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  • Avoid eating out by having a plan Sep 4, 2013 9:54 AM
    Having a weekly meal plan helps busy families avoid eating out.

  • Frugal living: Tips for washing fruit and vegetables Aug 28, 2013 10:34 AM
    Sara Noel shares tips for frugal living. Today she shares ways to use household ingredients to create your own, low-cost fruit and vegetable wash.

  • Frugal living: Stocking up on vegan ingredients Aug 23, 2013 6:00 AM
    Sara Noel shares advice and tips for frugal lving. She has some tips for a reader who asks about what's best to stock up on for easy vegan cooking. She suggests freezing fresh fruits, vegetables and whole meals.

  • Frugal living: Homemade tater tots for kids and adults Aug 12, 2013 2:25 PM
    Thereís something youthful about tater tots. Theyíre typically purchased frozen, then cooked and served with burgers, hot dogs or sloppy joes. Some families enjoy tater tot casserole, too Tater tots probably donít make the cut as a go-to potato side dish in your meal rotation. But what if you made them yourself? Sure, it takes a bit of work, but itís cheaper than frozen, and it might even become a delicious new option your entire family can enjoy.

  • Frugal living: Use up those leftover hotdogs Aug 8, 2013 2:23 PM
    Hot dogs are versatile leftovers. They're easily frozen and reheated later. Cut some in half, roll them in crescent dough and add some cheese for pigs in a blanket. They can be added to macaroni and cheese or chili, too.

  • Frugal living: Tips for cleaning grease and wax Jul 24, 2013 6:00 AM
    Frugal Living's Sara Noel has tips for making chocolate-covered toffee and cleaning that gunky grease off your stove, hood and under cabinets.

  • Frugal living: Freezing fruits and using up pasta Jul 10, 2013 6:00 AM
    Frugal Living columnist Sara Noel answers readers questions about freezing citrus zest, using up cooked pasta and opening sealed envelopes.

  • Frugal living: cleaning cabinets and making bread Jun 5, 2013 6:31 AM
    Frugal Village founder Sara Noel shares tips for cleaning gunky buildup on kitchen cabinets.

  • Frugal living: Meatless meals and more veggies at dinner May 29, 2013 6:00 AM
    Frugal Living columnist Sara Noel shares ideas for making meatless meals and adding more raw vegetables to your family's diet.

  • Frugal living: Ideas for using up chili sauce and candied fruit May 22, 2013 6:00 AM
    Have extra chili sauce on hand? Sarah Noel says try it in spaghetti sauce, chili, sloppy joes, for shrimp cocktail sauce, on top of meatloaf, as a meat marinade, or in homemade salad dressing.

  • Frugal living: Tips for freezing yeast, juice and rice Apr 24, 2013 6:11 AM
    Sara Noel answers readers questions about freezing yeast, juice and rice. Also offers ideas for using hot chocolate mix.

  • Frugal living: On-the-go snacks Apr 10, 2013 2:58 PM
    Sara Noel answers readers questions about under-cooked turkey, those glaze packets that come with ham and on-the-go-snacking.

  • Frugal living: Food baskets a practical gift for any occasion Apr 3, 2013 11:09 AM
    Recipe gifts are wonderful because all the ingredients are included. While many recipe gifts are for baked goods, you can make a gift basket that includes ingredients for almost anything. Make a food basket with snack items or ingredients for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Don't wait for a special occasion; surprise a busy friend or family member anytime.

  • Frugal living: Tips for freezing turkey, cereal Mar 13, 2013 8:43 AM
    Can you freeze cereal? Sara Noel answers that and other reader questions in her Frugal Living column.

  • Frugal living: Get the most juice from your citrus fruits Feb 20, 2013 11:58 AM
    Sarah Noel shares readers' ideas on juicing citrus, cleaning pots and pans and getting stains out of clothes and upholstery. One reader says she uses a garlic press to squeeze sections of Key limes. This method yields much more juice than juicing by hand.

  • Frugal living: Leftover ideas galore Feb 6, 2013 10:07 AM
    Sara Noel answers readers questions about using up frozen bananas, freezing pizza dough and what to do with under-cooked turkey.

  • Frugal living: Save money with a toaster oven Jan 16, 2013 6:00 AM
    Toaster ovens are a great alternative to regular ovens. They cost less to operate and won't heat up your kitchen as much. Using a toaster is still your cheapest option for toast and bagels, but you can bake, broil, roast or reheat foods such as sandwiches, appetizers, mini pizzas, fish, beef, poultry, desserts, etc., in a toaster oven, too.

  • Frugal living: Using leftover whipped cream and coffee grounds Jan 9, 2013 6:32 AM
    Don't want to waste the heavy cream you bought too much of, or the coffee grounds from your morning wake-up pot? Sara Noel shares ideas for these two common ingredients and tells readers how to eat guavas.

  • Frugal living: Fruit, veggie purees make meals healthier Jan 2, 2013 1:00 AM
    To make your meals healthier, puree fruits and vegetables and incorporate them into your recipes. Some common ways to do this are adding pureed vegetables or fruits into baked goods, such as brownies or muffins (replacing oil with applesauce) or in ground beef dishes, spaghetti sauce, chili or soups.

  • Pick up items on holiday clearance Dec 27, 2012 12:05 PM
    Holiday clearance sales are a great way to buy gift items or add to your home inventory. Many of the items in these sales are not in traditional holiday colors, and clearance products cover much more than just candy and decorations now, too. Shop for kitchen tools, paper goods, home scents, health and beauty items, clothing and accessories, dishes and cookware, craft supplies and appliances.

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