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  • Four ways to reuse an old shower curtain

    photo by mike burns It’s easy to keep or toss some items. You might have an idea for ways to reuse something and, if you don’t, out it goes. But it can be tough to decide what...

  • How to buy secondhand housewares

    Buying housewares at the thrift store can give your home a unique style. Some home-interior items that are passed over by others can be your ticket to an eco-chic design. It only takes a little extra time...

  • Meatless meals ease pressure on budget

    photo by wordridden Give flexitarianism (semi-vegetarianism) a try. Once a week, incorporate a meatless dish into your meal rotation. You’ll be surprised that you don’t miss the meat in the following recipes even when these dishes typically...

  • Don’t let baby break the bank

    photo by tiffanywashko DEAR SARA: I just found out that I’m pregnant, and I want to be prepared for baby expenses. I don’t see the need to spend a lot of money, but it’s difficult to pinpoint...

  • Great ways to reuse milk cartons

    photo by devriesm The first tip reuses milk cartons. I’ve seen various-sized cartons used for candle or ice molds, building blocks, seed starters, bird feeders, gingerbread houses (graham crackers, frosting and candies) and coin purses. But sometimes...

  • Shopping Halloween clearance

    photo by aimai There are a lot of great deals to be discovered after the holiday. Not everything on sale is orange and black. A lot of autumn merchandise will be cleared out, too. A rule of...

  • Pumpkin tips for a festive fall-o-ween

    It’s pumpkin season, and many people have the tradition of visiting the pumpkin patch. Whether selecting the perfect pumpkin for carving jack-o’-lanterns or decorating them uncarved, selecting one is simple. Look for a pumpkin that has good...

  • Plan a cookie-exchange party

    DEAR SARA: I have been elected by my friends and neighbors to host a cookie-exchange party at Christmas. We were looking for something new and cheap to do this year. But I haven’t a clue on how...

  • PetSmart Favorite Affordable Solutions for Pets Contest Giveaway

    If you're a pet owner, you want to keep your pet healthy and happy.

  • Get the frugal fuzzies

    photo by foooooey Some activities can make you feel frugal. You might pause and smile because you know you’re doing something that is aligned with your values. That’s the frugal fuzzies, aka the frugal feel-goods. Have you...

  • Reuse baby-wipe containers

    photo by modmami Many new parents buy baby wipes, and, when the wipes are gone, they’re left with a sturdy plastic container. Rather than throwing it away, reuse it as a storage container or turn it into...

  • Buy it, enjoy it, and resell it

    photo by szlea Frugal people buy merchandise and typically use it until it wears out. But there are times when you can buy items that hold their value or at least have decent resale value, so you...