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  • Try tortilla alternatives

      Dear Sara: While on vacation I saw a lady with a rectangular type of flat bread, which she claimed was lower in fat and healthier than regular tortillas. Do you know what this might be? Do...

  • Creative ways to give money as a gift

    Money is a great gift because you know the recipient will put it to use. But much like lottery tickets, concert tickets and gift cards, sometimes simply giving it in a plain envelope seems unimaginative. The first...

  • Creative ways to wrap gift cards

    Gift cards are practical gifts, but they have a reputation as last-minute gifts or an easy way out. While it’s true that a plain, unwrapped gift card can be a bit awkward to give and receive by...

  • Switch to cloth shower curtains

      Dear Sara: I’ve been hearing about how vinyl shower curtains contain the “no-no” PVC as well as other not-so-nice chemicals. The recommendation is to replace them with cloth shower curtains. My first thought is that cloth...

  • Shop around for lower-cost groceries

      It can be cheaper to buy food at stores other than the grocery store. You can shop ethnic markets, bread stores, dollar stores, pharmacies such as Walgreens, warehouse clubs or discount grocery stores such as Aldi....

  • Give homemade gifts to kids

      How many shopping days until Christmas? You have plenty of time to make some gifts for the children on your list. Odds are you have some of the supplies already. Visit www.frugalvillage.com/2009/08/21/easy-homemade-gifts-for-kids/ for some ideas. Try...

  • Freeze leftover cooked rice

      Dear Sara: Can cooked rice be frozen? — Kelly H., New York Dear Kelly: Yes, you can freeze rice. I let cooked rice cool, then I package it in freezer storage bags. I flatten the bag...

  • Uses for coffee filters

    Coffee filters can be used for more than simply brewing coffee. If you’ve recently switched to a reusable filter or cut out your daily java, those spare paper filters can be used for many of the same...

  • Enjoy a stress-free Thanksgiving

    Preparing a large holiday meal can be stressful. It’s not easy to plan, prepare and coordinate cooking times for the entire menu. If you’re smart, you’ll lighten the load by planning a potluck with family and friends....

  • Wash down pillows at home

      Dear Sara: How can I clean down pillows without taking them to the dry cleaner? — Jaime, New Jersey Dear Jaime: Fluff down pillows daily. Every few weeks, air them near a window or outside. Keep...

  • Don’t toss your cereal bags

    Plastic cereal bags are great liners that can be reused. You can use them to store baked goods or a sandwich, apply breadcrumb coatings to meat, fish and poultry, roll up cookie dough logs, contain ingredients to...

  • Set a routine for school mornings

    Getting children to school can be stressful. Organization not only makes mornings run more smoothly (which is especially helpful on days when you’re running late), but it teaches young children valuable life skills. Put a few tools...