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  • old towels
    New uses for old towels

    Bath towels are long-lasting, but at some point they need to be replaced. Maybe they’re no longer as absorbent as they should be, or are tattered or frayed. Rather than throw them away, give them a second...

  • hydrogen peroxide deskunk
    Uses for hydrogen peroxide

    Hydrogen peroxide has many uses. You probably have a dusty brown bottle in the back of your cabinet. Pull it off the shelf, check if it’s 3-percent grade and use it around your home. If you don’t...

  • hard boiled eggs ice
    Peeling hard-boiled eggs

    Older eggs peel more easily than fresher eggs when they’re hard-boiled. You can plunge eggs in ice water directly after cooking and then roll them on the counter to remove shells with ease, too. The first reader...

  • coconut oil
    Uses for coconut oil

    Coconut oil is versatile and affordable. It’s the oil of choice for frugal families. Keep some on hand to use in your kitchen for cooking and a myriad of other uses around your home. How do you...

  • diapers
    Donate to your local diaper bank

      Dear Sara: I have a few disposable baby diapers leftover and was wondering if you had any ideas on a frugal way to use them. — Kathy P., West Virginia Dear Kathy: Rather than finding a...

  • fabric softener
    Use less to save more

    One way to save money is by using less of a product. It’s easy to use less without compromising quality and results. Some examples include using less sugar, dish soap, shampoo, paper towels or meat. The first...

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    Make your own beauty products

    Natural ingredients make your skin feel great, and chances are you already have some of the items needed to make your own beauty products. The following beauty recipes are easy to make, and you control the ingredients....

  • keurig
    Using refillable cups on single-cup brewing systems

      Dear Sara: How much coffee do you put in your Keurig My K-Cup? I’d like to start using ours, but I’ve read horror stories from those who have overfilled and under-filled their cups. — Libby, Canada...

  • compost bin
    Make a compost bin

    You can reuse a plastic coffee canister or ice cream tub in your kitchen for scraps and when it’s full, dump it into a larger compost container or pile. You can make a kitchen compost pail from...

  • apple tree
    Combat price hikes on food

    Food prices are rising. Packages are shrinking. Some people aren’t overly concerned over the price hikes. But frugal families do watch their food budget closely, because every dollar and cent counts, right? Here are a few ways...

  • olive oil
    Make homemade polish

      Dear Sara: I’m looking for a homemade polish for my kitchen cabinets. My cabinets are dated, so I’m sure most anything is better than the way they look now. Any suggestions? — Lisa H., North Carolina...

  • fried ground beef
    Make-ahead and freeze for quick meals

    Cook meat and poultry, stick it in the freezer and pull it out for quick meals. For example, chicken can be roasted and shredded for sandwiches, quesadillas, soups or casseroles. The first reader tip shares her method...