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Pick up tips for saving on dry cleaning, never losing buttons and more. By Tracy Saelinger
1. COME ON A WEDNESDAY FOR DEALS
Many dry cleaners offer specials on Wednesdays, which is typically the slowest drop-off day (Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays are the busiest), says Rick Armstrong, executive director of the Midwest Dry Cleaning and Laundry Association. Some stores also offer customer loyalty cards for discounts or free cleanings for first-time customers. Photo by Getty.Read More »from 7 Things Your Dry Cleaner Wants You to Know
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2. DON'T WAIT
It's easy to let weeks go by before taking your clothes to the cleaners. But don't put it off, says Anne Nash, president of Highland Cleaners in Louisville, KY. "Even if no stains are visible, oils and impurities will break down and yellow fabrics." And if insects get to them, they'll loosen fibers, causing holes.
3. RESIST THE URGE TO PRETREAT
"Home stain removers can fade the color, which we can't restore," says Armstrong. So hand your item over to the pros for them to work their magic. "Whether
Photo courtesy of Andrew EcclesBy Katie CouricRead More »from Katie Couric on Dating Again
"Love is lovelier the second time around," Frank Sinatra once sang idealistically. (Never mind that second marriages have a higher divorce rate than first marriages-that's another column for another month.) My search for a second time around was born of tragedy. My husband, Jay, died in 1998 and I was a widow with two small children, trying to figure out the rest of our lives. Being without a partner was tough. I'm happiest in a relationship, and I don't love being alone. After Jay died, I'd fill his side of the bed with books and magazines and the sweater I wore that day so I would stay on my side. I not only missed him as my husband, but I missed our partnership and the things that came with being a nuclear family: watching him give Carrie a bottle at church as the sunlight streamed through the stained glass window, seeing him teach Ellie to ride her two-wheeler, sitting shotgun on a car trip with the girls in the back seat. Photo courtesy of Andrew Eccles.
- Woman s Day | Financially Fit – Tue, Jan 15, 2013 12:29 PM EST
Photo by: GettyBy Tracy SaelingerRead More »from 7 Surprising Ways Librarians Can Save You Time and Money
Photo by Getty
1. WE OFFER FREEBIES
Branches often have complimentary or discounted admission passes to local museums, science centers and zoos. And most libraries will also provide free Wi-Fi and access to foreign language databases, car-repair manuals and paid subscription sites, like Ancestry.com.
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2. E-BOOKS HAVE NO FINES
If returning books on time is tough for you, try borrowing an e-book. When the library's checkout period ends, you simply lose access to the file-there's nothing to bring back, so there are never any fines! Check one out at the library's website. Most libraries also offer e-reader tech support, and some even lend out devices.
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3. WE MAKE BOOK CLUBS EASIER
Investigate whether or not your branch has book club kits, which include 8 to 12 copies and a discussion guide. Your group can get a new title every month at no cost (as long as
Learn how to love your job—or leave it for a better opportunity.By Samantha Toscano
Getting a better job can do more than benefit your bottom line. It can improve your health and well-being, too. "If you like what you do, you'd add five days to every week," says Devora Zack, author of Networking for People Who Hate Networking. Keep the following promises, and you'll enjoy your time at the office, no matter how long your workweek might be. Photo by Thinkstock.
Related: Learn about 9 bad habits that are good for you.
1. Network, network, network.
It's not just for the unemployed. "Networking is the key to opening up doors," says Holly Paul, US recruiting leader for PricewaterhouseCoopers. Among what you can get out of it: learning about new opportunities that interest you and meeting the people who can help you get hired. So how do you do it? Whatever works for you, but Zack recommends inviting one or two colleagues who don't work on your team for coffee or lunch and learning about their jobs.
2. Cut the gossip.
Even if theRead More »from 10 Ways to Elevate Your Career in 2013
Learn how to show a man you love him.By Jenna Birch
You've heard it before: Men are visual; women are verbal. Men are impulsive; women like to analyze things. Men are from Mars; women are from Venus. So since husbands and wives are opposite in many ways, it makes sense that male and female hearts swell for different reasons. While you probably smile when your mate says, "I love you," those same three words from you may not do much for him. Here, 11 gestures that show you care and why they're more meaningful to the guy in your life. Photo by Thinkstock.
1. Your Undivided Attention
"When the male brain sees you checking your iPhone during dinner, it interprets that as 'I'm not important,'" says marriage therapist Mike Dow, PsyD. That's because men's brains evolved to do one thing at a time while filtering out all other stimuli, he explains. Even though women function differently (you know firsthand how well you multitask), your man will appreciate you focusing solely on him. "It says, 'You are my priority, andRead More »from 11 Things that Mean More to Men Than "I Love You"
Discover readers' and editors' stay-pretty pointersBy Abbie KozolchykRead More »from Amazing Home Remedies for Staying Beautiful
Home remedies can be a little wacky (remember the father in My Big Fat Greek Wedding who treated every skin issue with a spritz of Windex?). But when they work, they work. Here, six readers share their most prized family beauty secrets-and experts explain why these strategies have stood the test of time. Now, go to your room, ladies, and don't come out until you're good and ready! Photo by Getty Images.
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Spoonful of Sugar
Reader tip #1: "My grandma told me to scrub my face with sugar to keep it soft, then moisturize afterward." -Ivonne Lanza, via Facebook
What the expert says: Grandma was definitely on to something. Sugar-which dissolves easily-is one of the gentlest exfoliants around, says Flor Mayoral, MD, a Miami dermatologist. A pinch of sugar mixed into your regular facial cleanser is a good way to go. As is Grandma's suggestion to moisturize after: "This will keep skin hydrated after you scrub,"
Get more green!By Donna Freedman
Think the only way to save money is to scour newspapers for coupons? Think again! Put down the scissors and discover how these smart women stash away big money annually. Photo by Getty Images.
1. Tax Tip
Name: Linda Billingsley
Superpower: Adjusts her withholding and saves thousands each year.
Linda, a married dental hygienist, has taxes withheld at the "single, no dependents" level. That way she and her husband typically get thousands of dollars back at tax time-and it goes directly into their Roth IRAs. "We call it our 'payroll savings plan.' I never see it, so I don't miss it."
2. School Savings
Name: Meghan Pembleton
City: Medford, NJ
Superpower: "Matches" school expenses. She says she saved $166 last year.
Meghan pays most bills online, but when she does write checks they're usually to her kids' school: for book orders, field trips and the like. "So I write one check to the school and another toRead More »from Sneaky Tips from Super Savers
Find out why the talk show host is fed up with rampant swearing. By Katie Couric
I was at the gym recently when Travie McCoy's song "Billionaire" came over the stereo system: "I wanna be a billionaire/So f--ing bad," he (very clearly) sang. I almost stopped pedaling the stationary bike I was on: Did I just hear that? Really? I looked around, and no one else even batted an eye at the use of the F word in public, at a gym, in the early morning. Photo by Donna Svennevik/ABC.
Related: Check out these 20 easy ways to burn more fat.
So much has changed since I was a little girl, when the big lyrical dustup was The Kingsmen's 1963 hit "Louie Louie." The urban myth was that the song contained profane lyrics, including the F word, which you could make out when the recording was slowed down. At the time, just the hint that the song might contain that word was scandalous.
Now, it seems, we've become so accustomed to bad language that everything is fair game, and it's getting harder to protect our kids from it. Cursing is modern-day
Photos by: Getty Images, iStock and ThinkstockBy Stephanie Emma Pfeffer
Here's some good news: The country's economy is projected to improve (slowly, but surely) in the year ahead. Even though economic upswings tend to drive up prices, deals will be available in 2013-if you know where to look, says Greg McBride, senior financial analyst at Bankrate.com. Here, a few categories where your dollars will go farthest. Photos by Getty Images, iStock and Thinkstock.
1. Laptops, Flat-screen TVs and Digital Cameras
The cost of commoditized technology (products made with basic, widespread knowledge of hardware components) will keep going down, says Brad Wilson, founder of the savings website BradsDeals and author of Do More, Spend Less: The New Secrets of Living the Good Life for Less. Because of technological improvements, electronics parts are becoming cheaper and easier to manufacture, tempting more companies to get in on the action. As suppliers compete for market share, prices for consumers fall-except on those belovedRead More »from 10 Things That'll Be Cheaper in 2013