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illustration of computer screen displaying Twitter and personal informationBy Daisy Chan
The latest scams to steal your personal information are scarily simple-and effective. Learn how to protect yourself. Photo by: Jenny Bowers
You thought shredding documents was enough to protect you from having your identity stolen, but thieves have found new ways to rip you off. No wonder 9 million Americans fell prey to them in 2010, according to the most recent data from the Federal Trade Commission. The average out-of-pocket cost to the victim? About $3,000! Here's how to safeguard your identity-and your cash-from the three newest scams.
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THE SCAM: Trolling social networking sites
HOW IT WORKS: Thieves check out Facebook and Twitter looking for any piece of personal information they can use to search for your address, such as your name or phone number. "Once they know where you live, they can submit a change of address form and have your mail sent to their P.O. box," says John Sileo, founder ofRead More »from How to Prevent Identity Theft
It's happened to even the best-tressed: hair that looks so scary, hiding it beneath a scarf or hat is the only safe option. Whether your locks took a beating at your own hands or suffered salon trauma, you aren't stranded. Here, advice from the pros for fixing the most cringe-worthy coifs.
Major Heat DamageRead More »from 9 Solutions for Common Hair Emergencies
All that heat from a flat iron and blow dryer can eventually take its toll. "Repeated styling weakens the hair and causes dehydration," says hairstylist Wren from Bumble and Bumble salon in New York City. Hair needs some serious moisture to help mend it. Use a deep-conditioning mask once a week to add luster and reinfuse hydration. Nourishing shampoos and conditioners will help penetrate the hair shaft and add moisture where it's needed most, she says. In the future, protect hair from hot tools with a silicone-based serum to buffer strands from direct heat and make the cuticle shiny and smooth. Photo: Fabrice LEROUGE/Getty Images
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bride in a wedding dressBy Lauren Matthews
The sight of an engagement ring can make even the most well-intentioned friends and family members start asking touchy questions or offering unsolicited advice. "Most people weigh in because they're excited," says Meg Keene, author of A Practical Wedding. "But people can end up unloading a lot of their own baggage on brides." Avoid accidentally offending an engaged woman by reading these ten common things she'd rather not hear-and what wedding experts suggest saying instead. Photo by: Thinkstock
1. "Congratulations on your engagement! Did you set a date yet?"
Friends and family barraged Amy of Long Beach, CA, with wedding questions days after her boyfriend proposed. "I didn't even have a venue, but people were asking, 'Do you have a DJ yet?' and 'Do you have a veil yet?'" she says. "I wanted to say, 'Please, back off!'" Even though you may be genuinely eager to hear about wedding plans, someone who just got engaged likely doesn't have any yet-and allRead More »from 10 Things Never to Say to Brides
family road tripBy Laura Colarusso
Global Yet Local
Summer is approaching, and that means it's time to start planning the family vacation. But many of us don't have the big bucks-or even the time it would take-to travel internationally. Don't despair. There are still plenty of fun and frugal trips to take in the U.S. to find the old-world charm of Europe or the rich cultures of Asia. For a break from the everyday that doesn't break the bank, we've compiled a list of first-class spots that are dead ringers for amazing international destinations. And you don't need a passport to visit. Photo credit: Thinkstock
Pella, IA-The Netherlands
Pella has been called "Little Holland," and it's easy to see why. Between the tulips, the traditional windmills and the canal that runs through the historic downtown area, this Midwestern spot evokes a sense of old Amsterdam. To find the perfect souvenir, check out the wooden shoes and hand-painted Dutch pottery at De Pelikaan. Looking for a snack? Stop byRead More »from See the World—Without Leaving the U.S
hair dyeBy Rita Hazan
Not matter how cute your 'do is, if your hair color doesn't complement your skin tone and facial features, it could age you. New York City hair stylist Rita Hazan, owner of Rita Hazan Salon, offers four strategies for getting it right. Photo by: Keith Lathrop
1. Choose the right base color. "As we mature, our skin loses pigment, so your hair color has to compensate to complement your skin tone. If your hair is too dark you'll look pale, and if it's too light it'll wash you out completely." Rule of thumb: If you're a brunette, lighten your base color one shade; if you're a blonde, go one shade darker.
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2. Add warm highlights. "Golden highlights bring color to your complexion and make it look youthful. If you have auburn hair, go with golden copper highlights. Brunettes should be more of a caramel, and blondes look best with a honey, golden tone."
3. Don't go to extremes. With highlights, less is more-a few framingRead More »from Color Your Hair Younger
two women in a gardenBy Woman's Day Staff
1 Start from seeds. A $3 seed packet yields about 40 plants. The same principleapplies to trees and bushes: Buy them young for big savings (they'll grow eventually!). Photo by: Platform/Age Fotostock
2 Share the wealth. Ask a neighbor with masses of perennials in her yard if she'll share some that are easily divided (like hostas and day-lilies)-and return the favor if you can. No neighbor with a green thumb? Join a garden club (contact your local Cooperative Extension Office, NIFA.USDA.gov/Extension).
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3 Use free resources. Slash your water bill by harvesting rainwater (see Wildflower.org/RainBarrel). Turn kitchen and yard scraps into compost. Get free (or cheap) mulch from tree-care companies. For free plants, visit Freecycle.org.
4 Look for bargains. Your garden center's clearance section may have good plants; look (or ask) for the healthiest ones. Buy perennials, shrubs and trees in mid-fall, when they'reRead More »from Plant a Garden for Pennies
Keep your cool-inside your house, that is-while trimming your bill by trying one or more of the following easy tips. Photo credit: Getty
Tune up your a/c
If you have central air, hire a licensed HVAC contractor to do a preseason check ($85 and up). He'll do routine maintenance that can prevent costly problems later. Every two or three years, have the ducts checked: Proper sealing and insulation can cut energy use by 20%. Clean the filter monthly, and replace it at least every three months (about $15). For a room air conditioner, remove any winter cover you have on the condenser unit, hose down the coils and clear the area for full air flow; clean or replace the filter monthly.
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Set your thermostat
Installing a programmable thermostat ($50 and up) can pay you back in energy savings the first year. Hire a professional installer if you aren't a DIYer or if your system is more than 10 years old. ForRead More »from 5 Super Energy Savers
By Mandy MajorRead More »from 10 Common Fruit and Vegetable Myths
Conventional wisdom may be guiding your produce choices-telling you to buy the big, round tomatoes at the supermarket and toss your spuds once they've sprouted at home. But just how wise is that advice you've been following? To separate fruit-and-veggie fact from fiction, we turned to top produce pros. From selection to storage to sanitation tips, here are their expert insights about popular picks. Photo by Thinkstock