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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? How can you tell if the eggs are bad? Here's how to test to see if they are still good!
3 Cream of Tartar Substitutes
If you don't have cream of tartar in your pantry, use one of these substitutes instead.
11 Ways to Make Money (Without Doing Much)
Want to earn more without working more? Try these passive income ideas.
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.
How to Get the Best Deals on Black Friday
Here's how to get everything on your Black Friday shopping list at the very best price.
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.
A Cheap and Easy Substitute for Heavy Cream
Save yourself a trip to the store. Here's how to make a heavy cream substitute from milk and butter.
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.
Whip Up a Cardamom Substitute with This Handy...
When you don't have cardamom on hand, use this simple cardamom substitute instead.
Out of Sage? Here are 5 Substitutes
When you find yourself out of sage, use one of these substitutes.
What Kind of Apples Are Best for Applesauce?
Use one (or more) of these apple varieties for the best applesauce.
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.
Out of Molasses? Here's How to Make a DIY...
Looking for a molasses substitute? Here are five.
Forgot the Nutmeg? Use This Instead
All out of nutmeg? Use one of these substitutes as a fill in.
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:
Which Apple Should I Use to Make Apple Pie?
Here's a list of the best apples to use when making an apple pie.
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.
All Out of Ground Cloves? Use This Instead
Save yourself a trip to the store and some cash by using this ground clove substitute.
51 Companies Offering Holiday Gift Card Bonuses
Giving gift cards for Christmas? Buy from one of these businesses, and you'll score a bonus gift card.
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.
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.
No Parchment Paper? Use This
If you don't have any parchment paper, one of these stand-ins will get the job done.
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.
No Pie Weights? Use This
No pie weights? Here are four things that you can use instead.
Is It Safe to Eat Freezer Burned Food?
Freezer burned food isn't pretty, but is it safe to eat? Here's the answer.
What's The Best Month to Buy a TV?
Time your TV purchase just right, and get it at a steal.
The Best Time to Buy Everything
Here's a month-by-month guide to the best time to buy everything.
Ran Out of Coriander? Try One of These...
No coriander in your spice rack? Use one of these substitutes in its place.
Free Printable Budget Worksheet
Take the pain out of creating a budget with this free budget worksheet.
Make Your Own Baking Powder with 3 Ingredients
Discover how easy it is to make your own baking powder.
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.
10 Ways You Can Eat for Free
Score free groceries and restaurant meals. Here are 10 ways to get free food.
List of Goodwill Outlet Store Locations
Here are addresses for all of the Goodwill Outlet Store locations in the United States and Canada.
View Weekly Sales Ads Online
Find out what's on sale at all of your favorite stores, without having to buy a paper.
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.
The Right Way to Freeze Spaghetti Squash
Simple instructions for freezing spaghetti squash.
Use These Tips to Cut the Cost of Thanksgiving...
Use these tips to enjoy a Thanksgiving feast for less.
How Long will Broth Keep in the Fridge, Pantry...
Trying to decide whether your broth is still safe to use? Find out how long broth is good for.
Where to Sell Your Unwanted Stuff for the Most...
Find out who's willing to pay you the most for your used stuff.
Give Your Grocery List an Extreme Savings...
Want to save big on groceries? Treat your grocery list to a makeover. Here's how.
54 Businesses that Offer Senior Discounts
Here are 54 senior discounts for you to take advantage of.
Out of Dark Corn Syrup? Try This 2 Ingredient...
Out of dark corn syrup? Use this cheap substitute to get your through till your next shopping trip:
How to Remove Laundry Stains with Vinegar
Here's how to remove 16 of your toughest laundry stains with vinegar.
Is It Safe to Refreeze Turkey?
Have more turkey than you can eat? Find out if you can refreeze it.
Try This All-Natural Homemade Roach Killer
Want to kill roaches naturally and affordably? Here's the answer!
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 Buy Gift Cards for Less
Use these tricks to buy gift cards for less than their face value.
What's the Shelf Life of Powdered Milk?
Wondering if that powdered milk that's been buried in the back of your pantry for ages is still safe to use? Here's the answer.
Best Gifts Under \$5
Here are $5 gifts that people will actually be happy to receive.
Out of Bay Leaves? Use This Instead
When you need a bay leaf substitute, grab this spice from your spice rack.
How to Shop Cyber Monday Like a Boss
Shop Cyber Monday like a pro. Here are the tips and tricks you need to score big.
When to Toss Your Heavy Cream
Not sure how long you can keep heavy cream? Here's the answer.
Save Some Dough with These Homemade Rust...
Zap rust without zapping your hard-earned dollars.
Make Half and Half Substitute with This Simple...
A two-ingredient substitution for half and half.
Budget Calculator
Use our free budget calculator to tweak your monthly budget until you get it right.
Forgot to Buy Ground Ginger? Try This
Out of ground ginger? Here are a few substitutes to try.
2 Easy Ways to Freeze Pie Crust Dough
Get a jump start on your baking by making and freezing pie crusts or pie crust dough to use later. Here's how.
Try This Easy, Homemade Poultry Seasoning Blend
Make your own poultry seasoning from spices you already have on hand.
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 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.
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.
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:
Transform That Old Sweater into New Mittens!
Don't throw out that old sweater! Turn it into a pair of mittens instead.
Is Your Baking Powder Still Good? Here's How to...
A simple way to find out if your baking powder is still good.
11 Places to Sell Your Used Clothes
Cleaning out your closets? Here's where to sell your used clothes for the most money.
A Beginner's Guide to Couponing
Learn the ins and outs of couponing from a seasoned pro.
10 Stores that Offer Layaway
Find out which stores are offering layaway this year.
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.
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.
One Way to Save Money? Learn the Difference...
Learn how to tell distinguish between needs and wants, and you'll spend less.
No Roasting Pan? Use This Instead
No roasting pan? Use one of these stand-ins, and get the perfect turkey without it.
22 Ways to Stay Warm (Without Turning Up the...
Stay warm and keep your electric bill down. These tricks will keep you cozy without turning up the thermostat.
10 Sources for Free Christmas Gifts
Use these tricks to get your Christmas gift for fee.
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 Get Top Dollar for Used Books
Sell your used books for maximium profit each and every time with the help of this simple trick.
Try This Easy Italian Seasoning Recipe
Make your own Italian seasoning using spices that you already have on hand.
Find a Bakery Outlet Store Near You
Look up your nearest bakery outlet location here.
Out of Allspice? Here's a Simple Substitute
Use spices you already have to create a good substitute for allspice.
68 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 Months to Buy Tires
Need to replace your tires soon? Time your purchase right, and you could save big.
Make Your Own Brown Sugar in Minutes
Need brown sugar for a recipe? Make your own, and save a trip to the store.
Creative Ideas for Celebrating Any Special...
32 free and low-cost Christmas gifts that you can make in a flash.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How to Tell If Your Baking Soda is Still Good
A simple way to find out if your baking soda is still good.
Can You Freeze Sour Cream?
Have leftover sour cream, and wondering if you can freeze it? Here's the answer.
9 Ways to Grab Free Gift Cards
Here are nine ways to earn free gift cards -- just what you need to stretch your budget.
Natural Ways to Get Rid of Ants
Here are six proven home remedies for ants. Get rid of them without an exterminator.
3 Ways to Keep Green Onions Fresh
Here's how to store green onions/scallions to keep them fresh longer.
Out of Balsamic Vinegar? Mix Up a Substitute in...
Need balsamic vinegar for a recipe? Use this simple substitute instead.
Use This If You're Out of Thyme
Out of thyme? Use one of these herbs as a substitute.
Check Out All of These Uses for Vinegar
Vinegar-based recipes for cleaners, health and beauty products, pet supplies and more.
How to Keep Mushrooms from Going Bad
Store fresh mushrooms the right way, and they'll last up to a week. Here's how.
Make Your Own Fruit Fly Trap
Rid your home of fruit flies with this simple, homemade trap.
Can You Cook a Frozen Ham without Thawing It?
Need to get your ham in the oven stat? Find out if it's okay to cook a frozen ham.
Use This Trick to Remove Tarnish from Copper...
Clean all the copper and brass around your home quickly and inexpensively with this trick.
Fight Pests and Save Cash with This Homemade...
Keep the fleas off your pup for pennies a week.
A Step-By-Step Guide to Making Candles
A beginner's guide to candle making.
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.
Making Your Own Butter Is Easier Than You Think
Make your own butter and buttermilk at home.
14 Awesome Gift Ideas Under \$10
Here are a bunch of great gifts that can be obtained with a 10-spot.
11 Tricks to Save Even More at Lowes
Here are 11 ways to save more at Lowes.
Earn Some Extra Cash
Here are 17 ways to earn extra money -- without getting another job.
Is It Safe to Eat Eggs Past Their Expiration...
Wondering if the expiration date stamped on the carton is the final word on whether eggs are still safe to eat? Here's the scoop.
3 Free Printable Meal Planners
Find the perfect meal planner for you. Here are three printable versions to choose from.
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.
How to Become a Mystery Shopper (Without...
Interested in becoming a mystery shopper? Here's how to get started (without getting scammed).
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.
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.
7 Affordable Gift Ideas for Families
Shorten your Christmas list and save money by giving family gifts instead of individual gifts.
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.
Here's How to Freeze Heavy Cream
Follow these steps to freeze heavy cream successfully.
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.
How to Cook a Frozen Turkey
Yes, you can cook a frozen turkey, but you'll need to do it differently. Here's the scoop.
The Best Month to Buy a New Refrigerator
For a sweet deal on a new refrigerator, the best time to buy is ...
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.
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.
Try This Home Remedy for Athlete's Foot
Get rid of athlete's foot quickly with this low-cost remedy.
Where You Can Sell Your Movie Collection
Thinning out your movie collection? Here's where to sell your used movies for the most cash.
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 Substitute Dried Herbs for Fresh
Follow this simple ratio to substitute dried herbs for fresh, and your recipe will come out perfect every time.
22 Ways to Shrink Your Cell Phone Bill
Cut your cell phone bill down to size with these tips.
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.
36 Homemade Cleaner Recipes
Quick and easy cleaner recipes made from vinegar, baking soda, borax and other frugal faves.
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.
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.
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.
How Long Will Buttermilk Keep?
Have a carton of buttermilk that's been sitting in the fridge for a while, and wondering if it's still safe to use? Here's your answer.
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!
Have a Recipe That Calls for Arrowroot? You Can...
Here are two substitutes that you can use in place of arrowroot starch.
Cheap Stocking Stuffers Women will Love
Spoil her without spoiling your budget. Here are cheap stocking stuffers she'll love.
The Best Months to Buy Furniture
In the market for some new furniture? For the best deal, buy in ...
26 Printables to Help You Save Money
Use these free kitchen printables to organize your pantry, fridge, freezer and more.
Find an Amish Market Near You
Find an Amish market near you, and discover a new source for grocery savings.
Use these Homemade Car Cleaners to Detail Your...
Here are seven recipes for homemade car cleaners that you can make from common ingredients.
Wondering How to Clean Your Cast Iron Cookware?
A guide to proper cast iron cleaning and maintenance.
28 DIY Gift Ideas for Kids
A collection of free and cheap homemade gifts for kids.
The Best Apples to Use for Apple Butter
Here's a list of the best apples to use for apple butter.
Find Out If You Have Any Unclaimed Money
Don't pay someone to find your unclaimed money. It's easy to do yourself. Here's how.
Get Help with Your Utility Bills
These programs will help you pay your utility bills when you can't afford to.
How You Can Create Multiple Income Streams
Don't settle for one paycheck. Here's how anyone can create multiple income streams.
How to Turn Bar Soap into Liquid Soap
Here's how to make liquid soap from a bar of soap.
Does Honey Go Bad?
Wondering if your honey is still good? Here's the answer.

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