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  • Flip for easy-to-make pancakes

    Making pancakes can be time consuming. To shorten the time, you can bake the batter in muffin tins and cake pans. Visit www.frugalvillage.com/2010/02/21/bake-a-cake-for-breakfast/ for directions. Still prefer to use a griddle or skillet? Reuse a large-size ketchup...

  • Combat single-sock syndrome

    Mismatched socks can pile up quickly. You hang onto them hoping to find their mates. Sometimes you do, so you might create a home for them made out of a basket, bag or a spare drawer. If...

  • Uses for leftover maraschino cherry juice

    DEAR SARA: What do I do with the juice left in the maraschino cherry jars? I have 2-1/2 jars full of the stuff! And a bacon grease/brown sugar mixture left from a batch of cocktail weenies. I...

  • Shave hard butter for easy spreading

    You can use a vegetable peeler for more than peeling vegetables. It’s handy for shaving chocolate for baking or hot beverages or try it on hard cheeses. Use it to shave rather than peel vegetables such as...

  • 5 Tips for Spending Less

    Everyone knows that if you want to get your finances in order and start being smart about your financial future, you need to make a financial plan. And there is lots of terrific advice out there from...

  • Uses for witch hazel

    Witch hazel is a cheap product that has multiple uses. Maybe you have a bottle of it in your cabinet collecting dust. Many people use it as an astringent/facial toner a couple of times and then put...

  • Scrape up some dough

    DEAR SARA: Dough scrapers: metal or plastic? Which do you prefer? I don’t have one yet and want to buy it only once! — Rosie, Canada DEAR ROSIE: I like them both. I use them for different...

  • Charlie’s Soap Contest

    This contest is sponsored by Charlie’s Soap (http://www.charliesoap.com/). If you’ve been a member on the forums for a while, you’ve read many members raving about Charlie’s Soap. Here’s one thread you can read: http://www.frugalvillage.com/forums/laundry/127595-charlies-soap.html Like Charlie’s Soap...

  • Make quick and easy eggs for breakfast

    Think you don’t have time for breakfast? The first reader tip shares a quick and easy breakfast tip. It’s a great way to use some small amounts of leftovers and can be made using Egg Beaters, too....

  • Make your home cozy on a budget

    The Christmas decorations are packed away. You miss the festive flair for a while afterward. You want your home to have that same cozy feeling throughout the year. Maybe your budget hasn’t recovered from holiday splurging. Warming...

  • Don’t toss your old car floor mats

    DEAR SARA: I’m thinking about buying new floor mats for my car, but I do not want to throw out the old ones. Do you have any ideas? — Melissa, e-mail DEAR MELISSA: I’d use them in...

  • Use a spray bottle for dishes

    Ever have a dish or two in the sink that you want to wash? Don’t wait for more dirty dishes before you hand wash or keep the faucet running or fill a sink with soap and water...