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  • The best way to pack dishes

    DEAR SARA: What’s the best box for packing china? I have lots of china. I own about 16 place settings, plus a bunch of more complete pieces. I’m wondering whether it would be more secure in Rubbermaid...

  • Make foods with peel appeal

    When prepping fruits and vegetables, do you throw a lot away? Often, we toss out potato, apple and orange peels. Or maybe you don’t use the entire broccoli and only eat the florets. These can be eaten....

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    Try frugal substitutes

      One common weight-loss tool is making choices from a food exchange list. Frugality works in a similar way. You can make decisions based on available alternatives. Instead of losing weight, you save money, use what you...

  • Save money, learn to cook

    Many people eat out because they’re too busy to cook. But some people simply don’t know how. It’s frustrating to waste food, so you might not want to try anything new. These are situations that start the...

  • Six easy summer fruit salads

    Cool and refreshing, colorful fruit salads can be served any time of the day. They’re a perfect light dish for indoor and outdoor gatherings. You can add your favorite seasonal fruit to any of the following recipes...

  • Soaps Gone Buy laundry soap contest

    This contest giveaway is sponsored by Soaps Gone Buy. The homemade laundry soap kit contest giveaway that Stephanie Woods with Soaps Gone Buy sponsored a while back was a hit with readers. Pre-grated soap is a great...

  • Red Gold contest winners

    May is national salad month. To celebrate, Red Gold generously sponsored this contest giveaway. The winners are Liane (entry 188) and Dean (entry 104) Congratulations! Enjoy your prize. Thank you to everyone that entered. For recipes using...

  • Useful DIY wedding favors

    DEAR SARA: Do you keep the little keepsake wedding favors given out at weddings? How do you decide on if/how to keep it? Is it kept because it’s something unique or practical? I’m trying to get an...

  • Make a recycled clothespin holder

    Hanging laundry to dry requires hauling clothespins. You can carry them in various containers such as a plastic ice cream pail, plastic milk jug, a pillowcase, a toddler dress or shirt (sewn on the bottom) or jean...

  • Use frugal storage solutions

    Warm weather motivates many of us to clean and organize. Storage containers can be expensive. While some can be well worth the cost (large Rubbermaid totes come to mind), others can be replaced with containers you already...

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    8 ways to garden on the cheap

        Garden season doesn’t have to be costly. If you head out to a retail store and buy everything all at once, it’s going to add up quickly. But if you do some careful planning and...

  • Pleasing peas prepared six ways

    photo by EraPhernalia Vintage Peas are a summer favorite. They’re delicious steamed with mint, parsley, lemon, marjoram, rosemary or thyme. When selecting them, check for firmness and look for peas that are shiny and bright green. They...