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  • Homemade bread good enough for sandwiches

    photo by startcookingkathy DEAR SARA: I make bread in my bread machine frequently, but I can’t slice it thin enough to use as sandwich bread. I guess I just don’t know how to slice bread. Thanks for...

  • Even dryer lint has its uses

    photo by bcmom I’ll admit, I haven’t tried reusing dryer lint, so the first tip is on my must-try list. I hope there’s a new frugal tip for you, too. DRYER-LINT FIRE STARTER: I stuff my dryer...

  • It’s a Wonder-full world

    photo by hownowdesign I grew up in a thrifty home but didn’t know it for years. As I learned more about frugality, I realized how smart my family was about making every penny count, even when they...

  • Keep the love alive in your relationship

    photo by powerbooktrance A relationship needs glue to make the long haul. Bickering over household chores or being resentful over the little things can make us forget why we got into it in the first place. Apart...

  • Turn crumbs into tasty dessert

    Have you ever had bits of potato chips, cereal or pretzels left over after a night of munching? Maybe the chips have been pulverized into crumbs or are partially stale, or there isn’t enough cereal for a...

  • Fun, cheap gifts for kids’ parties

    photo by jurvetson DEAR SARA: I need an idea for cheap spring party gifts for my daughter’s classroom friends. There are 28 kids in the class, and they are in kindergarten. I want to send in something...

  • Simple measures for tough times

    photo by Abri Beluga Frugal living can be a way to reach a financial goal, but it’s also a way to make it through a rough patch. It offers you a way to prepare, conserve resources and...

  • Give yogurt containers a second life

    photo by jasonjt The three R’s are in order — reduce, reuse and recycle. First, be aware of the products you bring into your home. Reduce waste by using and buying less and by choosing products that...

  • End the great laundry debate

    photo by kb35 Anyone who shares a home with someone else knows there are some things you simply do differently. One person puts the toilet paper over and the other under; one person turns the thermostat down...

  • Small details create warm memories

    photo by tanakawho Frugality is often about the little things. Even if you think you don’t have time to focus on details, minimal effort can have a big impact. Maybe you always meant to make those heart-shaped...

  • Grocery shopping tips and more

    photo by darinhercules DEAR SARA: I read a tip that suggested strapping your purse’s handle into the shopping cart (the infant belt) when shopping. The idea is that women wouldn’t get their purses stolen. I thought this...

  • Store napkins without wrinkles

    photo by jspatchwork I’ve read, shared and used a lot of frugal tips through the years. Sometimes I read a new frugal tip from a reader and wonder why I didn’t think of it — like the...