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A DIY Air Conditioner and 14 Other Cool Camping Hacks

Camping out is a great frugal getaway, but it can be a lot of work. Make more time for yourself with some clever campground shortcuts.

11 Delicious Breakfast Dishes for Your Grill

Whether you crave sweet or savory in the morning, you'll be happy to learn that your grill is great for breakfast, too.

Skewer This! 13 Dishes You Can Put on a Stick

If you need a quick, fun to eat dish for guests, put your favorites on a stick — even dessert! Clean up is easy, too.

5 Easy Ways to Make Extra Money Blogging

You've got a website, an audience, and a passion — but how, exactly, do you monetize that blog? It's easier than you think.

5 Things in Your Garage That Have Serious Re-Sale Value

Wait, don't throw that out! Your old garage dust-collectors might be worth some decent coin.

Beer Donuts and 11 Other Recipes You Can Make With Beer

Beer for breakfast? Sure, when it's in a donut. Learn how to make those and lots more delicious entrees and sides, all featuring brewskis.

20 Cheap, Fun Things to Do This Summer

Let the sun shine on savings with these fun and family-friendly summer activities. The best part? They're super cheap!

12 Tasty Ways to Cook With Wine

What to do with those couple extra pours in the bottle? Add a boozy twist to your next dish with these killer ways to use wine in the kitchen.

12 New Ways to Use Fresh Herbs in the Kitchen

Don't let your herb garden go to seed. Learn how to use and store your bounty all summer long — and beyond.

11 Crazy-Good Crock-Pot Pasta Recipes

Take set-it-and-forget-it to the next level of comfort food with delicious "Crock-Pasta." So good. So easy!

14 Popular Snacks You Can Make at Home

Store bought snacks are pricey and fattening. Whether you're craving salty or sweet, it's cheap and easy to make your own — and healthier, too!

14 Crock-Pot Dishes to Serve at Your Next Party

Your slow cooker already makes weeknight meals a snap. Why not rely on the same ease and convenience to help you feed your party guests?

5 Financial Pitfalls Stay-at-Home Parents Should Avoid

Staying home to raise little ones is often rewarding, but it comes at a financial price. Make sure you do it right!

10 Tricks to Get You Drinking More Water

As many as three in four Americans suffer from chronic dehydration, which can have serious health effects. Are you getting your daily water ration?

10 Tempting No-Bake Desserts

Baking's great but sometimes you need a break, too. Let the oven sit one out and make crowd pleasing desserts without all the fuss.

7 Unexpected Ways Stay-at-Home Parents Save Big

Staying home with the kids means less income — and big savings, too. Find out how stay-at-home tops 9-to-5 when it comes to spending less.

8 Easy Home Maintenance To-Dos for Spring

Spring is in the air and that means home repair. Welcome the warmer days with these must-do maintenance projects.

12 Great Ways to Eat Bananas

Cheap, healthy, delicious — bananas have it all. Go beyond banana bread and enjoy them sweet and savory, baked, roasted, fried, or whipped.

8 DIY Backyard Home Improvements That Save You Big

Summer's around the corner, which means extra hours in the day for home improvement. Spruce up your backyard with a spiffy and affordable project.

4 Ways to Use Your Food That Don't Involve Eating

For some DIY beauty treatment, pest control, cleaning, or decorating — check the pantry. These delicious foods serve double duty.