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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.
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.
11 Ways to Make Money (Without Doing Much)
Want to earn more without working more? Try these passive income ideas.
Natural Ways to Get Rid of Ants
Here are six proven home remedies for ants. Get rid of them without an exterminator.
6 Fast and Cheap Substitutes for Vanilla Extract
Need a good vanilla extract substitute? Try one of these.
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
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.
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.
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 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:
A Cheap and Easy Substitute for Heavy Cream
Need heavy cream for a recipe? Here's a great stand-in.
9 Home Repairs You Shouldn't Put Off
Trying to figure out where to direct your limited home repair dollars? These are the repairs that you shouldn't put off.
Ran Out of Coriander? Try One of These...
No coriander in your spice rack? Use one of these substitutes in its place.
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.
How to Remove Laundry Stains with Vinegar
Here's how to remove 16 of your toughest laundry stains with vinegar.
Whip Up a Cardamom Substitute with This Handy...
When you don't have cardamom on hand, use this simple cardamom substitute instead.
Try This All-Natural Homemade Roach Killer
Want to kill roaches naturally and affordably? Here's the answer!
Make Your Own Fruit Fly Trap
Rid your home of fruit flies with this simple, homemade trap.
54 Businesses that Offer Senior Discounts
Here are 54 senior discounts for you to take advantage of.
Free Printable Budget Worksheet
Take the pain out of creating a budget with this free budget worksheet.
List of Goodwill Outlet Store Locations
Addresses for all of the Goodwill Outlet Store locations.
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.
10 Ways You Can Eat for Free
Score free groceries and restaurant meals. Here are 10 ways to get free food.
Out of Molasses? Here's How to Make a DIY...
Looking for a molasses substitute? Here are five.
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.
Fight Pests and Save Cash with This Homemade...
Keep the fleas off your pup for pennies a week.
7 Homemade Fertilizer Recipes
Here are seven homemade fertilizer recipes to make and try.
Budget Calculator
Use our free budget calculator to tweak your monthly budget until you get it right.
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.
Where to Sell Your Unwanted Stuff for the Most...
Find out who's willing to pay you the most for your used stuff.
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.
Save Some Dough with These Homemade Rust...
Zap rust without zapping your hard-earned dollars.
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:
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.
The Best Time to Buy Everything
Here's a month-by-month guide to the best time to buy everything.
Make Your Own Baking Powder with 3 Ingredients
Discover how easy it is to make your own baking powder.
11 Places to Sell Your Used Clothes
Cleaning out your closets? Here's where to sell your used clothes for the most money.
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.
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.
No Parchment Paper? Use This
If you don't have any parchment paper, one of these stand-ins will get the job done.
6 Ways to Fill Your Gas Tank for Free
Here are six ways to fill your gas tank for free. Bring on the free gas cards!
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.
Use these Homemade Car Cleaners to Detail Your...
Here are seven recipes for homemade car cleaners that you can make from common ingredients.
Forgot to Buy Ground Ginger? Try This
Out of ground ginger? Here are a few substitutes to try.
Earn Some Extra Cash
Here are 17 ways to earn extra money -- without getting another job.
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.
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:
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.
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 Become a Mystery Shopper (Without...
Interested in becoming a mystery shopper? Here's how to get started (without getting scammed).
Scared of Wasps? DIY an Easy Solution.
Follow these steps to make a wasp trap out of a soda bottle.
Out of Sage? Here are 5 Substitutes
When you find yourself out of sage, use one of these substitutes.
Turn a Soda Bottle into a Fly Trap
Got Flies? Here's how to make a simple fly trap.
Home Remedies That Get Rid of Moths
Use these proven home remedies to get rid of clothing moths.
Out of Bay Leaves? Use This Instead
When you need a bay leaf substitute, grab this spice from your spice rack.
Homemade Freezer Jam in 30 Minutes or Less
Freezer jam instructions and recipes.
Where You Can Sell Your Movie Collection
Thinning out your movie collection? Here's where to sell your used movies for the most cash.
3 Ways to Keep Green Onions Fresh
Here's how to store green onions/scallions to keep them fresh longer.
One Way to Save Money? Learn the Difference...
Learn how to tell distinguish between needs and wants, and you'll spend less.
Use Vinegar to Kill Your Weeds
Skip the chemicals. Here's how to kill your weeds with vinegar.
Out of Balsamic Vinegar? Mix Up a Substitute in...
Need balsamic vinegar for a recipe? Use this simple substitute instead.
Try This Easy Italian Seasoning Recipe
Make your own Italian seasoning using spices that you already have on hand.
A Beginner's Guide to Couponing
Learn the ins and outs of couponing from a seasoned pro.
26 Printables to Help You Save Money
Use these free kitchen printables to organize your pantry, fridge, freezer and more.
The Quick Way to Stop a Pantry Moth Infestation
Use these tips to get rid of a pantry moth infestation quickly.
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.
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.
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.
The Right Way to Freeze Spaghetti Squash
Simple instructions for freezing spaghetti squash.
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.
4 Free Printable Meal Planners
Find the perfect meal planner for you. Three printable versions to choose from.
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.
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.
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.
Check Out All of These Uses for Vinegar
Vinegar-based recipes for cleaners, health and beauty products, pet supplies and more.
Try This Home Remedy for Athlete's Foot
Get rid of athlete's foot quickly with this low-cost remedy.
36 Homemade Cleaner Recipes
Quick and easy cleaner recipes made from vinegar, baking soda, borax and other frugal faves.
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.
8 Ways to Get Rid of Flies
Sick of swatting flies? Here are simple, no-chemical ways to get rid of them for good.
Find a Bakery Outlet Store Near You
Look up your nearest bakery outlet location here.
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.
Save a Few Bucks with This Homemade Wallpaper...
A frugal substitute for those expensive wallpaper removers.
Rid Your Pets of Pests with This Homemade Flea...
Kill and repel fleas with this simple flea bath recipe
Print This Free Garden Planner
Use this free, printable garden notebook to organize all of your garden plans and records.
Make Half and Half Substitute with This Simple...
A two-ingredient substitution for half and half.
How to Save Thousands on a New HVAC System
Time to replace your HVAC system? Use these tips to shave thousands off the cost.
Find an Amish Market Near You
Find an Amish market near you, and discover a new source for grocery savings.
Simple Way to Cut Your AC Bill
Keep cool without blowing your budget. Here are simple ways to keep your air conditioning costs down this summer.
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.
Test the Acidity of Your Soil Without a Pricey...
Find out if your soil is acidic or alkaline without a pricey test kit.
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.
View Weekly Sales Ads Online
Find out what's on sale at all of your favorite stores, without having to buy a paper.
Can You Freeze Sour Cream?
Have leftover sour cream, and wondering if you can freeze it? Here's the answer.
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.
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.
5 Ways to Get Coupons for Free Products
Use these tips to snag loads of coupons for free products.
9 Ways to Grab Free Gift Cards
Here are nine ways to earn free gift cards -- just what you need to stretch your budget.
Try this Frugal Mold and Mildew Remover
Fight the mold and mildew in your bathroom the cheap and healthy way.
10 Stores that Offer Layaway
Find out which stores are offering layaway this year.
The Best Months to Buy Tires
Need to replace your tires soon? Time your purchase right, and you could save big.
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.
How You Can Create Multiple Income Streams
Don't settle for one paycheck. Here's how anyone can create multiple income streams.
Simple Homemade Meat Tenderizer Recipe
Transform cheap cuts of meat into tender and juicy cuts with one simple trick.
10 Tricks to Save on Car Rentals
Here are 10 tricks to save on your next car rental.
All Out of Ground Cloves? Use This Instead
Save yourself a trip to the store and some cash by using this ground clove substitute.
Save Money with This Chemical-Free, Homemade...
Are your stainless steel appliances covered in fingerprints? Here's how to clean them on the cheap.
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.
Forgot to Buy Pastry Flour? Try This Instead
Have a recipe that calls for pastry flour? Here are two good pastry flour substitutes.
How to Use a Dehydrator to Dry Fruits and...
Learn how to dry your own fruits and vegetables, and enjoy tasty produce year-round.
13 Uses for Borax
Borax-based recipes for cleaners, pesticides and rust remover. Also includes fun kids' recipes. Our favorite: glow in the dark slime.
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.
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.
Out of Allspice? Here's a Simple Substitute
Use spices you already have to create a good substitute for allspice.
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.
The Best Time of Year to Buy an Air Conditioner
To get an air conditioner at a deep discount, the best time to buy is ...
Restaurants That Offer Free Meals and Treats...
A list of restaurants where you can dine free on your birthday.
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 Homemade Marble Cleaner
Make your own marble cleaner for a clean that doesn't cost a lot.
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.
Wondering How to Clean Your Cast Iron Cookware?
A guide to proper cast iron cleaning and maintenance.
When to Toss Your Heavy Cream
Not sure how long you can keep heavy cream? Here's the answer.
11 Ways You Can Start Living the Frugal Life
Ease into the frugal life with these ten tips.
How to Keep Mushrooms from Going Bad
Store fresh mushrooms the right way, and they'll last up to a week. Here's how.
The Right Way to Freeze Cherries
Save money by freezing cherries when they're in season. 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.
Make Your Own Onion Powder in 4 Easy Steps
Homemade onion powder in three easy steps.
7 Foods You Can Regrow from Scraps
Spend less at the grocery store by regrowing some of your groceries. Here's how.
No Tapioca? Use This Instead.
Making a pie or cobbler that calls for tapioca? Here are two substitutes that you can use in its place.
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.
How to Get Rid of Snakes without a Call to the...
Tired of seeing snakes in your yard? Here's how to get rid of them naturally.
How Much is a Bushel?
Thinking about buying a bushel of fruit or veggies? Here's how much you'll be getting by volume and weight.
Save Money with These Natural, Homemade...
Vinegar-based cleaner recipes for use in the kitchen, bathroom and everywhere in between.
14 Ways to Save on Movie Tickets
Use these simple tricks to save money on movie tickets.
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.
How to Keep An Old Car Running Smoothly
Use this maintenance checklist to keep your high-mileage vehicle running smoothly.
49 Companies That Give Military Discounts
A giant list of military discounts for active and retired personnel, reservists, veterans, National Guardsmen and their dependents.
Where Can I Buy Borax?
Having trouble finding Borax? Here are several places you can buy it.
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.
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.
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 Earn Free Gift Cards from MyPoints
Earn free gift cards to your favorite stores from MyPoints. Here's how.
8 Ways to Get Paid to Recycle
Here are 8 companies that will pay you to recycle. Earn free gift cards, cash and more.
Homemade Jello Popsicle Recipe
Mix up your own popsicles with Jello, and skip the pricey store-bought pops.
How to Turn Bar Soap into Liquid Soap
Here's how to make liquid soap from a bar of soap.
How to Make Your Own Glass Cleaner
Make your own glass cleaner, and get streak-free windows for less.

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