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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.
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.
3 Cream of Tartar Substitutes
If you don't have cream of tartar in your pantry, use this substitute instead.
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.
6 Fast and Cheap Substitutes for Vanilla Extract
Need a good vanilla extract substitute? Try one of these.
Cheap and Natural Ways to Get Rid of Ants
Six proven home remedies for ants.
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.
A Cheap and Easy Substitute for Heavy Cream
Need heavy cream for a recipe? Here's a great stand-in.
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.
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:
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.
How to Remove Laundry Stains with Vinegar
Here's how to remove 16 of your toughest laundry stains with vinegar.
10 Ways You Can Eat for Free
Score free groceries and restaurant meals. Here are 10 ways to get free food.
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.
Ran Out of Coriander? Try One of These...
No coriander in your spice rack? Use one of these substitutes in its place.
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.
Free Printable Budget Worksheet
Take the pain out of creating a budget with this free budget worksheet.
Save Some Bucks with These Homemade Fertilizer...
Six homemade fertilizer recipes to make and try.
Whip Up a Cardamom Substitute with This Handy...
When you don't have cardamom on hand, use this simple cardamom substitute instead.
Budget Calculator -Monthly Budget Calculator
Use our budget calculator to tweak your monthly budget until you get it right.
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.
List of Goodwill Outlet Store Locations
Addresses for all of the Goodwill Outlet Store locations.
Is It Safe to Eat Freezer Burned Food?
Freezer burned food isn't pretty, but is it safe to eat? Here's the answer.
Where to Sell Your Unwanted Stuff for the Most...
Find out who's willing to pay you the most for your used stuff.
11 Places to Sell Your Used Clothes
Cleaning out your closets? Here's where to sell your used clothes for the most money.
Out of Molasses? Here's How to Make a DIY...
Looking for a molasses substitute? Here are five.
How to Get Rid of Roaches Naturally
Want to kill roaches naturally and affordably? Here's the answer!
54 Businesses that Offer Senior Discounts
Here are 54 senior discounts for you to take advantage of.
The Best Time to Buy Everything
Here's a month-by-month guide to the best time to buy everything.
Save Some Dough with These Homemade Rust...
Zap rust without zapping your hard-earned dollars.
Plant These Edibles Once and Eat Them Forever
A list of perennial herbs, vegetables, fruits and legumes. Plant your garden once and you'll save time and money.
Out of Sage? Here are 5 Substitutes
When you find yourself out of sage, use one of these substitutes.
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.
Forgot the Nutmeg? Use This Instead
All out of nutmeg? Use one of these substitutes as a fill in.
Test the Acidity of Your Soil Without a Pricey...
Find out if your soil is acidic or alkaline without a pricey test kit.
6 Ways to Fill Your Gas Tank for Free
Here are six ways to fill your gas tank for free.
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.
Try This Easy Italian Seasoning Recipe
Make your own Italian seasoning using spices that you already have on hand.
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:
Make Your Own Baking Powder with 3 Ingredients
Discover how easy it is to make your own baking powder.
Home Remedies That Get Rid of Moths
Use these proven home remedies to get rid of clothing moths.
Use these Homemade Car Cleaners to Detail Your...
Here are seven recipes for homemade car cleaners that you can make from common ingredients.
Where You Can Sell Your Movie Collection
Thinning out your movie collection? Here's where to sell your used movies for the most cash.
Use Vinegar as a Natural Weed Killer
Learn how to kill weeds without killing your budget.
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.
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.
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.
One Way to Save Money? Learn the Difference...
Learn how to tell distinguish between needs and wants, and you'll spend less.
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.
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.
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.
Out of Bay Leaves? Use This Instead
When you need a bay leaf substitute, grab this spice from your spice rack.
4 Free Printable Meal Planners
Find the perfect meal planner for you. Three printable versions to choose from.
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.
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.
No Parchment Paper? Use This
If you don't have any parchment paper, one of these stand-ins will get the job done.
Planting a Garden? Print This Free Garden Planner
Use this printable garden planner to map out all of your garden beds.
Fight Pests and Save Cash with This Homemade...
Keep the fleas off your pup for pennies a week.
3 Ways to Keep Green Onions Fresh
Here's how to store green onions/scallions to keep them fresh longer.
Free Printable Weekly Planner Refill
Print out refill pages for your weekly planner, or create your own planner from scratch. Available in several sizes.
Got Fruit Flies? Try This Cheap and Simple DIY...
Rid your home of fruit flies with a simple, homemade trap.
Ditch Your Cable (without Giving Anything Up)
Save $900 or more a year by ditching your cable. Here are lots of free and cheap alternatives.
Earn Some Extra Cash
Here are 17 ways to earn extra money -- without getting another job.
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.
Use This Trick to Remove Tarnish from Copper...
Clean all the copper and brass around your home quickly and inexpensively with this trick.
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.
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.
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 Become a Mystery Shopper (Without...
Interested in becoming a mystery shopper? Here's how to get started (without getting scammed).
Forgot to Buy Ground Ginger? Try This
Out of ground ginger? Here are a few substitutes to try.
36 Homemade Cleaner Recipes
Quick and easy cleaner recipes made from vinegar, baking soda, borax and other frugal faves.
How You Can Create Multiple Income Streams
Don't settle for one paycheck. Here's how anyone can create multiple income streams.
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.
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.
Find a Bakery Outlet Store Near You
Look up your nearest bakery outlet location here.
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.
Check Out All of These Uses for Vinegar
Vinegar-based recipes for cleaners, health and beauty products, pet supplies and more.
Out of Balsamic Vinegar? Mix Up a Substitute in...
Need balsamic vinegar for a recipe? Use this simple substitute instead.
Make Half and Half Substitute with This Simple...
A two-ingredient substitution for half and half.
Try This Home Remedy for Athlete's Foot
Get rid of athlete's foot quickly with this low-cost remedy.
5 Ways to Get Coupons for Free Products
Use these tips to snag loads of coupons for free products.
The 45 Longest Yard Sales in the U.S.
A list of yard sales that span hundreds or even thousands of miles.
Save a Few Bucks with This Homemade Wallpaper...
A frugal substitute for those expensive wallpaper removers.
7 Foods You Can Regrow from Scraps
Spend less at the grocery store by regrowing some of your groceries. 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.
26 Printables to Help You Save Money
A free printable budget worksheet.
The Quick Way to Stop a Pantry Moth Infestation
Use these tips to get rid of a pantry moth infestation quickly.
49 Companies That Give Military Discounts
A giant list of military discounts for active and retired personnel, reservists, veterans, National Guardsmen and their dependents.
10 Stores that Offer Layaway
Find out which stores are offering layaway this year.
How to Get More for Free
Here's how to get more stuff for free, including surprising things like gas and vacations.
21 Brands That Offer Senior Discounts for...
If you're a senior living in Canada, you'll want to check out this list of senior discounts.
Make Your Own Brown Sugar in Minutes
Need brown sugar for a recipe? Make your own, and save a trip to the store.
Recipes to Use Up the Last of Your Sour Cream
Have leftover sour cream? Here are ways to use it up.
9 Ways to Grab Free Gift Cards
Here are nine ways to earn free gift cards -- just what you need to stretch your budget.
Easy Campfire Recipes
A collection of frugal and oh-so-tasty campfire recipes.
Can You Freeze Sour Cream?
Have leftover sour cream, and wondering if you can freeze it? Here's the answer.
Forgot to Buy Pastry Flour? Try This Instead
Have a recipe that calls for pastry flour? Here are two good pastry flour substitutes.
The Right Way to Freeze Spaghetti Squash
Simple instructions for freezing spaghetti squash.
9 Places to Find Free Trees, Shrubs and Flowers
Discover nine sources for free plants.
How to Keep Mushrooms from Going Bad
Store fresh mushrooms the right way, and they'll last up to a week. Here's how.
Find an Amish Market Near You
Find an Amish market near you, and discover a new source for grocery savings.
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.
11 Ways You Can Start Living the Frugal Life
Ease into the frugal life with these ten tips.
Out of Allspice? Here's a Simple Substitute
Use spices you already have to create a good substitute for allspice.
9 Homemade Popsicles Recipes to Try
9 homemade popsicle recipes to cool you off on a hot day.
Save Money with This Chemical-Free, Homemade...
Are your stainless steel appliances covered in fingerprints? Here's how to clean them on the cheap.
Save Money with This Homemade Marble Cleaner
Make your own marble cleaner for a clean that doesn't cost a lot.
Score Free and Cheap Magazine Subscriptions
Feed your magazine habit for less. Here are 11 ways to save money on magazine subscriptions.
Wondering How to Clean Your Cast Iron Cookware?
A guide to proper cast iron cleaning and maintenance.
All Out of Ground Cloves? Use This Instead
Save yourself a trip to the store and some cash by using this ground clove substitute.
How to Earn Free Gift Cards from Swagbucks
Use these tips to earn lots of free gift cards from Swagbucks.
Scared of Wasps? DIY an Easy Solution.
Follow these steps to make a wasp trap out of a soda bottle.
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.
Try this Frugal Mold and Mildew Remover
Fight the mold and mildew in your bathroom the cheap and healthy way.
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.
How to Use a Dehydrator to Dry Fruits and...
Learn how to dry your own fruits and vegetables, and enjoy tasty produce year-round.
Companion Plant Combinations for a Better Garden
Enjoy a more bountiful garden for less, by using these companion plant combinations.
Why You Need More Than One Income Stream
One income isn't enough. Here's why you need to be building multiple income streams.
The Best Months to Buy Tires
Need to replace your tires soon? Time your purchase right, and you could save big.
19 Easiest Plants to Grow from Cuttings
Get lots of free plants for your garden by growing plants from cuttings. Here are 19 of the easiest plants to start from a cutting.
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.
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:
What's The Best Month to Buy a TV?
Time your TV purchase just right, and get it at a steal.
Simple Homemade Meat Tenderizer Recipe
Transform cheap cuts of meat into tender and juicy cuts with one simple trick.
Restaurants That Offer Free Meals and Treats...
A list of restaurants where you can dine free on your birthday.
Rid Your Pets of Pests with This Homemade Flea...
Kill and repel fleas with this simple flea bath recipe
When to Toss Your Heavy Cream
Not sure how long you can keep heavy cream? Here's the answer.
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.
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.
8 Places to Find Free Music Online
Stop paying for music! Here are the seven best sites for free music on the web.
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.
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 Earn Free Gift Cards from MyPoints
Earn free gift cards to your favorite stores from MyPoints. Here's how.
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.
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 Make Your Own Glass Cleaner
Make your own glass cleaner, and get streak-free windows for less.
Where Can I Buy Borax?
Having trouble finding Borax? Here are several places you can buy it.
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.
16 Herbs That Will Grow in a Shady Garden
Want to add an herb garden to your shady yard? Here are 16 herbs that will grow in the shade.
Your Guide to Creating a Frugal Budget
Create a frugal budget to match your frugal lifestyle. Here's How.
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.
Are There Gaps in Your Insurance?
Your insurance may not cover all the things you think it does. Here are some gaps in coverage that you might need to address.
Does Honey Go Bad?
Wondering if your honey is still good? Here's the answer.
How to Keep An Old Car Running Smoothly
Use this maintenance checklist to keep your high-mileage vehicle running smoothly.
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.
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.
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.

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