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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...

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    Be careful when gifting keepsakes

    Dear Sara: I’m looking for gifts ideas for a new daughter-in-law. I’m considering family recipes, photos of her husband when he was a child and maybe an address book containing all the addresses, phone numbers and important...

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    Use a bread trough to bake multiple loaves

    Dear Sara: I read your recipe for No-Knead French Bread and am curious about the bread trough. I thought those were wooden bowls to knead dough, not something to put in the oven. Could you please clarify...

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    Reuse zippered bags

    New bedding is frequently sold in plastic zippered bags. These can be reused to organize items such as toys and games, craft projects and supplies, seasonal clothing or Christmas wrapping supplies, just to name a few. How...

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    Reuse coffee cans

    Coffee cans are great storage containers. They have a tight-fitting lid, come in different sizes, are portable, and some even have a wide-grip handle. Their durability makes them a smarter choice than glass jars for many storage...

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    Take classes online

    If you’ve been thinking about taking a class but money has been stopping you, there are plenty of free online classes available: – Yale offers free introductory courses at oyc.yale.edu. – Open Courseware Consortium is a collaborative...

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    Pay less at learning centers

    Get a cheaper haircut or various other salon services from students at a beauty school. Visit beautyschoolsdirectory.com to find one close to you. Along the same lines, you can find cheaper dental services at dental schools and...