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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.
11 Ways to Make Money (Without Doing Much)
Want to earn more without working more? Try these passive income ideas.
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.
How to Tell If Eggs are Still Good
About.com About Money Frugal Living Food Savings How to Tell If Eggs are Still Good By Erin Huffstetler
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.
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:
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 Household Notebook with 36 Printables
Use these free printables to create your very own household notebook. Includes everything you need to organize your home and your finances.
Free Printable Budget Worksheet
Take the pain out of creating a budget with this free budget worksheet.
22 Ways to Stay Warm (Without Turning Up the...
22 ways to warm up without touching the thermostat.
Whip Up a Cardamom Substitute with This Handy...
When you don't have cardamom on hand, use this simple cardamom substitute instead.
How to Get Top Dollar for Used Books
Sell your used books for maximium profit each and every time with the help of this simple trick.
A Beginner's Guide to Couponing
Learn the ins and outs of couponing from a seasoned pro.
Ran Out of Coriander? Try One of These...
No coriander in your spice rack? Use one of these substitutes in its place.
Budget Calculator -Monthly Budget Calculator
Use our budget calculator to tweak your monthly budget until you get it right.
Make Half and Half Substitute with This Simple...
A two-ingredient substitution for half and half.
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.
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.
List of Goodwill Outlet Store Locations
Addresses for all of the Goodwill Outlet Store locations.
Try This Easy Italian Seasoning Recipe
Make your own Italian seasoning using spices that you already have on hand.
11 Places to Sell Your Used Clothes
Cleaning out your closets? Here's where to sell your used clothes for the most money.
How to Remove Laundry Stains with Vinegar
Here's how to remove 16 of your toughest laundry stains with vinegar.
Out of Bay Leaves? Use This Instead
When you need a bay leaf substitute, grab this spice from your spice rack.
Out of Molasses? Here's How to Make a DIY...
Looking for a molasses substitute? Here are five.
Is It Safe to Eat Freezer Burned Food?
Freezer burned food isn't pretty, but is it safe to eat? Here's the answer.
Forgot the Nutmeg? Use This Instead
All out of nutmeg? Use one of these substitutes as a fill in.
Out of Sage? Here are 5 Substitutes
When you find yourself out of sage, use one of these substitutes.
One Way to Save Money? Learn the Difference...
Learn how to tell distinguish between needs and wants, and you'll spend less.
54 Businesses that Offer Senior Discounts
Here are 54 senior discounts for you to take advantage of.
6 Ways to Give Yourself a Raise
Here's how to give yourself the raise you deserve, when your boss says no.
10 Ways You Can Eat for Free
Score free groceries and restaurant meals. Here are 10 ways to get free food.
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.
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.
Make Your Own Baking Powder with 3 Ingredients
Discover how easy it is to make your own baking powder.
How to Make Money Taking Online Surveys
Earn cash and gift cards for your opinions. Here's how to get paid to take surveys without getting scammed.
Where to Sell Your Unwanted Stuff for the Most...
Find out who's willing to pay you the most for your used stuff.
5 Websites That Will Pay You to Take Surveys
Want to get paid to take surveys, but not sure which companies you can trust? Here are my top picks.
Cheap and Natural Ways to Get Rid of Ants
Six proven home remedies for ants.
A Step-By-Step Guide to Making Candles
A beginner's guide to candle making.
The Best Time to Buy Everything
Here's a month-by-month guide to the best time to buy everything.
Earn Some Extra Cash
Here are 17 ways to earn extra money -- without getting another job.
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.
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:
Planting a Garden? Print This Free Garden Planner
Use this printable garden planner to map out all of your garden beds.
4 Free Printable Meal Planners
Find the perfect meal planner for you. Three printable versions to choose from.
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.
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.
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.
How You Can Create Multiple Income Streams
Don't settle for one paycheck. Here's how anyone can create multiple income streams.
Forgot to Buy Ground Ginger? Try This
Out of ground ginger? Here are a few substitutes to try.
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.
Save Some Dough with These Homemade Rust...
Zap rust without zapping your hard-earned dollars.
Save a Few Bucks with This Homemade Wallpaper...
A frugal substitute for those expensive wallpaper removers.
How to Get Rid of Roaches Naturally
Want to kill roaches naturally and affordably? Here's the answer!
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.
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.
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.
3 Ways to Soften Hard Brown Sugar
Has your brown sugar turned into a hard, useless mass? Here's how to make it useable again.
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.
Make Your Own Brown Sugar in Minutes
Need brown sugar for a recipe? Make your own, and save a trip to the store.
Use This Trick to Remove Tarnish from Copper...
Clean all the copper and brass around your home quickly and inexpensively with this trick.
Out of Allspice? Here's a Simple Substitute
Use spices you already have to create a good substitute for allspice.
Check Out All of These Uses for Vinegar
Vinegar-based recipes for cleaners, health and beauty products, pet supplies and more.
36 Homemade Cleaner Recipes
Quick and easy cleaner recipes made from vinegar, baking soda, borax and other frugal faves.
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.
11 Ways You Can Start Living the Frugal Life
Ease into the frugal life with these ten tips.
Save Some Bucks with These Homemade Fertilizer...
Six homemade fertilizer recipes to make and try.
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.
Wondering How to Clean Your Cast Iron Cookware?
A guide to proper cast iron cleaning and maintenance.
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.
How to Earn Free Gift Cards from Swagbucks
Use these tips to earn lots of free gift cards from Swagbucks.
Free Printable Weekly Planner Refill
Print out refill pages for your weekly planner, or create your own planner from scratch. Available in several sizes.
Out of Balsamic Vinegar? Mix Up a Substitute in...
Need balsamic vinegar for a recipe? Use this simple substitute instead.
All Out of Ground Cloves? Use This Instead
Save yourself a trip to the store and some cash by using this ground clove substitute.
Where You Can Sell Your Movie Collection
Thinning out your movie collection? Here's where to sell your used movies for the most cash.
When to Toss Your Heavy Cream
Not sure how long you can keep heavy cream? Here's the answer.
10 Stores that Offer Layaway
Find out which stores are offering layaway this year.
Recipes to Use Up the Last of Your Sour Cream
Have leftover sour cream? Here are ways to use it up.
3 Ways to Keep Green Onions Fresh
Here's how to store green onions/scallions to keep them fresh longer.
How to Become a Mystery Shopper (Without...
Interested in becoming a mystery shopper? Here's how to get started (without getting scammed).
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.
Save Money with This Chemical-Free, Homemade...
Are your stainless steel appliances covered in fingerprints? Here's how to clean them on the cheap.
The Right Way to Freeze Spaghetti Squash
Simple instructions for freezing spaghetti squash.
Where to Sell Your Old Cell Phone for the Most...
Sell your old cell phones for cash. Here's how to get the most for them.
How to Turn Bar Soap into Liquid Soap
Here's how to make liquid soap from a bar of soap.
No Parchment Paper? Use This
If you don't have any parchment paper, one of these stand-ins will get the job done.
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:
Test the Acidity of Your Soil Without a Pricey...
Find out if your soil is acidic or alkaline without a pricey test kit.
View Weekly Sales Ads Online
Find out what's on sale at all of your favorite stores, without having to buy a paper.
The Easy Way to Clean Your Microwave
Clean your microwave without all of the elbow grease and cleaners.
Forgot to Buy Pastry Flour? Try This Instead
Have a recipe that calls for pastry flour? Here are two good pastry flour substitutes.
26 Printables to Help You Save Money
A free printable budget worksheet.
No Plunger? Clear A Clog with This Instead
Skip the plunger and the plumber. Here's a simple way to unclog a toilet.
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.
Use these Homemade Car Cleaners to Detail Your...
Here are seven recipes for homemade car cleaners that you can make from common ingredients.
The Best Months to Buy Tires
Need to replace your tires soon? Time your purchase right, and you could save big.
Out of Semolina Flour? Use This Instead.
Working on a pasta recipe that calls for semolina flour? Here's a good substitute, if you don't have it.
How to Use a Dehydrator to Dry Fruits and...
Learn how to dry your own fruits and vegetables, and enjoy tasty produce year-round.
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.
Home Remedies That Get Rid of Moths
Use these proven home remedies to get rid of clothing moths.
Forgot to Buy Yeast? Try This
Out of yeast or turned off by the price? Here's a simple yeast substitute to try.
Find a Bakery Outlet Store Near You
Look up your nearest bakery outlet location here.
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.
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.
How to Turn Your Hobby into Extra Income
Turn your hobby into a source of income, and get paid to play. Here are ideas to get you started.
How to Eat Healthy on a Tight Budget
Eating healthy doesn't have to wreck your budget. These seven tips include growing and shopping locally along with other tips.
What Is Hulu.com All About?
Wondering if you should upgrade to Hulu Plus? Here's a review of both the free and paid version of Hulu.
Your Guide to Creating a Frugal Budget
Create a frugal budget to match your frugal lifestyle. Here's How.
Making Your Own Butter Is Easier Than You Think
Make your own butter and buttermilk at home.
Try This Home Remedy for Athlete's Foot
Get rid of athlete's foot quickly with this low-cost remedy.
Why You Need More Than One Income Stream
One income isn't enough. Here's why you need to be building multiple income streams.
Restaurants That Offer Free Meals and Treats...
A list of restaurants where you can dine free on your birthday.
7 Foods You Can Regrow from Scraps
Spend less at the grocery store by regrowing some of your groceries. Here's how.
The Quick Way to Stop a Pantry Moth Infestation
Use these tips to get rid of a pantry moth infestation quickly.
Save Money with These Natural, Homemade...
Vinegar-based cleaner recipes for use in the kitchen, bathroom and everywhere in between.
8 Ways to Get Paid to Recycle
Here are 8 companies that will pay you to recycle. Earn free gift cards, cash and more.
Simple Homemade Meat Tenderizer Recipe
Transform cheap cuts of meat into tender and juicy cuts with one simple trick.
Here's How to Freeze Heavy Cream
Follow these steps to freeze heavy cream successfully.
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.
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.
Does Honey Go Bad?
Wondering if your honey is still good? Here's the answer.
Find Out If You Have Any Unclaimed Money
Don't pay someone to find your unclaimed money. It's easy to do yourself. Here's how.
What Kind of Apples Are Best for Applesauce?
Use one (or more) of these apple varieties for the best applesauce.
7 Ways to Get a Free Vacation
Need to get away, but don't have any cash to do it? Here are seven ways to snag a free vacation.
Use These Tricks to Save More on Amazon
Eleven ways to save big on Amazon. Do you know them all?
5 Ways to Get Coupons for Free Products
Use these tips to snag loads of coupons for free products.
Substitute Cake Flour with This Simple Recipe
An effective stand-in for cake flour made from two pantry staples.
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 Keep An Old Car Running Smoothly
Use this maintenance checklist to keep your high-mileage vehicle running smoothly.
9 Clever Ways to Reuse a Coffee Can
Empty coffee cans are worth hanging on to. Check out these money-saving uses for them.
How to Earn Free Gift Cards from MyPoints
Earn free gift cards to your favorite stores from MyPoints. Here's how.
Save Money with This Homemade Marble Cleaner
Make your own marble cleaner for a clean that doesn't cost a lot.
How to Season (or Reseason) Cast Iron Cookware
Season your cast iron to non-stick perfection.
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.
Free Printable Chore Charts. 9 Designs to...
Use this printable, weekly chore chart to keep up with all the chores on your to-do list.
What to Expect at a Goodwill Outlet Store
Find out what the Goodwill Outlet Store experience is all about - when to go, what you'll find, what the atmosphere is like, and more.
2 Ingredient All-Purpose Cleaner Recipe
Make your own all-purpose cleaner, and enjoy a clean home for less.
Find an Amish Market Near You
Find an Amish market near you, and discover a new source for grocery savings.
How to Freeze Fresh Ginger
Looking for a way to keep ginger fresh longer? Try freezing it. Here's how.
Try this Frugal Mold and Mildew Remover
Fight the mold and mildew in your bathroom the cheap and healthy way.
6 Ways to Get Free Garden Seeds
Trying to get your garden started on the cheap? Use these strategies to get free seeds.
44 Ways to Lower Your Electric Bill
Electric bill got you down? Fight back with these energy-saving ideas, including ceiling fans, line drying your laundry, and much more.
Can You Freeze Sour Cream?
Have leftover sour cream, and wondering if you can freeze it? 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.
9 Ways to Grab Free Gift Cards
Here are nine ways to earn free gift cards -- just what you need to stretch your budget.
Make Your Own Onion Powder in 4 Easy Steps
Homemade onion powder in three easy steps.
How to Budget Using The Envelope System
Take control of your spending with the envelope budgeting system.
How to Keep Mushrooms from Going Bad
Store fresh mushrooms the right way, and they'll last up to a week. Here's how.

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