Several years ago, when gas prices were at their highest in Los Angeles, I paid $4.26 a gallon — $102 to fill my Chevy Silverado.

Why is it that the odds of going to the store for a loaf of bread and coming out with ONLY a loaf of bread are about 3 billion to one?

Today, we celebrate cucumbers, which will soon be in the peak of their season and dirt-cheap! When prepared well, cucumbers are not only delic…

Whether it’s removing pine sap from a new pair of summer shorts or keeping your drinks super cold, my readers are always anxious to share thei…

If you own a Swiffer WetJet Spray Mop, chances are you absolutely love it. But let me guess: You’re not wild about how expensive it is to buy …

It’s time, once again, to reach into my virtual mailbag to read what a handful of my Dear Readers have written.

I used to think that small amounts of money didn’t matter. What difference could $5 here or $10 there make when we were more than $100,000 in …

No matter how inexpensive a chuck or round roast may be, if it turns out so tough and flavorless it’s passed to the dog, that purchase was no …

If you’re fresh out of ideas (let alone desire) to make one more home-cooked meal, but even the thought of another take-out or curbside pickup…

In a previous column on the subject of money and happiness, I closed with: “In your heart, do you believe that more money would make you happi…

I have a theory that most of us would be more than willing to let go of the stuff that’s cluttering our homes if we knew these things would se…

Sometimes, it’s the most unusual thing that turns out to be the magical solution for a household problem. Things like a hairdryer, a bottle of…

The locally grown food movement has been gaining momentum. At the same time, the high cost of food is challenging all of us to find new ways t…

My readers come up with the greatest tips, tricks and ideas for how to save time and money every day. Today is no exception. From tomato paste…

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If you think eating well means eating out — home delivery, pickup or dining in — you may be feeling the effects of restaurant dining in your w…

Mosquitoes are nasty creatures. They bite, transmit terrible diseases to people and pets and, from what I read, have no redeeming value in the…

My heart was pounding. The smoke alarm was screaming, and I was in full-on panic mode. Flames were reaching toward the upper cabinets. It happ…

For years, I tried to grow a decent vegetable garden. It was the high cost of fresh produce — $3.50 for a few measly, wilted basil leaves; dit…

With the price of beef skyrocketing, chicken is becoming the backbone of the frugal kitchen. And why not? Chicken is much less expensive than …

You’re worried the washing machine may be on its last spin cycle. It makes a horrible screeching sound and needs a lot of coaxing to make it a…

Assuming I’m not the only one who fails to do a deep clean on the outdoor grill after every use, today, I have lots of tips and tricks for cle…

Sometimes, I wonder how “Everyday Cheapskate” readers discover their handy ideas. I mean, who would have thought something that cleans brake p…

According to the World Resources Institute, the average U.S. household of four people throws out about $1,600 in rotten food every year. Wow. …

A recent letter from a reader who used borax to solve her dishwasher woes got me thinking about all the ways I use this handy product to clean…

Changing your environment can greatly improve your outlook. And that doesn’t have to cost a fortune. The key to great decor isn’t how much mon…

Body scrubs are an effective way to exfoliate your skin. Exfoliation is the process of removing dead skin cells from the surface of your skin …

If soaring food prices are getting you down, help is on the way! Here are some basic saving strategies, practical solutions and novel ideas to…

Homemade window cleaners are easy to make using common household ingredients you probably have already.

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