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Everyday Cheapskate: More Kitchen Hacks You'll Wish You'd Known Sooner

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Here is a wonderfully creative collection of tips that spotlight my readers' resourcefulness and intelligence in the kitchen and pantry. From clever tricks involving coffee filters, kitchen mallets and shower caps (yes, shower caps!) to simple storage solutions for sugars and spices -- get ready to take conventional wisdom to an unconventional ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: A Quick and Easy Way to Slash the High Cost of Groceries

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Have you noticed? The cost of everything is climbing, and not just a little bit. Lumber prices are up 250% in just the past three months. The cost of gasoline is soaring, with the U.S. average hitting $2.87 per gallon -- nearing $6 a gallon in California. The cost of food is soaring in ways that are downright shocking.


What we're ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Simple Organization and Storage Tips

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"Sorry my place is such a mess!" If you have to pull out that one every time you welcome friends or family into your house, it might be time to get organized. Marla Cilley, also known as the FlyLady, calls that CHAOS: Can't Have Anyone Over Syndrome!

Organization is an important aspect of any home. And we're quite familiar with the rule: a ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: An Easy Way to Stop Money Dribbling

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Most of us think of spending money in the least painful terms. I suppose that's only natural. If we could see clearly how a simple purchase fits into the big financial picture, perhaps spending money on little stuff wouldn't be quite so easy.

In his book "Pour Your Heart Into It," Starbucks coffee founder Howard Schultz says the average ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: A Gracious Guide for How to Be a Good House Guest

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It was shocking, if not surreal. The email message was from a woman I'd never met and whose name I recognized only because, a few months earlier, she mailed me a book she'd written.

The message announced that she and her family were planning a road trip to Disneyland and would just love to stay with us since (at the time) we lived nearby and oh...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: How to Rise Above Your Circumstances

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Shortly after takeoff, the pilot circled over the Great Salt Lake, tipping the wings ever so slightly so we could witness the unusual reddish-purple color of the water -- a phenomenon, he explained, that occurs when a particular species of algae meets up with a certain bacteria. It was quite fascinating.

Just as he was bringing the plane level ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: You Need a Freedom Account

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If I asked you to deduct your monthly expenses from your monthly income, I have a feeling you'd look pretty good on paper. The mystery for many people is why they can't get through a month without using a credit card to cover unexpected expenses, such as a prescription for a sick child, a quarterly insurance premium or a wedding shower gift.

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Everyday Cheapskate: How to Make Ketchup Just Like Heinz

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So, this is a first for me. Honestly, Heinz ketchup is about as common a product as any in the Hunt refrigerator. So why on earth would I even think of making it myself? If you haven't read this in the news, brace yourself.

The U.S. is experiencing a ketchup shortage. Not kidding. Ketchup! And specifically, our favorite brand, Heinz.

Seems ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: You'll Want to Make a Batch of This DIY Upholstery Cleaner

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While we have lots of DIY cleaner recipes in our "Everyday Cheapskate" arsenal, a reliable upholstery cleaner was missing. Now we can check it off the list with this new handy, effective DIY recipe for homemade upholstery cleaner.

You'll need: Fels-Naptha laundry bar soap, borax and boiling water (the former two are available in most ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Are High-Efficiency Washers Worth It?

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It's time once again to reach into the mailbag to answer a question from my dear readers. It's kinda my favorite day, which should give you an idea of how much I love to hear from you. While I cannot respond personally to all of your messages and letters, know that I read every one, selecting those to answer here that I believe will have a ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Why Houseplants Turn Brown and How to Stop It

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Not only do houseplants bring warmth and a sense of calm to a home, but they are also an inexpensive way to decorate. Keeping your beautiful houseplants looking healthy and green is the challenge. The most common question is: Why do the leaves turn brown?

According to the Smart Garden Guide, there are many reasons why the leaves on your indoor ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Debt and That Squished Feeling

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Dear Mary: We would like to enlarge our small two-bedroom bungalow. Our kids are reaching the teen years, and we need more space. We have always budgeted our money.

We have $6,000 in our emergency fund and drive two paid-for cars, and our only debt is our mortgage. We have college savings accounts for our kids and tithe to our church. Our ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Use Your Tax Refund to Make Your Life Better

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Discovering that you'll be getting a tax refund is certainly not the worst news you've had in your life. In fact, it's easy to see a tax refund as some kind of gift from the universe. You might even be feeling kinda proud of your forced savings account, to which you knowingly contribute every payday while living from paycheck to paycheck and ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Must-Follow Steps When You're Out of a Job

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These days, it's practically inevitable that you or someone close to you will face a period of unemployment. Consider these practical tips while dealing with the financial and emotional toll of leaving one job and searching for another.


Losing a job can cause shame, humiliation and embarrassment. You may feel depressed...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Clever and Frugal Uses for Baking Soda

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Sodium bicarbonate, commonly known as baking soda or bicarbonate of soda, is an alkaline compound that, when combined with acid, produces harmless but useful carbon dioxide gas. When used to bake biscuits or cake, the small bubbles of carbon dioxide gas become trapped in batter, causing it to inflate, or rise.

Baking soda is well known for its ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Your Money Temperament and Why It Matters

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Whether you're aware of it or not, you have a money temperament. Everyone does. It's the way you naturally think about money, behave with money or react to money. To loosely assess your money temperament, and to have a little fun with it, consider the following scenario and choose the response that's closest to what you would do.

Your rich ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Feeling Rich and Living It Up

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Dear Mary: My husband and I have been out of debt for approximately five years. It's great. The problem is we now seem to spend a lot of money needlessly just because we can. We have so much money over and above our living expenses that it is easy to be reckless.

We keep just enough in savings ($2,000 or so) for emergencies but never get beyond...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: How Much and What Kind of Life Insurance is Best?

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Dear Mary: My question is about life insurance. My wife believes that I need life insurance because I am the sole breadwinner in the family and we have a baby daughter.

I am not sure it is important right now, as we just bought our first house. Our financial situation is very tight, and we will be having a lot of minor improvements on the house...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Simple Strategies to Improve Your Credit Score

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A credit score is a three-digit number between 300 and 850 generated by a mathematical algorithm (a mostly secret formula) based on information in your credit report, compared to information on tens of millions of other people. Like it or not, the resulting number is said to be a highly accurate prediction of how likely you are to pay your bills...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Stop Paying for Things You Don't Need

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A big coordinated garage sale in my neighborhood gave me a surprising wake-up call. It's one thing to see a family's stuff spread out in the front yard, but quite another to see a whole neighborhood's castoffs at one time. All I could think as I walked from one yard to the next was all the money wasters that led to this colossal display of stuff...Read more



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