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  • 5 Things Wealthy People Don't Do

    By Lynn Andriani

    Photo:ThinstockThey Don't Retire When Everyone Else Does

    The average age for Americans to stop working is now 61, according to a recent Gallup poll, up from 59 ten years ago and 57 in the early 1990s. But America's highest earners-i.e., those with the biggest savings-don't plan on retiring until they're at least 70, another new survey shows. Almost half of those people, who make $75,000 or more a year, say they plan to keep working because they want to. Granted, this group holds white-collar jobs that aren't physically taxing-but the "never quit" concept is one that almost anyone can embrace. Stepping down to a less stressful position, or shifting to part-time work can put you farther ahead, savings-wise, when you do decide to retire. Because although you can start collecting Social Security anytime from ages 62 to 70, the later you start, the bigger your benefit. This article gives some useful guidelines for deciding when to begin.

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  • 4 Things Restaurant Chefs Wish They Could Tell You

    By Lynn Andriani

    Photo: Thinkstock

    They Like Cheap Mushrooms

    Perhaps because white button mushrooms are plain-looking, or maybe even because they're inexpensive, home cooks tend to pooh-pooh them, says Adam Halberg, executive chef of the Barcelona Restaurant Group, instead paying top dollar for porcini or chanterelles. And while those varieties are delicious, Halberg says basic white mushrooms can taste just as incredible-and are one of the best deals in your supermarket. (Plus, fancy mushrooms are often harder to clean and require more complicated cooking methods.) Halberg likes to eat them grilled on bread, with a glass of wine; try them in this recipe with crostini or in this classic Spanish preparation

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    You're Using Your Knife Too Much

    Overdoing it with knives is one of the top mistakes Halberg sees home cooks make, even though we've all seen chefs on TV hacking away, onions flying everywhere. The less time the blade can spend on whatever it

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  • Health Resolutions You Shouldn't Make

    By Corrie Pikul

    Photo: ThinkstockDon't resolve to: Skip your morning snack.

    You've always enjoyed a post-breakfast bite of bagel or muffin with your coffee. Then two years ago you heard the news that dieters who eat midmorning snacks have a harder time slimming down. But this could have more to do with what those people were eating than when. This year, nutrition researchers at the U.K.'s Leatherhead Food Research found that people who ate 1.5 ounces of almonds at snack o'clock (i.e., around 11 a.m.) were less hungry at lunch and dinner and ate fewer calories for the rest of the day than non-almond eaters. Another study from Purdue University found that you can extend that feeling of fullness by chewing your almonds up to 40 times before swallowing. Not feeling like nuts? Snack on a piece of fruit. Many nutritionists recommend eating fruit between meals to dampen the desperation of hunger, and some diet plans allow for them as snacks at any time of the day.

    Do resolve to: Cut out midmorning

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  • 6 Stunning Ways to Spruce Up Your Front Door

    By Candace Braun Davison

    Photo: Sherry and John Petersik/Young House LoveThe Nouveau Idea That Capitalizes on an Old-Money Hallmark

    Sign us up for monogram gloves, soaps, pies, M&M's and now this: Companies like Southern Proper Monograms let you select the font, size and arrangement of your initials, which they laser-cut out of wood and ship to you. Designer Holly Mathis recommends using an 18-inch monogram and spray-painting it in a contrasting color that will pop against the door, like the bright white shown here. A smaller monogram can be layered over a plain wreath, Mathis says, if you'd prefer a more traditional look.

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    The Paint That Brightens Even the Dreariest Mid-February Day

    If there's one place where you can play with color on the outside of your home without feeling like you're forcing Key West in the Midwest, it's the front door. Young House Love bloggers Sherry and John Petersik prefer light, cheery colors that focus attention right up the steps, like

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  • 9 Things to Know If You're Losing Your Hair

    Photo: ThinkstockOur obsession with our hair reaches a whole new level when we start losing it. What we could once bend (or straighten or color) to our will feels suddenly, terrifyingly beyond our control. Or is it? Many of the causes of hair loss-crash dieting, reactions to medications-are temporary; address the underlying issue and your hair will grow back. Unfortunately, the most common culprit, genetic female pattern hair loss, is chronic. But you don't have to operate at a loss.

    You're Not Alone

    60% of women are dealing with some degree of hair loss...or have in the past...or will in the future.

    The Good Bets

    The topical solution

    Minoxidil (brand name Rogaine), the only FDA-approved medication for female hair loss, is available over-the-counter in 2 and 5 percent formulas. (Only the lower dose is approved for women.) Massage it into your scalp twice a day; you should notice regrowth in six months. Results last only as long as you use the medicine. ($50 for a three-month supply)

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  • The $26 Way to Cook a $200 Steak Dinner

    By Lynn Andriani


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    The Smart Way to Splurge on Beef

    We've always appreciated the advice that you'll get better accommodations if you stay in a basic room at a top hotel, versus the best room at a so-so hotel. So it is with steak: As Mark Schatzker, author of Steak: One Man's Search for the World's Tastiest Piece of Beef, explains, if you buy beef from a good specialty source (i.e., one who can answer questions about where the meat comes from and how to cook it), "cheap" cuts can be quite delicious, even if the price is slightly more than the supermarket version of the same (or even more expensive-like the tenderloin) cut. Flank steak, aka London Broil, has long been the budget-minded meat-eater's choice (it costs between $6 and $9 a pound), because it's easy to cook and tastes juicy and flavorful. Once you've purchased your meat (figure 12 ounces per person), pan-fry it over very high heat, so the outside is seared before the inside (which is thin) overcooks. Pull it off the

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  • Yoga Therapy: Why Doctors Are Prescribing the Ancient Practice

    By Laura Hilgers

    Illustration: Katherine Streeter

    In 2011, Jacquelyn Jackson had the most traumatizing year of her life. On a beautiful morning in Tucson, she was just 25 feet away when her former boss, Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, and 18 others were shot in a grocery store parking lot. In the weeks that followed, as Jackson began suffering symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (including chronic anxiety and difficulty sleeping), she turned to a psychotherapist. The sessions helped "tremendously," she says but 11 months later, when her seemingly healthy younger brother died suddenly from a brain tumor. "the trauma was so great I felt like I needed something more."

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    Desperate, Jackson looked online for support and stumbled upon yoga therapy, an emerging treatment for people struggling with anxiety, grief, and trauma. Long practiced in India, yoga therapy was introduced in the United States some three decades ago but has begun gaining popularity only in

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  • 4 Crucial Foods You Forgot to Buy at the Supermarket

    By Lynn Andriani

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    The Cheese That Adds Another Layer of Flavor

    You know grated Parmesan makes pretty much any pasta dish taste a zillion times better, but even if you're not making carbs for dinner, it's smart to toss a container of the "King of Cheeses," as it's known in the dairy industry, into your grocery cart. A few spoonfuls add just enough salty tang to salads, and, when mixed with bread crumbs, make a terrific crust for oven-fried chicken. Parmesan's super powers don't end there, though. Whisk a few tablespoons of the cheese with a beaten egg and swirl it into a simmering minestrone, Italian wedding or even chicken soup; the egg will cook in the hot soup, and the mixture will add texture and a savory heft.

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    The Protein in an Unassuming Can

    When we're focused on getting in and getting out of the supermarket, we often head to the perimeter, picking up fresh vegetables, meat and milk. But we need to make a note to take a quick detour down

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  • 5 Things Never to Do Before Bed

    By Corrie Pikul

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    Don't: Finish the Emails Languishing in Your Drafts Folder

    Researchers have found that before-bed exposure to the blue light from computers, tablets and smart phones suppresses melatonin levels, which can throw off your body clock as well as increase your risk of obesity.

    Do: Log off at least one hour before bed, and set your alarm an hour earlier in the morning to catch up on work. You could also try dimming your screen as much as possible, or downloading a program like F.lux, which adjusts your computer's display to be a warmer color at night.

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    Don't: Pop the Wrong Pills

    A stuffy nose keeps sleep at bay, but so does pseudoephedrine, the main ingredient in many OTC decongestants (it's been known to cause insomnia).

    Do: Breathe easy with a decongestant formulated specifically for nighttime use. These usually contain antihistamines, which have been known to make people drowsy.

    Don't: Take a

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  • Simple DIY Gift Wrapping Ideas

    Photo: Alison Gootee

    Fresh Foliage

    Pretty greenery-cuttings from pine trees, shrubs, even hardy herbs like sage and thyme-adds a warm, textured flair to gift wrap. Perk up twigs with a quick spray of gold paint.

    DIY Wrap box in paper. Measure black-and-white-striped baker's twine three times around box and wrap, tightly winding twine around foliage stem to secure. Knot twine; trim ends.

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    Baker's Beauties

    Fanned out over a gift box, metallic and patterned cupcake liners show an entirely new sweet side.

    DIY Wrap box in paper. Press down on the round center of two different-sized cupcake liners, flattening the middle but leaving the ripples intact. Using double-stick tape to secure, layer the smaller liner on top of the larger one, and wrap them around a side of the box. Loop sewing thread or ribbon around box and knot.


    Distinctive Dots

    Create polka dots by hole-punching festive paper.

    DIY Cut wrapping paper to desired size.

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