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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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"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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Frugal Decorating

painting manBaby Steps Decorating, by Nikki Willhite     How to change the decor of your home without big changes or spending a lot of money.

Tired of your rooms? Sometimes it only takes a small change to perk up our rooms and make us happier with our homes. When we move furniture, or make changes to our rooms, it is almost like we have gone shopping and purchased new items. It is visually recycling the things that we look at. It works when we get the "blahs" about our rooms, and it doesn't cost a lot of money... more


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Frugal Recipes

Easy Slow Cooker Caramel Apples   An easy recipe for making caramel apples in the slow cooker.

Caramel Apples


4 large tart apples, cored
14-oz jar caramel sauce
1/2 cup apple juice
1 tsp apple pie spice..  more

Frugal Recipes

candyCandy and Temperature Testing   How to test the temperature when making candy and links to frugal candy recipes.

Making candy can be difficult without a candy thermometer.  However, if you don't have one, you can gauge the temperature of the candy by dropping some of the syrup into cold water... more


Frugal Recipes

Scalloped Chicken Recipe  A frugal recipe for baked chicken in a creamy sauce.

Chicken Dinner


4 cups cooked chicken...
1 cup celery, diced
1 cup soft bread crumbs
2 Tbsp minced parsley...  more

Frugal Cooking

cookbookHealthy Cooking Techniques You Should Master, by Stephen G John  How to be a better healthy conscious cook.

Food is the most important factor that majorly affects our health. We all want to be healthy and live long lives but we are not always eating the right meals. One of the main reasons why most of us are not eating healthy is because we don't know how to cook healthy or we don't even know how to cook at all... more


Frugal Recipes

Easy Berry Cobbler  Easy and frugal homemade cobbler recipe using the berries of your choice.



1 stick of butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup flour
3/4 cup milk... more

Frugal Cooking

slice of cakeBaking Problems and Cakes, by Nikki Willhite  Common baking problems, what causes them, and how to fix them.

When we spend the time to make homemade baked goods, such as cake, and then something goes wrong, it can be very discouraging.  Baking problems range from minor to disastrous.  When something goes seriously wrong, it is such a waste of our time, money and ingredients, the it can make us want to give up and just buy pre-made items. That is a shame because we elevate our home to a new level when we fill them with the delicious smells of homemade items baking in the oven... more


Frugal Recipes

Red Raspberry Bread Recipe  Frugal homemade raspberry bread recipe using raspberry jam.

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1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 eggs ... more

Frugal Home Maintenance

houseTips for Refinishing Hardwood and Laminate Flooring, by Condredge Dole Some DIY tips on how to refinish the hardwoods and laminate flooring in your home.

Refinishing hardwood and laminate flooring may be a great way to save a ton of cash. It is certainly cheaper than replacing these types of floors. Hardwood refinishing is easier than laminate floor refinishing. There is a difference between hardwood flooring and laminate flooring. Hardwood is actual wood while laminate is actually a picture of wood on a melamine base. You can not refinish hardwood floors and laminate floors the same way without disastrous results... more


Frugal Recipes

Cooked Frosting Recipe   Very frugal frosting recipe using milk, margarine and granulated sugar.

cupcake with white frosting


1 cup milk
4 Tbsp flour
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup margarine ... more

Frugal Babies

mother and babyDealing With Baby Colic Without Going Crazy, by Marsha Gordon  How to deal with a baby suffering from colic.

Everyone is excited when a new baby comes home from the hospital. With the new arrival, it is expected that there will be some sleepless night and adjustments to new schedules. Most of the time parents and baby make the transition without a lot of drama or mental frustration. However, there are times when it seems that the newest little family member isn't quite as content as everyone had hoped... more


Frugal Recipes

Banana Crush - A frugal recipe for punch using frozen lemonade with orange juice, bananas, and 7-up.



1 can (46 oz) pineapple juice
1 small can frozen lemonade
6 cups water
4 cups sugar... more

Frugal Cooking

CilantroAmazing Health Benefits of Cilantro:  The Mega Benefits of Eating Fresh Cilantro, by Leah Quinn  Cilantro Tips and Cilantro Recipes.

Recently I noticed I began to use cilantro at unprecedented levels in my cooking and had decided to look cilantro up on the web, even though I only recently started to cook and use it in my cooking and garden four years ago but never to the extent of my recent usage amounts. I wasn't going to search as to why I had been craving this herb, but what were its supposed effects, if any on our bodies. I was shocked to learn how great cilantro actually is for us and to our overall health... 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


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Frugal Humor


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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?"

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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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A Step Too Far  
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Wants vs. Needs
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Frugal Clothing Alterations
Frugal Clothing Choices
Judging the Price of Clothing
Baby Care for Less
Back to School Clothes Shopping
What to Do When Your Children Break Things
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Frugal Automobiles

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Economical Stir Fry Cooking
Eggless Cake Recipe
How to Choose Fruit
The Economical Egg
Homemade Granola
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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Finding Storage Space
How to Organize Your Home
Frugal Computer Use
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