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9 Greener, Cheaper Alternatives to Paper Cleaning Products

Switch to reusable cloth napkins, kitchen towels, and more and stop throwing money out with the trash!

12 Genius Storage Solutions for Your Garage

Make enough room to actually park your car in your garage with this collection of simple, frugal, and clever garage storage ideas.

10 Fruits and Veggies That Stay Fresh a Month or Longer

Produce that perishes prior to meal prep wastes food and money. Go ahead and stock up on these crisper staples — they'll be ready when you are.

7 All Natural Home Remedies for Colds

Don't fill your medicine cabinet with pricey cold remedies containing dubious ingredients. Feel better naturally with these homemade elixirs.

10 Fun Hobbies You Can Take Up for Free

You could kill a couple of hours every evening watching the tube. Or you could take up one of these fabulous, fun, and free pastimes.

10 Homemade Baking Mixes That Save Money and Time

Nothing beats homemade cakes and breads, but who has the time? Pre-mix your dry ingredients, store, and bake later in a jiffy.

10 Cool Uses for a Slow Cooker

A crock pot is handy to have around, and not just for delicious stews. Find out what else you can do with your slow cooker besides cook dinner.

12 Awesome Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar

From dressing your salad to softening your callouses, you'll find a use for apple cider vinegar in every room of your home.

10 Incredible Microwave Baked Desserts

A microwave bakes better than an oven two ways: it's faster and it makes single serving treats. Start nuking dessert with these easy recipes.

10 Bathroom Purchases for Under $10 That Are Well Worth the Money

Make your bathroom brighter, tidier, and more efficient with some cheap products and simple hacks that won't smudge your budget.

15 Delicious Foods to Try in Your Waffle Maker

Make your waffle iron do more than take up space in your appliance drawer with this collection of tasty waffle iron meals and treats.

5 Awesome, Cheap Alternatives to Luxury Services

Did the Great Recession force a cutback in household staff? Replace Jeeves with DIY solutions that deliver white glove service for way less.

15 Awesome Muffin Tin Recipes for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Your muffin tin is good for more than muffins and cupcakes. Put yours to work around the clock with these easy, delicious savory muffin recipes.

12 Amazing Home Buys Under $5

You wouldn't think $5 would buy much for the home these days, but these 12 useful things will solve hundreds of problems, inside and out.

10 Money-Saving New Year's Goals That You Can Actually Keep

This year, resolve to spend less and save more. Go for one or more of these easy-to-reach goals!

The 10 Most Versatile Foods in Your Pantry

If you keep these 10 heavy lifters in your pantry, you'll have just what you need for dozens of quick, nutritious, and delicious meals.

14 Cool Things You Can Make With an Ice Cube Tray

From candles to coffee cubes, your ice cube tray can do a lot more for you besides conveniently make ice.

5 Signs You Were Raised by Parents With Bad Social Skills

Our parents teach us so much about how to live — for better or worse. If crowds aren't your thing, identify the signs and overcome your upbringing.

50 Amazing, Easy DIY Bath and Body Products

Homemade gifts are always appreciated, but your recipient may not always want your famous pecan-sugar bars. Mix it up with these DIY beauty gifts.

Learn All the Frugal Skills You Need With These 9 Great Video Tutorials

The one with the most skills at the end wins. Add to your repertoire with this collection of essential frugal life skills.