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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




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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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Frugal Living

DominoesFrugal Living and the Domino Effect, by Nikki Willhite

We've all heard about the "domino effect." One thing leads to another, just like a trail of perfectly placed dominos that fall on each other when you trip the first one.

Many of our mistakes with money come because of the domino effect. Simple decisions result in a spiral of mounting expenses.

We've all heard that we should live below our means and save money. Let me give you an example of what can happen if you "push" your budget.... more


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Frugal Thanksgiving Food

Turkey Crescent Rolls -  A leftover recipe for turkey or chicken using store bought crescent rolls.

1/3 cup crushed herb seasoned croutons
1/4 cup chopped nuts
1/2 Tbsp each of lemon juice and pepper...more

Frugal Decorating

table and lampSimple Techniques For Decorating Small Spaces, by Michael Holland-  Rules to follow to make the most of small size rooms.

When it comes to decorating small spaces there is a certain method you can use in order to make the most of the space without having it appear too cluttered, or worse, even smaller. Since decorating small spaces takes time and consideration, the following are a few tips .. more


Frugal Thanksgiving Decorating

Thanksgiving TurkeyEasy DIY Thanksgiving Centerpieces, by Marianne Wolff

Food is a big part of the Thanksgiving meal; still there are other areas where you can save some money. One way you can cut costs is to make your own thanksgiving centerpiece. Though you may be tempted to purchase cut flowers at the grocery store and call it a day, a homemade centerpiece is easier than you think... more.


Frugal Thanksgiving Food

Five Tasty Thanksgiving Treats, by Patrick Carpen   Recipes include pumpkin nut bread, cheese and sweet potato balls, turkey breasts stuffed with cranberries and apple cider.


  Sweet Potato Balls
1 (40 ounce) can sweet potatoes, drained
1/4 cup butter
salt to taste . more

Frugal Cooking

Bread Crumb Cooks, by Nikki Willhite. How to make bread crumbs, and how to use them.

Bread crumbs, especially when seasoned or combined with other ingredients, make great toppings for casseroles and side dishes.  They are also easy to make and take advantage of bread that is no longer fresh and may go to waste.  Using every bit of the bread that you bake or bring into your home is a very frugal thing to do... more


Frugal Home Ownership

small houseHome Ownership:  Castle or Hastle?, by Nikki Willhite

"A Man's Home is His Castle", or so the saying goes. Actually, those words were first recorded in 1644. While that quote might sound a bit chauvinistic,  all it really means is that your home is your "refuge." ... I have to wonder... how much of a refuge is something that causes you to work so hard?. ... more


Frugal Stress Control

mouse on treadmillReduce Your Stress With A Seven Day Program, by Albert Alexander

They say there's more than one way to skin a cat. The same goes when you start tearing your hair out with all the frustration, grief, anxiety, and yes, stress. It's a state of mental conditioning that is like taking that bitter pill down your throat, causing you to lose your sense of self, and worse your sanity. Just thinking about it can drive anyone off the edge.. ... more


Frugal Thanksgiving

running turkeyHow To Carve A Turkey, by Michael Lansing - Step-by-step guide on how to carving a turkey.

To someone who is just learning to cook, this topic may seem like one of the hardest meals you will ever have to prepare. Needless to say, if youíre having a turkey thereís usually company involved which means a number of hungry people are relying on you to prepare a great meal. . ... more


Frugal Money

money The Fix for Spending More Than You Make, by Kent E. Irwin.  How to budget, how to set financial goals, and how to stick to them.

Good cash flow management is key to implementing any financial plan; commit to doing this well. No one likes self-discipline, but it is actually good for us. With proper management of your finances, you will become more confident and less stressed about your future. ... more



Frugal Recipes

Baked Sweet Potatoes and Apples - Casserole ingredients include sweet potatoes, cooking apples and brown sugar.

yam or sweet potato

6 large sweet potatoes
6 cooking apples (tart)
1/3 cup butter... more

Frugal Recipes

Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake -  Frugal homemade recipe made with jello, bittersweet chocolate squares and cream cheese.


20 chocolate wafers
1/4 cup sugar
4 Tbsp margarine, melted
1 small box strawberry jello (3-ounces)
.. more

Frugal Cooking

women with cookbookHow to Use Leftovers, by Nikki Willhite  use your leftover so that you can save money in cooking.

Use all the food you buy and you will save money.  If you become a great creative leftover cook, some of your favorite meals may be created out of leftovers....more

Frugal Decorating

rooster clockFrugal Kitchen Personality, by Nikki Willhite.  How to frugally bring character and personality to your kitchen with small decorating ideas.

What makes a home unique? It is the accessories. Accessories give character and personality to a home. We are usually financially limited when it comes to the big pieces of furniture that we purchase. Our true style comes out with our choice of accessories... more


Frugal Money

man with billDebt Stress :The Really Bad Side, by Jay Jackson.  The symptoms of debt stress and how to deal with it.

In all the information and discussion about credit card debt there is one thing that gets largely ignored. Stress. Credit card debt is extremely stressful and can have a very negative effect on your life if you let it. Itís very difficult to not feel its effect but you can learn to deal with it more effectively... more



10 Thanksgiving Quotes to Celebrate The True Meaning of Thanksgiving - Some famous quotes about Thanksgiving Day and the Thanksgiving Holiday.

1. "The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving." ~ H.U. Westermayer ... more


Frugal Shopping

shopping cartAvoiding Buyers Remorse, by Nikki Willhite - How to avoid costly buying mistakes.

When we go shopping, I have a hard time controlling my husband. His favorite saying seems to be "price is forgotten long after quality remains".There is actually some truth in that statement- but there is a breaking point... more


Frugal Hobbies

pencil cartoonJournaling:  A Tool for the Spirit, by Susie Cortright.  How to relax and nurture your spirit keeping a journal.

The fountain of personal wisdom may be as close as your nearest pen. That's because keeping a personal journal can be a powerful way to ease anxiety and nurture your spirit.... more



Frugal Children and School

Bulldog headBullying at School: Empower Yourself to Protect Your Child Against School Bullying, by Barry Kareful - How to protect your child from a school bully and how to deal with a school bully.

Certainly as parents we all realize bullying at school is on the rise. School bullying statistics for some countries of the world are now citing figures as high as 25%, . more


Frugal Thanksgiving

formal table settingThanksgiving Dinner Etiquette, by Susan Dunn - A summary of proper manners for Thanksgiving dinner.

More and more we swing our car through the drive-in, grab our food from the window, and proceed to eat with our fingers, so perhaps you need a brush-up on the basics of formal - shall we say "civilized" dining - before the great Thanksgiving feast... more 


Frugal Thanksgiving

gravy How to Make Homemade Gravy - The secret to making homemade gravy.

There are some people who just won't eat meat and potatoes without gravy. Others do not eat it because of health issues. This article is not to debate the issue. For those who want to make gravy, here are some tips to make it better... 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 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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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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