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  • The Next BMI? the Number You Need to Know for Better Health

    Knowing your body shape-not just your weight-may be the key to better health.

    By Kelly DiNardo

    Photo: Adam VoorhesFor more than 40 years, scientists have searched for a simple formula for determining who's healthy and who's not. First there was body mass index (BMI), which compares weight with height, but doesn't account for lean muscle mass or bone density. It also doesn't indicate where you carry your weight, an important factor in understanding your overall health. As a result, doctors began embracing waist circumference (WC) as a measure of the dangerous body fat that settles around the belly. But WC, too, can fall short-for failing to factor height into the equation: A 5'10" woman with a 35-inch waist may have a very different health profile from a 5'2" woman with the same girth.

    Given rising rates of chronic disease associated with obesity, it's no wonder that the medical community has been laboring to come up with a better metric. Now a father-and-son team-Jesse Krakauer, MD, an

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  • The Spend Less Challenge: 1 Idea for Every Day of the Week

    We've found the easiest strategies to help you save more and stash away the extra money--without having to pause your (necessary) spending.

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    Monday: Look at the Big Picture

    Most of us have at least four accounts (savings, checking, a joint account and PayPal, for instance). Researchers at the University of Utah found that when funds flowed in and out of just one place, the study's spenders found it easier keep track of their bottom-line net worth. The result: They spent 10 percent less of their money.

    The next best thing to having a single account is an all-on-one-page overview. For this, check out Mint.com, an app that aggregates all your financial information (daily) and displays it in a colorful interface--helping you track spending patterns. Extra bonus: It's free.

    -- Jena Pincott

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    Tuesday: Ignore the Discount

    Curb your appetite for irresistible Groupon and LivingSocial deals by unsubscribing from daily deals or

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  • 7 Wallet-Killing Expenses that Sneak Up on You

    These little snares - hidden in everything from your utility bills to your summer vacation - can trip up even the most budget-conscious.

    By Candace Braun Davison

    Photo: ThinkstockComparison Shopping Without Your Groucho Marx Mustache

    Clearing your browser's cache - or surfing the web in incognito mode - could help you snag better deals on travel. Insiders told Bargain Fever author Mark Ellwood that some companies use cookies to track your visits, so your airfare (or hotel or rental car bids) could go up with each additional search. "It's like going to a bazaar and going back to look at the same rug four times. The owner knows you're interested," he explains. Searching on different devices could also save you money: On a desktop, a search for a two-night stay at a Kansas hotel came to $122 per night. On mobile, the same stay was offered for $89.50 for the first night, $94.50 for the second (total savings for a three-minute price check: $60).

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  • The Best Job Interview Questions We've Heard

    It's hard to get past the usual "where do you see yourself in five years?", but we've noticed some more useful options to find out if your next candidate is a good fit.

    Photo: Hero Images/Getty Images1. The question: So you're a Yankees fan. If you were the team's owner, how would you make them better?

    The expert: Bonnie Zaben, chief operating officer of AC Lion Recruiting, told Bloomberg Businessweek that was her top choice.

    The reason: "I ask the applicant about their hobbies, and then we do role-play. I want to see how they think quickly and compose coherent presentations. Are they recommending specific player changes? Can they quote stats to back up a position? Can they present a cogent argument in five minutes without dead air? You'd be surprised." Seven more options from hiring experts.

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    2. The question: What three to five things do you need to be successful in this job? What are the deal killers?

    The expert: Kristi Hedges at Forbes.com

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  • How to Bounce Back from Rejection

    It only takes a minute to start your rebound.

    By Jena Pincott

    Illustration: ThinkstockIf you have a minute...focus on the right face.

    We all know the best thing to do when we're down: Talk, laugh (or bawl) it out with the person we love most. But until that happens, just looking at a photo of this person can activate natural painkillers in the brain, along with oxytocin and serotonin, both of which are associated with trust, well-being and calmness. Compared with viewing a headshot of a mere acquaintance, this exercise can relieve moderate pain by about 40 percent, found neuroscientists at Stanford University.

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    If you have 15 minutes...pick up a pen.

    In an increasingly popular technique called self-affirmation, you write two paragraphs about the one thing that you value the most about yourself (your originality, spiritual or political values, anything) and explain why it matters in your life and how it shows up in what you do.

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  • 7 Questions to Ask Before You Buy a Couch

    Home experts reveal what to look for--and what to avoid--when hunting for the perfect sofa.

    By Joann Pan

    Photo: Courtesy of HomepolishShould I Buy This One-of-a-Kind Downton Abbey Sofa?

    Even if your flea-market discovery looks exactly like Lord and Lady Grantham's favorite seat--the crimson Knole-style sofa-in the Highclere Castle library, a vintage couch should have three things, says Evan Schwartz, an interior designer with Homepolish and the creator of Brooklyn Auction Barn: (1) a sturdy frame without cracks; (2) its original hardwood parts--no low-quality replacements; and, (3) high-quality upholstery without rips or stains. Fair warning: Restoring midcentury furniture can be costly and time-consuming. Expect to pay upwards of $2,000 to professionally re-upholster and replace the original filling, Schwartz says. "You may need about 20 yards of fabric, which can cost about $75 a yard in the midrange."

    How to Choose from Countless Styles?

    To quickly eliminate options, try this simple tactic.

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  • The Conversations All Women Should Stop Having

    It's easy to share gripes about gray hairs and dimply thighs, but come on, we have more interesting things to say to each other than that.

    By Amy Shearn

    Photo: ThinkstockThe "I'm So Exhausted I Could Fall Down" Conversation

    We're all running on empty; we all have too much on our plates. But dishing about our exhaustion not only gets a little--you guessed it--tiring, it may also make us more tired. Thinking you've had a good night's sleep has the same benefits as actually having a good night's sleep, new research suggests. This is not to say you should stay up all night getting stressed out about how you need to think positively and get to sleep, mind you. This is only to say: We can talk instead about something actually refreshing, like, I don't know, laughter yoga.

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    Photo: ThinkstockThe "Complicated-Food" Conversation

    Be the topic Paleo diets, juicing recipes, gluten allergies or your penchant for locally sourced shaman-approved pork sausage, let's all just agree

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  • 6 Ways to Upgrade Your Home This Weekend

    Photo: Claire Richardson - Creating the Vintage Look

    Create amazing changes in 48 hours (no table saw or big budget required).

    By Pamela Masin

    If You Have 2 Hours...

    Update your window treatment-without any sewing. Ellie Laycock, the author ofCreating the Vintage Look, created curtains from fun, appealing dish towels. To do it yourself, establish that the length of your dish towels covers the height of the window. Then, add the width of all your towels together and make sure that number equals the width of your window times 2.5. You can sew a hem on top, like Ellie does, but an easier option is to clip on curtain rings and slide the dishtowels across a wire. Another simple window treatment: Take a twin-size flat sheet in a fun pattern or color and, again, clip on rings to hold it to the rod.

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    If You Have 3 Hours...

    Please give a warm welcome to Washi tape. The decorative Japanese masking tape is known for its affordable price and

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  • 6 Things You Don't Have to Do at Work

    By Leigh Newman

    Photo: ThinkstockDon't Do It All, All at Once

    ...Even if you think the only way you'll ever be able to leave work tonight is by reviewing the marketing report while simultaneously listening to a conference call about the new brand strategy and weighing in on a text-message chain about tomorrow's meeting. The IQs of people distracted by incoming calls and emails can drop by as much as 10 points, write corporate consultants Jones Loflin and Todd Musig in Getting to It: Accomplishing the Important, Handling the Urgent, and Removing the Unnecessary. "That's a larger effect than losing a night's sleep and twice the effect of smoking marijuana."

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    1. Don't Talk in Your Telephone Voice

    Like most of us, my voice on the telephone is not my real voice. While rattling off, "Leigh Newman speaking," I sound crisp, glossy and professional. This is a good thing. It lets callers know that they've arrived at a place of

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  • 5 Little Home Fixes that Can Save You Hundreds

    By Candace Braun Davison

    Photo: ThinkstockStraighten Out a Slouchy Curtain Rod

    When carpenter Thad Mills visits people's houses on Home Made Simple, he starts his work with the curtain rods, many of which are sloped, sagging or about one exasperated sigh away from falling off the wall. Stucco or plaster walls are usually to blame, which crumble when you try to screw in the rod, resulting in a less-than-sturdy hold, Mills says. Try pre-drilling the holes using a smaller drill bit than the screw you want to use. This allows you to twist the screw into the wall without tearing it up. Also, if you rehang the rod an inch or two higher, your ceilings will look taller and the curtains can hide the original holes.

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    Stop Flushing Money Down the Drain

    Many toilets--particularly older ones--flush more water than they need to, Mills says, but that doesn't mean you need to invest in a new, low-flow porcelain model just yet. Take

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