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  • Two ears better than none

    Have you ever miscalculated the amount of corn on the cob you needed? The first tip solves that problem. I like the idea enough to use it on a regular basis for my kids, so there’s less...

  • Be a team to survive tough times

    photo by McPig Many of my readers are experiencing job loss. Most are women whose husbands have been laid off. Some families have been lucky to get severance packages, but the money doesn’t stretch nearly as far...

  • No-stress party planning

    photo by booleansplit Hosting a party can be stressful. It’s easy to get caught up in the mile-long to-do list of preparations. If you’re not well organized, you’ll be exhausted and won’t get a chance to enjoy...

  • Change your pharmacy to save money

    photo by Octal DEAR SARA: How do I transfer a prescription? I found a coupon for a $30 gift card to Rite Aid if you transfer a prescription. Do I just take the empty bottle there and...

  • Make your own soymilk

    photo by Denise Soong When I read the first tip, I thought, “Oh no, not another gadget.” But once I thought about the time I would waste and the mess I would make trying to produce my...

  • Use a price book to pay less

    Frugal folks are smart shoppers. Some keep price books to help them shop. It’s a notebook that contains item names, prices, unit sizes, unit prices, store names and dates. It helps shoppers compare prices on frequently bought...

  • Are warehouse clubs worth it?

    photo by Kevinee Pay a membership fee, buy in bulk, and save a ton of money. Not so fast, fellow frugalitarian. Warehouse clubs aren’t always the tightwad utopia they seem to be. I let my membership expire,...

  • Knock their socks off with a family-friendly menu

    photo by Allerina and Glen MacLarty If you’re frugal, you’re probably used to streamlining your menu plan. Maybe you make an incredible roast when company comes over, but what about when you want to break away from...

  • Store salads for freshness

    photo by Carey Tilden DEAR SARA: How do you store your bagged salads? I bought a couple of bags of salad on sale last night. I’m curious to know how you store yours without it getting brown...

  • Camping: The frugal family vacation

    photo by Dano The world is split between those who camp and those who don’t. I have never figured out the fascination with it. I love nature, hiking, cooking outdoors and being away from it all, but...

  • Set the standard for your family

    photo by Joshua Davis It can be difficult to get your family on board with frugality. You’re never going to convince everyone that it’s as wonderful as you think it is. If you practice frugality in ways...

  • Kick the soda habit

    photo by clearly ambitious There are money leaks in almost every personal budget. Take a look in your refrigerator. Does it contain a lot of soda? Many people are hooked on soda and drink a few cans...