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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.
11 Ways to Make Money (Without Doing Much)
Want to earn more without working more? Try these passive income ideas.
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
Cheap and Natural Ways to Get Rid of Ants
Six proven home remedies for ants.
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.
A Cheap and Easy Substitute for Heavy Cream
Need heavy cream for a recipe? Here's a great stand-in.
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.
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:
How to Get Free Boxes for Your Move
Don't pay for boxes! Here's where to get all the free moving boxes you need.
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.
Free Printable Budget Worksheet
Take the pain out of creating a budget with this free budget worksheet.
Budget Calculator -Monthly Budget Calculator
Use our budget calculator to tweak your monthly budget until you get it right.
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.
Ran Out of Coriander? Try One of These...
No coriander in your spice rack? Use one of these substitutes in its place.
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.
Whip Up a Cardamom Substitute with This Handy...
When you don't have cardamom on hand, use this simple cardamom substitute instead.
Save Some Bucks with These Homemade Fertilizer...
Six homemade fertilizer recipes to make and try.
Is It Safe to Eat Freezer Burned Food?
Freezer burned food isn't pretty, but is it safe to eat? Here's the answer.
Homemade Drain Cleaner Recipe
Store-bought drain cleaners are expensive and caustic, learn how to make and use homemade drain cleaner using two inexpensive ingredients you already have.
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.
Save Some Dough with These Homemade Rust...
Zap rust without zapping your hard-earned dollars.
Test the Acidity of Your Soil Without a Pricey...
Find out if your soil is acidic or alkaline without a pricey test kit.
List of Goodwill Outlet Store Locations
Addresses for all of the Goodwill Outlet Store locations.
54 Businesses that Offer Senior Discounts
Here are 54 senior discounts for you to take advantage of.
11 Places to Sell Your Used Clothes
Cleaning out your closets? Here's where to sell your used clothes for the most money.
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 Rid of Roaches Naturally
Want to kill roaches naturally and affordably? Here's the answer!
A Beginner's Guide to Couponing
Learn the ins and outs of couponing from a seasoned pro.
Out of Molasses? Here's How to Make a DIY...
Looking for a molasses substitute? Here are five.
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:
10 Ways You Can Eat for Free
Score free groceries and restaurant meals. Here are 10 ways to get free food.
Forgot the Nutmeg? Use This Instead
All out of nutmeg? Use one of these substitutes as a fill in.
Planting a Garden? Print This Free Garden Planner
Use this printable garden planner to map out all of your garden beds.
Try This Easy Italian Seasoning Recipe
Make your own Italian seasoning using spices that you already have on hand.
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.
The Best Time to Buy Everything
Here's a month-by-month guide to the best time to buy everything.
Cleaning and Maintenance Tips to Extend the...
Discover simple steps that you can take to extend the life of your dishwasher.
Use these Homemade Car Cleaners to Detail Your...
Here are seven recipes for homemade car cleaners that you can make from common ingredients.
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.
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.
How to Make Paint Stick to Slick Surfaces
It's not easy to get paint to stick to cement, galvanized steel and other slick surfaces, but there is a frugal trick that you can use to get the job done.
Make Your Own Baking Powder with 3 Ingredients
Discover how easy it is to make your own baking powder.
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.
Out of Sage? Here are 5 Substitutes
When you find yourself out of sage, use one of these substitutes.
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.
Home Remedies That Get Rid of Moths
Use these proven home remedies to get rid of clothing moths.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Where You Can Sell Your Movie Collection
Thinning out your movie collection? Here's where to sell your used movies for the most cash.
Out of Bay Leaves? Use This Instead
When you need a bay leaf substitute, grab this spice from your spice rack.
Earn Some Extra Cash
Here are 17 ways to earn extra money -- without getting another job.
Forgot to Buy Ground Ginger? Try This
Out of ground ginger? Here are a few substitutes to try.
3 Ways to Keep Green Onions Fresh
Here's how to store green onions/scallions to keep them fresh longer.
36 Homemade Cleaner Recipes
Quick and easy cleaner recipes made from vinegar, baking soda, borax and other frugal faves.
No Parchment Paper? Use This
If you don't have any parchment paper, one of these stand-ins will get the job done.
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.
5 Ways to Keep Your Fridge Running Efficiently
Learn what it takes to keep your fridge running efficiently.
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 Weekly Planner Refill
Print out refill pages for your weekly planner, or create your own planner from scratch. Available in several sizes.
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 Vinegar as a Natural Weed Killer
Learn how to kill weeds without killing your budget.
Use This Trick to Remove Tarnish from Copper...
Clean all the copper and brass around your home quickly and inexpensively with this trick.
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.
Scared of Wasps? DIY an Easy Solution.
Follow these steps to make a wasp trap out of a soda bottle.
View Weekly Sales Ads Online
Find out what's on sale at all of your favorite stores, without having to buy a paper.
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.
7 Foods You Can Regrow from Scraps
Spend less at the grocery store by regrowing some of your groceries. Here's how.
Fight Pests and Save Cash with This Homemade...
Keep the fleas off your pup for pennies a week.
Out of Balsamic Vinegar? Mix Up a Substitute in...
Need balsamic vinegar for a recipe? Use this simple substitute instead.
26 Printables to Help You Save Money
A free printable budget worksheet.
9 Places to Find Free Trees, Shrubs and Flowers
Discover nine sources for free plants.
The Cheapest Time to Tackle Your Next Home...
Time your home improvement projects for the biggest savings. Here's the cheapest time to tackle all sorts of projects.
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.
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.
Make Half and Half Substitute with This Simple...
A two-ingredient substitution for half and half.
Got Fruit Flies? Try This Cheap and Simple DIY...
Rid your home of fruit flies with a simple, homemade trap.
Try This Home Remedy for Athlete's Foot
Get rid of athlete's foot quickly with this low-cost remedy.
Save Money with This Chemical-Free, Homemade...
Are your stainless steel appliances covered in fingerprints? Here's how to clean them on the cheap.
Recipes to Use Up the Last of Your Sour Cream
Have leftover sour cream? Here are ways to use it up.
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 an Amish Market Near You
Find an Amish market near you, and discover a new source for grocery savings.
17 Shade-Tolerant Garden Vegetables
Have a shady yard, but still want to grow vegetables? Try these veggies.
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.
6 Cheap (and Thoughtful) Mother's Day Gift Ideas
Give Mom a great Mother's Day gift without the great expense with these six frugal choices.
Check Out All of These Uses for Vinegar
Vinegar-based recipes for cleaners, health and beauty products, pet supplies and more.
11 Ways You Can Start Living the Frugal Life
Ease into the frugal life with these ten tips.
Save a Few Bucks with This Homemade Wallpaper...
A frugal substitute for those expensive wallpaper removers.
How to Become a Mystery Shopper (Without...
Interested in becoming a mystery shopper? Here's how to get started (without getting scammed).
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.
Can You Freeze Sour Cream?
Have leftover sour cream, and wondering if you can freeze it? Here's the answer.
Make Your Own Brown Sugar in Minutes
Need brown sugar for a recipe? Make your own, and save a trip to the store.
Find a Bakery Outlet Store Near You
Look up your nearest bakery outlet location here.
How to Use a Dehydrator to Dry Fruits and...
Learn how to dry your own fruits and vegetables, and enjoy tasty produce year-round.
10 Stores that Offer Layaway
Find out which stores are offering layaway this year.
Do This to Make Your Freezer Last Longer
Follow these steps to maintain your chest or upright freezer, so it runs efficiently and last for years.
How to Make Your Own Glass Cleaner
Make your own glass cleaner, and get streak-free windows for less.
The Right Way to Freeze Spaghetti Squash
Simple instructions for freezing spaghetti squash.
The Quick Way to Stop a Pantry Moth Infestation
Use these tips to get rid of a pantry moth infestation quickly.
How to Get More for Free
Here's how to get more stuff for free, including surprising things like gas and vacations.
6 Ways to Fill Your Gas Tank for Free
Here are six ways to fill your gas tank for free.
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.
Try this Frugal Mold and Mildew Remover
Fight the mold and mildew in your bathroom the cheap and healthy way.
How You Can Create Multiple Income Streams
Don't settle for one paycheck. Here's how anyone can create multiple income streams.
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.
Forgot to Buy Pastry Flour? Try This Instead
Have a recipe that calls for pastry flour? Here are two good pastry flour substitutes.
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.
Companion Plant Combinations for a Better Garden
Enjoy a more bountiful garden for less, by using these companion plant combinations.
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.
What's The Best Month to Buy a TV?
Time your TV purchase just right, and get it at a steal.
How to Keep Mushrooms from Going Bad
Store fresh mushrooms the right way, and they'll last up to a week. Here's how.
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.
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.
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.
All Out of Ground Cloves? Use This Instead
Save yourself a trip to the store and some cash by using this ground clove substitute.
Simple Homemade Meat Tenderizer Recipe
Transform cheap cuts of meat into tender and juicy cuts with one simple trick.
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:
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.
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 Keep An Old Car Running Smoothly
Use this maintenance checklist to keep your high-mileage vehicle running smoothly.
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.
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 Turn Bar Soap into Liquid Soap
Here's how to make liquid soap from a bar of soap.
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.
The Easiest Way to Clean Your Showerhead
Get rid of the calcium and lime build up on your showerhead for pennies. Here's a simple cleaning trick.
Save Money with These Natural, Homemade...
Vinegar-based cleaner recipes for use in the kitchen, bathroom and everywhere in between.
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.
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.
What to Expect at a Goodwill Outlet Store
Find out what the Goodwill Outlet Store experience is all about - when to go, what you'll find, what the atmosphere is like, and more.
What's the Shelf Life of Sour Cream?
Wondering if that sour cream that got shoved to the back of the fridge is still good? Here's the answer.
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.
Use These Tricks to Save More on Amazon
Eleven ways to save big on Amazon. Do you know them all?
The Easy Way to Clean Your Microwave
Clean your microwave without all of the elbow grease and cleaners.
11 Delicious Dandelion Recipes
A collection of recipes made from the blossoms, leaves and roots of dandelions.
Restaurants That Offer Free Meals and Treats...
A list of restaurants where you can dine free on your birthday.
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 Money with This Homemade Marble Cleaner
Make your own marble cleaner for a clean that doesn't cost a lot.
What Kind of Apples Are Best for Applesauce?
Use one (or more) of these apple varieties for the best applesauce.
Here's How to Freeze Heavy Cream
Follow these steps to freeze heavy cream successfully.
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.
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.

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