions for freezing spaghetti squash.
The Right Way to Freeze Mushrooms
Stock up on mushrooms when they're in season (and cheap). Then, freeze them until you're ready to use them. Here's how.
Making a Recipe that Calls for Mace? Use This...
Have a recipe that calls for mace? Use one of these substitutes, and avoid adding another spice to your cupboard.
Save Yourself Big Bucks with These Homemade...
Keep your carpets clean with two homemade carpet cleaning products: a cleaning solution for steam machines and a spot remover.
Save Some Dough with These Homemade Rust...
Zap rust without zapping your hard-earned dollars.
The Right Way to Store Apples Long-Term
Interested in storing a bushel of apples to enjoy over the cold winter months? Here's how it's done.
How to Make Your Own Self-Rising Flour
Self-rising flour is a cinch to make. Learn how, and you'll never buy it again.
Make Your Own Brown Sugar in Minutes
Need brown sugar for a recipe? Make your own, and save a trip to the store.
36 Homemade Cleaner Recipes
Quick and easy cleaner recipes made from vinegar, baking soda, borax and other frugal faves.
Forgot to Buy Ground Ginger? Try This
Out of ground ginger? Here are a few substitutes to try.
Use This Trick to Remove Tarnish from Copper...
Clean all the copper and brass around your home quickly and inexpensively with this trick.
16 Ways to Earn Some Extra Money
Here are 16 ways to earn extra money without getting another job.
Home Remedies That Get Rid of Moths
Use these proven home remedies to get rid of clothing moths.
Wait, You Can Really Sell Your Hair for Cash?
Interested in selling your hair for cash? Here's what you need to know to do it.
Is It Safe to Reuse Cooking Oil?
Here's the answer to whether it's safe to reuse cooking oil.
Rid Your Pets of Pests with This Homemade Flea...
Kill and repel fleas with this simple flea bath recipe
How to Substitute Dried Herbs for Fresh
Follow this simple ratio to substitute dried herbs for fresh, and your recipe will come out perfect every time.
The Cheapest Fruits and Vegetables Each Month
An easy way to save on fruits and vegetables is to buy what's in season. Here's a guide to help you identify the best produce deals month-by-month.
Wondering How to Clean Your Cast Iron Cookware?
A guide to proper cast iron cleaning and maintenance.
Does Honey Go Bad?
Wondering if your honey is still good? Here's the answer.
Make Your Own Vegetable Broth. Here's How.
Learn how to make your own vegetable broth, and you'll never have to buy it again.
How to Turn Bar Soap into Liquid Soap
Here's how to make liquid soap from a bar of soap.
All Out of Ground Cloves? Use This Instead
Save yourself a trip to the store and some cash by using this ground clove substitute.
Watch Free Movies on Shows on Crackle
Ditch your cable TV and video subscription, and watch free shows and movies on Crackle. You'll enjoy all the savings, without any of the sacrifice.
4 Free Printable Meal Planners
Find the perfect meal planner for you. Three printable versions to choose from.
10 Sources for Free Christmas Gifts
Use these tricks to get your Christmas gift for fee.
Out of Cornstarch? Here's How to Whip Up a...
Out of cornstarch? Use one of these cornstarch substitutes to thicken your gravy, sauce, pie or pudding.
The Right Way to Freeze Bread
Learn the proper way to freeze bread, so you can stock up when it goes on sale or get ahead on your baking.
How to Become a Mystery Shopper (Without...
Interested in becoming a mystery shopper? Here's how to get started (without getting scammed).
The Best Apples to Use for Apple Butter
Here's a list of the best apples to use for apple butter.
Recipes to Use Up the Last of Your Sour Cream
Have leftover sour cream? Here are ways to use it up.
The Quick Way to Stop a Pantry Moth Infestation
Use these tips to get rid of a pantry moth infestation quickly.
Quick and Easy Crockpot Apple Butter
Grab your Crock Pot and some apples, and follow this simple recipe for delicious apple butter.
The Best Way to Freeze Pears
Load up on pears when they're in season. Then, follow these simple steps to freeze them.
Here's How to Harvest English Walnuts
Learn the ins and outs of harvesting English walnuts.
How to Keep Ladybugs Out of Your House
Dealing with a ladybug infestation in your home? Here's how to get rid of them.
64 Ingredient Substitutes to Keep Your Recipe...
Turn to this list of ingredient substitutions when you're out of something you need for a recipe.
3 Ways to Keep Green Onions Fresh
Here's how to store green onions/scallions to keep them fresh longer.
How to Get Your Halloween Candy on the Cheap
Handing out candy to trick or treaters is fun, and it can be affordable too. Use the following tips to fill your candy bowl for less:
Use these Homemade Car Cleaners to Detail Your...
Here are seven recipes for homemade car cleaners that you can make from common ingredients.
4 Ways to Reuse Your Newspaper Bags
4 money-saving uses for plastic newspaper sleeves.
Where You Can Sell Your Movie Collection
Interested in thinning out your movie collection? Here's where to sell those used movies for maximum profit.
Your Guide to Creating a Frugal Budget
Create a frugal budget to match your frugal lifestyle.
How to Keep Mushrooms from Going Bad
Store fresh mushrooms the right way, and they'll last up to a week. Here's how.
Out of Balsamic Vinegar? Mix Up a Substitute in...
Need balsamic vinegar for a recipe? Use this simple substitute instead.
11 Ways You Can Start Living the Frugal Life
Ease into the frugal life with these ten tips.
Save Money with This Chemical-Free, Homemade...
Are your stainless steel appliances covered in fingerprints? Here's how to clean them on the cheap.
Cleaning with Baking Soda
Check out this list of recipes using baking soda to clean, polish, deodorize, or perform more functions. Try them out for yourself!
Making Your Own Butter Is Easier Than You Think
Make your own butter and buttermilk at home.
Test the Acidity of Your Soil Without a Pricey...
Find out if your soil is acidic or alkaline without a pricey test kit.
Low on Money? These Months Have an Extra...
Here's a list of all the five-paycheck months this year, so you can start planning how you'll use the extra cash.
The Easy Way to Clean Your Microwave
Clean your microwave without all of the elbow grease and cleaners.
A Step-By-Step Guide to Making Candles
Learn the proper procedure for melting candle wax in a double boiler. Page 3.
Stinky Washing Machine? Here's How to Clean It
Stinky washing machine? Here's how to clean it. Includes instructions for top-loaders and front-loaders.
Save Money with DIY Pumpkin Puree
Learn how to make your own pumpkin puree, so you don't have to settle for store-bought.
Check Out All of These Uses for Vinegar
Vinegar-based recipes for cleaners, health and beauty products, pet supplies and more.
14 Companies that are Hiring for the Holidays
Looking for a holiday job? Here are more than a dozen companies that are hiring.
Save Some Bucks with These Homemade Fertilizer...
Six homemade fertilizer recipes to make and try.
Save a Few Bucks with This Homemade Wallpaper...
A frugal substitute for those expensive wallpaper removers.
What to Do When You Add Too Much Baking Powder...
Here's how to save the day when you add too much baking soda or baking powder.
9 Things You Can Make with Overripe Bananas
Have a bunch of overripe bananas taking up space in your fruit bowl? Here are some great ways to use them up.
Which Apple Should I Use to Make Apple Pie?
Here's a list of the best apples to use when making an apple pie.
Find an Amish Market Near You
Find an Amish market near you, and discover a new source for grocery savings.
Make Your Own Garlic Salt in Minutes
Pull garlic powder and salt from your pantry, and use it to make your own garlic salt in under a minute.
Forgot to Buy Pastry Flour? Try This Instead
Have a recipe that calls for pastry flour? Here are two good pastry flour substitutes.
How to Use a Dehydrator to Dry Fruits and...
Learn how to dry your own fruits and vegetables, and enjoy tasty produce year-round.
Homemade Applesauce Recipe
Turn a big pile of apples into a big batch of homemade applesauce.
Substitute Cake Flour with This Simple Recipe
An effective stand-in for cake flour made from two pantry staples.
Free Printable Weekly Planner Refill
Print out refill pages for your weekly planner, or create your own planner from scratch. Available in several sizes.
The Best Months to Buy Tires
Need to replace your tires soon? Time your purchase right, and you could save big.
Transform That Old Sweater into New Mittens!
Don't throw out that old sweater! Turn it into a pair of mittens instead.
Next Time You're Out of Lemon Juice, Try This...
Need a splash of lemon juice for a recipe? Save yourself some cash, and give this substitute a try.
Easy DIY Foaming Hand Soap Recipe
Have you purchased one of the new foaming hand soap dispensers? Learn how to make your own frugal refills.
Try this Frugal Mold and Mildew Remover
Fight the mold and mildew in your bathroom the cheap and healthy way.
Creative Ideas for Celebrating Any Special...
32 free and low-cost Christmas gifts that you can make in a flash.
Use This Pantry Staple to Make Your Own Spray...
Here's how to make your own spray starch in minutes.
7 Canadian Sites That Will Pay You to Take...
There are lots of Canadian paid survey sites, but how do you know which ones you can trust? Start with this list of legitimate sites.
Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half
13 tried-and-true grocery savings strategies.
Forgot to Buy Yeast? Try This
Out of yeast or turned off by the price? Here's a simple yeast substitute to try.
How to Make Your Own Glass Cleaner
Make your own glass cleaner, and get streak-free windows for less.
2 Furniture Polish Recipes to Try
Two recipes for homemade furniture polish.
5 Ways to Get Coupons for Free Products
Use these tips to snag loads of coupons for free products.
Cooking with Dried Beans? Read This First
Not sure how to measure dried beans? Here are some helpful conversions.
14 Ways to Use Up Leftover Heavy Cream
Don't let that leftover heavy cream go to waste. Use it up in one of these recipes:
5 Ways to Buy Gift Cards for Less
Use these tricks to buy gift cards for less than their face value.
Broke? Find Gift Ideas that Fit Your Budget
Nice gifts that don't cost a lot. Just the thing for a tight budget.
Save Money with This Homemade Fruit and...
A recipe for fruit and vegetable wash.
Try This Home Remedy for Athlete's Foot
Get rid of athlete's foot quickly with this low-cost remedy.
7 Foods You Can Regrow from Scraps
Spend less at the grocery store by regrowing some of your groceries. Here's how.
Track Where Your Money Goes with This Monthly...
Track where your money is going with this free printable worksheet.
The Best Way to Store Butternut Squash
Have lots of butternut squash? Here's how to store it for the long-haul.
Tricks Grocery Stores Use to Get You to Spend...
Here are 11 tricks grocery stores use to run up your bill. Make sure you aren't falling for any of them.
Make Your Own Powdered Sugar in 2 Minutes or Less
Out of powdered sugar, or just want to make your own? Here's how.
How to Budget Using The Envelope System
Take control of your spending with the envelope budgeting system.
Easy Pear Butter Recipe
Have more pears than you know what to do with? Pear butter is a tasty solution.
The Easiest Way to Clean Your Showerhead
Get rid of the calcium and lime build up on your showerhead for pennies. Here's a simple cleaning trick.
Can You Freeze Sour Cream?
Have leftover sour cream, and wondering if you can freeze it? Here's the answer.
3 Ways to Freeze Basil
Have more basil in your garden then you know what to do with? Here's how to freeze it for year-round use:
How to Season (or Reseason) Cast Iron Cookware
Season your cast iron to non-stick perfection.
Simple Homemade Meat Tenderizer Recipe
Transform cheap cuts of meat into tender and juicy cuts with one simple trick.
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