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    Use up leftover jelly beans

    DEAR SARA: Do you have a recipe that includes jelly beans as an ingredient? I have a half-quart of these things, and rather than eat them mindlessly, I’d like to do something creative. Thanks for any advice....

  • Get your kids to drink more milk

    photo by miheco Homemade toys can be made from the simplest materials. The first tip is a wonderful way to recycle milk cartons. Kids can decorate them with printed pictures, stickers, crayons, etc. While you’re being creative...

  • Host a frugality party

    photo by Janet Dancer Parties can be expensive. One way to combat the high cost is to have a frugality party. Typically, when you entertain, you might not consider recycling or creating less waste. These aren’t simply...

  • Reuse dish-soap bottles

    Reuse it instead of throwing it away. You hear this often, but you don't want to save too many containers and create clutter. This is why it's important to reduce the amount of packaging you buy in...

  • Taste the difference

    photo by Lisa MN Many convenience foods are timesavers and often cheaper than their homemade counterparts. While many people rely on packaged foods, frugal folks know how to make their own. Some of the top convenience foods...

  • Casseroles: From oven to table

    photo by rizcapb One-dish meals are comfort foods, and they’ve had a makeover since retro tuna-noodle surprise. But they’re still basic enough to incorporate your favorite foods, such as melted cheese, meat, starch and vegetables. The best...

  • Remove perspiration odor from shirts

    DEAR SARA: I’d like to know what can I do to remove the perspiration smell out of clothes. Even after washing T-shirts, they still smell in the underarm area. Any way to remove the yellowness from there,...

  • Dollar bargains by the case

    photo by Al Pavangkanan Sometimes, sales are so great you want to stock up. But you hate to wipe out the store shelves. The first tip is one solution. You can’t pick and choose exact amounts, but...

  • Get family on board with frugality

    Frugal living seems filled with sacrifices. You can feel as if you're alone and swimming against the current. It can be tough to convince your family to waste less and spend wisely to reach your goals if...

  • Inexpensive ways to relax

    photo by blueyeda73 Doom-and-gloom stories are everywhere. At every turn, we’re hearing about unemployment, foreclosures, bailouts, crime and violence or the recession. It’s frustrating, depressing and downright annoying. You’re busier than ever, too. It’s important to be...

  • Remove melted plastic from pans

    photo by blair christensen DEAR SARA: I melted a plastic spoon onto a hard, anodized fry pan. Before I noticed it was melted, I kind of swirled it around the pan, leaving several streaks of it on...

  • Make your own snuggie

    photo by calmenda If you hate climbing into a cold bed, you’ll like the first tip. It’s a great alternative to an electric blanket or a Snuggie. The only problem is that you’ll want more than one...