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  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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    Keep your nose to the grindstone

    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...

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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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • 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...

  • 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,...