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Laurel Randolph

Born in Tennessee, schooled in Boston, vetted in NYC, reborn in New Zealand, and now living in Los Angeles. Passions: cooking, making, hiking, crafting, gardening, eating, movie-watching, traveling, friends, family, and the art of the deal.

Latest articles by Laurel Randolph

7 DIY Crafts That Will Save You Money

You can save some serious cash by making decor, gifts, and home goods — without spending a lot on tools and supplies. Let's get crafty!

The 12 Best Frozen Food Values

Don't turn up your nose to frozen fruits and vegetables and other foods — they're delicious and cheap. Stock up on these dozen frugal frozen eats.

The 7 Most Calorie-Burning Breakfasts

It's the most important meal of the day for a reason! Jump-start your day (and your weight loss) with an easy, delicious calorie-burning meal.

6 Old School Beauty Products We Want Back

It wasn't so long ago that beer promised bouncy curls, and emotion was a scent you could wear. What do you wish they still made?

20 Easy and Delicious Granola Recipes

Granola is one of the trendiest healthy snacks on the market. Make it yourself right at home to save money and try fun, flavorful mixes.

7 Makeup Items You Should Ditch Today

Whether your makeup drawer is cluttered or super organized, take a moment this spring to clear it of these potentially harmful beauty products.

15 Creative, Delicious Things You Can Make in a Blender

The blender gets labeled as a one-trick pony — and that's not fair. Put yours through its paces with these concoctions that spin together fast.

7 DIY Kitchen Skills That Will Save You Money

You can buy chicken already cut up, but you can do it yourself for way less money. Learn that and six other easy, money-saving kitchen skills.

18 Easy and Delicious Recipes for Your Dutch Oven

You registered for one as a wedding gift, and it's sat in the cupboard ever since. Dust off your Dutch oven and taste what it can do!

13 Food Items to Always Buy in Bulk

You don't have to buy everything in bulk to save — who has the space? Just be sure to make room for these staples that are cheaper by the dozens.

20 Cheap and Easy Soup Recipes

Nothing satisfies like a delicious, healthy bowl of soup — except a delicious, healthy bowl of soup that comes together fast and cheap — like these!

14 Cool Uses for a Blender

Everyone's got one tucked away in some kitchen cabinet. If you're not getting enough mileage out of your blender, check out these 14 great uses.

6 Outdoor Adventures That Don't Cost a Dime

When the weather finally clears, shake off cabin fever with this collection of cheap, or even free outdoor adventures.

7 Times Buying Generic Will Cost You

For many products, generic or store-brand options are good buys. But for these products, you're better off sticking with a trusted brand name.

7 Tricks for Enjoying Fine Dining on a Budget

While Spago doesn't offer a Blue Plate Special, you can dine there and still make your rent. You just need to know when to go and where to sit.

8 Supposedly Unhealthy Foods That Are Actually Good for You

Oh go ahead, have another cup of coffee — it's good for you! Find out what other foods you can go ahead and stop avoiding now, too.

15 Delicious Homemade Treats Your Valentine Will Love

There's nothing sweeter than a handmade Valentine's gift — unless it's a delicious and decadent sugary treat, like these.

The Only 15 Foods That Are Worth Buying Organic

Not everything you buy from the grocery store needs to be organic — but to avoid harmful pesticides and hormones, these 15 foods should be.

20 Delicious Make-Ahead Salads

Take the guesswork (and the grease!) out of weekday lunches by whipping up these delicious, nutritious make-ahead salads. They'll keep all week!

12 Cooking Rules You Should Be Breaking

Don't worry, the kitchen cops won't tase you if you run afoul of any of these outdated kitchen rules.