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  • Try eco-friendly makeup tools

    photo by lucyfrench123 DEAR SARA: I wanted to know if you have any suggestions for frugal beauty supplies. I use the foam makeup triangles to apply foundation and concealer and have been wondering if you had any...

  • Save space using dresser drawers

    photo by era phernalia vintage Old dressers have many uses. Use one in the garage as a potting bench or to hold miscellaneous tools. Add one to a mudroom to hold winter gear. Or use an old...

  • Put the fun in your frugality

    photo by reconstructionist Frugal living can be a lot of fun. It’s empowering and can bring happiness to your life. It often becomes a game you can play as you challenge yourself to waste less and save...

  • Start planning for a debt-free holiday

    photo by vieux bandit Plan ahead for the upcoming holidays. If you’re organized, you’ll avoid overspending. Don’t wait until the last minute. There are plenty of ways you can prepare so you’re not completely stressed out later....

  • Savor in-season desserts

    photo by southernpixel Apple season will peak soon. With a couple thousand varieties, it can be tough to sort out which apples are best for baking, snacking or freezing. Here’s a handy chart to help: www.usapple.org/consumers/appleguide/variety.cfm. Apple...

  • Make your own signature blend

    photo by scholastica_ees DEAR SARA: I bought two large containers of Folgers a while back when the product was on sale. I recently opened one and found it is a very mild flavor. Can I get a...

  • Beat-the-heat frozen treats

    The first tip offers a creative twist on homemade Popsicles. I'm sure it would work with Crystal Light or fruit juice, too. If you're not a Popsicle fan, try homemade pudding pops by combining a 3.4-ounce box...

  • Easy homemade gifts for kids

    photos by Le Petit Poulailler It’s never too early to get organized for the holidays. Don’t be a last-minute shopper. Get a jump-start on your gift list now. What homemade gifts have you made? Here are a...

  • Back-to-school shopping on a budget

    photo by Danielle Scott Back-to-school clothing and supplies don’t have to break the bank. It costs more when you don’t plan ahead. The following tips can help you as you prepare for the new school year. INVENTORY:...

  • Lunchbox treats kids won’t trade

    Packing school lunches can be hard work. It’s too easy to rely on pre-packaged snacks. Take a break from chips and preservative-laden store-bought cookies. Make these kid-friendly oatmeal treats. They’re great as after-school snacks, too. Remember advice...

  • Use up an abundance of apricots

    photo by g~ DEAR SARA: Help! What can I do with a lot of apricots? I was expecting a bumper crop of apricots from my tree. We picked them, and we have about 25 pounds in varying...

  • Wash, rinse, repeat, and reuse

    photo by barkdog You can dry your washed baggies on a jar or glass filled with chopsticks. Or simply fold back the zip tops so the bag is strong enough to dry upside down on your counter....