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Cheap-O Savvy Homemaker

Everything about homemade air-fresheners, febreeze, and everything with smell

Speed-Cleaning Solution For quicker cleaning, fill a bucket with basics that need to be toted from room to room: all-purpose and glass-cleaning sprays, a sponge, a toothbrush, a squeegee, a scrub brush, hopsacking, and terry-cloth towels in washcloth and hand-towel sizes. Between tasks, hang rubber gloves over the rim to dry.

Post a Stain Chart in Your Laundry Room Instead of researching stain removal methods each time there's a spill, create a handy reference for treating the most stubborn stains and hang it in the laundry room. Get the How-To and Print the Chart

Plan Meals Before You Go to the Supermarket Organization starts with coordinating your menus -- even easy ones -- before you head to the store. Plan to make fish and prepare fresh leafy-green salads earlier in the week than, say, dry goods that can wait, such as pasta. Browse our collection of Grocery Bags that offer a week of meals with a single, strategic shopping list. Get Our Grocery Bag Lists from Everyday Food

Keep Inventory Near the pantry, create an inventory list so you know what items you have, as well as how much you paid per unit -- for the sake of future comparison shopping. Warehouse price labels usually contain the purchase price as well as a unit price, which tells you how much you pay for a standard quantity (100-count aspirin, for example). For products you buy often, make a note of the unit price; you can compare it with prices at other stores to find the best deals.

Dry Leftover Herbs Fresh herbs are great, but what if you can't use the whole bunch? Tie leftover sprigs together with kitchen twine, and hang them upside down from a rack or shelf in your kitchen to dry. Once dried, transfer the herbs to airtight containers, and keep them in your spice rack.

No-Waste Dressing When there's just a tiny bit of mustard left in the jar, don't throw it out. Instead, toss in a few ingredients, and shake a tangy Dijon vinaigrette right in the container.

Top 50 Money-Saving Tips

<45 of 50 > Run Appliances at Night Run appliances such as clothes dryers and dishwashers at night to avoid peak energy rates and the humid heat they generate. Excess humidity is more than uncomfortable -- it can also be expensive, since air conditioners use extra energy to process the moisture.

<29 of 50 > Freeze It You can enjoy herbs during the winter by preserving your abundance of summer herb plants. You'll not only add a fresh burst of flavor to your soups, stews, and sauces -- you'll also save money! You can also freeze extra stock, gravy, pesto, tomato paste, lemon juice, and wine in ice cube trays and rely on them to add oomph to weeknight meals. Pack frozen cubes in a resealable plastic bag. Learn How to Freeze Herbs

Prioritize Organic Foods Buying everything organic isn't always financially feasible, so make the switch for items most likely to have higher pesticide residues -- apples, bell peppers, celery, cherries, grapes (imported), lettuce, nectarines, peaches, pears, potatoes, spinach, and strawberries. It's also wise to buy organic meat and dairy products that don't contain growth hormones.