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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.
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.
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.
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
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:
6 Fast and Cheap Substitutes for Vanilla Extract
Need a good vanilla extract substitute? Try one of these.
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.
Ran Out of Coriander? Try One of These...
No coriander in your spice rack? Use one of these substitutes in its place.
Whip Up a Cardamom Substitute with This Handy...
When you don't have cardamom on hand, use this simple cardamom substitute instead.
6 Ways to Fill Your Gas Tank for Free
Here are six ways to fill your gas tank for free.
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 Molasses? Here's How to Make a DIY...
Looking for a molasses substitute? Here are five.
Try This Easy Italian Seasoning Recipe
Make your own Italian seasoning using spices that you already have on hand.
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.
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.
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.
Out of Bay Leaves? Use This Instead
When you need a bay leaf substitute, grab this spice from your spice rack.
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.
Is It Safe to Eat Freezer Burned Food?
Freezer burned food isn't pretty, but is it safe to eat? Here's the answer.
List of Goodwill Outlet Store Locations
Addresses for all of the Goodwill Outlet Store locations.
Out of Sage? Here are 5 Substitutes
When you find yourself out of sage, use one of these substitutes.
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.
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.
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.
A Beginner's Guide to Couponing
Learn the ins and outs of couponing from a seasoned pro.
The Best Time to Buy Everything
Here's a month-by-month guide to the best time to buy everything.
54 Businesses that Offer Senior Discounts
Here are 54 senior discounts for you to take advantage of.
How to Remove Laundry Stains with Vinegar
Here's how to remove 16 of your toughest laundry stains with vinegar.
Forgot the Nutmeg? Use This Instead
All out of nutmeg? Use one of these substitutes as a fill in.
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):
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.
Make Your Own Baking Powder with 3 Ingredients
Discover how easy it is to make your own baking powder.
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.
One Way to Save Money? Learn the Difference...
Learn how to tell distinguish between needs and wants, and you'll spend less.
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:
10 Ways You Can Eat for Free
Score free groceries and restaurant meals. Here are 10 ways to get free food.
4 Free Printable Meal Planners
Find the perfect meal planner for you. Three printable versions to choose from.
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:
A Step-By-Step Guide to Making Candles
A beginner's guide to candle making.
Where to Sell Your Unwanted Stuff for the Most...
Find out who's willing to pay you the most for your used stuff.
What's The Best Month to Buy a TV?
Time your TV purchase just right, and get it at a steal.
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 to Make Your Own Self-Rising Flour
Self-rising flour is a cinch to make. Learn how, and you'll never buy it again.
How to Get Rid of Roaches Naturally
Want to kill roaches naturally and affordably? Here's the answer!
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 a Few Bucks with This Homemade Wallpaper...
A frugal substitute for those expensive wallpaper removers.
Cheap and Natural Ways to Get Rid of Ants
Six proven home remedies for ants.
Out of Balsamic Vinegar? Mix Up a Substitute in...
Need balsamic vinegar for a recipe? Use this simple substitute instead.
Forgot to Buy Ground Ginger? Try This
Out of ground ginger? Here are a few substitutes to try.
Save Some Dough with These Homemade Rust...
Zap rust without zapping your hard-earned dollars.
Wondering How to Clean Your Cast Iron Cookware?
A guide to proper cast iron cleaning and maintenance.
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.
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.
How to Get Rid of Junk Mail for Good
Put a stop to all the junk mail. These tips will help you get it out of your mailbox.
Earn Some Extra Cash
Here are 17 ways to earn extra money -- without getting another job.
How to Make Money Taking Online Surveys
Learn the ins and outs of taking online surveys, and add to your income.
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.
Out of Allspice? Here's a Simple Substitute
Use spices you already have to create a good substitute for allspice.
Make Your Own Brown Sugar in Minutes
Need brown sugar for a recipe? Make your own, and save a trip to the store.
11 Ways You Can Start Living the Frugal Life
Ease into the frugal life with these ten tips.
Planting a Garden? Print This Free Garden Planner
Use this printable garden planner to map out all of your garden beds.
Recipes to Use Up the Last of Your Sour Cream
Have leftover sour cream? Here are ways to use it up.
Free Printable Weekly Planner Refill
Print out refill pages for your weekly planner, or create your own planner from scratch. Available in several sizes.
Use This Trick to Remove Tarnish from Copper...
Clean all the copper and brass around your home quickly and inexpensively with this trick.
All Out of Ground Cloves? Use This Instead
Save yourself a trip to the store and some cash by using this ground clove substitute.
When to Toss Your Heavy Cream
Not sure how long you can keep heavy cream? Here's the answer.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Save Some Bucks with These Homemade Fertilizer...
Six homemade fertilizer recipes to make and try.
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.
The Right Way to Freeze Spaghetti Squash
Simple instructions for freezing spaghetti squash.
Forgot to Buy Yeast? Try This
Out of yeast or turned off by the price? Here's a simple yeast substitute to try.
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.
36 Homemade Cleaner Recipes
Quick and easy cleaner recipes made from vinegar, baking soda, borax and other frugal faves.
3 Ways to Keep Green Onions Fresh
Here's how to store green onions/scallions to keep them fresh longer.
22 Ways to Stay Warm (Without Turning Up the...
22 ways to warm up without touching the thermostat.
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 Turn Bar Soap into Liquid Soap
Here's how to make liquid soap from a bar of soap.
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.
Forgot to Buy Pastry Flour? Try This Instead
Have a recipe that calls for pastry flour? Here are two good pastry flour substitutes.
Save Money with This Chemical-Free, Homemade...
Are your stainless steel appliances covered in fingerprints? Here's how to clean them on the cheap.
Find a Bakery Outlet Store Near You
Look up your nearest bakery outlet location here.
How to Use a Dehydrator to Dry Fruits and...
Learn how to dry your own fruits and vegetables, and enjoy tasty produce year-round.
Check Out All of These Uses for Vinegar
Vinegar-based recipes for cleaners, health and beauty products, pet supplies and more.
Use these Homemade Car Cleaners to Detail Your...
Here are seven recipes for homemade car cleaners that you can make from common ingredients.
Your Guide to Creating a Frugal Budget
Create a frugal budget to match your frugal lifestyle. Here's How.
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.
Here's How to Freeze Heavy Cream
Follow these steps to freeze heavy cream successfully.
Test the Acidity of Your Soil Without a Pricey...
Find out if your soil is acidic or alkaline without a pricey test kit.
What Kind of Apples Are Best for Applesauce?
Use one (or more) of these apple varieties for the best applesauce.
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.
How to Keep An Old Car Running Smoothly
Use this maintenance checklist to keep your high-mileage vehicle running smoothly.
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.
10 Stores that Offer Layaway
Find out which stores are offering layaway this year.
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.
Can You Freeze Sour Cream?
Have leftover sour cream, and wondering if you can freeze it? Here's the answer.
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.
No Parchment Paper? Use This
If you don't have any parchment paper, one of these stand-ins will get the job done.
How to Freeze Fresh Ginger
Looking for a way to keep ginger fresh longer? Try freezing it. Here's how.
Home Remedies That Get Rid of Moths
Use these proven home remedies to get rid of clothing moths.
7 Foods You Can Regrow from Scraps
Spend less at the grocery store by regrowing some of your groceries. Here's how.
Making Your Own Butter Is Easier Than You Think
Make your own butter and buttermilk at home.
No Plunger? Clear A Clog with This Instead
Skip the plunger and the plumber. Here's a simple way to unclog a toilet.
The Easy Way to Clean Your Microwave
Clean your microwave without all of the elbow grease and cleaners.
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.
Substitute Cake Flour with This Simple Recipe
An effective stand-in for cake flour made from two pantry staples.
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.
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?
How to Budget Using The Envelope System
Take control of your spending with the envelope budgeting system.
Does Honey Go Bad?
Wondering if your honey is still good? Here's the answer.
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 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.
The Best Months to Buy Tires
Need to replace your tires soon? Time your purchase right, and you could save big.
How to Become a Mystery Shopper (Without...
Interested in becoming a mystery shopper? Here's how to get started (without getting scammed).
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.
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.
Save Money with This Homemade Marble Cleaner
Make your own marble cleaner for a clean that doesn't cost a lot.
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.
Restaurants That Offer Free Meals and Treats...
A list of restaurants where you can dine free on your birthday.
Got Fruit Flies? Try This Cheap and Simple DIY...
Rid your home of fruit flies with a simple, homemade trap.
Save Money with These Natural, Homemade...
Vinegar-based cleaner recipes for use in the kitchen, bathroom and everywhere in between.
The Quick Way to Stop a Pantry Moth Infestation
Use these tips to get rid of a pantry moth infestation quickly.
Simple Homemade Meat Tenderizer Recipe
Transform cheap cuts of meat into tender and juicy cuts with one simple trick.
How to Load Coupons to Your Grocery Card
Have a grocery store loyalty card? Follow these steps to load electronic coupons to your card.
Fight Pests and Save Cash with This Homemade...
Keep the fleas off your pup for pennies a week.
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.
How to Season (or Reseason) Cast Iron Cookware
Season your cast iron to non-stick perfection.
7 Things You Should be Saving For
Are you saving for all of the things that you should be? Check this list and see.
Make Your Own Onion Powder in 4 Easy Steps
Homemade onion powder in three easy steps.
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.
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.
Use This Instead of Tomato Juice
A simple stand-in for tomato juice.
Make Your Own Sour Cream in 3 Easy Steps
Need sour cream for a recipe? Here's how to make your own:
6 Ways to Get Free Garden Seeds
Trying to get your garden started on the cheap? Use these strategies to get free seeds.
Make Your Own Powdered Sugar in 2 Minutes or Less
Out of powdered sugar, or just want to make your own? Here's how.
22 Ways to Shrink Your Cell Phone Bill
Cut your cell phone bill down to size with these tips.
19 Websites Where You Can Print Grocery Coupons
Get out of the grocery store for less. These printable grocery coupons can help you do it.
Here's How to Make Your Own Cheese
Recipes for ricotta, mozzarella, mascarpone and other cheeses.
Use This Simple Trick to Clean Your Silver
Clean your silver without polishing and without expensive cleaners. Here's an easy DIY solution.
Need to Leave White Wine Out of a Recipe? Use...
Want to leave the white wine out of a recipe? Just grab one of these substitutes from your fridge or pantry.
How to Get Off Catalog Mailing Lists
Tired of being tempted by unwanted catalog mailings? Here's how to get rid of them for good.
Cooking with Dried Beans? Read This First
Not sure how to measure dried beans? Here are some helpful conversions.
15 Ways to Cut Your Heating Bill
Keeping your home warm in the winter shouldn't leave you broke. Use these tips to save on heating costs.
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