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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.
51 Companies Offering Holiday Gift Card Bonuses
Giving gift cards for Christmas? Buy from one of these businesses, and you'll score a bonus gift card.
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
Out of Molasses? Here's How to Make a DIY...
Looking for a molasses substitute? Here are five.
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.
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:
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.
Whip Up a Cardamom Substitute with This Handy...
When you don't have cardamom on hand, use this simple cardamom substitute instead.
Buy These Things in December and Save Big
Go ahead. Shop for yourself. These items are a steal in December.
5 Ways to Buy Gift Cards for Less
Use these tricks to buy gift cards for less than their face value.
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.
The Best Time to Buy Everything
Here's a month-by-month guide to the best time to buy everything.
11 Ways to Blow Your Holiday Budget
Serious about keeping your holiday budget this year? Then, you'd better watch out for these eight ways to blow your budget.
Free Printable Budget Worksheet
Take the pain out of creating a budget with this free budget worksheet.
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.
Creative Ideas for Celebrating Any Special...
32 free and low-cost Christmas gifts that you can make in a flash.
22 Ways to Stay Warm (Without Turning Up the...
22 ways to warm up without touching the thermostat.
10 Sources for Free Christmas Gifts
Use these tricks to get your Christmas gift for fee.
All Out of Ground Cloves? Use This Instead
Save yourself a trip to the store and some cash by using this ground clove substitute.
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.
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:
A Step-By-Step Guide to Making Candles
A beginner's guide to candle making.
Try This Easy Italian Seasoning Recipe
Make your own Italian seasoning using spices that you already have on hand.
Forgot the Nutmeg? Use This Instead
All out of nutmeg? Use one of these substitutes as a fill in.
Make Your Own Baking Powder with 3 Ingredients
Discover how easy it is to make your own baking powder.
Make Half and Half Substitute with This Simple...
A two-ingredient substitution for half and half.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Beginner's Guide to Couponing
Learn the ins and outs of couponing from a seasoned pro.
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):
Out of Bay Leaves? Use This Instead
When you need a bay leaf substitute, grab this spice from your spice rack.
List of Goodwill Outlet Store Locations
Addresses for all of the Goodwill Outlet Store locations.
Forgot to Buy Ground Ginger? Try This
Out of ground ginger? Here are a few substitutes to try.
What Kind of Apples Are Best for Applesauce?
Use one (or more) of these apple varieties for the best applesauce.
Is It Safe to Eat Freezer Burned Food?
Freezer burned food isn't pretty, but is it safe to eat? Here's the answer.
How to Get Rid of Roaches Naturally
Want to kill roaches naturally and affordably? Here's the answer!
Out of Sage? Here are 5 Substitutes
When you find yourself out of sage, use one of these substitutes.
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.
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 Your Own Self-Rising Flour
Self-rising flour is a cinch to make. Learn how, and you'll never buy it again.
Cheap and Natural Ways to Get Rid of Ants
Six proven home remedies for ants.
54 Businesses that Offer Senior Discounts
Here are 54 senior discounts for you to take advantage of.
Make Your Own Brown Sugar in Minutes
Need brown sugar for a recipe? Make your own, and save a trip to the store.
What's The Best Month to Buy a TV?
Time your TV purchase just right, and get it at a steal.
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.
How to Make Money Taking Online Surveys
Learn the ins and outs of taking online surveys, and add to your income.
No Parchment Paper? Use This
If you don't have any parchment paper, one of these stand-ins will get the job done.
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.
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.
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.
3 Places to Grab Movie Coupons
Planning to buy a movie? Go here to see if there's a coupon.
Free Printable Christmas Gift Tags
Choose a gift tag design that you like. Then, print it out for free.
28 DIY Gift Ideas for Kids
A collection of free and cheap homemade gifts for kids.
Where to Sell Your Unwanted Stuff for the Most...
Find out who's willing to pay you the most for your used stuff.
Wondering How to Clean Your Cast Iron Cookware?
A guide to proper cast iron cleaning and maintenance.
10 Stores that Offer Layaway
Find out which stores are offering layaway this year.
Transform That Old Sweater into New Mittens!
Trace your hand to create a custom fit for your sweater mittens.
Save Some Dough with These Homemade Rust...
Zap rust without zapping your hard-earned dollars.
Last-Minute Christmas Gifts that Won't Blow...
Need some last-minute Christmas gifts that won't blow your budget? Consider these affordable options:
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:
16 Ways to Earn Some Extra Money
Here are 17 ways to earn extra money without getting another job.
Broke? Find Gift Ideas that Fit Your Budget
Nice gifts that don't cost a lot. Just the thing for a tight budget.
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.
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 This Trick to Remove Tarnish from Copper...
Clean all the copper and brass around your home quickly and inexpensively with this trick.
When to Toss Your Heavy Cream
Not sure how long you can keep heavy cream? Here's the answer.
How to Turn Bar Soap into Liquid Soap
Here's how to make liquid soap from a bar of soap.
7 Affordable Gift Ideas for Families
Shorten your Christmas list and save money by giving family gifts instead of individual gifts.
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.
Forgot to Buy Pastry Flour? Try This Instead
Have a recipe that calls for pastry flour? Here are two good pastry flour substitutes.
36 Homemade Cleaner Recipes
Quick and easy cleaner recipes made from vinegar, baking soda, borax and other frugal faves.
Out of Dark Corn Syrup? Try This 2 Ingredient...
Out of dark corn syrup? Use this cheap substitute to get your through till your next shopping trip:
Use This Simple Trick to Clean Your Silver
Clean your silver without polishing and without expensive cleaners. Here's an easy DIY solution.
Got Fruit Flies? Try This Cheap and Simple DIY...
Rid your home of fruit flies with a simple, homemade trap.
Substitute Cake Flour with This Simple Recipe
An effective stand-in for cake flour made from two pantry staples.
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.
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.
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.
Is Your Baking Powder Still Good? Here's How to...
A simple way to find out if your baking powder is still good.
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.
9 Ways to Grab Free Gift Cards
Here are nine ways to earn free gift cards -- just what you need to stretch your budget.
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:
Make Your Own Gift Wrap. Fun Projects to Try
Make your own gift wrap and save big. Here are several fun projects to try.
Out of Balsamic Vinegar? Mix Up a Substitute in...
Need balsamic vinegar for a recipe? Use this simple substitute instead.
The Easy Way to Clean Your Microwave
Clean your microwave without all of the elbow grease and cleaners.
4 Free Printable Meal Planners
Find the perfect meal planner for you. Three printable versions to choose from.
Forgot to Buy Yeast? Try This
Out of yeast or turned off by the price? Here's a simple yeast substitute to try.
11 Ways You Can Start Living the Frugal Life
Ease into the frugal life with these ten tips.
Make Your Own Powdered Sugar in 2 Minutes or Less
Out of powdered sugar, or just want to make your own? Here's how.
The Best Months to Buy Furniture
In the market for some new furniture? For the best deal, buy in ...
Free Printable Weekly Planner Refill
Print out refill pages for your weekly planner, or create your own planner from scratch. Available in several sizes.
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.
Here's How to Freeze Heavy Cream
Follow these steps to freeze heavy cream successfully.
Use These Tricks to Save More on Amazon
Eleven ways to save big on Amazon. Do you know them all?
Recipes to Use Up the Last of Your Sour Cream
Have leftover sour cream? Here are ways to use it up.
Save Money with This Chemical-Free, Homemade...
Are your stainless steel appliances covered in fingerprints? Here's how to clean them on the cheap.
7 Free Printable Canning Jar Labels
An ever-growing collection of canning jar labels for you to print and use.
The Best Months to Buy Tires
Need to replace your tires soon? Time your purchase right, and you could save big.
3 Ways to Keep Green Onions Fresh
Here's how to store green onions/scallions to keep them fresh longer.
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.
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.
View Weekly Sales Ads Online
Find out what's on sale at all of your favorite stores, without having to buy a paper.
How to Use a Dehydrator to Dry Fruits and...
Learn how to dry your own fruits and vegetables, and enjoy tasty produce year-round.
70 Gifts in a Jar to Make
Here are more than 70 gifts in a jar to make and give.
Your Guide to Creating a Frugal Budget
Create a frugal budget to match your frugal lifestyle.
12+ Cheap Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Men
Struggling to come up with stocking stuffers for your guy? Consider these cheap (but thoughtful) ideas:
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.
Can You Freeze Sour Cream?
Have leftover sour cream, and wondering if you can freeze it? Here's the answer.
No Plunger? Clear A Clog with This Instead
Skip the plunger and the plumber. Here's a simple way to unclog a toilet.
How to Season (or Reseason) Cast Iron Cookware
Season your cast iron to non-stick perfection.
Check Out All of These Uses for Vinegar
Vinegar-based recipes for cleaners, health and beauty products, pet supplies and more.
Making Your Own Butter Is Easier Than You Think
Make your own butter and buttermilk at home.
38 Cheap Stocking Stuffers Women Love
Treat the woman in your life to a wow-worthy stocking without spending a ton.
Fight Pests and Save Cash with This Homemade...
Keep the fleas off your pup for pennies a week.
26 Printables to Help You Save Money
A free printable budget worksheet.
How to Keep Mushrooms from Going Bad
Store fresh mushrooms the right way, and they'll last up to a week. Here's how.
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.
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.
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 Make New Crayons Out of Old Crayons
Turn crayon stubs into colorful new crayons.
Home Remedies That Get Rid of Moths
Use these proven home remedies to get rid of clothing moths.
Save Some Bucks with These Homemade Fertilizer...
Six homemade fertilizer recipes to make and try.
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.
Simple Homemade Meat Tenderizer Recipe
Transform cheap cuts of meat into tender and juicy cuts with one simple trick.
Does Honey Go Bad?
Wondering if your honey is still good? Here's the answer.
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.
How to Become a Mystery Shopper (Without...
Interested in becoming a mystery shopper? Here's how to get started (without getting scammed).
Use these Homemade Car Cleaners to Detail Your...
Here are seven recipes for homemade car cleaners that you can make from common ingredients.
7 Foods You Can Regrow from Scraps
Spend less at the grocery store by regrowing some of your groceries. Here's how.
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 a Few Bucks with This Homemade Wallpaper...
A frugal substitute for those expensive wallpaper removers.
11 Tricks to Save Even More at Target
Use these tricks to save more at Target.
Test the Acidity of Your Soil Without a Pricey...
Find out if your soil is acidic or alkaline without a pricey test kit.
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.
Printable Holiday Gift Tags. 4 Designs
Print your own gift tags at home and save. Here are several designs to choose from.
2 Furniture Polish Recipes to Try
Two recipes for homemade furniture polish.
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 Budget Using The Envelope System
Take control of your spending with the envelope budgeting system.
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.
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