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  • Easy homemade gift ideas

    As the school year winds down, activities seem to ramp up. You might need flowers for this occasion or a gift for another. Here’s a few homemade gift ideas that work well for any time of year....

  • Comfort Zone

    Are you on auto-pilot? Sometimes you get comfortable. You do what you do because it’s what you’ve been doing for a long time. Routines can offer security. You might blame time or money as being the reason...

  • Save space in tight quarters

    DEAR SARA: We purchased a new camper this year and have been camping twice with it. Fun! However, we are climbing over our clothes and different items every time we go in it, and I can’t stand...

  • Surprise mail for kids and more

    If you have kids or grandkids, you know how all of their crafty little supplies can get messy to cart around. I like the first tip for organizing supplies and projects. I’m a fan of story sacks...

  • Save money by making it yourself

    It's hard to believe how many items you can make yourself. While some make-it-yourself projects can be complex, most are quick and painless. Try a few and you might never go back to your ready-made "convenience" ways....

  • Camping: The frugal family vacation

    The world is split between those who camp and those who don't. I have never figured out the fascination with it. I love nature, hiking, cooking outdoors and being away from it all, but I just can't...

  • Maybe you’ve been frugal all along

    Many people practice frugality and don't realize it. It's just a way of life. Some tips are practical, while others seem extreme or too time-consuming.

  • Store salads for freshness

    DEAR SARA: How do you store your bagged salads? I bought a couple of bags of salad on sale last night. I’m curious to know how you store yours without it getting brown really fast. — Mickee,...

  • Life-inspired recipes sure to get the point across

    Some recipes are so good that you want to keep them a secret. Maybe you or someone you know makes the absolute best desserts. There’s never any extra, and they’re lick-the-bowl delicious. They can work miracles, too....

  • What’s a Mary Ann pan?

    DEAR SARA: I asked my mother-in-law what my sister-in-law might like for her upcoming birthday. She told me she wanted a Mary Ann pan. I was too embarrassed to ask what it is. What is it? —...

  • Use a thermos for more than coffee

    Say goodbye to ugly, messy gravy globs. If you don’t have a thermos, you can use a fondue pot or slow cooker to keep it hot. KEEP GRAVY HOT: During the holidays, if you want to keep...

  • Warm up your space with houseplants

    Winter is my favorite time of year. The days are shorter and home is where I want to be. With the cold temperatures, I embellish my home with comfortable items that make each room feel cozy, such...