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Measurements


Tablespoons
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)
Cups
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
Quarts
1 quart =  32 ounces
1 quart =   2 pints
4 quarts = 128 ounces
4 quarts = 1 gallon
Pounds
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


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Flour

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

Milk

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

Misc

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. 

 

Frugal Living Today

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Updated website with advice to save money in today's world!

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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 Easter Articles

Happy Easter

 
 

New and Featured Frugal Living  Articles on the Site

Easter Bunny and Basket

Here Comes Easter, by Angela Billings - Some ideas for activities for children to help celebrate Easter.

1.Make paper plate bunnies. Simply take one white paper plate and cut 2 ear shapes from it and staple or glue them to the top of another white paper plate and draw a face on it. Glue cotton balls around the edge of the plate... more

 

Easter Egg BasketColor Easter Eggs Naturally with Dyes from your Kitchen, by Debra Lynn Dadd  - How to safely color Easter Eggs with food from your pantry.

The most beautiful dyes for Easter eggs come from foodstuff you probably already have in your kitchen. I have been delighted with the results of the colors... more

     
Easter flowersEaster Traditions, by Nikki Willhite - How to strengthen your family by developing Easter traditions.

...By establishing family traditions, you strengthen your family, give your children the love they need, make wonderful memories, and affect future generations... more

  Baby ChickenTake the Expense out of Your Easter Celebration, by Nancy Twigg - How to celebrate Easter without spending a lot of money.

The Easter celebration can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some ideas to help you simplify and replace the commercial aspects of the holiday with activities that are more in keeping with the spirit of the season... more

     
easter bunnyHow to Make an Easter Bunny Cake, by Monica Resinger - Directions to make a cake shaped like an Easter Bunny.

The Easter bunny cakes that you can buy from the bakeries in grocery stores can be quite expensive; by making your own, you'll save money. Here's how... more

 

Easter Basket with BunnyEaster Traditions On A Budget, by Dawn Holland - Some fun and frugal things to do on Easter.

The average family has 2.4 children and Easter gifts can break a budget in a hurry. Here are some wonderful Easter memory creating ideas that won't break the bank... more

     
Buuny CardEaster Traditions: Seven Ways to Add Meaning to Your Family Celebration, by Susie Cortright -Seven Ways to Add Meaning to Your Family Celebration.

Family traditions connect us to past and future generations. They provide meaning and connection, as well as a sense of ritual and comfort. And they can create - and help to preserve - some of life's most moving moments...more

  Easter EggsHow to Make Easter Recipes, by Frances L Moore  - How to prepare a lamb and a ham roast, and how to make chick cupcakes.

Discovering how to make Easter recipes provides you with a variety of food choices for appetizers, entrees, and desserts as well as some items for children to enjoy. Recipes can be fun, easy...more

Frugal Recipes

Pistachio Pie - An frugal and easy homemade no-cook frozen pie with pistachio pudding, ice cream and cool whip on a crust of crushed Oreo cookies.

pie

  Ingredients
 
1 package pistachio instant pudding
1 1/2 cups milk
1 quart vanilla ice cream, softened. .. more

 

 

Frugal Clutter Control

noClutter Blunders, by Nikki Willhite - Actions that cause clutter and disorganization in your home and what to do instead.

Want a clutter-free and organized house? Here is what NOT to do.

 - Keep too much stuff.

Clutter grows and like weeds, and can become overwhelming. If something is not serving you, get rid of it... more

     

Frugal Home Selling

houseBoost Your House Resale Value Instantly, by Susan Croes -  Frugal ways to make your home more appealing to buyers.

Hold that hammer. Before you put your home on the market, consider these quick and easy tips to boost your home's resale value... more

 

 

Frugal Simple Living

cartoon star with sunglassesBlinded by the Lights: Frugal Enjoyment of Life, by Nikki Willhite   How to live a simple, happier, and more frugal life by seeing the beauty and good things of the world.

If you live in the city, you may never have gone out into the country, far from the city lights, and looked up into the sky on a clear night.  If you do it, the site will amaze you.  It is the most spectacular, jaw dropping sight you will ever see.  .... more

     

Frugal Recipes

Honey Butter Easy and frugal recipe for honey butter.

beehive

  Ingredients
 
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup honey .. more
 

Frugal Health

sleeping PeanutsCombat Low Energy Levels, by Phil Swain  How to raise your energy without using harmful drugs.

In this hectic day and age, human beings are getting less and less sleep. If you're missing the sleep that your body ought to, then you're going to have low energy all through the day... more

     

Frugal Furniture

table and chairBuying Frugal Furniture, by Nikki Willhite - Buying Furniture for your Home and making smart decisions to save money on furniture shopping.

Buying furniture can take a big bite out of your wallet. Even with careful thought and wise shopping, it is a major expense... more

 

 

 

Frugal Recipes

Homemade Chicken Soup - A frugal homemade recipe for chicken noodle soup.

soup bowl

  Ingredients
 
1 whole chicken
3 celery stalks, chopped
3 carrots, peeled and chopped
 .. more
 
 
 

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Frugal Money Saving Tips

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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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A Frugal "Must Read"

 

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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."

 Humor

Jokes

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A sense of humor can get you through some of the "bumps" and "hiccups" of life.  Laugh!

Money

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?
Pennsylvania!
 
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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Think Cash!

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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
 
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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
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Frugal Quilting
How to Save Money Sewing
Saving Money on Auto Insurance
Saving Money on Auto Repairs
Saving Money on Gas
 

Frugal Money

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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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