Monthly Archive for: ‘March, 2010’

Go bananas!

photo used by permission from Jen at BeantownBaker.com Don’t toss overripe bananas away. They’re great in smoothies, pancakes, mixed into oatmeal or combined with yogurt and frozen for a refreshing treat. What is your favorite way to use them up? Here are four easy desserts. Banana Bars 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened 2 cups sugar 3 eggs 1-1/2 cups …

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Make your own nut milk

photo by tiffanywashko DEAR SARA: Have you tried almond milk? I had read quite a few articles stating this was the new “in” thing and how beneficial it is to your health, blah blah blah. While I was walking through the grocery store, I stumbled upon this product — at eye level no less — and it was a ‘featured …

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Monitor and measure to avoid waste

photo by Lisa Brewster One way to save money is to start using less stuff. This is especially true when it comes to pourable products. For example, you could be using more dish soap, shampoo or condiments than you actually need. Monitoring your usage is important, but accurately measuring helps you to avoid waste, too. The first reader tip shares …

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Keep your nose to the grindstone

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Frugal people can’t be frugal at everything. There’s always an area where you can make improvements. Sometimes there’s a strategy that you were really focused on at one time, but then you set it aside or eased off for one reason or another. Have you been a frugal slacker? We all get caught up in life and aren’t as diligent …

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Just Eyewear contest giveaway

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Frugal replacements for household items

photo by redspotted Frugality teaches you that you have options. Everyone has their own idea of what is essential for comfortable daily living. Many of these items have cheaper alternatives, and some items you can completely eliminate buying. What frugal replacements have you made? Here are a few easy ideas. PAPER NAPKINS: Maybe you don’t want to use cloth napkins, …

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Cook seasonal vegetables

photo by Robert Banh Many fruits and vegetables are available all year. But you can buy seasonal produce to save money and for the best taste. Here’s a handy guide to check the seasonal availability of produce in your area: http://www.fieldtoplate.com/guide.php. March is a good time to buy broccoli and cabbage cheaply. When selecting broccoli, you want the color to …

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Substitute heavy cream

photo by jerine DEAR SARA: I’m looking for the best heavy-cream substitute for a tomato cream sauce. (It is for Chicken Tikka Masala.) I am really just not a fan of the price and fat content of heavy cream. Plus, I don’t think I would ever end up using a whole pint before it would go bad. I’ve thought about …

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Rediscover manual tools

photo by LeifheitUSA Manual tools are often preferred over their electric counterparts. Electric tools tend to take up more space, cost more money to buy and run, and they’re noisy. They make some jobs a cinch, but there are tasks in which manual tools make more sense. For example, I’ll grab my manual can opener to open cans and use …

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Give refurbished products a try

photo by lejoe Buying refurbished products can help you save money; it’s really an opportunity to buy quality products at a great price. Some people shy away from buying these products because they think they are flawed. Have you ever bought a refurbished item? While it’s common to find refurbished electronics, there are many other products that can be labeled …

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Create a legacy of hope

photo by RichinMN Hope chests are making a comeback. Parents want to plan ahead for their kids and save money. If you want to do the same, you can buy a quality cedar chest that can become a family heirloom, or simply start out with a box or use extra space in a closet. If you’re good at woodworking, you …

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Unique and easy homemade snacks

photo by eljay Homemade snacks can be a challenge. You might not have time to bake cookies, breads or muffins. You can offer snacks with minimal prep work, such as fresh fruits and raw vegetables, string cheese, yogurt or cream cheese on raisin toast, but these get boring if you use them too often. The following recipes can be made …

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