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  • leftoverwallpaper
    Uses for leftover wallpaper

    Wallpaper and borders can be bought cheaply. You can find some that are samples, remnants or discontinued and on clearance. You might come across some at garage sales or thrift stores, too. These are perfect to complete...

  • pizzadoughfreeze
    Freeze homemade pizza

      Dear Sara: I want to make a large batch of pizza dough and freeze it for later. Would I fully bake the dough, then freeze it? Or would I just flash freeze the dough? — S.C.,...

  • foilballs
    Reuse aluminum foil

    Frugal people sometimes get teased for reusing items. For example, you might save aluminum foil to reuse later. While some may find that idea silly, frugal people know there are plenty of ways to put foil to...

  • rubbingalcoholspray
    Remove hairspray residue

      DEAR SARA: I had a longterm house guest, who was an abundant user of hairspray. When she moved out recently, I noticed that the bathroom door, which she always stood in front of to do her...

  • rolldough
    Make super-easy stuffed bread sticks

    Keep a few snack or appetizer recipes on hand. You can whip something together in no time rather than ordering takeout. For example, you might want pizza or donuts. Try making cinnamon tortilla strips. Cut tortillas into...

  • homemadebagels
    Five easy ways to save

    It can be tough to find more ways to save money. Members on my community forums shared ways to save at least $5 a month. Here are some of the highlights to help reach your savings goals....

  • shreddedpaper1
    Manage address labels before shredding

      DEAR SARA: I’m looking for a way to dispose of self-stick address labels without gumming up my shredder. I saw a really simple way of doing it and made the mistake of thinking I would remember...

  • pizza
    Quick and easy pizza dough

    Homemade pizza is frugal and delicious. You can add your leftover tidbits of meat and vegetables for toppings, too. Microwaving leftover pizza can sometimes cause it to get rubbery. One reader, Karen from Iowa, shares: “Instead of...

  • ladder1
    Step up your decor

    Old wooden ladders can be found at garage sales, estate sales and flea markets. It might be too old to be used for its intended purpose, but if you see one (folding or straight) marked low or...

  • magazineracks
    New uses for an old magazine rack

      DEAR SARA: I have quit buying magazines, so what could a magazine rack be used for? –Piney, Arkansas DEAR PINEY: You can use one in the bathroom to store rolled towels, loofahs, shampoos or body wash....

  • soupjar
    Start adding to your gift closet

    Summer is the ideal time to plan ahead for holiday gift-giving. You can find deep discounts in retail stores and there are plenty of secondhand deals at thrift stores, garage sales, Freecycle, etc. Start gathering items to...