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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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Frugal Living

Hetty GreenWhen Does Frugal Go from "Good" to "Good Grief?" by Nikki Willhite.  The importance of being frugal in a good way and the story of Hetty Green.

How do you know when you are being too frugal? When does being frugal turn from "good" to "good grief?" There was a woman born in 1834 that was known for her excessive frugality. Her name was Hetty Green. She was actually very rich. When her father died, she inherited $7.5 million dollars. You'd think she would relax and enjoy life. However  Hetty was a miser, in a bad way. At one time she was listed in the Guiness Book of World Records as the world's stingiest person.... more


New and Featured Frugal Living  Articles on the Site

Frugal Health

sleeping6 Useful Tips to Help You With Your Sleeping Problem, by Jordan Wilson

Even the most relaxed person will have a stressful day or two now and then. If you are feeling stressed out, but it is bedtime, try some relaxation exercises to calm yourself down.  Deep breathing, focusing on one object and relaxing the muscles in your body can chase away the stresses so you can sleep peacefully... more


Frugal Pets

puppyHow To Potty Train Your New Puppy, by Scott Lipe    Tips on how to housebreak a puppy.

Potty training a puppy is a task that requires time and a lot of patience, there will be accidents. Choose areas that you are happy for the puppy to use as a toilet and place newspaper or mat there. Whenever your puppy appears to need the toilet take it to the area and wait with it, you can use short encouraging phrases if you wish... more


Frugal Clutter Control

cleaning duster5 Questions to Ask Yourself About Clearing Your Clutter, by Patricia Diesel   How to motivate yourself to declutter by the things that are stopping your from decluttering.

So often I hear clients say they would do just about anything to stop the harassing effects of their clutter.  After countless attempts trying to purge and being defeated, some people associate their lost battles with a feeling of being assaulted. ... more


Frugal Recipes

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

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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 Jobs

auction hammerHow Do I Make It Big on eBay?  by Uchenna Ani-Okoye   Some tips for starting an ebay business and ebay store.

Are you striving to get started on eBay and to make any money? It's definitely gettable for any unremarkable being such as you or me to make a large income. Most of the eBay power-sellers started from small and commence... more


Frugal Shopping

shopping cartShopping with Children, by Nikki Willhite  
Some tips to make shopping with children a learning and enjoyable experience.

It is always preferable to go shopping without your children.  However, sometimes you canít avoid it. ... more


Frugal Recipes

Chocolate-Covered Strawberries, by Melanie Mendelson.   Frugal and easy way to make chocolate covered strawberries with a chocolate bar.

chocolate covered strawberry

10 strawberries
1 8 oz chocolate bar
. .. more

Frugal Beauty

skincareDry Skin Treatment, by Nasrullah Mardani   How to take care of dry skin.

Dos and Doníts for Dry Skin.

1. If you have dry skins then use a glycerin or a super fat soap on the body...... more


Frugal Recipes

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

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

Frugal Cooking

ketchupHomemade Ketchup- How to make your own ketchup from tomato sauce.

To truly make ketchup from scratch, a person would have to grow their own tomatoes, cut them into little pieces, boil them down, run the juice through a sieve, and then add the rest of the ingredients. However, I place that right along with spinning your own wool or making your own soap.... more


Frugal Decorating

BasketDecorating with Texture, by Nikki Willhite   The beauty and interior design benefits of adding texture to rooms when decorating.

Ever wondered why people have become so interested in old things, to the point of distressing new furniture? .. more


Frugal Recycling

recycle symbolUsing Your Fabric Scraps, by Nikki Willhite - How to make good use of all the fabric you have in your home.

Everyone has fabric scraps. They are in clothes that no longer fit, or draperies that are being replaced. As a frugal homemaker, you can take these scraps and make items of value...There are many, many ways to use fabric.  Here are some ideas to recycle fabric, and turn fabric scraps into fabric assets... more


Frugal Romance

heart with laceTrue Romance for Couples with Kids: 10 inexpensive ideas, by Susie Cortright - Some ideas to keep romance alive after several years of marriage.

Anyone can splurge on a formal dinner or a pricey bottle of perfume, but it takes creativity, forethought, and time to be truly romantic. The key lies in personalizing your celebration. Here are ten ideas to fuel your own creativity... more



Frugal Recipes

Potato Skins -   How to make potato skins from baked potatoes.


4 baked potatoes
vegetable cooking spray
1/2 cup sour cream or IMO
4 ounces cheddar cheese (grated). .. more



Frugal Recycling

newspaperThe Many Uses for Newspapers, by Nikki Willhite - How to recycle, repurpose and reuse newspapers.

Most everyone deals with newspapers. Even if you don't pay for a subscription, they are often delivered free to your door so that you will read the ads. I think we've all recycled and reused newspapers... ... more


Frugal Food Storage

freddie the freezerFreddie the Freezer, by Nikki Willhite - A light-hearted look at the frugal value of the freezer.

Freddie the Freezer is one of my favorite frugal friends. He saves me a lot of money. Freddie is just a little guy. He is not even 3-feet tall. I found Freddie at Sears. Someone had put him on sale. It didn't cost much to take him home... more


Frugal Recipes

Blueberry Pancakes -  Frugal recipe for homemade blueberry pancakes using canned blueberries.


1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 tsp salt
. .. more

Frugal Healthy Living

first aid kitHome Remedies, by Andy Casasanta - A few home remedies to try for minor aliments.

Ever have a bee sting?  Try rubbing an aspirin on it.  Gum in hair?  Soak the gum-coated hair in Cokeģ and it should wipe out easily.  While not being a replacement for medical attention, and you should always seek your doctor when you feel you have to and please take these home remedies with a grain of salt.... more


Frugal Simple Living

rainbow and sunThe Ideology of Being Frugal, by Nikki Willhite - The challenges and reason for being frugal in a consumer oriented society.

If you want to spend money, you will have a lot of help. If you want to live the frugal lifestyle, you won't. It's that simple. In case you haven't noticed, everyone wants your money.  People earn substantial incomes devising ways to part you and your money... more



Frugal Automobiles

carSaving Money on Automobile Insurance, by Nikki Willhite - How to save money on your automobile insurance and find the best auto insurance premiums.

My husband worked in the insurance industry for many years.  It didn't take long to learn that all insurance companies are not alike.  Some have higher premiums. Others offer better service.
As far as saving money on your insurance premiums... 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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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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