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  • Avoid ‘unhappy meals’ when illness strikes

    photo by synaptic happenings In a past column, I talked about taking care of yourself when you’re sick. Several readers reached out and said their homes fell apart whenever they were sick. Apparently, taking that much-needed break...

  • Just add dessert

    photo by shell s One way to save on food costs is to create a meal plan. You don’t want to face the same old chicken every week, but it’s easy to get stuck in a rut....

  • Freeze meals to save money

    photo by Athenamama DEAR SARA: What supplies do I need to freeze meals? I would like to make a bunch of meals on the weekend and freeze them for the week. What type of containers are the...

  • Check eBay for airline discounts

    photo by Rob The first tip was shared by a reader, and it seems like a good deal. Contact the airline, and ask them their policy and rules before buying vouchers on Web sites such as eBay....

  • The trend not to spend

    I ate a lot of Asian food as a kid. Too young to know better, I ate fried minnows, and we often had sesame candies instead of treats like gum or candy bars. Having a friend...

  • ‘Impossible’ recipes make meals possible

    photo by jek in the box Being frugal doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice good food. Serving common foods in new ways helps to combat the frugal-dinner doldrums. Creativity can stem from having fewer ingredients to work...

  • Creative wrapping adds special touch

    photo by almostbunnies DEAR SARA: I’m always looking for new gift-wrapping ideas. Everyone loves the way I wrap their gifts. I’d like to use the first letter of a friend’s name on a wrapped gift box, but...

  • Sock away the perfect gift

    The first tip is great for pet lovers. It’s simple and easy, which makes it a good solution for craft shows, fundraisers and homemade gifts, too. KITTEN MITTEN: I started making catnip cat toys to sell. I...

  • Simple ways to limit your clutter

    photo by hansol Whether you’re new or an old hat to frugality, you might face issues with clutter. You start saving or hanging onto things because you might need them someday. It can be challenging to figure...

  • People-friendly is good for the planet, too

    photo by Elaine Birthday-party invitations roll in throughout the year. Usually, choosing a gift is fairly painless. Then there’s that one invitation that requests “no gifts” that stops us dead in our tracks. This divides people into...

  • Low-supervision cooking

    photo by claireb707 Once regarded as turning meals into gray mush, slow cookers have made a comeback as a frugal cook’s appliance of choice. And for good reason: They offer hands-off cooking, which can free up time...

  • Versatile wok: Perfect for the frugal cook

    photo by random dave A wok is a great addition to the kitchen. It can easily replace various cooking pans and appliances, because you can fry, boil, smoke and steam in them. The wok ranks right up...