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  • eggshells
    Take a crack at using eggshells

    Keep or toss? You make this decision many times each week with a wide variety of items. Clearly, you can’t and shouldn’t save everything simply because it can be reused sometime later. A handful of bread bag...

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    Use up leftover candy canes

    Candy canes are popular during the Christmas season. But once the holiday is over, these festively striped candy leftovers tend to get thrown away or sit untouched. With candy canes now being made available in a wide...

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    Seek out alternative uses for products

    Lean toward buying products that offer alternate and multiple purposes. A few examples include vinegar, rubbing alcohol, witch hazel, baking soda and Fels-Naptha. This mindset can help you consider other household items that have alternative uses, so...

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    Be thoughtful when giving secondhand gifts

      Dear Sara: What are your thoughts on giving secondhand gifts? I see many things my friends and family would like at thrift stores and I’m tempted to give some as gifts, but I’m afraid I’ll appear...

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    Reuse egg cartons

      Egg cartons are sturdy containers. If you’re used to throwing them away, save one or two and put them to use in your home, use them for gifts or donate them. Here’s how: Gift: Money can...

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    Store baking pans with ease

      Dear Sara: How do you store your baking pans and cookie sheets? — Karen, Texas Dear Karen: I have a double wall oven with a deep drawer underneath it. I place some in there and I...

  • eggcartonseeds
    Make your own frugal drawer organizers

    Drawers are a common catch-all area. Even though they’re hidden from view when shut, they can be extremely frustrating when you need to access anything inside them. Stores sell all types of solutions, but you can get...

  • icefeathers
    Keep the cold out this winter

    During the cold months, your utility bills can be considerably higher. You can combat this by scheduling an energy audit through your utility company. They’ll give you tips such as insulating your water heater, attic and pipes,...

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    Wrap large-sized gifts for less

      Dear Sara: Any tips for wrapping large gift items? — Kelly, Illinois Dear Kelly: The dollar stores sell cheap tablecloths. I’d use that to wrap a large gift item. You could make reusable, draw-string fabric gift...

  • cookielogs
    Freeze foods to avoid waste

    Frugal families use their freezers to stock-up on food. While some foods don’t freeze well, such as mayonnaise, lettuce or cucumbers, there are quite a few foods that you might not think would freeze well that actually...

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    Try homemade natural cleaners

    You can replace some store-bought cleaning products with safer alternatives that are easy to make and economical. The basic ingredients are items that are either readily available in your home or easy to find at your local...

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    Make meatloaf in a mug

      Dear Sara: I have made cake in a mug and coffee cup scrambled eggs. Do you have any similar recipes? Love your column in the local newspaper. Keep up the good work. — Carolyn H., email...