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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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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

boy with polo shirtBack to School Clothing, by Nikki Willhite

Many of the saving tips regarding buying clothing for children are the same as for adults.  Here are some tips to get the most for our money.

Stick to the classics on the big pieces and the items worn on the lower half of the body. Keep them in neutrals, and you can mix and match all of the other items... more


New and Featured Frugal Living  Articles on the Site

Frugal Clutter Control

cluttered closet10 Ways to DeClutter Your Home, by Terri Seymour.  A few ideas to help you declutter your home.

Over time our homes, especially if they are smaller homes, have a tendency to accumulate and collect all kinds of treasures, gems and keepsakes, otherwise referred to as ...   "junk". ;-)    Now we all know that one person's trash is another person's treasures, but our homes can only hold so much!!!... more


Frugal Hobbies

pencil cartoonJournaling:  A Tool for the Spirit, by Susie Cortright.  How to relax and nurture your spirit keeping a journal.

The fountain of personal wisdom may be as close as your nearest pen. That's because keeping a personal journal can be a powerful way to ease anxiety and nurture your spirit.

The word "journal" may mean 100 different things to 100 different people. For a psychologist, it denotes a tool for a patient's self-analysis. For the writer, it may be a notebook of ideas and ramblings. For most of us, the word denotes a day-to-day diary, a log of action and reaction... more


Frugal Recipes

cabbageHow to Make Good Homemade Coleslaw -   How to make good homemade coleslaw that your family will love.

Many people don't like cabbage and don't include it in their diet. However, cabbage is one of those foods that is just plain good for you. It if full of fiber, low in fat, and has an impressive array of vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin C, Vitamin K ,Calcium, Iron and Magnesium, and many studies place it among the leading foods to stop serious illnesses like cancer. Add to that that it is a great diet food, available all year, and relatively inexpensive, and it is worth the effort to work it into the foods that your family eats.... more


Frugal Utilities

utility meterWatching Your Meters to Save Money, by Nikki Willhite   Learn where your meters are, how they work, and what makes your utility bill go rise.

Do you know where your electric, gas and water meter are? Do you know how to read them? Does your spouse know where they are?  How about your children? You wouldn't pay your bills without reading them first. Perhaps you would do more things do reduce your electric bill if you were more aware of how the meter ran when you did certain activities... more


Frugal Decorating

coordinating fabricsPattern Perfect, by Nikki Willhite   Interior Design Basics. How to frugally decorate with pattern..

I love pattern. There is nothing I'd rather do than go into downtown Seattle to one of the big wholesale fabric stores, and look at all the decorator (and quilting) fabric.

My poor husband has helped me cover the seats of our dining room chairs 4 times. Each time he tells me that the chairs are such poor quality that they will not withstand another redo.

What is it about pattern that is such a visual treat for me and for others?... more


Frugal Stress Control

mouse on a treadmill126 Stress Busters, by Craig Lock  A laundry list of things to do that reduce stress.


1. Change your priorities
2. Take stretch breaks
3. Step-back and observe
4. Review your propose
5. Get a message
6. Leave five minutes earlier
7. See a comedy ... more


Frugal Recipes

Peanut Butter Ball Snacks, by Nikki Willhite  An easy, nutritional no-cook snack made with peanut butter.

happy peanut cartoon

1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup Instant nonfat dry milk
1/2 cup corn syrup. .. more

Frugal Gas

carSave Money on Gas, by Nikki Willhite  How to be frugal with the use of the gas in your car.

Many people will be doing a lot more driving this summer. Here are some tips to help you make the most of every bit of gas that you buy... more


Frugal Money

man with billHow to Pay Off Your Credit Cards, by Nikki Willhite   Strategies to get out of debt and pay off your credit cards.

Credit Cards can be a great convenience if not misused. Americans have a love of plastic. I get into a lot of trouble when I say that I like credit cards. Used wisely, they can make life easier and even be money-makers, with rewards like cash back or air miles. You have to have a great deal of self-discipline to use your credit cards wisely. There are just too many appealing things to buy, and too many ways that we are enticed to buy them...more


Frugal Recipes

Homemade Fruit Pops - An easy and frugal recipe for fruit pops using frozen berries, crushed pineapple and evaporated milk.


2 bananas
10 ounces frozen berries (any flavor)
1 3/4 cup crushed pineapple (with juice)
2/3 cup evaporated milk ... more

Frugal Green Living

recycle symbol50 Ways To Conserve Water At Home, by Paul Purcell    Lots of ideas to use less water running your household.

1. Fire Safety. Summer brings heat, dryness, and wildfires and winter sees increased house fires from additional heating sources. Since a fire would need hundreds or thousands of gallons of water to fight, any fire prevention steps are water saving steps.

2. Brick in the toilet. A brick in the toilet tank takes up space to replace water. If a brick uses half a quart of space, you save half a quart per flush. Hint: Since bricks can dissolve, paint it with basement water sealant.

3. Color coded conservation. You donít always have to flush your toilet every time. To borrow an old adage, ďIf itís yellow let it mellow, if itís brown flush it down.Ē
... 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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