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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


Frugal Recycling

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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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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 Simple Living

baby bootiesManageable Tasks: A Tool for Simple Living, by Nikki Willhite  How to make life easier by taking "baby steps" or breaking down tasks into manageable tasks.

Simple living can mean many things. To some people it is turning off the television and spending more time with their families. To others it is spending less money shopping and buying items that need maintenance, repair and storage. Or perhaps simple living is just limiting activities so that life can be more relaxing.

One of the key aspects of simple living for me is to accomplish my goals with getting stressed, confused, or overly tired. That can be hard to do... more


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Frugal Recipes

Taco Dip Dinner An easy dip dinner recipe made with hamburger, refried beans, and cheese and eaten as a dip with chips.

Taco Dip

1 lb hamburger
1 cup sour cream
1 pkg taco seasoning  .. more



Frugal Recycling and Textiles

Old Sewing MachineUsing Your Fabric Scraps, by Nikki Willhite   Lots of ways that you can use scraps of fabric left over from clothes and other textiles.

Fabric and textiles surround us, from our clothing to our carpets. Color, pattern, texture and design affect both our mood and our pocketbooks. 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.... more


Frugal Clothing

pink patterned dressHow Pattern Affects Clothing, by Nikki Willhite   Understanding  how pattern on clothing affects how it will look on you.

How many articles have we read about color? Are we a Spring, Summer, Winter, or Fall- and are we wearing the right colors to suit us? It is important to know which colors look good on us, because we don't want to buy things and not wear them....more


Frugal Stress Control

Mouse on a treadmillStress and Perfection, by Nikki Willhite   How to trying to be too "perfect" leads to anxiety and stress.

People who try and be too "perfect" in the things they do often suffer from anxiety disorders and stress. It is hard to get rid of these conditions, so it is best to avoid getting them. So why do some people try so hard to achieve perfection in the things they do? ... more


Frugal Recipes

Creamy Raspberry Jello -  Jello made with cream cheese, fresh or frozen raspberries, cream cheese and cool whip.

raspberry leaves

1 large package raspberry jello
1 quart fresh or frozen raspberries. .. more

Frugal Cooking

sliced tomatoHomemade 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. If you have the inclination, great. Most of us just don't want to go that far. It is much easier to start out with some tomato paste... more


Frugal Vacations

camping tentWarm Weather Camping - 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



Frugal Recipes

Cucumber and Sour Cream Salad   Simple salad with cucumbers, green onions, and sour cream. 

salad bowl

2 medium cucumbers
3 green onions
1 cup sour cream
salt and pepper to taste
.. more

Frugal Recycling

Recycling symbolHow to Repurpose Household Textiles, by Nikki Willhite   How to alter household textiles and recycle, repurpose and reuse them to save money.

Anytime you recycle, repurpose or reuse something, you save money. There are so many ways to reuse household textiles... . more


Frugal Health

girl drinking waterYour Daily Dose of Water, by Nikki Willhite  The importance of drinking a lot of water to your health, and what can happen if you neglect to drink enough water.

When my mother was a little girl, she was given a spoonful of castor oil each day. I have to admit, I have never tasted castor oil, but from what my mother said, it was disgusting. .. more


Frugal Cooking

Barbecue ToolsHow to Bake Potato on a BBQ Grill, by Peter Garant  Tips on choose potatoes for the grill and how to barbecue a great tasting baked potato.

One of the most multipurpose foods known in the whole wide world is the potato because it can be prepared in so many various ways.. more 



Frugal Decorating

sofaWhat is so Great about Texture? Interior Design Basics, by Nikki Willhite  Some examples of texture and what it can do for your home.

What are some of the things you think about when decorating a room? There is pattern, color, scale, texture...wait a minute. Back up!  What's the deal with texture? What is so great about texture? The answer is simple- with a little visualization. Picture these two rooms... more


Frugal Recipes

Orange Pineapple Salad -  A fruit salad with pineapple chunks , mandarin oranges and mayonnaise.


1 can pineapple chunks
2 cans mandarin oranges,
1/4 cup chopped nuts... more

Frugal Automobiles

carSaving Money on Gas, by Nikki Willhite - How to be frugal with the use of the gas in your car.

Many people will be doing a lot more driving this summer. Here are some tips to help you make the most of every bit of gas that you buy.

- Don't spend extra money on super high octane gas if your car doesn't need it....more


Frugal Clothing

suitFrugal Clothing Alterations, by Nikki Willhite -  How to make simple, cost effective frugal clothing alterations.

If you are a frugal person, you probably buy clothing on sale, either retail, at  garage sales or at thrift stores. The selection is more limited when you buy clothing on sale. Many times an items is perfect, except that it needs a minor alteration...more


Frugal Recipes

Frozen Fruit Salad -   Ingredients include cream cheese, canned fruits, and miniature marshmallows.

fruit salad

1 envelope whipped topping mix
1/4 tsp almond extract
1 small cream cheese, softened (3 ounces).. more

Frugal Recipes

Homemade Creamed Corn  How to make creamed corn from corn on the cob.

corn on the cob

1 Tbsp butter
2 cups fresh corn, scraped from the cob
3 Tbsp heavy cream
 .. more

Frugal Organization

houseHow to Organize Your Home, by Nikki Willhite -  Tips on decluttering and organizing all the items in your home.

Organizing your home is another money saving tool for the frugal homemaker. When you can't find things, you often end up with the unnecessary expenditure of buying something you already have and don't need...more



Frugal Utilities

air conditionerCut Your Home Energy Bills This Summer, by Wolfe Plumbing - Advice to lower your energy bill during the summer.

Now that summer is here, it's time crank up the air conditioners - and your electric costs. However, there a number of ways to cut your home energy costs this summer... more


Frugal Cooking

woman with cookbookMaking Food More Appetizing, by Nikki Willhite  How to prepare meals that are visually appealing.

One of the first things you learn in home economics is that food needs to look appealing. Even the simplest of food can look more appealing with the use of color... 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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Frugal Decorating

Frugal Shopping

Frugal Clothing

Saving Money on Children and Babies

Decorating with Texture
Fixing Up Old Cupboards
Pattern Perfect
Shabby Chic and Interior Design
Craig's List Savings
A Step Too Far  
Shopping and the "Rule of 3"
Wants vs. Needs
How Pattern
Affects Clothing
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
Saving Money in the Kitchen Frugal Recipes Frugal Crafts

Frugal Automobiles

Economical Food Substitutions
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
Using Your Fabric Scraps
Decorating with Quilts
Frugal Quilting
How to Save Money Sewing
Saving Money on Auto Insurance
Saving Money on Auto Repairs
Saving Money on Gas

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Frugal Simple Living

Frugal Organization

Frugal Odds & Ends

Frugal Investing
Piggy Bank Savings
The Power of Compound Interest
The Ideology of Being Frugal
Tightwad Treasures
Finding Storage Space
How to Organize Your Home
Frugal Computer Use
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