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3 tsp =   1 Tbsp
2 Tbsp = 1/8 cup
4 Tbsp = 1/4 cup
5 Tbsp + 1 tsp = 1/3 cup
8 Tbsp = 1/2 cup
10 Tbsp + 2 tsp = 2/3 cup
12 Tbsp = 3/4 cup
16 Tbsp = 1 cup (8 ounces)
1 cup =  48 tsp
1 cup =  16 Tbsp
1 cup =    8 ounces
2 cups = 16 ounces
2 cups =  1 pint
4 cups =  2 pints
4 cups =  1 quart
8 cups = 64 ounces
8 cups =  4 pints
8 cups =  1/2 gallon
1 quart =  32 ounces
1 quart =   2 pints
4 quarts = 128 ounces
4 quarts = 1 gallon
16 ounces = 1 pound




Frugal Cooking Help

More Frugal Food Substitutions

Here are more frugal food substitutions that may come in handy.  Save money by avoiding unnecessary trips to the store that always cost more than planned.
Item Amount Substitute
Baking Powder 1 tsp 1/3 tsp baking soda plus 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
Butter 1 cup 1 cup margarine or 7/8 cup vegetable oil
Buttermilk 1 cup 2 Tbsp lemon juice or vinegar in 1 cup milk
Brown Sugar 1 cup 1 cup white sugar plus 2 Tbsp molasses
Chocolate 1 square 1 sq unsweetened = 3 Tbsp cocoa plus 1 Tbsp shortening
Eggs 1 1 Tbsp soy flour plus 1 Tbsp water
Flour, white 1 cup 1 cup oat flour
Flour, self-rising 1 cup 1 cup all-purpose flour plus 1 1/2 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp salt
Flour, for thickening 1 Tbsp 1/2 Tbsp cornstarch  or 2 tsp. quick-cooking tapioca
Herbs 1 Tbsp 1 Tbsp fresh = 1 tsp dried
Honey 1 cup 1 1/4 cup sugar plus 1/4 cup water
Lemon Juice 1 tsp 1 tsp vinegar
Milk, whole 1 cup 1/2 cup evaporated milk plus 1/2 cup water
Onions, chopped 1/4 cup 1 Tbsp dried minced onion
Yogurt 1 cup 1 cup buttermilk




My Favorite Frugal Breadmaker Recipe

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My Favorite Breadmaker Recipe, by Nikki Willhite

A half wheat flour and half white flour recipe for the breadmaker machine.

Bread making machines are not expensive. They are frugal, as it doesn't take long for them to pay for themselves.  One of my favorite frugal dinners is soup and hot bread. The taste of fresh bread is surpassed only by the smell of bread baking in the bread machine.  It is frugal, and it is fabulous... more


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Frugal Food Substitutions



Cake Flour Remove 2 Tbsps of flour for every cup of flour
Self-Rising Flour Add 1 tsp of baking powder and 1/4 tsp of salt to every cup of flour


Out-of-Milk Use 1/2 cup evaporated milk mixed with 1/2 cup water
Buttermilk Add 2 Tbsp milk and 1 Tbsp vinegar or lemon juice to 1 cup milk.  Let set 10 minutes
Whole Milk Add 3 Tbsp of cream to 1 cup of skim milk

Cheese and Cream

Cream Cheese Mix 1 cup of cottage cheese with 1/4 cup of butter or margarine
Sour Cream Mix 1 cup of yogurt with 3 Tbsps of melted butter


Baking Powder Mix 1/4 tsp baking soda with 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
Chocolate Use 3 Tbsp cocoa with 2 1/2 tsp butter for one unsweetened baking square
Lemon Juice Use 1/2 tsp white vinegar
Tomato Sauce Add water to tomato paste


Baking Times for Cakes

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Most cakes bake at 350 degrees.  Here are the approximate baking times.


8-inch round pans 35-40 minutes
9-inch round pans 30-35 minutes
13x9x2 inch pan 35-40 minutes
15x10x1 inch pan 25-30 minutes
Bundt cake pan 35 - 60 minutes
Cupcakes 18-23 minutes


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Frugal Creativity

"Use it up,
wear it out,
make it do,
or do without"

Frugal can be creative fun.  Learn to reuse, recycle, repurpose, reinvent, re-imagine... and save money. 


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Updated website with advice to save money in today's world!




Welcome to Frugal Happy Families

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Welcome to the opening page  of Frugal Happy Families. On this site you will find thousands of frugal articles on a variety of subjects.  Click on the subject links to the left to find detailed indexes.  Find the index for frugal money saving tips lower on this page.

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Frugal Home Selling

houseWhen is Staging a House a Waste of Money? by Nikki Willhite-  Situations where home staging is not financially wise. 

Everyone should clean up their house and declutter as much as possible before putting their house up for sale. There can be no doubt about that. However, staging a house is another matter. Staging a house can be expensive... more


New and Featured Frugal Living  Articles on the Site


Frugal Cleaning

cleaning toolsAmmonia Is Not Just a Bad Smell It's a Brilliant Cleaner Too, by Jonny R. Smith The benefits of cleaning with ammonia.

Ammonia cleaning has for may years been seen as bad joke but it is in fact a very effective cleaner if used correctly. In fact ammonia is used for cleaning stains from fabrics and other porous surfaces by the professionals very successfully for a considerable time... more 


Frugal Clutter Control

closet clutter10 Ways to DeClutter Your Home, by Terri Seymour.  A few ideas to help you declutter your home.

Over time our homes, especially if they are smaller homes, have a tendency to accumulate and collect all kinds of treasures, gems and keepsakes, otherwise referred to as ...   "junk". ;-)    Now we all know that one person's trash is another person's treasures, but our homes can only hold so much!!!... more


Frugal Hobbies

ball of yarn and knitting needlesA Beginnerís Guide To Starting A Craft Based Business, by Veronica Scott   How to frugally start a craft business.

Having a craft hobby is relaxing and fun. However, once you have been either knitting or crocheting for many years, you will find you have excess finished projects that you do not need.  They could be baby clothes, hats, scarves or even rugs... more  


Frugal Recipes

Apple Streusel Muffins    Homemade and frugal muffins made with grated apples.

apple muffin

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
. .. more

Frugal Clothing

blue dressThe Most Common Clothing Mistakes, by Ryhan Choudhury.  Mistakes to avoid when choosing clothing, including fabric and style choices.

So many people head online and purchase five pound and under clothing. This is a great way to buy the best brands at the lowest prices, but even when buying affordably priced items, there is no reason you shouldn't take careful note and not make the most common mistakes that everyone else makes.. more


Frugal Utilities

kitchen faucetFrugal Kitchen Faucet Selection, ECO Faucets: Friend or Foe, by Nikki Willhite.   How to choose a kitchen faucet and the new ECO friendly low-flow faucets.

When we picked out our faucet it was with the help of a contractor friend, who explained the different features of faucets and what to look for. Unfortunately, he forget to tell us one very important thing.. more


Frugal Recipes

Easy Strawberry Pie An easy recipe for strawberry pie using Cool Whip, jello, fresh strawberries and a graham cracker pie crust.


1 small box strawberry jello ( 3 ounces)
2/3 cups boiling water and 2 cups ice cubes
Cool Whip ( 8 ounces)
1 cup sliced strawberries .. more



Frugal Decorating

Roller Paint BrushFrugal Living and Interior Decorating, by Sue E Krippner  Frugal ways to decorate your home by redesigning your old stuff.

Some might think the title of this article; Frugal Living and Interior Decorating is an oxymoron; "a combination of contradictory words".

The truth is, when it comes to interior design and decorating, its not about what you have in your home that's frugal but what you do with it. Being frugal should not mean you cannot exploit what you have in your home to use it in the best way possible.. more


Frugal Money

dollar billsFrugal Investing, by Nikki Willhite - Advice for conservative, small income investing.

What is frugal investing? In my mind, it is cautious investing. Most of us are working hard to either stay out of debt, or get out of debt. One of our goals, after we get out of debt, should be to put some money aside, for a multitude of reasons... more



Frugal Recipes

Easy Egg Casserole   Frugal recipe includes buttered bread cubes, milk and cheddar cheese.

boiled eggs and lettuce

4 eggs, beaten
4 slices bread, buttered and cut into cubes
1 cup Cheddar cheese (grated)...

Frugal Recipes

Crockpot Honey Carrots -  Easy and frugal honey glazed carrot recipe.

carrot cartoon

2 lbs carrots, peeled and cut into 1-inch lengths
1/2 cup raisins (golden)
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup honey.. more

Frugal Shopping

shopping cartCraig's List Savings: Shopping on Craig's List, by Nikki Willhite -  How to save money buying items on Craig's list.

Since the beginning of Craig's List, 15 years ago, this service has become a frugal tool for those who like to save money. No more do people have to dive into dumpsters looking for free things. You can find them on Craig's list... more


Frugal Seasonal Decorating

diver cartoonSpring Decorating Tips: Get Ready to Dive, by Nikki Willhite - How to lighten your home and make it fresh for spring.

Spring is a wonderful time of year. It's a time of new beginnings. We feel energized in Spring. Some people may think that decorating for Spring is the same as decorating for Summer... more


Frugal Cooking

nutritionYour Food and Its Vitamins: How to Preserve the Vitamins and Nutrients in Your Food, by Nikki Willhite  How to cook food so that it retains all its nutrients so that you can eat healthier food.

There are many ways to lose the vitamins and nutrients that are in the food we either grow or purchase. One of these ways is by incorrectly cooking the food.  . more


Frugal Green Living

recycle symbolGoing Green in the Kitchen, by Virginia Ginsburg - Tips to waste less product and money in the kitchen.

Bigger packages; less packaging...
Whenever possible, buy products in bulk to avoid the plastic packaging that goes into most food items. The recent trend towards 100-calorie snack bags may be great for our waistlines, but it can increase the packaging of the same amount of product by 20 times... more


Economical Stir Fry Cooking

WokEconomical Stir Fry Cooking, by Nikki Willhite - How to use leftovers and spices to make thrifty stir fry meals.

Stir Fry is a very versatile and easy dish to make, as long as you follow a few rules.  The first one is to use a high quality oil to cook the vegetables. Most people use olive or sesame seed oil. It is expensive, but you do not need to use much. Olive oil is used because it does not break down when heated to high temperatures... more

Frugal Home Security

burglarBudget Home Security Tips, by Nikki Willhite - Frugal tips to protect your home and possessions from burglars.

Recently the police came to our homeowner association and gave us some tips on home security. The crime in our city has gone up an astonishing 50% in just one month... more



Frugal Recipes

Easy Tater Top CasseroleEasy and frugal honey glazed carrot recipe.


1 lb hamburger
1 can cream of chicken soup
.. more

Frugal Happiness

rainbowHow to Be Frugal and Happy, by Nikki Willhite - The way to be happy in life, which doesn't involve money.

It is just as easy to be happy when you are frugal, or struggling with money, than if you have lots of money.  You cannot buy happiness with money.  You may be more comfortable with your physical surroundings, but happiness comes from within... more


Frugal Vacations

camping tentWarm Weather Camping, by Nikki Willhite - How to have a fun time hiking and camping in the warmer months.

Camping can be great fun for the whole family. It does not have to be expensive. A few well-chosen pieces of equipment will make the whole experience easy and fun for the family... more


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Frugal Computers

Internet Adware Scams, by Nikki Willhite  How the Internet Adware Scam works and frugal ways to remove it from your computer.

If you have ever had your computer infected by Adware, you know the consequences. Adware is a HUGE scam on the Internet. Adware works somewhat the same as a virus.  You get it by opening an infected email, or downloading an infected file. ...Once Adware is on your computer, pop up windows will start coming up on your screen....The Adware is doing everything it can to get you to go to their sites. To add injury to insult, there is a second part of this scheme... more


A Frugal "Must Read"


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Frugal Wisdom

books and eye glassesThe Dalai Lama, when asked what surprised him most about humanity, answered "Man.  Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money.  Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.  And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies never really having lived."



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A sense of humor can get you through some of the "bumps" and "hiccups" of life.  Laugh!


It was graduation day and Mom was trying to take a picture of their son in a cap and gown, posed with his father.

"Let's try to make this look natural" she said. "Junior, put your arm around your dad's shoulder."

The father answered, "If you want it to look natural, why not have him put his hand in my pocket?"

Just for Kids
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When does a duck wake up?
At the quack of dawn!
Where do schools get their pens and pencils?
Why was there a waiting list for the cemetery?
People were dying to get it!
What do you call a rabbit with fleas?
Bugs Bunny!

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Reduce Your Spending Using Cash

Want an easy way to reduce your spending. Use CASH!

Plastic isn't money. It doesn't look like money, and it doesn't feel like money. It is very easy to hand over a plastic card to pay for a purchase. Hand someone a couple of $20 bills, and it is a different feeling. Cash is a frugal living tool.

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Saving Money on Children and Babies

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A Step Too Far  
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Economical Stir Fry Cooking
Eggless Cake Recipe
How to Choose Fruit
The Economical Egg
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Homemade Gravy
Homemade Ketchup
Homemade Pizza
Homemade Ranch Style Salad Dressing
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Frugal Investing
Piggy Bank Savings
The Power of Compound Interest
The Ideology of Being Frugal
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