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About The Frugal Berry

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The Frugal Berry is written and published by Karl Boericke from his home in the United States. Karl has been exploring money-saving ideas his whole life, and loves to share his successes along with his failures with anyone who is interested. Any products that are highlighted in articles are selected because they are quality products.  A very small commission may be paid on some highlighted items by Amazon or other providers.  Karl only highlights products he has tested and proven to work himself, all things that he loves using himself.

Karl and his wife home-school their daughter, and try to live a low-impact, frugal lifestyle.


  1. Erik Synnestvedt says:

    Love the Frugal Berry!

  2. Erik Synnestvedt says:

    Will you provide a forum for user-submitted ideas/posts? For instance… use the toaster oven instead of a full size oven for baking smaller dishes. Another similar idea is to allow frozen entrees to thaw prior to cooking. This will reduce the cooking time (and energy used). Another idea is to borrow a kill-a-watt from the local library and scour your house for “always on” devices. Then put them on a power strip with a physical switch!

    I could go on. 🙂

    • Karl says:


      Thanks for the feedback! I’d love to hear more of your ideas, but right now it is confined to comments. I’m not sure how such a forum would be implemented. Any suggestions?

  3. Hi Karl, Very cool website. I agree with your printer writeup. Go laser or go home poor! John

  4. Pat Neary says:

    Hi Karl, Found your page while seeking info on making my own Tick Tubes. Thanks! Now I have to search out permithrin sources. I plan to share your info with my neighborhood. OK to copy? And, maybe put in our local paper with credit to you? Let me know – I am in SE Mass.

  5. jay burnett says:

    hello.i used your recipe for soap olive first batch ever.worked perfect got 16 bars tried another batch next night 16 more bars.thank you for your video.jay brd.

  6. Inga says:

    I’m enjoying browsing your websites. I’ve still got two to go. this is a great one!

  7. Inga says:

    I’m looking forward to finding out what will be on your website ‘Probing the Deep’. Random Bible looks interesting. I’m anxious to see how it works.

  8. Alba C Finsel says:

    Dear Karl, I enjoyed your video on making Castile Soap, can you share the recipe? Thank you for every thing you do.
    Mrs. Alba C Finsel

  9. jerald spath says:

    need help on brother laser cartridge TN 420 reset from low toner light and now won’t do anything. I am using a Brother HL-2280DW still have the first cartridge in laser. I have not found anyone telling about the TN 420

  10. MJ says:

    I’ve just watched your YouTube video about extending the life of the toner cartride on my Brother MFC-7440N, which had ceased printing mid-report because the toner was ’empty’. Thank you so much. I’ve applied two layers of masking tape and been able to complete the print job. I’m going to monitor it from here on to see how long it lasts. I’m not a confident user of technology, so watching you perform the task on YouTube was fabulous and gave me the confidence to try it myself.

  11. Erica says:

    Karl, you are a genius with the putty on the Brother toner cartridge window! Thank you a million times. You saved me a messy toner powder change for another 3000+ pages, as your video documented. Keep up the great work!

  12. Nathalie says:

    I found your YouTube video on how to override the toner alarm for a Brother laser printer. I used the masking tape option that you recommended and it worked like a charm. Thank you so much!

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