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  • Cutting peaches 101

    photo credit DEAR SARA: I was canning peaches today, and I was supposed to cut them into halves and remove the pit. I can’t figure out how to do that without ending up with a ball of...

  • Use a thermos for more than coffee

    photo by inkynobaka Say goodbye to ugly, messy gravy globs. If you don’t have a thermos, you can use a fondue pot or slow cooker to keep it hot. KEEP GRAVY HOT: During the holidays, if you...

  • How frugal is too frugal?

    photo by jonboy mitchell People who practice frugality are often at different ends of the spectrum. Some people are in total guerrilla frugality mode to survive, while others simply enjoy getting a good deal. Some readers comment...

  • Fruit butter keeps harvest tasty all year

    Are you preserving your garden harvest? Maybe you’ve already “put up” dozens of jars this year. Whether you’re looking to add to your canning supplies or are just starting out, now is a good time to buy...

  • Setting the table for fall

    DEAR SARA: Do you have any suggestions for dining-room table accessories on a shoestring budget? — Amanda, e-mail DEAR AMANDA: I’m fond of simple table accessories. Keep in mind that table decor isn’t as limited in height...

  • Get wise about waste

    photo by tgbdad My favorite tips from readers are practical ways they reuse and repurpose items in their homes. From linens to kitchen gadgets, these creative people are reducing waste. I love the manicure-kit tip and think...

  • Making the switch to store brands

    photo by abductos When asked what items they won’t compromise for the sake of frugality, many of my readers state their brand loyalty to certain products. They are willing to pay more, yet many have not even...

  • Sew much fabric, sew little time

    photo by cottagetocastlechic I have to stay out of craft, fabric and quilt stores. I can walk in needing one item and be tempted by dozens of others. I have considerable restraint and can talk myself down,...

  • Cook from scratch

    photo by orsorama There are some convenience foods that I have grown dependent on, so I don’t frequently make them from scratch. It’s not that I prefer the prepared foods. It’s simply that I’ve grown accustomed to...

  • When in doubt, throw it out

    photo by mmarchin DEAR SARA: Do you ever use cracked eggs, or do you always toss them? — Becky, Texas DEAR BECKY: I inspect them at the store before buying them. If an egg is cracked, I...

  • Reuse old ladders as home decor

    photo by decor8 Some tips aren’t a good match for my home, but they often inspire me to expand on the idea. The first tip wouldn’t work for me in the kitchen, but it could be great...

  • Focus on your attitude toward money

    photo by Jeff Keen People read my column because they want to save money. Some want to save for a goal, such as investing or retirement, while others want to eliminate debt. Readers are always helpful and...