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  • Reward yourself to stay on track

    photo by pretty in print Frugal living takes discipline, and long-term consistency matters. You have to reward yourself from time to time or you’ll feel frustrated and discouraged. These emotions can sabotage your efforts, undermine your goals...

  • Can you pull the plug?

    photo by mykl roventine No television. Does it seem possible? Many people are downgrading their TV channel packages or completely terminating TV services. Sure, there are options, such as watching shows on Hulu or renting from Netflix...

  • When life gives you lemons…

    photo by little blue hen Lemons are available year-round but peak from April through July. That’s right about the time you look forward to enjoying the refreshingly tart taste in a variety of dishes and beverages. When...

  • Decorate with dried roses

    photo by hapal DEAR SARA: Do you have creative ways to decorate with dead roses? I hope that didn’t sound morbid. I’ve put them across my china cabinet before, and it looked pretty cool until the cats...

  • A handy use for coffee filters

    photo by tuchodi Coffee filters can be used for more than simply brewing coffee. If you’ve recently switched to a reusable filter or are low on paper towels, paper filters can be used for many of the...

  • Convenience foods: I wish I could quit you

    photo by house of sims Frugal people cook from scratch frequently. But there are some recipes they’re not willing to make themselves regularly. If you have time constraints or don’t have health restrictions, then there’s increased value...

  • BISSELL Pet Hair Broom contest giveaway

    This contest giveaway is sponsored by BISSELL Homecare, Inc. Contest ends May 7 11:59pm

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    When it’s gone, it’s gone

      Replacing items is pricy. Smart shoppers will buy secondhand merchandise as a backup. When it breaks, you don’t have to run out to replace anything right away. This gives you time to save money and pay...

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    Give spring a little zing

    Rhubarb is an old-fashioned favorite. It gives and gives. The leaves are toxic, but the stalks lend themselves well to desserts. It can be chopped and frozen in an airtight container or wrapped in plastic and stored...

  • Assemble a simple sewing kit

    photo by Andres Rueda DEAR SARA: If you were going to make a sewing kit, what items would you add into it? I do not have a sewing kit. I have one roll of black sewing thread...

  • Make edible-container snacks

    photo by starmama Cones are a practical, edible and portable container to hold snacks for kids. You can pour snacks such as trail mix, goldfish or animal crackers, dried fruit, mini marshmallows, popcorn or pretzels into a...

  • countryroad
    Roads that lead to frugality

    Frugal living is different for everyone. It’s interesting to know what starts people on the frugal path. Some people stumble onto frugality by accident, have had a specific experience, such as unemployment, that pushed them into frugality,...