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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 Budget Boosters

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Clean under your bathroom sink and find forgotten items.  Save the money of replacing them or having to throw them out because they are old.



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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 Shopping

Shopping and the "Rule of 3", by Nikki Willhite

shopping cartWhen I was taking my Interior Design classes in college, in one of my classes we were given a special project. We were to go downtown and do some shopping. We were to buy something for a small amount of money. It could be anything...but it had to be able to serve 3 purposes.

It was interesting to see all the different objects people bought, and hear their explanations for the different ways these objects could be used. Most of all, it was a great lesson in creativity and versatility.  Although it wasn't the purpose of the exercise, it was also a lesson in frugality.... more


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Frugal Money

money stackMastering Your Money: I Need Money, by Charles Fitzgerald Butler.  How to get right right attitude about money and take control of your personal finances.

Money is the root of all evil. Money can't make you happy. Money doesn't solve your problems. Money isn't everything. All this negative opinions about money. Opinions not facts. No wonder people are broke, struggling, and in debt. People associate greed, evil, and other bad things with money. But if money is so bad. Then why do you work all week for it? ...more


Frugal Recipes

Strawberry Jello Delight A layered jello salad made with frozen strawberries, crushed pineapple, bananas and boxed cheesecake.


2 small boxes strawberry jello
1 cup water, boiling
frozen sliced strawberries (about 1 pound)
1 can crushed pineapple, drained .. more

Children and School

bulldog cartoon 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%, or one in four children attending school are either bully victims, are engaged in bullying themselves, or are both! The chances are very high, and increasing all the time, that you may be facing an incident of bullying at some point during your child's time spent in the public or private education system... 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.
There are seven top mistakes that you can make whether you're purchasing from a high street store, or you're heading online and buying from a surplus store that offers five pound and under clothing... more


Frugal Cooking

woman with cookbookFrugal Lifestyle: Creating Tempting Leftovers For Free Meals, by Rosey Dow  Lots of ideas on how to use leftovers to make new meals.

The greatest saving strategy you can have is to use every scrap of food that comes into your home. The trick is to disguise leftovers as a completely new meal. Here are some ideas for putting leftovers to good use. And while you are at it, consider the advantages of planned leftovers... more


Frugal Recipes

Cream Cheese Brownies Brownies made from a German chocolate cake mix, and topped with cream cheese, chips and nuts.

Chocolate Brownies

1 German chocolate cake mix
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg white .. more

Frugal Beauty

skincare facialHere's A Quick Way To Clearer, Smoother, Healthier Skin In Less Than 30 Minutes, by Danielle Sims

Facial Masks are a refreshing treat that will help you to clean your pores, condition your skin, and feed your skin. They can also be very beneficial in reducing any buildup of sluggish cells deep within your skin. Masks make the skin softer, healthier, smoother and taut. Most masks are also very effective in healing blemishes. They are easy to make at home with typical kitchen ingredients. ... more


Frugal Recipes

Apple Brown Betty   Baked apple slices topped with sweetened granola.

5 applies, peeled, cored, and sliced
1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup soft margarine. .. more

Frugal Simple Living

mouse on a treadmillSimple Stress Free Living, by Nikki Willhite

Life is complicated for today's modern women. There is just too much to do, and not enough time or energy to do it.

Turn the clock back 25 years, and the situation for women was quite different. Although not as many women worked, women were expected to "do it all." I remember my life back in those days. I remember sewing clothing for my family, knitting, crocheting, cross stitch, baking bread, gardening, canning, freezing, and dehydrating food, all the while nurturing my children, helping with homework, paying bills, driving, cleaning, and endless volunteer work. WHEW!  And, be it possible, life has gotten more hectic. ... 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." That can apply to a man or a woman.

In regards to home ownership, however, I have to wonder... how much of a refuge is something that causes you to work so hard?. ... more


Frugal Utilities

wood stove7 Places Where You Can Find Free Wood for Heating, by Patricia Strasser  Where to look for free fire wood to heat your home.

You can use wood for heating from scrap woods, downed trees due to storm , construction sites, landfills, pallets, old & dying trees, and road logs.

Building fire through wood is one of the most inexpensive ways of generating heat and energy in your home or any outdoor activity. Wood is perfect for any camping trip as well if you want to lower the costs. If wood for burning is scarce in your area, get to know places where you can salvage free firewood...more


Frugal Recipes

Homemade Blueberry Muffins - A frugal recipe for homemade blueberry muffins using whipping cream.

Blueberry Muffin

5 Tbsp soft butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 cups flour .. 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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Frugal Basics - Some Favorite Frugal Articles

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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

Frugal Money

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
Saving Money on Clothing and Textiles
"What Not to Wear vs The Housewife Hoodie"

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