Experts say there's money in hills of clothes, junk, and paperwork at home. We'll help you find it. By Melody Warnick, REDBOOK.
How many Saturdays have you looked at an overstuffed closet or a piled-high mail table and thought, I've got to get that under control? Here's an incentive: Your mess may be hiding anything from lucrative missed opportunities to actual cash. We got experts to tell us how much may be stashed in the average home--and how you can cash in.
STRAY LOOSE CHANGE: $90 for the average household
All those nickels left in couch cushions and pennies in car cup-holders add up. "Approximately $10 billion in coins is just sitting in U.S. households," says Martha Belden, spokeswoman for the coin-counting company Coinstar.
Clutter buster: Buy a piggy bank. Seriously. "Get an electronic one that automatically counts your change, or a giant bottle, whatever," says Regina Leeds, author of Eight-Minute Organizer and One Year to an Organized Life. "I suggest that my clients keep
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- Redbook | Financially Fit – Thu, Mar 14, 2013 9:50 AM EDT
Experts say there's money in hills of clothes, junk, and paperwork at home. We'll help you find it. By Melody Warnick, REDBOOK.Read More »from Newsflash: There May Be $5,800 Hiding in Your House
From outdoor adventures to cozy bed and breakfasts, and north to south, and east to west, these not-to-be-missed attractions demand a romantic tour of the US of A. REDBOOK.Read More »from The 50 Best Dates in America
Tanque Ranch, ArizonaAlabama
3…2…1…lift-off to the cutest nerd-date on the planet. Sign up for a tour at Space Camp in Huntsville and geek out on the largest collection of rockets and other space memorabilia in the U.S. Astronaut ice cream not optional.
Venture to the far reaches of these here United States in one of the Northern Alaska Tour Company's seaplanes to Barrow, the northernmost city in the U.S. and the ninth northernmost city in the world. Make sure to dip your toe in the Arctic Ocean - but not for too long!
You'll be singing "Cowboy Take Me Away" with a visit to the all-inclusive Tanque Ranch just outside Tuscon. The working dude ranch is set in the heart of the Sonoran desert and was the real-life setting for Nickelodeon's quirky teen show, Hey Dude. (We knew you'd like that.)
The Buckstaff Bath
While you can't actually make warmer weather arrive any sooner, you can totally coax out spring fever with a new hairstyle. Get inspired by these fresh celeb 'dos. By Alyson Penn, REDBOOK.
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Studies show brown-bagging your midday meal is a key weight-loss trick, but that hardly means eating another boring salad. Just Bento founder Makiko Itoh's nine recipes are better than anything you have to step outside to buy. By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.
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Those Facebook friends that seem to have the perfect life with the flawless husband they adore at all times? Even they face tough times like these. By Gena Kaufman, REDBOOK.Read More »from The 10 Rocky Moments Every Relationship Faces
1. A big fight over nothing
There are major issues couples commonly squabble over - like sex, money, and kids, all of which we'll get to in a minute - but if you're going through a rough spot over what seems like nothing at all, you're not alone. "Marriage is a lightning rod that absorbs stress from every source - past and present," says psychologist Harriet Lerner, author of Marriage Rules: A Manual for the Married and the Coupled Up. "When stress gets high enough, even the best couple can look like the most dysfunctional one." Lerner notes that just about anything can turn into an epic battle, including something as insignificant as which knife to use to properly cut a tomato. To stop the stressful cycle, take a deep breath and before your scream, think about whether the knife is really the problem. And
These packaged eats are bad for your waistline and your health. Shelve them, and substitute in these nutritious swaps. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.Read More »from 9 Processed Foods to Ditch Right Now
A typical container container of flavored yogurt can easily contain 24 to 30 grams of sugar, as much as the entire recommended daily allowance for most women. Buy it plain to cut down on sugar and cost.
Healthier swap: Flavor plain Greek yogurt, which has more protein than the regular kind, with honey, cinnamon and sliced bananas.
Cookies with added fiber
Though fiber counts may look the same on nutrition labels, not all fiber is created equal. Getting fiber from packaged foods like yogurt and cookies probably won't offer the same health-boosting benefits as eating the unprocessed, intact kind found in whole grains, beans, and produce. That's because most processed fibers don't have the gummy texture or bulk that helps non-processed fiber slow digestion, lower cholesterol, and keep you regular.
After 73 years of marriage, 94-year old Barbara Cooper knows how to get through matrimony's rough patches. The author of Fall in Love for Life shares her hard-earned wisdom. By Holly Corbett, REDBOOK.Read More »from 9 Secrets from a 73-Year Marriage
On making time to make love
"I don't understand couples who say they are too busy or too tired to sleep together. Unless they are building roads all day or running a multi-national corporation, I expect they have just lost sight of priorities. If you wish to stay connected and happy in your marriage, my advice to you is to never be too tired or too busy to feel love for your partner. When your life is nearly over, you will regret it if you look back and recall too many nights when you made excuses instead of making love."
"The most important thing for any couple trying to get along is to think before you speak. If you are bickering and find that you are getting angry, take a deep breath and change course, and ask your partner to do the same. Try saying
A recent study found the average adult consumes 100 calories a day of alcohol - with six percent drinking 300 or more. Who needs that? These skinny cocktails will keep you satisfied until spring…and then some. By Alyson Penn, REDBOOK.
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- Redbook | Work + Money – Mon, Mar 4, 2013 10:04 AM EST
From student loans to credit crunches, financial woes can shake even the strongest of relationships. We asked a professional money manager to sort through some of readers' major money concerns. By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.Read More »from A Financial Expert Solves Couples' Biggest Money Problems
"Food and gas are such a money drain!"
For recurring expenses, you and your spouse should work together to make the money you spend work harder. "To save on gas, look for online tools that can help you find the best prices in your area. The GasBuddy app, for example, shows you prices from all the stations in your area, as well as the distance to each," says Linda Descano, the president and CEO of Women & Co., a service of Citi that provides multi-faceted information about all things money-related. You should also look for credit cards that offer rewards points (which you can use for gas cards) and cash back on items like gas and groceries. To save money on food, make a weekly menu, not just a shopping list. Shopping for only what's on your menu will save both time
These four moms got a fitness and food makeover thanks to Equinox trainer Lashaun Dale and dietitian Keri Glassman. Whether you're looking to drop 10 pounds, tighten your tummy, or lay off the diet soda, these experts have a plan to suit you. By Jane Bianchi, REDBOOK.Read More »from Does Your Workout Need a Makeover?
The Health Nut
Name: Lorre Youngblood
Location: Newalla, OK
Family: Married with two kids (Lacy, 12; Lane, 11)
Work: Full-time land associate at an energy company
"My dad had a heart attack at 45, and I don't want to be in the same boat," says Lorre.
Goal: To do more endurance exercises to boost her cardiovascular health.
Current weekly routine: Walks/jogs on a treadmill or uses fitness apps on her iPad to do full-body strengthening moves at home for 20 to 45 minutes at a time, four times a week. "I'd like to be more consistent - sometimes I have to help my kids with homework and I end up skipping my workout," says Lorre.
Fitness fix: Amping up aerobic exercise in spurts is key to strengthening Lorre's