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How to Save on Pet Grooming

Need to tame your spending? Charlotte Biggs, president of the Pet Care Services Association, an industry trade group, recommends bringing your four-legged friend in for her haircut midweek.

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Elegant Wedding Tablescape from Loverly

When it comes to the table arrangements, don’t feel like you have to use glass vases for the flowers. Think out of the box.

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How to Fake Buttermilk

Want to make pancakes tomorrow morning? No buttermilk in sight? Here are two easy substitutions: lemon and milk: Place 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice in a liquid measuring cup. Add whole milk (low-fat versions are too thin) to reach the amount of buttermilk called for; stir and set aside for 5 minutes. yogurt and milk: Whisk together 3 parts plain yogurt […]

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A Quick Fix for Flyaways

About to head out the door, only to notice a nimbus of flyaways throwing off your look? Try this emergency fix: Smooth a dryer sheet down your strands from roots to ends. You can also lightly spritz hair spray onto your brush and run it through your hair.

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Should Your Bag and Shoes Match?

It used to be a hard-and-fast rule that one’s shoes and bag should always match, but rules were made to be broken.  There is still a time and a place for the matchy matchy look (especially if you’re a devotee of the current ladylike trend), but in general, it’s just as chic–if not chicer–to create complementary pairings rather than turn […]

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Use Coffee to Win an Argument

You’ve probably heard the phrase “You’ll catch more flies with honey than with vinegar,” but if you’re trying to win an argument with a friend, coffee may be your best bet. According to research published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, moderate doses of caffeine (the amount in two cups of coffee) can make people more likely to change […]

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How to Save at the Dentist

If you’re trying to cram all those doctor’s appointments in before the kids head back to school, use this advice to save some dough on dental care. For regular checkups, visit a dental school. Most schools have clinics that treat patients (under the supervision of a dentist) for about 50 percent less. If you’re in need of a filling, consider […]

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Drink Prosecco Instead of Champagne

Have something to celebrate? Plan festivities that don’t take a bite out of your budget (but are just as fun!) by opting for Prosecco or Cava over Champagne. Serving either Prosecco or Cava can save you about $20 to $30 per bottle. To stretch your dollar even further, don’t fill each glass with bubbly. Instead, add cranberry juice to make a […]

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How to Remove Mildew Smell From Towels

There’s nothing worse than stepping out of a refreshing shower and drying off with a musty towel.

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How to Take Better Cell Phone Pictures

Since my phone is always at the ready, I’ve taken to capturing nearly all my photographs with my iPhone’s camera. Though there are obvious limitations in terms of picture quality, the technology is getting progressively better and many of us are using our smartphones to capture life’s precious moments. Here, Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman, the authors of A Beautiful Mess Photo […]

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