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  • Grow a frugal garbage garden

    As a child, you might have grown a sweet potato plant in a glass of water. The tuber’s eyes grow slips, and the slips can be removed, rooted and planted outside. You can plant avocado pits, celery...

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    Decide to ditch or keep your landline

    Frugal families sometimes splurge on technology. For example, it might seem odd for a family on a budget to have a landline phone and multiple cell phones. But there are plenty of valid reasons to have both...

  • Easy ways to remove wrinkles from clothes

    DEAR SARA: Iron or dryer? I often will delay ironing until I have a huge pile of it. If I have enough for a full dryer load, which is cheaper: ironing for over an hour or putting...

  • Upcycle and reuse with decoupage

    Decoupage can give ordinary objects a new look. It’s simple cutting and pasting. You can use fabric, tissue or paper (magazine cutouts, wallpaper, greeting cards, old calendars, etc.) to achieve beautiful results on most any material, such...

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    Ways to prevent and treat lice

      Hear the words “head lice” and you probably start itching. Parents dread to discover their child has lice. They’re contagious, and, while they don’t jump or fly, they travel from head to head easily. With kids...

  • Helping Winter Wildlife on a Budget

    Most gardeners, on some level, are concerned about the state of the local ecological environment. Gardening and wildlife are synonymous with one another, with certain members of the natural world playing a key part in pest control...

  • Use old canning jars for decoration

    DEAR SARA: I need help with old glass-top canning jars. I was given two boxes of glass-top canning jars. They have the orange rubber seal and the metal that is around and on top of the jar....

  • BISSELL Steam & Sweep contest

    This contest is sponsored by BISSELL. I own another brand steam mop that had awesome online reviews. In fact, the hype partially encouraged me to buy it. It didn’t live up to the hype. I was disappointed....

  • Christmas Bulb Planters That Keep on Giving

    With Christmas only just around the corner its time to get creative, and for the garden minded fantastic gifts can be easily and cheaply made from a variety of bulbs. By creating a gift incorporating both seasonal...

  • Clean your ceiling fan

    A dusty ceiling fan can damage the motor. Dust can fly around whenever you turn it on, too. Some people can reach their fan with a step stool or small ladder, but even that can be a...

  • Alternative uses for dryer sheets

    The top tip I get is for cutting dryer sheets in half. Using them twice ranks second. Many people don’t use dryer sheets. They prefer liquid fabric softener; vinegar; a combination of vinegar, baking soda and water;...

  • Make your own dish soap

    DEAR SARA: I am looking for homemade dish-washing soap recipe. Not the homemade automatic dishwasher kind. — Yvonne, Texas DEAR YVONNE: Here are two dish soap (not dishwasher) recipes. 1/4 cup soap flakes (grated ivory) 2 cups...