By Beth Kobliner, REDBOOK
You can't even begin to negotiate on an item until you know its lowest possible going rate. Why pay $200 for a microwave when a quick online search can tell you it's available elsewhere for $89? These comparison-shopping sites can help you get the best deal possible.
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1. PriceGrabber.com is the granddaddy of the comparison-shopping sites: It searches millions of products-groceries, computer software, you name it-from hundreds of vendors to get you the best price.
2. StreetPrices.com charts price changes for popular items over time to help you determine if now is a good time to buy that new flat-screen TV. With one click you can check eBay or Craigslist as well as online retailers.
3. Bing.com/shopping offers up the best prices from tons of retailers-plus, it offers a rewards program that gives a percentage of cash back when you link through their site to online stores, such as Macy's and Office Depot,
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By Aaron Traister, REDBOOKRead More »from 7 Contradictory Things Iâ€™d like To Do On Fatherâ€™s Day
I think celebrating Father's Day is sort of silly, but my wife Karel is totally into it, so who am I to pass up a holiday where I'm the focus of the attention? Every year, Karel asks me what special thing I want or need to recharge my patriarchal batteries for the next 364 days. And every year, I find myself wanting diametrically opposed things. These contradictions illustrate the choices that dads make every day-between careless, youthful fun and responsible behavior that makes your life easier and better in the long term. For example:
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1a. I want to sleep late and catch up on some desperately needed shut-eye.
1b. I want to wake up early and pack as much into the day as possible. I could get up before the sun and drive out to the country to paint and still be home in time to have the rest of my day (okay, maybe just an hour or two of sunlight) in front of me. I never get a chance to do that anymore.
2a. I want to
By Lisa Lillien, REDBOOKRead More »from 5 Delish Frozen Dinners (Under 350 Calories!)
Gone are the days of watery diet lasagna! Here are the yummy low-cal options Hungry Girl Lisa Lillien keeps in her freezer.
1. Amy's Light and Lean Spinach Lasagna: I'm a huge fan of all things Amy's, so I was thrilled to see the new Light and Lean meals, each with fewer than 300 calories and no more than 5 grams of fat. My favorite, the spinach lasagna, has three kinds of cheese-Parmesan, ricotta, and mozzarella!-for only 250 calories.
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2. Lean Cuisine Market Creations Chicken Margherita: Inside this microwavable bag is penne pasta with white-meat chicken, tomatoes, red bell peppers, spinach, and mozzarella cheese in a delicious balsamic sauce. It's truly hard to believe the whole thing has only 300 calories and 8 grams of fat, right?
3. Kashi Mayan Harvest Bake: With roasted sweet potatoes, black beans, plantains, pumpkin seeds, whole-grain pilaf, and kale in an amazing smoky-sweet sauce, this unique entrée is like no other
By Aaron Traister, REDBOOKRead More »from 7 Girly Songs Guys Secretly Like
Just like I think of Black Sabbath and Ice Cube as making music for guys, I think of Celine Dion and Christina Aguilera as making music with women in mind. I think it's hard for guys to admit that they like songs with a softer side, so in the interest of getting more in touch with my feminine side, I'm listing my Top 7 favorite XX songs of all time.
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7. "I Will Always Love You" by Dolly Parton/Whitney Houston. Every dude has someone or something in his life that this song applies to. I don't care if it's the understated Parton version or the blow-out-the-speakers vocals of Houston's; both are sublime and surprisingly affecting. I was recently stuck in traffic right behind a Colt 45. Malt Liquor delivery truck while the Dolly Parton version played on my radio. All I could see in front of me was the Colt 45. Logo, and all I heard were the lyrics: "Bitter sweet memories, that's all I have, and all I'm taking with
- Redbook | Parenting – Wed, Jun 8, 2011 5:06 PM EDT
By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK
Oh sure you think you're just living your life, but when you have kids, they're living it right along with you and they remember things differently. Sometimes very differently. So the other day when I asked my children what they thought were the worst parenting mistakes I had made, these were definitely not the answers I expected. (But that's probably a good thing as I don't think I'm strong enough to write that post yet.)
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My Worst Parenting Mistakes (According to my kids ages 8, 7, 4 and 1.)
1. I accidentally switched the dates on my calendar for my son's preschool choir concert and his field trip-something any mom has done-which caused me to miss the former. Despite the fact this happened four years ago he still likes to remind me, "Remember when you missed my concert because you were just sitting at home? I cried and cried. Remember how the teacher had to hug me and give me gummy bears toRead More »from My 8 Worst Parenting Mistakes (According to my Kids)
Dear Whys Guy: "Why Do Guys Like Anthony Weiner Get Off on Sending Racy Pictures of Themselves to Women They Donâ€™t Even Know?"By Redbook | Love + Sex – Tue, Jun 7, 2011 6:52 PM EDT
By Aaron Traister, REDBOOKRead More »from Dear Whys Guy: "Why Do Guys Like Anthony Weiner Get Off on Sending Racy Pictures of Themselves to Women They Donâ€™t Even Know?"
DEAR WHYS GUY:
Why do guys like Anthony Weiner get off on sending racy pictures of themselves to women they don't even know?
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DEAR REDBOOK READER:
I have no idea why an adult man would send an unsolicited picture of his penis to a woman he's never met, in the same way I don't understand why flashers feel the need to flash. But I do know that the internet makes it way too easy to broadcast bad ideas, bad judgment, and poor impulse control. For instance: Right after the bizarro press conference in which America learned the true identity of Weiner's disembodied penis, I decided it would be funny to start sticking things in my underwear, take pictures, and post them to my Facebook page. I'm talking easily identifiable objects like milk cartons, boots, my cat. I thought it was a hilarious idea because I have the sense of humor and impulse control of a twelve-year-old boy. Then I thought, Hell, why
- Redbook | Parenting – Tue, Jun 7, 2011 4:29 PM EDT
By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK
Mother love: For something that is supposed to be so natural it is amazing how unnaturally it comes to some of us. When my first son was born and they placed him in my arms, I remember waiting for that intense feeling of euphoria to wash over me like I'd heard other mothers describe. It didn't. It turned out that I get serious post-partum anxiety and while I felt fiercely protective of him and very attentive to him (sometimes overly so-I also get a touch of OCD in those first 6 weeks and I was sure if I didn't watch him breathe, he would stop), my heart didn't melt every time I looked at him. In fact, it usually sank as I wondered how on earth I was going to keep this fragile little person alive in such a scary world. Thankfully for me, meds and my hormones leveling out helped ameliorate those feelings and by the time he was a few months old I was totally on the gaga-in-love train. But I well remember that initial feeling of coldness in myRead More »from One Mom Confesses to Not Liking Her Own Child. Does She Cross the Line?
By Cristina Mueller, REDBOOKRead More »from 6 Tricks for Gorgeous Air-Dried Hair
The best thing about summer? Letting yourself go. Try these simple styling tips for frizz-free air dried hair.
1. Toss the Hair Tie: Whether you're off to the a dinner party or just the backyard, let your hair down for a breezy, just-been-to-the-beach look (even if you're nowhere near the ocean!).
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2. Sleep on It: At last, a use for those ancient tees stuffed in the back of your drawer: supersoft rollers. "In French, it's called en papillote, and it gives you loose curls overnight," says stylist Ward Stegerhoek. To get romantic ringlets, shower at night and rake a mousse (he likes Living Proof Full Thickening Mousse, $26) through damp hair. Cut a T-shirt into 6x1-inch strips, double them up, and wind big sections of hair around them. Roll each one up like a curler, tie the ends in a knot, and hit the sack. (We tried! It's comfy!) In the a.m., untie and tousle.
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3. Loosen Your
By REDBOOKRead More »from 7 Father's Day Finds Under $50
This Father's Day, get that hot husband of yours something he'll actually use...more than once.
1. Clamp Lamp: Sheds light on hard-to-reach spots-ideal for the next time he has to fetch the hamster from the crawl space. Gorillatorch clamp light, $29.95; joby.com.
2. Magnetic Wristband: Accessorize your handy man: He wears this on his wrist, and nails stick to it. Magwear magnetic wristband, $19.95; redenvelope.com.
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3. The Moustache Grower's Guide: A 'stache-styling bible for those who flatly refuse to shave it off. The Moustache Grower's Guide, $9.95, amazon.com.
4. Canvas Sneakers: Put a little throwback-style prep in his step. Sneakers, $24.50; ae.com.
5. Sunglasses: He'll feel all "Boys of Summer" in a pair. Sunglasses, $9.50; oldnavy.com.
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6. Plaid Shorts: Because a little color on those legs of his couldn't hurt. Croft & Barrow plaid shorts, $34; kohls.com.
By Anna Davies, REDBOOKRead More »from 8 Free Ways to Have Fun This Summer
Summer can be freeing in more ways than one. Here, free get-happy ideas for the season-and beyond.
1. Cheap Thrills: From reveling in the morning sunshine with a cup of coffee to late-night stargazing, warm weather offers a chance to delight in some of life's sweetest can't-be-bought experiences. "Finding priceless pleasures is a reminder that life can be enjoyed without extravagance," says Heather Wagner, author of Happiness on $10 a Day. Try one of these free ways to escape and make the most of summer.
2. Rinse off: After a walk or run, dash through a neighbor's sprinkler-it's the best cool-down we can think of.
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3. Head to the Beauty Counters: At your local mall, try out a fall fragrance or a new shade of lipstick or eyeshadow. Make sure to ask for a product sample before you leave the counter and get a fall beauty fix for free. (Just say "No, thanks" with a smile when the sales pitch starts.)
4. Celebrate an Obscure