Woman checking to make sure she has 9 essential pantry items on hand
Food & Recipes

Make Sure You Have These 9 Essential Pantry Items

Have you been paying attention to what’s going on with the cost of food? I just read that the average

Tax returns boxes of receipts and paper
Home & Family, Money and Finances

How to Store Important Documents and How Long To Keep Them

If the paper monster has you buried under an avalanche of receipts, bank statements, ATM slips, investment records, paycheck stubs,

Rotten produce filling up garbage cans
Food & Recipes

6 Ways to Stop Throwing Rotten Produce in the Garbage

I’m having a difficult time wrapping my head around this documented fact: Half of all produce grown in the U.S.

Modern black smooth glass cooktop on white quartz counter
Cleaning, Home & Family

How to Clean and Care for a Smooth Glass Cooktop

When it comes to kitchen appliances, nothing says modern and sleek like a beautiful new electric smooth top ceramic or

Young woman polishing table with homemade furniture polish
Cleaning, Home & Family

How To Make Your Own Furniture Polish

Some time ago, I got a request from EC reader Kelly for a homemade furniture polish recipe. She said that

Homemade Chicken Fingers in a Basket Better than Fast-Food Drive-Thru
Food & Recipes, Home & Family

How To Make Family-Friendly Finger Foods Your Kids Will Love

In less time than it takes you to get into the car and drive to the closest drive-thru, you can

Team of ants playing football with pepper seed
Home & Family

10 Quick and Easy Ways to Get Rid of Pesky Ants

If the heat of summer is bringing ants into your home and yard, don’t panic. You may not require toxic

Home Chef delivery box filled with meal kit sitting on
Food & Recipes, Home & Family

How to Use Home Chef Meal Kits to Cut Food Costs

Since discovering just how much we love Home Chef meal kits—and writing about it—I’ve received the most interesting feedback. Seems

Young woman perplexed looking at her student loan documents
Money and Finances

Top 10 Student Loan Tips for Recent Graduates—and Not So Recent, Too!

Whether you just graduated, are taking a break from school, or have already started repaying your student loans, these 10

Gorgeous hardwood and laminate kitchen floors
Cleaning, Home & Family

How to Clean and Care for Hardwood and Laminate Floors

Taking care of hardwood or laminate floors can be challenging given the everyday conditions of a family and pets. But

Fresh greens with tomato and onion salad
Food & Recipes

What to Do With Leftover Green Salad (Don’t Throw it Out!)

If throwing out perfectly delicious leftover green salad were a crime, I’d be serving a life sentence.   It kills

Woman with cleaning supplies ready to clean kitchen cabinets
Cleaning, Home & Family

How to Clean Gunk and Grime from Kitchen Cabinets

Got grimy kitchen cabinets? Don’t think you’re the only one. Unfortunately, wood cabinets—painted or natural with a clear finish—are prone to all

Health and Beauty, Home & Family

Put a Big Smile on Your Face with a Dental Savings Plan

Dental Savings Plans are membership plans, similar to the way I am a member of Costco, where I pay an

Concept of a home that is mortgaged to the hilt
Home & Family

How to Stop Worrying That Your Housing Bubble Is About to Burst

You bought the biggest home they said you could qualify, taking advantage of low rates and creative financing. Who knew

Gifts, Holidays and Special Occasions

8 Creative Gift Ideas for Graduates You Know and Love

As you consider gifts for the grads on your list, think of that person’s “next step.” For a high-school grad, perhaps

Automobiles, Cleaning

How to Eliminate Odor of Gasoline Spilled Inside Family Vehicle

A message showed up in my inbox that made my heart sink. I couldn’t help imagine what it would be

Outdoors and Garden

Secrets for How to Grow An Edible Garden Just About Anywhere!

Want to grow some food? Good news! You don’t need acreage, a big yard or “perfect” conditions. In fact, you

Money and Finances, Shopping

Shopping With Cash is Still the Best Way to Save Money

It used to be so easy to shop with cash. Get cash. Shop. But things have changed, perhaps you’ve noticed.

Home & Family

The Easiest Way to Get the Most Money for Old Phones and Devices

If you’ve ever wondered where old mobile phones and electronic devices like iPhones, Androids, iPads, tablets, and computers go to die,

Food & Recipes

7 Awesome Ways to Use Up Stale Bread with Delicious Results

Got stale, leftover bread? Don’t toss it, use it up instead. Here’s the secret: Grilling, toasting, baking, or frying gives bread

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Holidays and Special Occasions, Home & Family

9 Ideas for a Frugal (Not Cheap!) Wedding

In 27 years, I cannot recall a single time I’ve heard from a bride or groom saying they wished they’d


How to Clean a Bathtub Anti-Slip Bottom

If you have a bathtub with a slip-resistant bottom that no matter what you use to clean it, it still

Money and Finances

Weird Ways to Earn Money on the Side

Recently, while brainstorming with a reader who needed to supplement her regular full-time job, I made a quick list of

Outdoors and Garden

This is How to Make Cut Flowers Last Twice as Long

Whether from your garden, the market or you receive them as a gift, you can persuade cut flowers to remain

Home & Family, Shopping

This is Why I’m Crazy about Amazon Prime

It’s been more than 10 years now since I first looked into a membership service called “Amazon Prime.” Being the

Boy taking donation box full with stuff to donate
Home & Family

How to Donate to Do Good and Declutter, Too

Have you ever wondered if the stuff in your house secretly reproduces itself in the dark of night? I’m nearly