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  • New uses for tea Feb 1, 2012 4:22 PM
    Do you dunk and ditch your tea bags? If you're not a tea snob, chances are you reuse a tea bag to make a second cup of tea. There are other ways to use and reuse them around your home and garden.

  • Dehyrating foods and no-bake cookies Jan 18, 2012 1:15 PM
    Sara Noel dispeneses advice on freezing carrots, dehydrating celery, making moist, no-bake cookies and gifts the whole family can enjoy in this week's Frugal Living column.

  • Tips for tortillas and turnips Dec 28, 2011 8:47 AM
    Sara Noel gives tips for making tortillas and freezing turnips and almond milk. And did you know Off bug spray can remove nail polish from clothes?

  • Have a festive, frugal Christmas Dec 22, 2011 2:31 PM
    Christmas is almost here. This week, I've compiled reader tips that will help you hide gifts, have frugal holiday fun, make a couple of gifts for kids and pets.

  • Surprising places for lower cost groceries Nov 30, 2011 8:38 AM
    It can be cheaper to buy food at stores other than the grocery store. You can shop ethnic markets, bread stores, dollar stores, pharmacies such as Walgreens, warehouse clubs or discount grocery stores such as Aldi. For state-by-state listings of salvage grocery stores, visit www.frugalvillage.com/forums/discount-stores/97055-salvage-grocery-list-state.html.

  • Uses for leftover cream of wheat Oct 19, 2011 11:18 AM
    Sara Noel and her readers share ideas for using leftover cream of wheat, ways to deoredize your sink and slippers and crafts for the masses.

  • New uses for plastic ice cream tubs Sep 21, 2011 12:03 PM
    Plastic ice cream containers seem too good to throw away. They’re bulky, so you don’t want to save them without having a purpose for them. Some are now available as a square container. This makes them great space-saving storage or gift containers.

  • Make handy holiday mixes Sep 7, 2011 12:02 PM
    Tips for homemade taco seasoning, inexpensive wedding favors and dry goods storage at home in your own pantry.

  • Homemade peanut butter thatís quick and easy Aug 24, 2011 3:57 PM
    Quick and easy recipes for making peanut butter, chunky and smooth, at home as well as tips for freezing biscuit dough.

  • Donít toss leftover buns Aug 18, 2011 10:37 AM
    Youíd rather have too many hamburger buns than not enough. But when there are some leftover buns, youíre faced with a keep-or-toss decision. Donít let them sit on the counter until they mold or hide them in the back of the freezer. Donít throw them away, either.

  • Keep Epsom salt on hand Jul 5, 2011 2:05 PM
    Epsom salt brings thoughts of a relaxing bath. you might pour it directly into your bath water or incorporate it into homemade bath salts or bath bombs. It can be used for more than just soothing aching muscles.

  • Other uses for lasagna noodles Jun 29, 2011 1:10 PM
    When your pantry is low on supplies, itís time to get creative. If youíre down to a box of lasagna noodles and donít have any other type of pasta, donít despair. They have uses other than to make lasagna.

  • Dry pack flour and other household tips Jun 14, 2011 2:56 PM
    In a recent newspaper article, a lady inquired about dry-pack canning. How long will flour keep using this method? Also, will this method prevent weevils from hatching out in flour, as they sometimes do? Does it matter if it is bleached or unbleached flour?

  • Storing bulk flour May 17, 2011 2:19 PM
    Q. What is a fair price for canning jars? Iím going to try dry-pack canning, and I want to buy brand new jars, seals and lids.

  • Frugal Living: Zappy ways to use your microwave May 10, 2011 12:31 PM
    Frugal families tend to buy multipurpose products. But sometimes thereís a household item you rarely use. Youíll either sell or donate it or dust it off and find new ways to use it. One such item is a microwave.

  • Don’t throw it a-whey May 4, 2011 10:30 AM
    Leftover liquid whey from making yogurt or cheese can be added to recipes for extra protein. You can use it to soak beans or cook rice or in place of water for pizza dough, biscuits and oatmeal.

  • Colander uses won't strain your brain Apr 26, 2011 1:07 PM
    Colanders last a long time. But through heavy use, they get chipped, dented, partially rusted or melted. Eventually, you'll need to replace your old colander with a new one. Don't throw the old one away. There are multiple creative ways to use it even if it's not in perfect condition. If your colander is still in great shape, I've included a few ways to make it multitask.

  • Dishwashers can do more than dishes Mar 29, 2011 3:57 PM
    Dishwashers make clean up a snap. This timesaving appliance can clean more than dishes, too. Some items shouldn't be cleaned in a dishwasher, such as cast iron, wooden or brass items, crystal, quality knives and many types of pots and pans. But there are plenty of household items that are dishwasher-safe. What have you cleaned in your dishwasher?

  • Frugal living: Clean and freshen your microwave Feb 15, 2011 11:49 AM
    Microwaves get dirty and smelly. It can be a pain to keep clean if you don’t clean it immediately after splatters or spills. To clean your microwave with ease, simply add a microwave-safe bowl, a couple of tablespoons of lemon juice and 1 cup water (or Ĺ cup white distilled vinegar and Ĺ cup water).

  • New use for vegetable peeler Feb 8, 2011 6:48 PM
    Sara Noel says you can use a vegetable peeler for more than peeling vegetables. It’s handy for shaving chocolate for baking or hot beverages or for hard cheeses. Use it to shave rather than peel vegetables such as asparagus to top pizza, or shaved carrots, zucchini or cucumbers for salad, too.

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