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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? Here's how to tell 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.
6 Fast and Cheap Substitutes for Vanilla Extract
Need a good vanilla extract substitute? Try one of these.
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.
Got Fruit Flies? Try This Cheap and Simple DIY...
Rid your home of fruit flies with a simple, homemade trap.
A Cheap and Easy Substitute for Heavy Cream
Need heavy cream for a recipe? Here's a great stand-in.
How to Become a Mystery Shopper (Without...
Interested in becoming a mystery shopper? Here's how to get started (without getting scammed).
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.
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:
Whip Up a Cardamom Substitute with This Handy...
When you don't have cardamom on hand, use this simple cardamom substitute instead.
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.
The Best Time to Buy Everything
Here's a month-by-month guide to the best time to buy everything.
A Beginner's Guide to Couponing
Learn the ins and outs of couponing from a seasoned pro.
How to Get Rid of Roaches Naturally
Want to kill roaches naturally and affordably? Here's the answer!
The Best Way to Freeze Pears
Load up on pears when they're in season. Then, follow these simple steps to freeze them.
Cheap and Natural Ways to Get Rid of Ants
Six proven home remedies for ants.
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.
Try This Easy Italian Seasoning Recipe
Make your own Italian seasoning using spices that you already have on hand.
How to Remove Laundry Stains with Vinegar
Here's how to remove 16 of your toughest laundry stains with vinegar.
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:
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.
Ran Out of Coriander? Try One of These...
No coriander in your spice rack? Use one of these substitutes in its place.
How to Make Yummy Tomato Sauce Without All the...
Here's an easy crock pot tomato sauce recipe. No peeling, seeding or coring required.
Out of Molasses? Here's How to Make a DIY...
Looking for a molasses substitute? Here are five.
List of Goodwill Outlet Store Locations
Addresses for all of the Goodwill Outlet Store locations.
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.
11 Fall Foods to Can or Freeze Now
These foods are at their cheapest during the fall months. Can or freeze them, and enjoy a lower grocery bill year-round.
10 Stores that Offer Layaway
Find out which stores are offering layaway this year.
54 Businesses that Offer Senior Discounts
Here are 54 senior discounts for you to take advantage of.
Make Your Own Baking Powder with 3 Ingredients
Discover how easy it is to make your own baking powder.
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.
Fight Pests and Save Cash with This Homemade...
Keep the fleas off your pup for pennies a week.
Out of Allspice? Here's a Simple Substitute
Use spices you already have to create a good substitute for allspice.
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.
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):
Forgot the Nutmeg? Use This Instead
All out of nutmeg? Use one of these substitutes as a fill 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.
Out of Bay Leaves? Use This Instead
When you need a bay leaf substitute, grab this spice from your spice rack.
How to Make Money Taking Online Surveys
Learn the ins and outs of taking online surveys, and add to your income.
Out of Balsamic Vinegar? Mix Up a Substitute in...
Need balsamic vinegar for a recipe? Use this simple substitute instead.
Wondering How to Clean Your Cast Iron Cookware?
A guide to proper cast iron cleaning and maintenance.
3 Ways to Keep Green Onions Fresh
Here's how to store green onions/scallions to keep them fresh longer.
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:
Recipes to Feed a Crowd on a Budget
Need to feed a crowd? These low-cost recipes should do the trick.
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.
What Kind of Apples Are Best for Applesauce?
Use one (or more) of these apple varieties for the best applesauce.
Save Some Dough with These Homemade Rust...
Zap rust without zapping your hard-earned dollars.
Is It Safe to Eat Freezer Burned Food?
Freezer burned food isn't pretty, but is it safe to eat? Here's the answer.
One Way to Save Money? Learn the Difference...
Learn how to tell distinguish between needs and wants, and you'll spend less.
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.
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.
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:
36 Homemade Cleaner Recipes
Quick and easy cleaner recipes made from vinegar, baking soda, borax and other frugal faves.
16 Ways to Earn Some Extra Money
Here are 16 ways to earn extra money without getting another job.
Where to Sell Your Unwanted Stuff for the Most...
Find out who's willing to pay you the most for your used stuff.
Use These Tire Rebates to Save on Your Next Set...
Tires tend to be at their cheapest early in the spring and again just before winter sets in, so if your tires are approaching the end of their life, now's a
4 Free Printable Meal Planners
Find the perfect meal planner for you. Three printable versions to choose from.
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.
Test the Acidity of Your Soil Without a Pricey...
Find out if your soil is acidic or alkaline without a pricey test kit.
Your Guide to Creating a Frugal Budget
Create a frugal budget to match your frugal lifestyle.
Out of Sage? Here are 5 Substitutes
When you find yourself out of sage, use one of these substitutes.
Here's How to Harvest English Walnuts
Learn the ins and outs of harvesting English walnuts.
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.
11 Ways You Can Start Living the Frugal Life
Ease into the frugal life with these ten tips.
Use This Trick to Make Popsicle-Shaped Soap
Learn how to create popsicle-shaped soap for gift giving.
Forgot to Buy Ground Ginger? Try This
Out of ground ginger? Here are a few substitutes to try.
Use these Homemade Car Cleaners to Detail Your...
Here are seven recipes for homemade car cleaners that you can make from common ingredients.
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.
Easy Pear Butter Recipe
Have more pears than you know what to do with? Pear butter is a tasty solution.
Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half
13 tried-and-true grocery savings strategies.
Save Some Bucks with These Homemade Fertilizer...
Six homemade fertilizer recipes to make and try.
Rid Your Pets of Pests with This Homemade Flea...
Kill and repel fleas with this simple flea bath recipe
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.
Save Money with This Evaporated Milk Substitute
No need to pay a premium for those little cans of evaporated milk. You can make your own in two minutes or less.
The Best Months to Buy Tires
Need to replace your tires soon? Time your purchase right, and you could save big.
Easy Recipe for Pear Sauce
Turn a big pile of pears into delicious pear sauce.
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.
6 Ways to Fill Your Gas Tank for Free
Here are six ways to fill your gas tank for free.
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.
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 Store Pears for Winter
Store pears the right way, and they'll keep for months and months. 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.
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 Freezer Jam in 30 Minutes or Less
Freezer jam instructions and recipes.
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.
Campfire Eclairs - A Fun Alternative to S'mores
Éclairs are a cheap and tasty campfire dessert.
Quick and Easy Crockpot Apple Butter
Grab your Crock Pot and some apples, and follow this simple recipe for delicious apple butter.
Save a Few Bucks with This Homemade Wallpaper...
A frugal substitute for those expensive wallpaper removers.
How to Fit Fun into Your Budget
Don't let a tight budget keep you from having fun. Here are four ways to budget in the fun stuff.
Use This Trick to Remove Tarnish from Copper...
Clean all the copper and brass around your home quickly and inexpensively with this trick.
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.
Scared of Wasps? DIY an Easy Solution.
Follow these steps to make a wasp trap out of a soda bottle.
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.
Save Money with This Chemical-Free, Homemade...
Are your stainless steel appliances covered in fingerprints? Here's how to clean them on the cheap.
Home Remedies That Get Rid of Moths
Use these proven home remedies to get rid of clothing moths.
How to Turn Bar Soap into Liquid Soap
Here's how to make liquid soap from a bar of soap.
Forgot to Buy Pastry Flour? Try This Instead
Have a recipe that calls for pastry flour? Here are two good pastry flour substitutes.
Lots of Tomatoes? Here's How to Make Tomato Juice
Turn some of your homegrown tomatoes into tomato juice, and you'll be set for soup season.
How to Keep Mushrooms from Going Bad
Store fresh mushrooms the right way, and they'll last up to a week. Here's how.
How to Make Tomato Sauce
Start your tomato sauce by boiling the tomatoes to loosen their skins.
59 Ingredient Substitutes to Keep Your Recipe...
Turn to this list of ingredient substitutions when you're out of something you need for a recipe.
Make Your Own Brown Sugar in Minutes
Need brown sugar for a recipe? Make your own, and save a trip to the store.
The Best Way to Store Potatoes
Tired of tossing rotten potatoes? Learn how to store them properly.
How to Get More for Free
Here's how to get more stuff for free, including surprising things like gas and vacations.
The Best Way to Freeze Dill
Grow your own dill and freeze it. It's a simple way to avoid the high price of fresh dill.
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.
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.
Find an Amish Market Near You
Find an Amish market near you, and discover a new source for grocery savings.
How to Buy Your Clothes Second-Hand (Without...
Here's how to buy your clothes second-hand (without looking like you do).
5 Fun Things You Could Be Doing for Free
Take your entertainment costs down to zero. Here are five fun things that you can do for free.
5 Ways to Get Coupons for Free Products
Use these tips to snag loads of coupons for free products.
5 Delicious Ways to Use Extra Cucumbers
Did you end up with more cucumbers than you expected? Here's how to use them up.
Substitute Cake Flour with This Simple Recipe
An effective stand-in for cake flour made from two pantry staples.
All Out of Ground Cloves? Use This Instead
Save yourself a trip to the store and some cash by using this ground clove substitute.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Easy Way to Clean Your Microwave
Clean your microwave without all of the elbow grease and cleaners.
The Best Way to Freeze Onions
Simple instructions for freezing onions to use in cooked dishes.
The Quick Way to Stop a Pantry Moth Infestation
Use these tips to get rid of a pantry moth infestation quickly.
Forgot to Buy Yeast? Try This
Out of yeast or turned off by the price? Here's a simple yeast substitute to try.
7 Foods You Can Regrow from Scraps
Spend less at the grocery store by regrowing some of your groceries. Here's how.
5 Birthday Freebies for Kids
Sign your kids up for these birthday clubs, and watch the loot roll in.
The Best Way to Freeze Peppers
Freeze peppers when they're at peak freshness, and enjoy them year round. Here's how.
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.
Simple Homemade Meat Tenderizer Recipe
Transform cheap cuts of meat into tender and juicy cuts with one simple trick.
The Best Apples to Use for Apple Butter
Here's a list of the best apples to use for apple butter.
Make Real Vanilla Extract for the Price of...
A simple recipe for a never-ending supply of vanilla.
Try These Easy Refrigerator Pickles
A recipe for making refrigerator pickles in an empty ice cream bucket.
Did You Know You Can Freeze Tomatoes? Here's How
Freeze your homegrown tomatoes for use year-round. Here's how.
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.
Try This Home Remedy for Athlete's Foot
Get rid of athlete's foot quickly with this low-cost remedy.
Athlete's Foot? Get Rid of It Naturally
Skip the pricey treatments. This home remedy will get rid of your athlete's foot quickly and naturally.
Is It Safe to Eat an Egg with a Blood Spot?
Find a blood spot in an egg? Here's the scoop on whether it's safe to eat, what causes it and more.
Turn a Soda Bottle into a Fly Trap
Got Flies? Here's how to make a simple fly trap.
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.
Restaurants That Offer Free Meals and Treats...
A list of restaurants where you can dine free on your birthday.
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.
The Right Way to Freeze Blackberries
Blackberries have a short harvest season (usually lasting only a few weeks). Learn how to freeze them, so you can enjoy them whenever you want.
28 Ways to Use Leftover Buttermilk
Have some leftover buttermilk that you need to use up? One of these recipes should do the trick:
No-Cook Pear Freezer Jam
A simple recipe for pear freezer jam with pure pear taste.
Save Money with This Homemade Fruit and...
A recipe for fruit and vegetable wash.
How to Make Your Own Glass Cleaner
Make your own glass cleaner, and get streak-free windows for less.
Does Honey Go Bad?
Wondering if your honey is still good? Here's the answer.
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