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Betsy, left, and Molly Beaton grind a bar of Fels-Naptha (laundry bar soap) in a measuring cup before adding Borax and Arm & Hammer washing soda to create homemade laundry soap in the kitchen of their Fargo home recently. Betsy's New Year's resolution is to make her own laundry soap for her family's use to save money. Jay Pickthorn / The Forum

How to save money in trying times

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Betsy Beaton was looking for ways to save money on household expenses when she found an online recipe for laundry soap.

"The cost of laundry soap is ridiculous," said the Fargo resident, who saves her family of four about $3.25 weekly and $169 annually by making her own.

She gets all the ingredients at a local supermarket.

Beaton is among a growing number of Americans - some apparently motivated by the nationwide recession - who are looking to trim daily spending.

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