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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

stop sign cartoonSimple Living and the "Law of Unintended Consequences"s, by Nikki Willhite

Sometimes we do things with good intentions, but in spite our good intentions, things go wrong. The outcome of our decisions surprise us, and usually not in a good way. This has become known as they "Law of Unintended Consequences."... more


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Frugal New Year Goals


Don't Set New Year's Resolutions :Take Action in The New Year, by Wendy Hearn -  How to get more results making changes instead of resolutions.

We know that within a few days or weeks, the Resolutions will be forgotten... so why do we still bother with New Year's Resolutions? ...more


Frugal New Year Goals

music rainbowJump Start Your New Year with 7 Smart Habits, by Kathy Gates - How to improve your life by adding habits to your life that will both organize and simplify your life.

Ever wondered why some people just seem to have it all together, and the rest of us are running around trying to keep it all together?    Success is not an accident - success is a good habit... good


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. .. more


Frugal Decorating

green floral fabricDecorating with Pattern: Design Basics, by Nikki Willhite.  Choosing Patterns for Your Home. How to mix and match fabric with pattern in your home.  

Our world is full of color, texture and pattern. It is a beautiful place. Even with limited means, we can bring some of that beauty into our homes. However, choosing pattern for our homes can be tricky. Pattern can be very taste specific... more


Frugal Recipes

Tater Tot Casserole A frugal and fast casserole made with tater tots, hamburger and canned vegetables.


1 pounds hamburger
1 package onion soup mix
1 can corn
1 can peas .. more

Frugal Automobiles

green carTips For Buying A Used Car At A Used Car Auction, by Megan Stansfield

Are you interested in buying a used car from an auto auction or a used car auction? If you are, have you ever done so before? Unfortunately, when it comes to buying a used car from a used car auto auction, there are many first time bidders who end up making costly mistakes... more



Frugal Home Organization

peekabooFinding Storage Space, by Nikki Willhite - How to find overlooked storage space in your home.

If you live in an older home, you probably have a lack of storage space.  If you have collected a lot of things through the years, you may need more storage space.  If you have children, you always seem to need more storage space... 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

Pistachio Fruit Salad - Ingredients include a yellow cake mix and a can of apple pie filling.


1 small box pistachio instant pudding
1 large can crushed pineapple
1 cup miniature marshmallows. .. more

Frugal Clothing

striped suitHow to Dress Thin, by Nikki Willhite - Tips on how to dress to look thinner and how to look your best.

If you have ever made a dress for yourself, you know how important it is to choose a pattern with the correct lines for your figure. The lines of a pattern are called the seams. The placement of the seams, as well as other construction details, will determine how the garment looks on you and your figure type. Even if you do not know anything about sewing, you should know how clothing is constructed.... more


Frugal Health and Dieting

body suit10 Weight Loss Tips That Won't Leave You Hungry, by John Mowatt. How to diet without going hungry.

There is so much conflicting information about weight loss that makes this difficult to understand  More than $30 billion per annum is spent on weight loss diets, and diet related products in the USA. Vast numbers of publications, so called experts, and even medical doctors all promote one diet scheme or another... more


Frugal Recipes

Easy Slow Cooker Meatloaf Recipe - Easy and frugal meatloaf recipe for the slow cooker using a stuffing mix.


2 lbs hamburger (or turkey)
1 stuffing mix with seasonings (approx 6 oz)
2 eggs, beaten... more

Frugal Hobbies

easy 4-patch quilt blockQuilting, a Versatile Hobby, Nikki Willhite   The many projects and uses for patchwork and quilting.

It is hard to find time for hobbies. Life has just gotten so busy. Having said that, all the more reason for us to make the time for hobbies. Stress is not a joke. Everyone needs a way to keep stress down in their lives, and hobbies can be the answer for a lot of people..... more


Frugal Home Selling

small houseWhen is Staging a House a Waste of Money? by Nikki Willhite   Situations where home staging is not financially wise.

Everyone should clean up their house and declutter as much as possible before putting their house up for sale. There can be no doubt about that. However, staging a house is another matter.. . more


Frugal Recipes

Taco Soup, by Wendy Kennedy.   A quick and easy soup made with hamburger, kidney beans and corn.

soup bowl and soup

1 lb ground beef
1 tbsp taco seasoning
1 can kidney beans,
1 can corn, undrained
.. more


Frugal Pets

5 Tips on Housebreaking Your New Puppy, by Amy Nutt  How to housebreak a new puppy in 5 steps.

Puppies can be a lot of fun, they're cute and cuddly and positively adorable. However, a new puppy can also require a lot of work, particularly if you are keeping it in the house. Housetraining a puppy requires patience and consistency, much like toilet training a toddler does... 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 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. .. more


Frugal Utilities

smart phoneSmart Phone Alternatives, by Nikki Willhite.  How to save money on cell phone plans.

I have to admit I want a Smart Phone. I mean, I REALLY want a smart phone!  I've seen what Smart Phones can do. My kids all have them. I've seen a Smart Phone entertain a 3-year old for hours. Walk down the aisles in Church and everyone is playing with their Smart Phone. Wait in a doctor's office, and you see the same. There are so many things you can do on a Smart Phone.... more


Frugal Recipes

Ground Chicken Recipes: Easy and Quick to Prepare, by Natalie Sanders.   Recipes using ground chicken include Ground Chicken Stir Fry and Ground Chicken Salad.


  Ground Chicken Stir Fry
 1 1/2 tsp peanut or vegetable oil
1 dried hot chili peppers
5 oz ground lean chicken
1 cup sliced onions
 .. 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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Frugal Decorating

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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
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