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17 Things to Make Instead of Buy
Learn how to make more of the things that you use, and cut your dependence on store-bought goods.
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 Keep Onions from Sprouting
Have lots of onions? Here's how to keep them fresh for months.
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 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 one of these substitutes instead.
A Cheap and Easy Substitute for Heavy Cream
Save yourself a trip to the store. Here's how to make a heavy cream substitute from milk and butter.
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.
11 Ways to Make Money (Without Doing Much)
Want to earn more without working more? Try these passive income ideas.
10 Things You're Paying for That You Could be...
Cut your budget down to size by finding free alternatives for the services that you're used to paying for. No sacrifice required.
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.
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.
13 Ways You Can Eat for Free
Score free groceries and restaurant meals. Here are 13 ways to get free food.
No Parchment Paper? Use This
If you don't have any parchment paper, one of these stand-ins will get the job done.
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.
25 Homemade Cleaners You can Make with Vinegar
Try these vinegar-based cleaner recipes in your kitchen, bathroom and everywhere in between.
54 Businesses that Offer Senior Discounts
Here are 54 senior discounts for you to take advantage of.
Whip Up a Cardamom Substitute with This Handy...
When you don't have cardamom on hand, use this simple cardamom substitute instead.
Ran Out of Coriander? Try One of These...
No coriander in your spice rack? Use one of these substitutes in its place.
36 Homemade Cleaner Recipes
Quick and easy cleaner recipes made from vinegar, baking soda, borax and other frugal faves.
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.
14 Beauty Products You Can Make at Home
Here are 14 beauty products that you can make at home.
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.
Save Some Dough with These Homemade Rust...
Remove rust without harsh chemicals. Here are three homemade rust remover recipes.
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:
List of Goodwill Outlet Store Locations
Here are addresses for all of the Goodwill Outlet Store locations in the United States and Canada.
Out of Sage? Here are 5 Substitutes
When you find yourself out of sage, use one of these substitutes.
Print This Free Garden Planner
Use this free, printable garden notebook to organize all of your garden plans and records.
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.
Free Printable Budget Worksheet
Take the pain out of creating a budget with this free budget worksheet.
Natural Ways to Get Rid of Ants
Here are six proven home remedies for ants. Get rid of them without an exterminator.
A Monthly Guide to Foraging Wild Food
Interested in foraging? Use this month-by-month guide to find out what's in season now:
How to Remove Laundry Stains with Vinegar
Here's how to remove 16 of your toughest laundry stains with vinegar.
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.
Try This All-Natural Homemade Roach Killer
Want to kill roaches naturally and affordably? Here's the answer!
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.
View Weekly Sales Ads Online
Find out what's on sale at all of your favorite stores, without having to buy a paper.
16 Places to Sell Your Used Clothes
Cleaning out your closets? Here's where to sell your used clothes for the most money.
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.
Where to Sell Your Unwanted Stuff for the Most...
Find out who's willing to pay you the most for your used stuff.
Mouse Problem? Here's How to Get Rid of Them...
Battling a mouse problem? Here's how to get rid of mice naturally.
Budget Calculator
Use our free budget calculator to tweak your monthly budget until you get it right.
Make Your Own Baking Powder in Under a Minute
Discover how easy it is to make your own baking powder. This recipe is aluminum-free, gluten-free and corn-free.
Try This Easy Italian Seasoning Recipe
Make your own Italian seasoning using spices that you already have on hand.
The Cheapest Fruits and Vegetables Each Month
Here's a guide to when all of your favorite fruits and vegetables are in season -- and at their cheapest.
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.
The Best Time to Buy Everything
Here's a month-by-month guide to the best time to buy everything.
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 Brown Sugar? Here's How to Make a Simple...
Use this stand in when you don't have any brown sugar on hand.
The Best Way to Store Potatoes
Tired of having potatoes go bad before you get around to using them? Here's the right way to store potatoes.
Out of Half and Half? Here's How to Make Your Own
Here's how to make a half and half substitute, or real half and half from ingredients you already have in your fridge.
Out of Bay Leaves? Use This Instead
When you need a bay leaf substitute, grab this spice from your spice rack.
Out of Balsamic Vinegar? Mix Up a Substitute in...
Need balsamic vinegar for a recipe? Use this simple substitute instead.
The Right Way to Freeze Spaghetti Squash
Simple instructions for freezing spaghetti squash.
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.
10 Spices and Seasonings You Can Make Yourself
Recipes for garlic powder, onion salt, Italian seasoning and many other common spices.
Does Honey Go Bad?
Wondering if your honey is still good? Here's the answer.
Where You Can Sell Your Movie Collection
Thinning out your movie collection? Here's where to sell your used movies for the most cash.
Out of Cornstarch? Here's What to Use Instead
Out of cornstarch? Use one of these cornstarch substitutes to thicken your gravy, sauce, pie or pudding.
All Out of Ground Cloves? Use This Instead
Save yourself a trip to the store and some cash by using this ground clove substitute.
What's The Best Month to Buy a TV?
Time your TV purchase just right, and get it at a steal.
7 Homemade Fertilizer Recipes
Here are seven homemade fertilizer recipes to make and try.
Make Real Vanilla Extract for the Price of...
A simple recipe for a never-ending supply of vanilla.
Make Your Own Brown Sugar in Minutes
Need brown sugar for a recipe? Make your own, and save a trip to the store.
Free Printable Weekly Planner Refill
Print out refill pages for your weekly planner, or create your own planner from scratch. Available in several sizes.
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.
How to Turn Bar Soap into Liquid Soap
Here's how to make liquid soap from a bar of soap.
3 Ways to Keep Green Onions Fresh
Here's how to store green onions/scallions to keep them fresh longer.
Can You Freeze Sour Cream?
Have leftover sour cream, and wondering if you can freeze it? Here's the answer.
10 Recipe Substitutes for Beer
Looking for a good beer substitute to use in recipes? Try one of these to create your dish without changing its basic taste.
One Way to Save Money? Learn the Difference...
Learn how to tell distinguish between needs and wants, and you'll spend less.
Is It Safe to Eat Eggs Past Their Expiration...
Wondering if the expiration date stamped on the carton is the final word on whether eggs are still safe to eat? Here's the scoop.
The Best Months to Buy Tires
Need to replace your tires soon? Time your purchase right, and you could save big.
Earn Some Extra Cash
Here are 17 ways to earn extra money -- without getting another job.
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.
3 Free Printable Meal Planners
Find the perfect meal planner for you. Here are three printable versions to choose from.
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.
Use This Trick to Remove Tarnish from Copper...
Clean all the copper and brass around your home quickly and inexpensively with this trick.
What Kind of Apples Are Best for Applesauce?
Use one (or more) of these apple varieties for the best applesauce.
Check Out All of These Uses for Vinegar
Vinegar-based recipes for cleaners, health and beauty products, pet supplies and more.
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.
Homemade Carpet Cleaner Recipes That Really Work
Keep your carpets clean with two homemade carpet cleaning products: a cleaning solution for steam machines and a spot remover.
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.
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:
Forgot to Buy Ground Ginger? Try This
Out of ground ginger? Here are a few substitutes to try.
Find a Bakery Outlet Store Near You
Look up your nearest bakery outlet location here.
72 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 Make Tomato Sauce Without All the Work
Here's an easy crock pot tomato sauce recipe. No peeling, seeding or coring required.
26 Printables to Help You Save Money
Use these free kitchen printables to organize your pantry, fridge, freezer and more.
Here's How to Freeze Heavy Cream
Follow these steps to freeze heavy cream successfully.
Make Your Own Sour Cream in 3 Easy Steps
Need sour cream for a recipe? Here's how to make your own with just two ingredients and a couple minutes of hands on time.
Easy DIY Foaming Hand Soap Recipe
Like to use foaming hand soap dispensers? Here's how to make your own refills.
Try This DIY Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Replace store-bought toilet bowl cleaner with this frugal stand-in. It works just as well -- without the harsh chemicals.
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.
Try This Home Remedy for Athlete's Foot
Get rid of athlete's foot quickly with this low-cost remedy.
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.
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.
Use these Homemade Car Cleaners to Detail Your...
Here are seven recipes for homemade car cleaners that you can make from common ingredients.
No Almond Extract? This Will Taste Just as Good
Out of almond extract or trying to avoid it due to a nut allergy? Try this common substitute recommended by the About.com frugal living expert.
What's the Shelf Life of Sour Cream?
Wondering if that sour cream that got shoved to the back of the fridge is still good? Here's the answer.
A Beginner's Guide to Couponing
Learn the ins and outs of couponing from a seasoned pro.
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.
No Plunger? Clear A Clog with This Instead
Skip the plunger and the plumber. Here's a simple way to unclog a toilet.
Try This Homemade Stainless Steel Cleaner
Are your stainless steel appliances covered in fingerprints? Give this homemade stainless steel cleaner a try.
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 Salt in 2 Minutes or Less
Have onion powder and salt on your spice rack? Then, you have everything you need to make onion salt.
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.
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.
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.
Here's How to Make Your Own Cheese
Recipes for ricotta, mozzarella, mascarpone and other cheeses.
Homemade Drain Cleaner Recipe
Store-bought drain cleaner is hard on your drains. Just grab these two things from your pantry when you need to clean a drain.
Have a Recipe That Calls for Arrowroot? You Can...
Here are two substitutes that you can use in place of arrowroot starch.
When to Toss Your Heavy Cream
Not sure how long you can keep heavy cream? 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.
Try this Frugal Mold and Mildew Remover
Fight the mold and mildew in your bathroom with this cheap and natural solution.
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.
Potting Mix Recipe - As Good as Store-Bought...
Use this recipe to make your own potting mix.
Save Money with This Homemade Marble Cleaner
Make your own marble cleaner for a clean that doesn't cost a lot.
44 Ways to Lower Your Electric Bill
Say good-bye to high electric bills. These tips will help you increase the efficiency of your home.
Forgot to Buy Pastry Flour? Try This Instead
Have a recipe that calls for pastry flour? Here are two good pastry flour substitutes.
Can You Cook a Frozen Ham without Thawing It?
Need to get your ham in the oven stat? Find out if it's okay to cook a frozen ham.
Test the Acidity of Your Soil Without a Pricey...
Find out if your soil is acidic or alkaline without a pricey test kit. Here's how.
How to Make Homemade Butter in a Jar
Here's how to make your own butter and buttermilk at home. No special equipment required.
How Long Will Dried Beans Keep in Your Pantry?
Find out how long dried beans will last in the pantry, and get tips on how to cook old beans.
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.
Wondering How to Clean Your Cast Iron Cookware?
A guide to proper cast iron cleaning and maintenance.
Try This Easy DIY Grease Remover
Learn how to remove grease with vinegar.
Cooking with Dried Beans? Read This First
Not sure how to measure dried beans? Here are some helpful conversions.
Out of Cocoa Powder? Use This Instead
Here are two substitutes that you can use in place of unsweetened cocoa powder.
22 Ways to Stay Warm (Without Turning Up the...
Stay warm and keep your electric bill down. These tricks will keep you cozy without turning up the thermostat.
8 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.
A Step-By-Step Guide to Making Candles
A beginner's guide to candle making.
No Cheesecloth? Use This Instead
Here are more than a dozen things that you can use in place of cheesecloth.
Save a Few Bucks with This Homemade Wallpaper...
A frugal substitute for those expensive wallpaper removers.
How to Use a Dehydrator to Dry Fruits and...
Learn how to dry your own fruits and vegetables, and enjoy tasty produce year-round.
Why You Should Wear Out Everything You Own
Wearing things out saves your money (and your sanity). Can you name the last thing that you wore out?
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.
Make Your Own Dishwasher Detergent
Make your own dishwasher detergent for cheaper, healthier dishwashing.
11 Ways You Can Start Living the Frugal Life
Ease into the frugal life with these ten tips.
Make Your Own Onion Powder in 4 Easy Steps
Homemade onion powder in three easy steps.
5 Ways to Get Coupons for Free Products
Use these tips to snag loads of coupons for free products.
Are Green Potatoes Really Toxic?
Eat them or toss them? Find out what you should do with green potatoes.
Is Cream Cheese Freezable?
Thinking about stocking up on cream cheese while it's on sale, and wondering if you can freeze it? Here's the answer.
Find an Amish Market Near You
Find an Amish market near you, and discover a new source for grocery savings.
What's in Season Calendar
Cut your grocery bill by shopping seasonally. This printable calendar lists the cheapest produce each month.
Rid Your Pets of Pests with This Homemade Flea...
Kill and repel fleas with this simple flea bath recipe

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