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  • Beat-the-heat summer treats

    photo by velostricken Cool treats are one of the highlights of summer. With fresh fruit coming into season throughout the summer, each month can offer something new and refreshing. Set aside the high-calorie ice cream, and have...

  • Save space in tight quarters

    photo by michael brown DEAR SARA: We purchased a new camper this year and have been camping twice with it. Fun! However, we are climbing over our clothes and different items every time we go in it,...

  • Use silicone muffin pans to make Popsicles

    photo by guccibear My kids go through a ton of frozen juice pops during summer. Sometimes I buy them, and other times I make my own. I really like the first tip that uses silicone muffin cups...

  • Give cereal bags a second life

    photo by roadsidepictures Part of being frugal is finding ways to use things that most people would throw away. Not only are you less wasteful; you end up saving money by not buying new products that serve...

  • Prepare for spending less

    photo by wordridden Every little thing, everywhere you look, is going up in price. Have you prepared your family for the fact that this year could be different from last year? Maybe you’ve broken the bad news...

  • Cool down with summer drinks

    photo by sleepyneko Ice-cold drinks are refreshing during the summer. Whether you’re lounging outside alone or serving them to friends, they’re the perfect way to cool down and quench your thirst. When serving guests, instead of using...

  • Uses for surplus cinnamon and sugar

    photo by bucklava DEAR SARA: We buy Super Pretzels in bulk. Each box comes with a huge cinnamon/sugar pack that we never use on our pretzels. Now I have about three pounds of it and no idea...

  • How to repel mosquitoes

    photo by Strata Chalup Our yard gets a lot of mosquitoes. The city sprays to control them, but it’s a losing battle when we get heavy rain. I burn citronella candles to combat them so family and...

  • Cloth napkins save money

    photo by muffet Cloth versus paper: Which do you use for napkins and cleaning towels? It’s common for newly frugal people to question whether they should switch from paper to cloth. For some people, it’s an easy...

  • Where’s your oxygen mask?

    photo by Brewcaster It’s summer, and I’m surrounded by people going on vacation. I’m receiving automated e-mail replies that tell me so. My community forums are filled with members going on cruises, camping, cross-country trips and luxury...

  • Bake your cake and eat it, too

    photo by p2cl The following cakes are quick to mix and perfect for covering all types of summer entertaining. They’re not sickeningly sweet, and all are fail-proof. Whether you’re baking for a friend swinging by for coffee,...

  • Bug off, pesky critters

    photo by Dave Melbourne DEAR SARA: I had a recipe for a plant spray that was comprised of garlic, water and maybe soap or vinegar. I can’t find it. It was very effective and kept the insects...