college financial aid advisorBy Tracy Saelinger
1. AVOID APPLYING TO ONLY ONE SCHOOL
"Financial aid officers have a limited budget to attract students," says Brannon Lloyd, president of The College Money Guys, a Houston-based college financial planning firm. "If you apply early decision or put only one school on your FAFSA [the standard financial aid form], that school will know it doesn't need to allocate as much of its budget to persuade you to enroll." Photo by Getty Images
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2. FILL OUT THE FAFSA EARLY Even though most schools have a spring deadline, aim to send in your form during the first two weeks of January. "Schools will already be going through their budgets, and the later you apply for aid, the less they might have to give," says Tim Higgins, author of Pay for College Without Sacrificing Your Retirement.
3. CONSIDER APPLYING TO PRIVATE SCHOOLS Many families who qualify for financial aid don't look at private schools because of those $40,000-plus annual
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Cut down on second washings (not to mention ruined clothes) by acting quickly on nasty spills. Use a stain-treating bar soap like Fels-Naptha ($1.09; Amazon.com), or soak delicates in a liquid stain treatment, so you don't damage the fabric by rubbing it (try OxiClean Versatile Stain Remover Powder, $9; Amazon.com). Bleach pens like Clorox's ($10.99 for two; Amazon.com) are handy for washable whites mixed with color, like a striped shirt.
SAVINGS: About 65¢ per wash cycle
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2. Switch to cold
Ninety percent of the energy washing machines use goes into heating the water, but clothes don't need hot water to get clean. You might prefer to use it for heavy-use items (sheets, towels), but try cold water for anything colored or for items that are lightly soiled. And always rinse in cold-it gets suds out better and doesn't set wrinkles.
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1. Make (and stick to) a shopping list.
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Creamy clam chowder and hearty pot pie come together in this warm and soothing dish, perfect for crisp autumn nights. Filled with veggies and and packed with protein, this pot pie is the ultimate comfort food. Photo by Steve Giralt.
Cost Per Serving: $3.28
Prep Time: 30 min
Total Time: 1 hr 15 min
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(per serving) Calories 420
Total Fat 20g
Saturated Fat 7g
Total Carbohydrate 32g
Dietary Fiber 3g
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• Kosher salt
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• 2 clove(s) garlic, finely chopped
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Your pet is licking the couch, or staring at you like a zombie-and of course he can't tell you why. "Many pets do things that are simply quirky, but sometimes signal an underlying medical or behavioral issue," says veterinarian Justine Lee, author of It's a Dog's Life…but It's Your Carpet. These explanations for weird, but common, behaviors can help you understand your dog or cat better, and figure out when there's cause for concern. Photo by Getty Images
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Sweet and Tangy Glazed Salmon with Orange-Almond Rice
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The sweet tang of citrus and the bite of hot pepper jelly are what make this salmon dish as flavorful as what you'd find in an upscale restaurant. But it's a fraction of the cost and takes only 25 minutes to make. Photo by Kana Okada
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Prep Time: 20 min
Total Time: 25 min
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- 1/2 cup(s) sliced almonds
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- 4 (6 ounces each) salmon steaks or skinless pieces salmon fillet
- Kosher salt
- 1/4 cup(s) chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Cook the
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Like a cross between a classic chocolate pie and a tiramisu, this creamy, espresso-spiked dessert is a grown-up treat. But you don't need to set foot near an oven to make it! Photo by John Kerrick
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Calories Total Fat 40g Saturated Fat 25g Cholesterol 135mg Sodium 141mg Total Carbohydrate 28g Dietary Fiber 2g Sugars -- Protein 7g Calcium --
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While we don't recommend ordering any of these foods during a romantic dinner or business lunch, there are graceful ways to enjoy the most notoriously sloppy eats. "The key to eating messy foods is to take small bites," says Mike Lininger, editor of EtiquetteScholar.com and author of Essential Etiquette Fundamentals. Also, "don't be in a rush." Here's exactly how to approach 10 of the messiest dishes.
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