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  • recipebinders
    Organize your favorite recipes

      Dear Sara: How do you organize and store your favorite recipes? I was thinking of creating a database on my computer, but I thought I would see if maybe there is a better way. — Kim...

  • snackdrawer
    Save on food at work

    Packing a lunch can help you save money at work. Keep foods at your desk or in an emergency snack box in your car with items such as granola bars, peanut butter, crackers, microwave popcorn, applesauce or...

  • granolacoconut
    Non-dessert uses for sweetened coconut

      Dear Sara: I have a bag of sweetened coconut to use up. Do you have any suggestions that 1) are NOT a dessert (my husband is diabetic) and 2) do not involve shrimp (my husband is...

  • microwavepopcorn
    Make every kernel pop

    There always seem to be a few unpopped kernels when you make popcorn. You can save the kernels and make your own homemade microwave popcorn. Place 1/4 cup of popcorn kernels in a paper bag. You can...

  • tub
    New uses for plastic ice cream tubs

    Plastic ice cream containers seem too good to throw away. They’re bulky, so you don’t want to save them without having a purpose for them. Some are now available as a square container. This makes them great...

  • budvases
    Clean a cloudy vase

      Dear Sara: I have a small vase that has become cloudy after having water in it. Do you have a remedy for this? I know that you can purchase CLR, but I do not need that...

  • firewood
    Prepare for winter ahead of time

    It’s time to think about winter-proofing your home. Many supplies are cheaper in the off months. You’ll save more money if you implement changes before the cold strikes because many changes work well to keep homes cool...

  • jigsawpuzzle
    Enjoy frugal holiday fun

    Plan ahead for the upcoming holidays. If buying gifts or supplies far in advance isn’t your thing, you can still think about ideas for free and low-cost ways to enjoy the season. What frugal activities or traditions...

  • acrylicpaints
    Remove paint from carpet

      Dear Sara: I spilled some acrylic paint on my carpet while doing a craft. (I had put newspaper down, but I dropped the bottle when I went to put the cap on.) How do I get...

  • shampoos
    Use up unwanted shampoo

    Shampoo can be used in a variety of ways in your household. This is helpful when you have an accumulation of free samples, or when you clean out your closet and find older, partially used bottles. Samples...

  • homemadepeanutbutter
    Make homemade peanut butter

    Add peanut butter to your list of things to make yourself. It’s natural, quick and easy. If you make your own fruit preserves and bread, the homemade peanut butter will complete a sandwich taste sensation. You can...