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    A handy use for coffee filters

    Coffee filters can be used for more than simply brewing coffee. If you’ve recently switched to a reusable filter or are low on paper towels, paper filters can be used for many of the same purposes as...

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    Easy homemade-gift ideas

    The holidays are almost here. Many people could kick themselves for not setting aside money. Again. Not to mention the long list of people to which they “need” to give gifts. More people are making homemade gifts...

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    Let go of sentimental clutter

    Dear Sara: Are you sentimental with material possessions, and do you have a hard time getting rid of them? We had my great aunt and great uncle over for supper this evening, and the topic of being...

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    Try secondhand appliances

    Sometimes you buy appliances only to find that you don’t really use them. There are times they might not perform the way you expected, too. It’s great if you’re able to borrow an appliance from friends or...

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    Use ice cube trays for leftovers

    Ice cube trays are perfect little organizers. They can be used to freeze herbs, coffee/tea and baby food. They stack easily, so use them to organize jewelry, loose change, tacks, paper clips, small screws and bolts or...

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    Five Ways To Cut Costs, But Not Nutrition

    Having a nutritious diet doesn’t have to break the bank. All you have to do is cook at home more often, and apply some simple methods when you shop for ingredients. Enjoy the change, then you’ll enjoy...

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    Knock their socks off with a family-friendly menu

    If you’re frugal, you’re probably used to streamlining your menu plan. Maybe you make an incredible roast when company comes over, but what about when you want to break away from the expected? The following menu can...

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    Try secondhand items before buying new

    Sometimes you buy appliances only to find that you don’t really use them. There are times they might not perform the way you expected, too. It’s great if you’re able to borrow an appliance from friends or...

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    Make fun halloween treats

    Dear Sara: I need to bring in a Halloween snack or some sort of treat for my daughter’s kindergarten class. I’m not as creative as some of these crafty moms, so I’m looking for something cute and...

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    Best way to store potatoes

    Dear Sara: What is the best way to store potatoes? I have a problem with them sprouting and going soft. I’ve been storing them in a natural bamboo basket, uncovered, on the counter. Now that we’re moving...

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    Easy to clean granite counter tops

    Dear Sara: About a year ago we remodeled our kitchen and put in a black ground-granite sink. All the cleaners I have used leave a white film on it. Any suggestions? — Jean, email Dear Jean: Use...

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    Replacing paper towels with cloth alternatives

    Dear Sara: I need a paper towel replacement. I’ve used coupons and taken advantage of sales, but paper towels are still too expensive. I’d like to replace them with a really absorbent cloth. (Back when I could...