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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 Clothing

womans suitJudging the Price of Clothing, by Nikki Willhite  How to make spend your clothing budget wisely.

I think a famous comedienne said it best when he said "There is a sucker born every minute."  It is ridiculous how much some pieces of clothing cost. I canít believe people actually pay those prices.

There is, obviously, a difference in quality between pieces of clothing. There is a point, however, when quality is met, and then the price is inflated, often just because of the label in the garment, or the store where it is being sold.... more


New and Featured Frugal Living  Articles on the Site

floor air conditioning untiFloor Standing Air Conditioners, by Jason Stark  How to save money using a portable floor standing air conditioner instead of central air conditioning in your home.

In these times it seems just about everyone's favorite hobby is saving money. Many households have looked at their expense bills and realized that the air conditioning cost in the summer and heating costs in the winter are the highest contributors to the household expenses. When you have come to the same conclusion, and want to learn how to reduce your air conditioning and heating costs, then in this article we will go over three advantages of a floor standing air conditioner versus the central air conditioning... more


Frugal Healthy Living

cookbook spoon and cupEasy Diet Recipes, by Steven Kline  Easy, frugal diet recipes including vegetable Quesadillas, Asian chicken and Banana posicles.

Losing weight became a fad for as long as there were models with gorgeous bodies on magazine covers. In a way, it taught a lot of people how to become health conscious by watching what and how much they eat of a certain food group. If you're dieting right now, try these simple diet recipes that will guarantee to reduce your weight. And it takes less than 20 minutes to prepare, too... more

berriesContainer Gardening Basics, by Liz Jean   The basics of container gardening, including soil and plants that do well in containers.

Ever since the 1950s, it has been increasingly popular to grow fruit, vegetables, herbs and flowers on a small scale in large pots - containers! A container garden is simply a garden planted in containers, whether small or large, indoors or outdoors. You might have a porch, patio, balcony, stair case, windowsills or roof top that you would like to bring some life and color to - all of these are ideal opportunities for a container garden... more


Frugal Cleaning

cleaning toolsAmmonia Is Not Just a Bad Smell It's a Brilliant Cleaner Too, by Jonny R. Smith The benefits of cleaning with ammonia.

Ammonia cleaning has for may years been seen as bad joke but it is in fact a very effective cleaner if used correctly. In fact ammonia is used for cleaning stains from fabrics and other porous surfaces by the professionals very successfully for a considerable time... 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. One of the most popular ways of cooking potatoes is by baking them because it can be eaten as a main meal or it can be eaten as a snack. But not all of us knew that a potato can be baked using a BBQ grill. A baked potato on a BBQ grill is actually an amazingly delicious meal. Let's take a look at the steps or tips on how to prepare an amazingly delicious meal featuring a baked potato on a BBQ grill... more


Frugal Recipes


  Easy Strawberry PieAn easy recipe for strawberry pie using cool whip, jello, fresh strawberries and a graham cracker pie crust


 1 small box strawberry jello ( 3 ounces)
2/3 cups boiling water and 2 cups ice cubes
Cool Whip ( 8 ounces)
1 cup sliced strawberries .. 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? Don't you find the sight a bit odd- people hitting new wood with big heavy chains to make it look old?

Why are people crackling their furniture and walls, pulling items out of basements and attics for their living spaces, and esteeming green, a sign of age, and worm holes, of such great worth? .. more


Frugal Recipes

Apple Streusel Muffins    Homemade and frugal muffins made with grated apples.

apple muffin

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
. .. more

Frugal Baby Care

Baby CarriageBaby Care for Less, by Nikki Willhite  How to make frugal homemade baby wipes.

There is no shortage of ideas for making homemade Baby Wipes. They are all basically the same. You need 3 things... more


Frugal Cooking

girl with jelloJuiced Up Jello Recipes - Frugal tips to make jello taste better, and some favorite jello recipes.

One of the first cooking principles my mother taught me was that food tastes best when you cook it in something other than water. Water, although necessary,  doesn't have any flavor.

Jello is such a great food for the frugal homemaker. It doesn't take much to make it special... more


Frugal Clothing

shopping cartShopping: The Rule of 3 - Frugal shopping advice on purchasing multi-purpose items that never go to waste.

When 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


Frugal Recipes

Sour Cream Potato Salad - A frugal homemade potato salad made with sour cream and no eggs.


4 cups potatoes, cooked and diced1 onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
3 Tbsp parsley
1 Tbsp lemon juice ... 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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