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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.
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!
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.
The Best Time to Buy Everything
Here's a month-by-month guide to the best time to buy everything.
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 to Make Money (Without Doing Much)
Want to earn more without working more? Try these passive income ideas.
6 Fast and Cheap Substitutes for Vanilla Extract
Need a good vanilla extract substitute? Try one of these.
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.
The Right Way to Freeze Spaghetti Squash
Simple instructions for freezing spaghetti squash.
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.
10 Ways You Can Eat for Free
Score free groceries and restaurant meals. Here are 10 ways to get free food.
A Cheap and Easy Substitute for Heavy Cream
Need heavy cream for a recipe? Here's a great stand-in.
Fight Pests and Save Cash with This Homemade...
Keep the fleas off your pup for pennies a week.
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 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:
Natural Ways to Get Rid of Ants
Here are six proven home remedies for ants. Get rid of them without an exterminator.
Whip Up a Cardamom Substitute with This Handy...
When you don't have cardamom on hand, use this simple cardamom substitute instead.
54 Businesses that Offer Senior Discounts
Here are 54 senior discounts for you to take advantage of.
How to Remove Laundry Stains with Vinegar
Here's how to remove 16 of your toughest laundry stains with vinegar.
Free Printable Budget Worksheet
Take the pain out of creating a budget with this free budget worksheet.
19 Things You Didn't Know Your Library Card...
Here are 19 things that you can check out and do with your library card (including many that you probably didn't know about).
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:
Make Your Own Fruit Fly Trap
Rid your home of fruit flies with this simple, homemade trap.
List of Goodwill Outlet Store Locations
Here are addresses for all of the Goodwill Outlet Store locations in the United States and Canada.
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.
Try This All-Natural Homemade Roach Killer
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.
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.
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.
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.
Save Some Dough with These Homemade Rust...
Zap rust without zapping your hard-earned dollars.
No Parchment Paper? Use This
If you don't have any parchment paper, one of these stand-ins will 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
Use our free budget calculator to tweak your monthly budget until you get it right.
What Kind of Apples Are Best for Applesauce?
Use one (or more) of these apple varieties for the best applesauce.
How to Make Yummy Tomato Sauce Without All the...
Here's an easy crock pot tomato sauce recipe. No peeling, seeding or coring required.
4 Ways You Can Get Paid to Exercise and Lose...
Looking for something to motivate you to get in shape? How about cash. These companies are willing to pay you to exercise and lose weight.
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.
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.
Check Out All of These Uses for Vinegar
Vinegar-based recipes for cleaners, health and beauty products, pet supplies and more.
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.
Forgot the Nutmeg? Use This Instead
All out of nutmeg? Use one of these substitutes as a fill in.
Rid Your Pets of Pests with This Homemade Flea...
Kill and repel fleas with this simple flea bath recipe
Out of Bay Leaves? Use This Instead
When you need a bay leaf substitute, grab this spice from your spice rack.
Out of Sage? Here are 5 Substitutes
When you find yourself out of sage, use one of these substitutes.
4 Free Printable Meal Planners
Find the perfect meal planner for you. Three printable versions to choose from.
Here's How to Harvest English Walnuts
Learn the ins and outs of harvesting English walnuts.
11 Places to Sell Your Used Clothes
Cleaning out your closets? Here's where to sell your used clothes for the most money.
Make Your Own Baking Powder with 3 Ingredients
Discover how easy it is to make your own baking powder.
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.
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.
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.
Try This Home Remedy for Athlete's Foot
Get rid of athlete's foot quickly with this low-cost remedy.
10 Stores that Offer Layaway
Find out which stores are offering layaway this year.
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.
Scared of Wasps? DIY an Easy Solution.
Follow these steps to make a wasp trap out of a soda bottle.
Free Printable Weekly Planner Refill
Print out refill pages for your weekly planner, or create your own planner from scratch. Available in several sizes.
One Way to Save Money? Learn the Difference...
Learn how to tell distinguish between needs and wants, and you'll spend less.
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.
The Best Months to Buy Tires
Need to replace your tires soon? Time your purchase right, and you could save big.
Use these Homemade Car Cleaners to Detail Your...
Here are seven recipes for homemade car cleaners that you can make from common ingredients.
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.
Where You Can Sell Your Movie Collection
Thinning out your movie collection? Here's where to sell your used movies for the most cash.
How to Become a Mystery Shopper (Without...
Interested in becoming a mystery shopper? Here's how to get started (without getting scammed).
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:
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.
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.
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.
7 Reasons to Add Hydrogen Peroxide to Your...
Hydrogen peroxide is no longer recommended for cleaning wounds, but with all of these other uses for it, who cares.
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 Homemade Fertilizer Recipes
Here are seven homemade fertilizer recipes to make and try.
View Weekly Sales Ads Online
Find out what's on sale at all of your favorite stores, without having to buy a paper.
Did You Know You Can Freeze Tomatoes? Here's How
Freeze your homegrown tomatoes for use year-round. Here's how.
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.
Earn Some Extra Cash
Here are 17 ways to earn extra money -- without getting another job.
3 Ways to Keep Green Onions Fresh
Here's how to store green onions/scallions to keep them fresh longer.
Find a Bakery Outlet Store Near You
Look up your nearest bakery outlet location here.
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.
Restaurants That Offer Free Meals and Treats...
A list of restaurants where you can dine free on your birthday.
Out of Balsamic Vinegar? Mix Up a Substitute in...
Need balsamic vinegar for a recipe? Use this simple substitute instead.
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.
What's The Best Month to Buy a TV?
Time your TV purchase just right, and get it at a steal.
How to Store Pears for Winter
Store pears the right way, and they'll keep for months and months. Here's how.
Free Printable Debt Repayment Plan Worksheet
Use this debt repayment plan worksheet to map your way out of debt.
Forgot to Buy Ground Ginger? Try This
Out of ground ginger? Here are a few substitutes to try.
All Out of Ground Cloves? Use This Instead
Save yourself a trip to the store and some cash by using this ground clove substitute.
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.
Test the Acidity of Your Soil Without a Pricey...
Find out if your soil is acidic or alkaline without a pricey test kit.
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 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.
Easy Pear Butter Recipe
Have more pears than you know what to do with? Pear butter is a tasty solution.
The Quick Way to Stop a Pantry Moth Infestation
Use these tips to get rid of a pantry moth infestation quickly.
Can You Freeze Sour Cream?
Have leftover sour cream, and wondering if you can freeze it? Here's the answer.
How to Use a Dehydrator to Dry Fruits and...
Learn how to dry your own fruits and vegetables, and enjoy tasty produce year-round.
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.
Make Half and Half Substitute with This Simple...
A two-ingredient substitution for half and half.
Save a Few Bucks with This Homemade Wallpaper...
A frugal substitute for those expensive wallpaper removers.
The Best Month to Buy a Lawn Mower
If you're after a great price, the best time to buy a lawn mower is ...
Growing Potatoes? Here's How to Cure Them
Cure your potatoes before you store them, so they keep as long as possible. Here's how.
Home Remedies That Get Rid of Moths
Use these proven home remedies to get rid of clothing moths.
Turn a Soda Bottle into a Fly Trap
Got Flies? Here's how to make a simple fly trap.
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.
26 Printables to Help You Save Money
Use these free kitchen printables to organize your pantry, fridge, freezer and more.
11 Tricks to Save Even More at Lowes
Here are 11 ways to save more at Lowes.
Print This Free Garden Planner
Use this free, printable garden notebook to organize all of your garden plans and records.
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.
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 ...
5 Ways to Get Coupons for Free Products
Use these tips to snag loads of coupons for free products.
17 Shade-Tolerant Garden Vegetables
Have a shady yard, but still want to grow vegetables? Try these veggies.
Try this Frugal Mold and Mildew Remover
Fight the mold and mildew in your bathroom with this cheap and natural solution.
How to Make Tomato Sauce
Turn a surplus of tomatoes into homemade tomato sauce. Here's how.
Try This Homemade Stainless Steel Cleaner
Are your stainless steel appliances covered in fingerprints? Give this homemade stainless steel cleaner a try.
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.
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!
Make Your Own Brown Sugar in Minutes
Need brown sugar for a recipe? Make your own, and save a trip to the store.
9 Ways to Grab Free Gift Cards
Here are nine ways to earn free gift cards -- just what you need to stretch your budget.
36 Homemade Cleaner Recipes
Quick and easy cleaner recipes made from vinegar, baking soda, borax and other frugal faves.
The Best Way to Freeze Peppers
Freeze peppers when they're at peak freshness, and enjoy them year round. 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.
Forgot to Buy Pastry Flour? Try This Instead
Have a recipe that calls for pastry flour? Here are two good pastry flour substitutes.
10 Foods You Didn't Know You Could Freeze
Learn how to freeze eggs, milk, whole tomatoes and more.
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.
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 Apples to Use for Apple Butter
Here's a list of the best apples to use for apple butter.
Easy Recipe for Pear Sauce
Turn a big pile of pears into delicious pear sauce.
Use Vinegar to Kill Your Weeds
Skip the chemicals. Here's how to kill your weeds with vinegar.
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.
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.
How to Save Thousands on a New HVAC System
Time to replace your HVAC system? Use these tips to shave thousands off the cost.
Save Money with This Homemade Marble Cleaner
Make your own marble cleaner for a clean that doesn't cost a lot.
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. Here's how.
11 Ways You Can Start Living the Frugal Life
Ease into the frugal life with these ten tips.
No-Cook Pear Freezer Jam
A simple recipe for pear freezer jam with pure pear taste.
Got Jalapenos? Here's How to Freeze Them
Here are simple instructions for freezing jalapeno peppers, including tips you won't find anywhere else.
The Best Way to Store Potatoes
Tired of tossing rotten potatoes? Learn how to store them properly.
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.
2 Ingredient All-Purpose Cleaner Recipe
Make your own all-purpose cleaner, and enjoy a clean home for less. Here's a simple recipe to try.
8 Ways to Get Paid to Recycle
Here are 8 companies that will pay you to recycle. Earn free gift cards, cash and more.
Simple Homemade Meat Tenderizer Recipe
Transform cheap cuts of meat into tender and juicy cuts with one simple trick.
What to Stockpile - A Printable List
Use this free, printable grocery stockpile list to figure out what you need to keep on hand.
Out of Allspice? Here's a Simple Substitute
Use spices you already have to create a good substitute for allspice.
Wondering How to Clean Your Cast Iron Cookware?
A guide to proper cast iron cleaning and maintenance.
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.

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