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  • Save money with homemade fabric softener

    photo by Meryl CA DEAR SARA: I’ve heard about making homemade fabric softener. Do you have a recipe? I’d like to save money. Fabric softener is expensive. — Heidi, Ohio DEAR HEIDI: Many people simply add 1/4-1/2...

  • Baby-shower gift for dad

    photo by sunsurfr I receive a lot of gift ideas for the mom-to-be and baby but rarely any ideas for the dads. The first tip is a cute gift idea for the new dad. He’ll have everything...

  • Identify bad money habits

    photo by Ethan Bloch You see tips all the time to help build a successful savings — or, at the very least, ways to pare down your spending. Ever wonder what decisions will lead to financial failure?...

  • Wrapping not just for gifts

    photo by o0karen0o Tortillas can be bought or made cheaply, so they make an excellent key ingredient for frugal recipes. You can make tortilla wraps by adding your favorite sandwich fillings. Tortillas are delicious as part of...

  • Tip whether you eat in or out

    photo by p200eric DEAR SARA: This one always puzzles me. Do you tip on food items that you get to go? — Stella, California DEAR STELLA: Yes, I tip even on to-go orders. There is a person...

  • Don’t pour money down the drain

    photo by worktheangles The laundry room is one area where you can save money. I’m sure you’ve heard tips such as wash clothing in cold water, cut dryer sheets in half, wash full loads but not tightly...

  • Homemade gifts kids can make

    There’s still time to make some quick and easy crafts with your kids. All of these are fun family activities, and they’re nice enough to give as gifts, too. The supplies are inexpensive, but the projects create...

  • Family routine makes life easier

    photo by ifindkarma It can be a challenge to organize your schedule and home when you have children. I remember how simple it was to get housework, errands and appointments completed when I had only one child....

  • Waffle back-and-forth this winter

    photo by acme Cold temperatures are upon us, and the light summer fare has been set aside. We have heartier appetites and long for comfort foods. One of my favorite breakfast treats on weekends, during the colder...

  • Store flour in freezer for longer shelf life

    photo by seattle municipal archives DEAR SARA: Do you store your flour in the refrigerator? I have been keeping my bread flour in the refrigerator, in the original bag within a plastic bag. I would like to...

  • Get the gunk off with tulle

    photo by lucy The first tip is a great frugal idea. Some people use dryer sheets, mesh onion bags, a loofah or a balled-up piece of aluminum foil to scrub pots and pans. Add tulle to the...

  • See a penny, pick it up

    photo by miguelb Found money adds up. Approach it as a game and not a serious way to supplement your income. Many people don’t find it worth their time to pick a penny off the ground. How...