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  • 6 Tips for Thrifty Summer Trips

    By Anna Davies, REDBOOK


    Taking a summer break doesn't have to blow a hole in your bank account, says Emily Kaufman, author of The Travel Mom's Ultimate Book of Family Travel. "If you're prepared, realistic and flexible when it comes to vacations," she says, "you'll have a lot more control when it comes to lowering the price." Here are her favorite ways to cut travel costs.

    1. Plan way ahead: Book your trip early so you can use airline miles or hotel points. Also, cruises are often discounted if you pay six or more months in advance.

    Related: How to Land Summer Travel Deals

    2. Or wait until the last minute: If you have some wiggle room on your departure date or destination, book your trip just a few weeks before you want to go. Often you'll find lower rates for hotels and airfare. Log on to lastminute.com for deals.

    3. Go directly to the source: Low-fare airlines (such as Southwest Airlines or AirTran) may have rates that don't appear on major travel search engines, so be sure to

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  • The 4 Do's and Don'ts of Couponing

    By REDBOOK


    1. DO use them with pride! "There's an average of $350 in savings in the paper each week," says Teri Gault, founder of thegrocerygame.com. "In this economy, coupon use has been on the rise," she adds. "Most anything that anyone buys eventually has a coupon for it."

    Related: Your Secret Shopping Addictions and How to Curb Them

    2. DON'T
    rely only on the Sunday paper. "Coupons can be automatically sent to your phone, loaded onto your supermarket club card, or printed off the Internet," Gault advises. "Coupons.com and couponsurfer.com are some of my favorite sites for coupons," says Suzanne Womack, 43, of Cleveland, TN. Is there a new product you'd like to try? Check out the manufacturer's website; many have coupons you can download and print.

    Related: 5 Dresses Every Woman Should Own

    3. DO keep coupons organized and accessible. "I store my coupons in a little binder that I keep in the car," says Rachel Lewis, 39, of Columbus, OH. "That way, when I need to stop on the way

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  • New Trend Alert: "Dadchelor" Parties

    By Aaron Traister, REDBOOK

    So today the internet is abuzz with a new trend: Dadchelor Parties, which are a lot like bachelor parties, except they happen right before a guy's first baby is born. Aside from the fact that while I don't have a lot of friends, I do know a ton of dudes, and none of them have ever had anything resembling a Dadchelor Party, I should say that I'm not okay with this.

    Related: The 5 Outfits Guys Secretly Hope You'll Wear

    I don't have a problem with dudes getting drunk and acting out during their wives' pregnancies. I think that's an important part of the process of preparing for the biggest change in your life. But that acting out, that drinking, that urge to get away and go to a ball game with a few friends and act like a schmuck, that need to escape for a time from a newly (and terrifyingly) hormonal wife, all of that is born from genuine emotions: fear, frustration, anxiousness, insecurity.

    Related: Father's Day Finds Under $50

    These Dadchelor Parties take

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  • What Your Father's Day Gift Really Means

    By Charlotte Hilton Andersen, REDBOOK

    You don't smoke. You don't know anyone who does smoke (or at least anyone who will admit to it anymore). In fact, you can't even remember the last time your child saw anyone holding a lit cigarette and yet there is your little darling presenting you with your own handmade ashtray for Father's Day. What exactly is going through your child's mind? Do they want you to die early so they can get their trust fund faster? Did it start out as a change bowl but morph into the ashtray when it grew corners? This is of course the same child who told her teacher that you don't have a job because she's "never seen you working" so maybe some questions shouldn't be asked. Nevertheless, having been through years of Father's Days watching my husband graciously receive everything from a ruler to a singing card that ended with "Wipe my butt!" I think I may have some insight into what your child means when he gives you your gift.

    Related: Father's Day Gifts

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  • When Should You Discipline Your Child in Public?

    By Heather Cocks, REDBOOK

    During a recent sojourn to Disneyland, we were strapping our two-year old twin boys into their stroller when Goofy strolled past, trailed by a long line of excited boys and girls (and exhausted parents). He stopped and clumsily gestured for a line to form, confusing the little girl of about ten standing nearest to him. So she walked back to her father, held out her open notebook, and said, "I want to get his signature." His response? "YOU BLEW IT," he shouted. "You've been blabbing about this all day, and you were standing right next to him and you COMPLETELY BLEW IT. You SCREWED IT ALL UP and now we have to WAIT. Nice work." It was all I could do not squeeze her trembling shoulders and whisper a comforting lie, like, "It's okay, honey, his fly was open the whole time." I felt for her, getting yelled at by her father in a public place, over something as innocuous as her inability to understand the sign language of a man-sized cartoon dog. It felt like, in

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  • Dear Whys Guy: "Why Don't Guys Know When Other Guys Are Attractive?"

    By Aaron Traister, REDBOOK


    DEAR WHYS GUY:

    Why don't guys know when other guys are attractive? Whenever my husband and I watch a movie or TV show together, he asks, "Is he good-looking?" We're talking Bradley Cooper in The Hangover II, Idris Elba in Thor, Curtis Stone on Top Chef Masters-no-brainers. And I swear, he isn't playing dumb.

    Related: What Men Really Think About (During) Sex

    DEAR REDBOOK READER:

    You know who is a handsome man? Michael Caine. Go back and watch his stuff from the 60s and 70s, The Ipcress File, Get Carter, Slueth, even The Holcroft Covenant in the 80s-that is one good-looking dude. Even in old age, Michael Caine has retained his hotness; have you seen Harry Brown? Actually, if you're going to rent Harry Brown, you should also rent The Limey starring Terrance Stamp and have a double feature. Terrance Stamp is a hot old British guy, too.

    So as you can see, I can, in fact, recognize attractiveness in guys. I fully appreciate hotties like Michael Caine and

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  • 4 Things You Should Never Do With Your Credit Cards

    By Erika Rasmusson Janes, REDBOOK


    Here, Susan McCarthy, a financial adviser in Oklahoma City and author of The Value of Money, lists her top four credit card don'ts:

    1. Don't make only the minimum payments: This stretches out your payment and, thanks to the interest, significantly increases your overall cost.

    Related: 6 Ways to Stop Money Stress in Your Marriage

    2. Don't carry too many cards: Multiple cards make it easier to rack up debt because it's harder to keep track of your spending. Having lots of cards isn't necessarily bad for your credit, but misusing them is. So limit your plastic to two national cards (store cards often carry higher interest rates) that you manage carefully.

    Related: 8 Free Ways to Have Fun This Summer

    3. Don't miss payment due dates: Not only will you be hit with a late fee-as high as $39 on some cards-but your interest rate could also jump. Sign up for online banking or pay over the phone if you're up against the deadline. (You may pay a processing fee,

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  • 5 Tricks to Get More Done in a Day

    By Anna Davies, REDBOOK

    Accomplish more in a single day with these tips and tricks:

    1. Time it right:
    Are you an early bird, or do you do your best work after lunch? "Paying attention to when you're most productive can help you manage your schedule better," Shigley explains. Use that period of the day to focus on complicated tasks; during the times you feel less alert, file, catch up on e-mail, or do other tasks that require less brainpower.

    Related: Money-Saving Tips That Will Change Your Life

    2. Minimize interruptions: Do you find yourself drifting over to the watercooler whenever you see colleagues gathering? "Everyone has interruptions that can chip away at productivity," Shigley says. Brainstorm ways to minimize them, such as confabbing with colleagues only at lunch. You'll stay on task and get projects done.

    Related: 8 Free Ways to Have Fun This Summer

    3. Take the time to organize: A few seconds used to file away an e-mail in a folder could mean saving an hour of frantic

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  • By Aaron Traister, REDBOOK

    DEAR WHYS GUY:

    How can I get my husband to lose weight without being a nag? I am married to a wonderful, handsome man whom I love very much. But through the course of our marriage he has put on about 40 lbs, and I want him to lose it for two reasons: his health and (admittedly) his looks. We have small children, and I've noticed he is more lethargic with them-and he's still in his thirties.

    His doctor has told him it wouldn't hurt to lose some weight. We still have sex several times a week, but he's become more, I don't know...sluggish. He just isn't in very good shape. I would definitely be more lusty for him if he were fitter. I am not expecting him to look like some six-packed, vampire-playing actor-even if he's still ten pounds or so overweight, I am fine with that. And I know what you might be thinking. You're right, I'm not a swimsuit model. But I've had kids and worked hard to get back to my pre-pregnancy size 2 self. I make my appearance a

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  • Do Any Diet Pills Actually Work? Experts Weigh In

    by Jessica Smith, REDBOOK

    You see ads for them constantly-all touting the alluring promise of rapid weight loss in a pill. But do over the counter (OTC) diet pills really work? And is it safe to take them? We asked experts to weigh in on the reality of those pill promises.

    Do they work?

    "Diet pills do offer support for many people trying to lose weight. However, most of my clients who report benefits (from taking diet pills) have them only short-term, and the regain more weight than they have lost with in a few weeks following cessation of the medication," says Lisa Cohn, a registered dietitian, and president of Park Avenue Nutrition in New York City. "And while some pills may help suppress appetite, they don't do anything to promote long-term weight loss. Without nutrition education, dietary changes, and skills for self-management-the pill approach is sure to fail once it is stopped. The business of losing weight includes selling pills, not addressing the basis of

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