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  • Frugal living: Tips for pie dough and candy cane treats Dec 12, 2012 9:10 AM
    Sara Noel shares readers' tips for creating dipped candy canes to enjoy with hot chocolate or coffee and using pie dough scraps, curing and smoking your own bacon at home and much more.

  • Frugal living: Stock a beginnger’s spice rack Dec 13, 2012 10:18 AM
    Frugal Living's Sara Noel suggests stocking a spice pantry with oregano, cinnamon, garlic and onion powder, basil, thyme, rosemary, chili powder, red pepper flakes, nutmeg, paprika, cumin, ginger, cloves, allspice, celery and parsley.

  • Frugal living: Letting go of sentimental clutter Nov 28, 2012 1:00 AM
    Sarah Noel has the cure for sentimental clutter. "Maybe rather than donating family gifts, you could give them to other family members or sell them," she suggests. "It often helps assuage feelings of guilt to know that these items are going to a good home. You don’t have to be the family museum."

  • Frugal living: Storing, and re-growing green onions Nov 16, 2012 8:03 AM
    Sara Noel's the answer lady when it comes to wondering how to store or even regrow green onions, how to make cupcake cones or ideas for low-cost gifts.

  • Frugal living: Repurposing items for easy organization Oct 10, 2012 6:05 AM
    Over-the-door pocket organizers work well for more than just shoes. They’re space-savers, and the pockets can be labeled easily. Use one to organize socks, hats, gloves, scarves, school/craft supplies, pantry supplies such as lunch snacks, or bathroom essentials such as washcloths, hair products, soap and toothpaste.

  • Frugal living: Freeze dairy products before they spoil Sep 26, 2012 1:35 PM
    Dairy products often spoil before you can use the entire carton. Milk, chocolate milk, buttermilk and eggnog can be frozen (before they expire) in ice cube trays and transferred to freezer storage bags to enjoy later. One quart fills three trays. The frozen cube form makes them ideal for smoothies.

  • Frugal living: New uses for ice cream scoops Aug 22, 2012 7:10 AM
    Ice cream scoops work on more than just ice cream. Use the tool to portion pancakes, muffins, meatballs and more. One reader, S.B. from Pennsylvania, shares: "I use an ice cream scoop for perfect cookies! Everyone always comments on how nice they look.

  • Reader shares solutions for washing produce Aug 15, 2012 6:45 AM
    To remove wax from your produce, wash it and use a vegetable brush. You can buy fruit/vegetable wash or make your own by adding a tablespoon of lemon juice and a tablespoon of baking soda in a large bowl of water or a clean sink. Scrub with the veggie brush (a new nail brush or baby bottle brush will work if you can't find a vegetable brush) and rinse well.

  • Frugal living: Reusing mesh bags and toning down cinnamon Aug 8, 2012 9:33 AM
    The durable mesh bags that produce such as onions or oranges are sold in can be saved and reused. Use them for bagging your produce when you're shopping (instead of using disposable plastic produce bags) or reuse one as a beach bag.

  • Chopsticks good for more than eating noodles Jul 18, 2012 6:00 AM
    Disposable wooden chopsticks are often taken home by kids after eating out. You might throw them away without ever using them, or you may have a small collection in your junk drawer. Sara Noel shares some ways to use them.

  • Frugal living: Create a plan for leftovers Jul 4, 2012 6:52 AM
    Readers share tips for using up leftovers, peeling garlic and making applesauce.

  • Tips for storing ginger and cleaning grease Jun 20, 2012 6:20 AM
    You can store ginger in plastic wrap, a Ziploc baggie or a paper lunch bag in the refrigerator. You can grate it and freeze it. You can even grow it and it will stay fresh that way. Simply select a ginger root with multiple growth buds.

  • Stale marshmallows still can be useful Jun 7, 2012 4:32 PM
    Store your marshmallows in the freezer. Freeze them in an airtight container or a freezer storage bag. They thaw quickly and won't stick together or go stale. If they are already stuck together, add a little powdered sugar to the bag and shake until they fall apart.

  • Freezing onions and picking pineapple May 16, 2012 5:49 AM
    Sara Noel dishes advice for freezing onion, picking the perfect pineapple, making homemade steak sauce and offers ideas for using leftover corn bread.

  • Frugal living: Using leftover ham glaze May 9, 2012 4:18 PM
    Sara Noel shares tip for making chili for chili dogs, suggestions for using up ham glaze and what type of beef to use for home-ground burgers.

  • Coconut oil has many uses outside the kitchen Apr 18, 2012 3:39 PM
    Coconut oil is versatile and affordable. Its 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. Use it to make deoderant and toothpaste, in your hair, or for seasoning popcorn.

  • Uses for your leftover Easter eggs Apr 9, 2012 12:59 PM
    Sara Noel dishes out ideas for using up leftover Easter eggs and shares readers' tips for reusing gift-wrap and video tape cases and being coupon saavy.

  • Using refillable cups on single-serve brewing systems Apr 5, 2012 6:08 AM
    Sara Noel dishes out tips for refilling cups for single-serve brewing systems, getting glue off mayonnaise jars and preserving turnips.

  • Inventive ways to waste less food Mar 14, 2012 2:02 PM
    Spoilage is the primary cause of food waste. Buying food in larger quantities can save money, but only if you use it up before it goes bad. On my community forums, members participate in our annual No More Wasted Food Challenge, which helps everyone to be vigilant about reducing food waste for the upcoming year.

  • Snack on frozen banana and peanut butter Feb 15, 2012 6:00 AM
    Sara Noel gives suggestions for using frozen bananas and oatmeal cookies and answers reader questions about nail polish stains and homemade winshield washer fluid.

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