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  • Depression Chocolate Cake

    photo by fooey DEAR SARA: When I was young, my mother used to bake Depression Chocolate Cake. Mom remembers making it, but not the amounts or the exact ingredients. It was my grandma’s recipe and didn’t have...

  • Motivate kids to save energy

    photo by daBinsi The first tip is interesting because it offers a monetary incentive for kids to conserve energy. Most kids will follow your lead and want to do the right thing. If they see you’re respectful...

  • Three ways to save on appliances

    photo by Bill Robertson Be smart when you’re in the market for new appliances. You don’t get much advance notice when a major appliance breaks. This leaves you in a vulnerable situation because you rely on these...

  • Big ways to save money

    photo by ClevelandSGS Frugality often seems like a lot of effort for a few cents. But it’s about making better choices that save larger amounts, too. Maybe you have a goal to pay down debt, such as...

  • Let’s beef it up

    photo by Didts Move over, meatloaf. For a change, you can make these budget-friendly ground-beef meals. Some people stretch their ground beef by adding rice, breadcrumbs, ground turkey, textured vegetable protein (TVP), oats or beans. You can...

  • Use up extra oranges

    photo by dayataglance DEAR SARA: How would you use up oranges? I bought a big bag of oranges, and a few have gone bad on me. What can I do with the rest of them so they...

  • Remove fuzz from sweaters

    photo by ronnie liew You can remove pilling on clothing to make them look new again. This can be especially helpful when buying secondhand sweaters. There are various ways to remove pilling, such as using fabric combs,...

  • Take baby steps to go green

    photo by Natalie Maynor Eco-frugality can be confusing. Maybe there are things you’d like to change to do your part, but it seems complicated, time-consuming or too expensive to start. One example is switching to organic food...

  • Organize your meals

    photo by mel b Grocery prices are going up, and it makes sense to focus on your food budget. One way is to make an organized menu plan. For some people, it’s easy to do. You simply...

  • Easy cookies and bars recipes

    Packaged cookies are expensive. They taste inferior to homemade, too. Healthy snacks such as cut fruit and vegetables are tasty, but your family might want an occasional treat. For the days you don’t want to fuss with...

  • Repurpose mason-jar rings

    photo by oskay (click for LED garden light tutorial, too) DEAR SARA: What can I use in place of English-muffin molds? I have found a recipe to make homemade English muffins. I have the griddle but not...

  • Soak and sort utensils

    photo by sciondriver Pots or pans are often used to soak dirty utensils. But you risk getting cut when reaching in to grab a fork or knife. The first tip solves that problem. Utensils can stand up,...