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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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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 Clothing

blue dressClosets and Caverns:  Too many clothes, monster closets, what's with all the shoes, and don't even get me started on the pedicures, by Nikki Willhite

They say that kitchens and bathrooms sell houses. If that is true, I think closet are probably next in line.

Is it really necessary to have a closet that looks like a small bedroom? We do need closet space. Whatever happened to putting a few clothes in another room, or even buying a wardrobe for extra storage? Do we have to be so extravagant?... more


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Frugal Decorating

floral plateFeng Shui and Interior Design: Another tool for the Frugal Decorator, by Nikki Willhite

What is Feng Shui? Feng Shui, at it's most basic level, is nothing but a decorating style.. .Basically, Feng Shui tries to control or channel the energy in a room. It tries to turn all negative energy into positive energy... more



Frugal Recipes

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


4 cups potatoes...
1 onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
3 Tbsp parsley .. more



Frugal Recipes

Funeral Potatoes This dish is often called potluck potatoes or funeral potatoes because it is good for a crowd.


1 large bag frozen hash brown potatoes
2 cups sour cream
 .. more

Frugal Shopping

shopping cartGarage Sale Tips, by Nikki Willhite -  Garage sale tips for both buyers and sellers.

With the coming of warmer weather, many people will be cleaning out their "stuff." The swap meets will open up, and the garage sales will abound.   Here are some tips for both sellers and shoppers...more 


Frugal Money

shopping cartCash Controlled Spending, by Nikki Willhite

If you want to spend less money each month, pay cash. It is that simple. I use to be very fond of using my credit card. I would charge as many things as I could on it, pay it off at the end of the month, and then every few months, my credit card company would deposit money in my bank account...... more


Frugal Cooking

pizzaHomemade Pizza, by Nikki Willhite - Some ways to make frugal pizza at home.

Everyone loves pizza. There are many ways to make pizza, and almost everyone has their own favorite toppings, type of crust, and place where they like to buy it. It can be tricky to make a good homemade pizza... more



Frugal Recipes

Easy Apple Pie Filling Cake - Ingredients include a yellow cake mix and a can of apple pie filling.

green apple

1 yellow cake mix
3 eggs
1 20-ounce can of apple pie filling
.. more

Frugal Clothing

pencil skirtPencil Skirt Versatility - Why every woman should own a pencil skirt, and how to choose one.

Pencil skirts are a wardrobe basic, and make getting dressed easy.  Every woman should have a pencil skirt, in the neutral color of her choice. Pencil skirts make life easier... because of their styling.  They are a simple, straight skirt that goes with everything.  You can wear them with all the different styles of blouses and sweater, and with all types of patterned fabric... more


Frugal Clutter Control

dusterClutter 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.... more

Frugal Food

Jello girlJuiced Up Jello Recipes, by Nikki Willhite  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...Jello is such a great food for the frugal homemaker. It doesn't take much to make it special... more


Frugal Car Buying

red carHow Lemon Laws Protect New Car Buyers, by Nikki Willhite -  An explanation of the lemon laws and consumer protection legislation.

Most frugal people do not buy new cars. They are just too expensive, and the minute you drive them off the lot they lose 20-30 percent of their value....The good news for consumers is that there are laws on the book that protect you if you buy a new car and it has problems. These are called "lemon laws."...more


Frugal Recipes

Cheesy Ham and PotatoesEasy casserole with potatoes, cooked ham and canned soup.


6 cups potatoes, sliced
2 1/2 cups cooked ham...
1 1/2 cups cheddar cheese
 .. more

Frugal Computers

computerFrugal Computer Use, by Nikki Willhite -  Ideas to use your computer and make good use of the money you spent for it.

The cost of computers continues to go down.  However, they are still a major expense.  We want to get as much out of them as we can for the money we spend on them.  Here are some of the many ways to use your computer... more


Frugal Children

boy on skateboardWhat to do When Your Children Break Things, by Nikki Willhite -  Advice on how to act when your children break things.

It's dinner time. The food is hot and on the table, and you are just waiting for your 10-year old to bring over the milk from the refrigerator. He opens the refrigerator door, takes out the milk, and then before he can even close the door, he drops the milk and it spills all over the kitchen floor... more


Frugal Recipes

Cake Mix Pound Cake -   Pound cake made with a yellow cake mix and a instant lemon pudding mix.

pound cake

1 yellow cake mix
1 pkg instant lemon pudding mix
1/3 cup vegetable oil
 .. more

Frugal Cooking

Colby cheeseColby and Cheddar Cheese, by Nikki Willhite - The difference between Colby and cheddar cheese and how to use them.

Everyone loves cheese...the most popular cheese we use is a hard dark orange cheese - Colby or Cheddar cheese. We also often hear the term Longhorn cheese. Do you know the difference, and which to use for what? Here are some facts about cheese that may make you a better cook... more


Frugal Automobiles

green carSaving Money on Automobile Repairs, by Nikki Willhite - How to save money on Automobile Repairs and how to find a good mechanic.

Automobile expenses take a big chunk out of our income. This includes repairs and upkeep. A trip to the shop is almost always a painful financial experience.Here are some tips to help keep these expenses down...more


Frugal Money

Empty PocketsBad Money Habits that Keep You In Debt, by Nikki Willhite -  How to break the cycle of bad money habits and get out of debt.

How many bad money habits do you have? It you are like most people, you may not even be aware of how much money you waste each month. When you actually keep a record of ALL your expenses for one month, it can be quite a surprise...more


Frugal Decorating

paint brushFrugal Teenage Bedroom Decorating, by Nikki Willhite -  How to frugally help your teenager decorate their bedroom.

By the time your child is a teenager, they feel like an adult. It may be hard to get into their room, let alone decorate it. However, most of us like our homes to look as nice as frugally possible, and that includes our children's rooms...more


Frugal Recipes

Strawberry Trifle-  Ingredients include fresh strawberries, powdered sugar, sour cream, and angel or pound cake.

2 quarts strawberries...
2 cups powdered sugar
2 large packages of cream cheese (softened)
 .. 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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Saving Money on Children and Babies

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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
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Saving Money on Auto Repairs
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Frugal Investing
Piggy Bank Savings
The Power of Compound Interest
The Ideology of Being Frugal
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Finding Storage Space
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