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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:
15 Useful Things You've Been Throwing Away
Turn a creative eye on the things that you're thowing away, and you may just discover that they're worth keeping:
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.
A Cheap and Easy Substitute for Heavy Cream
Need heavy cream for a recipe? Here's a great stand-in.
Got Fruit Flies? Try This Cheap and Simple DIY...
Rid your home of fruit flies with a simple, homemade trap.
How to Buy Your Clothes Second-Hand (Without...
Here's how to buy your clothes second-hand (without looking like you do).
8 Things You Shouldn't Buy Second-Hand
Here are eight items that you shouldn't buy used.
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 Beginner's Guide to Couponing
Learn the ins and outs of couponing from a seasoned pro.
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.
Whip Up a Cardamom Substitute with This Handy...
When you don't have cardamom on hand, use this simple cardamom substitute instead.
Cheap and Natural Ways to Get Rid of Ants
Six proven home remedies for ants.
Out of Molasses? Here's How to Make a DIY...
Looking for a molasses substitute? Here are five.
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.
The Best Time to Buy Everything
Here's a month-by-month guide to the best time to buy everything.
How to Remove Laundry Stains with Vinegar
Here's how to remove 16 of your toughest laundry stains with vinegar.
How to Get Rid of Roaches Naturally
Want to kill roaches naturally and affordably? Here's the answer!
List of Goodwill Outlet Store Locations
Addresses for all of the Goodwill Outlet Store locations.
Try This Easy Italian Seasoning Recipe
Make your own Italian seasoning using spices that you already have on hand.
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.
Make Half and Half Substitute with This Simple...
A two-ingredient substitution for half and half.
Budget Calculator -Monthly Budget Calculator
Use our budget calculator to tweak your monthly budget until you get it right.
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:
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.
10 Stores that Offer Layaway
Find out which stores are offering layaway this year.
Make Your Own Baking Powder with 3 Ingredients
Discover how easy it is to make your own baking powder.
The Best Way to Freeze Pears
Load up on pears when they're in season. Then, follow these simple steps to freeze them.
Ran Out of Coriander? Try One of These...
No coriander in your spice rack? Use one of these substitutes in its place.
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.
54 Businesses that Offer Senior Discounts
Here are 54 senior discounts for you to take advantage of.
The Right Way to Freeze Spaghetti Squash
Simple instructions for freezing spaghetti squash.
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):
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.
Out of Allspice? Here's a Simple Substitute
Use spices you already have to create a good substitute for allspice.
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:
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.
Forgot the Nutmeg? Use This Instead
All out of nutmeg? Use one of these substitutes as a fill in.
Out of Balsamic Vinegar? Mix Up a Substitute in...
Need balsamic vinegar for a recipe? Use this simple substitute instead.
Fight Pests and Save Cash with This Homemade...
Keep the fleas off your pup for pennies a week.
Out of Bay Leaves? Use This Instead
When you need a bay leaf substitute, grab this spice from your spice rack.
How to Make Yummy Tomato Sauce Without All the...
Here's an easy crock pot tomato sauce recipe. No peeling, seeding or coring required.
Save Some Dough with These Homemade Rust...
Zap rust without zapping your hard-earned dollars.
Does Honey Go Bad?
Wondering if your honey is still good? Here's the answer.
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
Learn the ins and outs of taking online surveys, and add to your income.
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.
One Way to Save Money? Learn the Difference...
Learn how to tell distinguish between needs and wants, and you'll spend less.
Your Guide to Creating a Frugal Budget
Create a frugal budget to match your frugal lifestyle.
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:
Is It Safe to Eat Freezer Burned Food?
Freezer burned food isn't pretty, but is it safe to eat? Here's the answer.
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.
6 Ways to Cut the Cost of School Lunches
Hand your kids a lunchbox, instead of lunch money. Here are six ways to save on school lunches.
Test the Acidity of Your Soil Without a Pricey...
Find out if your soil is acidic or alkaline without a pricey test kit.
Save Some Bucks with These Homemade Fertilizer...
Six homemade fertilizer recipes to make and try.
Homemade Freezer Jam in 30 Minutes or Less
Freezer jam instructions and recipes.
Free Printable Weekly Planner Refill
Print out refill pages for your weekly planner, or create your own planner from scratch. Available in several sizes.
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.
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.
3 Ways to Keep Green Onions Fresh
Here's how to store green onions/scallions to keep them fresh longer.
11 Ways You Can Start Living the Frugal Life
Ease into the frugal life with these ten tips.
Use these Homemade Car Cleaners to Detail Your...
Here are seven recipes for homemade car cleaners that you can make from common ingredients.
Out of Sage? Here are 5 Substitutes
When you find yourself out of sage, use one of these substitutes.
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.
9 Ways to Make Printer Ink Last Longer
Tired of shelling out for printer cartridges? Employ these simple tricks and your ink cartridge will last longer:
Where to Sell Your Unwanted Stuff for the Most...
Find out who's willing to pay you the most for your used stuff.
36 Homemade Cleaner Recipes
Quick and easy cleaner recipes made from vinegar, baking soda, borax and other frugal faves.
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.
Insider's Tips for Second-Hand Shoppers
Be the best second-hand shopper you can be. These resources will help you to grab the best deals.
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.
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.
How to Use a Dehydrator to Dry Fruits and...
Learn how to dry your own fruits and vegetables, and enjoy tasty produce year-round.
Forgot to Buy Ground Ginger? Try This
Out of ground ginger? Here are a few substitutes to try.
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.
16 Ways to Earn Some Extra Money
Here are 16 ways to earn extra money without getting another job.
Save a Few Bucks with This Homemade Wallpaper...
A frugal substitute for those expensive wallpaper removers.
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.
Wondering How to Clean Your Cast Iron Cookware?
A guide to proper cast iron cleaning and maintenance.
Here's How to Harvest English Walnuts
Learn the ins and outs of harvesting English walnuts.
Use This Trick to Remove Tarnish from Copper...
Clean all the copper and brass around your home quickly and inexpensively with this trick.
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.
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.
The 45 Longest Yard Sales in the U.S.
A list of yard sales that span hundreds or even thousands of miles.
Forgot to Buy Pastry Flour? Try This Instead
Have a recipe that calls for pastry flour? Here are two good pastry flour substitutes.
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.
Substitute Cake Flour with This Simple Recipe
An effective stand-in for cake flour made from two pantry staples.
Rid Your Pets of Pests with This Homemade Flea...
Kill and repel fleas with this simple flea bath recipe
How to Turn Bar Soap into Liquid Soap
Here's how to make liquid soap from a bar of soap.
Save Money with This Chemical-Free, Homemade...
Are your stainless steel appliances covered in fingerprints? Here's how to clean them on the cheap.
5 Delicious Ways to Use Extra Cucumbers
Did you end up with more cucumbers than you expected? Here's how to use them up.
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.
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.
Find an Amish Market Near You
Find an Amish market near you, and discover a new source for grocery savings.
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.
Scared of Wasps? DIY an Easy Solution.
Follow these steps to make a wasp trap out of a soda bottle.
What Kind of Apples Are Best for Applesauce?
Use one (or more) of these apple varieties for the best applesauce.
The Easy Way to Clean Your Microwave
Clean your microwave without all of the elbow grease and cleaners.
Make Your Own Brown Sugar in Minutes
Need brown sugar for a recipe? Make your own, and save a trip to the store.
How to Keep Mushrooms from Going Bad
Store fresh mushrooms the right way, and they'll last up to a week. Here's how.
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.
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.
How to Make Tomato Sauce
Start your tomato sauce by boiling the tomatoes to loosen their skins.
The Best Months to Buy Tires
Need to replace your tires soon? Time your purchase right, and you could save big.
Track Where Your Money Goes with This Monthly...
Track where your money is going with this free printable worksheet.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Home Remedies That Get Rid of Moths
Use these proven home remedies to get rid of clothing moths.
Check Out All of These Uses for Vinegar
Vinegar-based recipes for cleaners, health and beauty products, pet supplies and more.
Restaurants That Offer Free Meals and Treats...
A list of restaurants where you can dine free on your birthday.
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.
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.
Easy Pear Butter Recipe
Have more pears than you know what to do with? Pear butter is a tasty solution.
Homemade Jello Popsicle Recipe
Mix up your own popsicles with Jello, and skip the pricey store-bought pops.
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.
The Quick Way to Stop a Pantry Moth Infestation
Use these tips to get rid of a pantry moth infestation quickly.
5 Ways to Get Coupons for Free Products
Use these tips to snag loads of coupons for free products.
2 Ingredient All-Purpose Cleaner Recipe
Make your own all-purpose cleaner, and enjoy a clean home for 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.
Simple Homemade Meat Tenderizer Recipe
Transform cheap cuts of meat into tender and juicy cuts with one simple trick.
How to Become a Mystery Shopper (Without...
Interested in becoming a mystery shopper? Here's how to get started (without getting scammed).
All Out of Ground Cloves? Use This Instead
Save yourself a trip to the store and some cash by using this ground clove substitute.
11 Tricks to Save Even More at Target
Use these tricks to save more at Target.
7 Foods You Can Regrow from Scraps
Spend less at the grocery store by regrowing some of your groceries. Here's how.
Use Vinegar as a Natural Weed Killer
Learn how to kill weeds without killing your budget.
Turn a Soda Bottle into a Fly Trap
Got Flies? Here's how to make a simple fly trap.
How to Store Pears for Winter
Store pears the right way, and they'll keep for months and months. Here's how.
Cleaning with Baking Soda
Check out this list of recipes using baking soda to clean, polish, deodorize, or perform more functions. Try them out for yourself!
Try This Home Remedy for Athlete's Foot
Get rid of athlete's foot quickly with this low-cost remedy.
The Best Way to Freeze Onions
Simple instructions for freezing onions to use in cooked dishes.
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.
What to Stockpile - A Printable List
Use this free, printable grocery stockpile list to figure out what you need to keep on hand.
Try These Easy Refrigerator Pickles
A recipe for making refrigerator pickles in an empty ice cream bucket.
Easy Recipe for Pear Sauce
Turn a big pile of pears into delicious pear sauce.
Save Money with These Natural, Homemade...
Vinegar-based cleaner recipes for use in the kitchen, bathroom and everywhere in between.
Forgot to Buy Yeast? Try This
Out of yeast or turned off by the price? Here's a simple yeast substitute to try.
7 Free Printable Canning Jar Labels
An ever-growing collection of canning jar labels for you to print and use.
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.
6 Sources for Fruit and Vegetable Coupons
Increase your coupon savings with coupons for fresh fruits and vegetables.
6 Ways to Fill Your Gas Tank for Free
Here are six ways to fill your gas tank for free.
How to Make Your Own Glass Cleaner
Make your own glass cleaner, and get streak-free windows for less.
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.
10 Ways to Stop Wasteful Spending
Ten ways to break the spending habit.
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