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  • Cut Car Repair Costs!

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    By Teri Cettina

    Although you'd rather use your money on more interesting things, you're likely to spend a huge chunk of change maintaining and repairing your car. According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), it now costs nearly $9,000 a year to drive an average-size sedan. And if you own a four-wheel-drive SUV, your annual expenses are more than $11,000. Photo credit: Getty Images

    You can't control the roller-coaster costs of gas. And you have only a little wiggle room on insurance fees. But you can save big bucks on car maintenance and repairs. Here's how to keep your car in good running condition-without shelling out too much.

    1. Maintain and prevent.

    The number-one way to pay less on car repairs is to avoid them in the first place. Keep your ride in prime shape by following the manufacturer's recommended maintenance schedule. You'll find it in your car owner's manual (lost yours? find it on Edmunds.com), and service is usually suggested every 15,000

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  • 7 Surprising Things to Rent Out for Cash

    things to rent outBy Woman's Day Staff

    Loan Ranger

    It sounds strange, but being generous can make you more money! How? People are willing to pay to borrow certain possessions you don't need at the moment. If you're concerned about getting your goods back in their original pristine shape, breathe easy. The following sites make loaning fuss-free. In fact, some of the items aren't physical belongings at all! Click to see seven things that are worth lending and the best ways to go about it. Photo by Thinkstock
    Related: Decrease your debt today.

    Your Car
    This is the wheel deal: If you rarely use your car during the week or on weekends or have an extra auto sitting in the garage, rent it out through a peer-to-peer car-sharing service. And don't worry about insurance-national sites like RelayRides and Getaround take care of that. Just list your car's availability for free, decide on an hourly rate and accept rental requests that work with your schedule. You get to pocket 60% of the fee, and you

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  • The Kindness of Strangers: Pay it Forward

    The Kindness of Strangers: Pay It ForwardThe Kindness of Strangers: Pay It ForwardBy Woman's Day Staff

    Jenni Ware of Redwood City, CA, knew it was going to be a crazy day the minute she woke up one morning in August 2009. She had a ton of errands to get through and just a few hours to do them before heading out of town on a business trip the next day. The market was one of her last stops, and as she reached into her handbag to pay for $207 worth of groceries Jenni, 46, discovered that her wallet was missing. "I completely freaked out," she recalls. "After the day I'd had, it was the last straw." Photo by Jenni Ware
    Related: Learn the best time to do errands.


    "Can I help?" asked the stranger behind her in line. Carolee Hazard, 45, who lives in Menlo Park, CA, offered to pay the total if Jenni would send her a check later. At the end of her rope, Jenni accepted, and the two exchanged contact information. "It was a knee-jerk reaction," says Carolee of her kind deed. "But on the way home, I was vacillating between feeling good and feeling really stupid. Then I

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  • Reader Spotlight: Thinking Big

    By Locke Hughes

    Growing up during the gender equality movement of the 1970s, Nell Merlino watched women thrive in male-dominated fields like politics and business. "When I was a child, my father would take me to his office in the New Jersey State Senate and I remember being so inspired by the successful female senators that worked alongside him," recalls Nell, now 58.
    Photo courtesy of Count Me In for Women's Economic Dependence

    In 1992, the Ms. Foundation for Women asked Nell, who was working as an entrepreneur in New York City, to create an event to help raise young women's self-esteem. The result: Take Our Daughters to Work Day. "I wanted girls to have the same learning experience I did with my father," she says.
    Related: Learn how to raise a confident daughter.

    Eye-Opener

    In 1993, Nell founded a communications firm in Manhattan. "I was fairly successful, but then I suddenly found myself at an earning standstill-I didn't know how to take my business to the next

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  • Make Your Own Gorgeous Mirror

    wall craftwall craftMiddle school teacher and blogger Jane Yoo used wooden shims to create this decorative mirror. She started her blog, UrbaneJane.com, in 2010 to chronicle the renovation of their first home outside of Toronto, Ontario. "We needed furniture, but didn't have much money, so we refurbished thrift store finds," she says. "I had no idea how fun it would be-or how handy my husband was!" Photo by: Alison Gootee/Studio D; Craft styling by Molly Fitzsimons; Prop styling by Matthew Gleason


    Materials:

    17 packages of 8" shims (Small wood wedges used to level objects. There are 12 per package; you need 190 total.)

    Wood glue

    Medium-grit sanding block

    Primer (optional)

    Orange and red latex paint (We used Benjamin Moore 2013-30 Jeweled Peach and 2010-10 Tomato Red.)

    2" paintbrush

    12" round wood panel

    Pen

    Newspaper

    Hammer

    Nails

    Picture hanging kit

    10" round mirror

    Instant-bonding glue
    Related:
    Discover 15 clever uses for household items.

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  • 11 Schedule Changes that Can Boost Your Health

    By Woman's Day Staff

    Feel like all of the advice you hear tells you to do more? Eat more salad. Drink more water. But it's not just about doing more, it's about doing what you already do-like taking a walk or drinking coffee-at the right time to maximize the benefits. "Your biological clock regulates when you produce certain hormones and chemicals that affect just about everything, from your energy levels to how quickly you burn calories," says Timothy H. Monk, PhD, director of human chronobiology research at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Click through to find out the best times to do everything each day. Photo By Getty Images

    7:00 A.M. Eat an Egg (or Two)

    Protein is the nutrient that's crucial to helping you feel satisfied, and eggs clock in at about 6 grams of protein each. "Protein lowers levels of hormones that prompt hunger and boosts levels of hormones that help you feel full," says Heather Leidy, PhD, who led a study at the University of Missouri-Columbia

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  • 3 Simple Steps to Your Best At-Home Blowout

    By Woman's Day Staff

    Walking out of the salon fresh from a blowout can be a huge confidence booster. How can you not feel great with gorgeous, silky hair? But the hefty price tag makes it a special-occasion-only event...unless you could achieve the same sleek look at home. Now, in just three steps, you can. Photo by Thinkstock

    Lather Up
    Dirt, oil and product buildup can weigh hair down and cause it to fall flat, so use a good clarifying shampoo designed for your hair type to ensure your locks are squeaky-clean. Afterward, towel-dry, leaving your hair slightly wet.
    Related:
    See the prettiest mid-length celebrity hairstyles.

    Prep With Product
    Apply a blow-dry lotion to damp hair from mid-shaft to ends. These products build volume and protect strands from the heat of your dryer. Run the dryer over your entire head until your hair is 50% dry.

    Divide and Conquer

    Segment hair into three sections, one in front and two in back. Then, further divide these sections into three smaller ones.

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  • 6 Common Cat Myths–Debunked

    By Arricca Elin SanSone

    Whether you're a longtime cat lover or a new owner, what you think you know about these fascinating animals may be wrong. "You're bringing the wild inside with cats. That's why there's so much we haven't yet figured out," says Marty Becker, DVM, author of
    Your Cat: the Owner's Manual and veterinarian for VetStreet.com. Here are six common misconceptions about cats and the truths behind them. Photo by iStock

    Myth: Cats can explore outdoors on their own.

    While you may think your cat would love to get back to its hunter roots, it's risky to let your cat outside alone. Indoor cats live three-and-a-half times longer than outdoor cats, says Becker. "Outdoor cats are subject to infections, parasites and injuries from dogs, coyotes, large birds of prey, cars and other cats," says Roy Smith, DVM, a vet at Central Texas Cat Hospital in Round Rock, TX, and president-elect of the American Association of Feline Practitioners. "It's simply not safe for them to

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  • 7 Ways to Slash Your Cable and Movie Bills


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    By Rebecca Webber

    Ask for a better deal. If you really like to channel-surf, keep cable, but see if the provider will better its offer. If the company stonewalls, tell it you want to cancel. You should be transferred to the retention department, where they'll work with you to lower your bill because they really want to keep you as a customer.

    Remember that there are only so many hours in the day. If you've simply added on each new entertainment technology as it came along-maintaining a generous cable package with DVR, ordering movies from Netflix, streaming shows on Hulu, even buying digital episodes of Top Chef for $2.99 apiece-then you're surely paying for much more than you could ever possibly watch. "Utilization is the key," says Kay. "People tend to overbuy." 

    Track your family's watching patterns for a month. If you find that you only watch specific shows and only occasionally seek out a movie on a lazy night, you might want to drop down to basic cable or opt out

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  • The Easiest Ways to Look Younger Instantly

    By Woman's Day Staff

    Over the years, dark patches and other discoloration will try to sabotage your best efforts to look fresh-faced. The culprit: time spent unprotected in the sun, which causes melanin to increase and clump together on the top layer of your skin, explains dermatologist Doris Day, MD, founder of MyClearSkin.com. Add to this the fact that, as you get older, skin doesn't shed its uppermost layer as frequently, and you have the recipe for age spots. Photo by Chayo Mata

    The Dermatologist's Diagnosis

    Barring a surprise discovery of the fountain of youth, caring for aging skin needs to start with an ounce of daily sun damage prevention. "Don't step outside without slathering on a moisturizer that has an SPF of at least 30," recommends Dr. Day. And use the right skincare products to load up on vitamin C. "It fights wrinkles and evens out skin tone," Dr. Day says.
    Related: Discover 9 habits that can do more harm than good.


    The Home Remedy

    Try Dr. Day's brightening

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