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5 Easy Ways to Avoid Common Spelling and Grammatical Errors

Spelling and grammar miscues are embarrassing and irksome — and maybe even career threatening. Trap those errors before they trip you up with a few simple tricks.

35 Delicious Rice and Bean Dishes

You know rice and beans are healthy and delicious. But did you know there are as many ways to prepare rice and beans as there are beans in the bag? Here're 35 to get you started.

Stuff We Love: Chrome Messenger Bags — Carry Everything You Need for Biking and Beyond

A durable, comfortable Chrome messenger bag is just the thing for hauling a laptop to work or a casserole to a potluck.

The 10 Best Cycling Apps for $5 or Less

Need to map a ride or track your training? Keep your crank turning with the help of one of these 10 easy-to-use, and inexpensive, smartphone apps.

10 Easy Plumbing Repairs That Don't Require a Plumber

Tired of paying for plumbing repairs? A plumbing industry veteran shares 10 easy repairs that don't require an expensive visit from the plumber.

5 Ways to Save Money on Braces

Braces can be a necessary medical treatment — and they can also be exceedingly expensive. Here are five ways to blunt the sharp cost of straight teeth.

25 Reasons to Get Out of Your Office Chair

Do you sit at a desk all day and rarely leave your chair? Here are 25 ways to avoid a sedentary lifestyle and help keep your mind and body healthy.

8 Alternative Gift Ideas for Chanukah

From giving handmade items to sharing experiences like storytelling nights, discover wonderful and different ways to celebrate the spirit of Chanukah.

25 Ways to Take Five Minutes for Yourself

If you're oh-so-busy and need a break, check out these simple, easy ways to take five minutes and recharge.

How to Stay Focused at Work

If you're stressed out, overworked, and have a brain that changes focus faster than a hummingbird beats its wings, follow these suggestions to get more done.

Frugal Drink Pairings for BYOB Restaurants

Bringing your own wine or beer can really help cut down on restaurant costs — but what if you don't know what to bring? Check out this pairing guide.

Why I Love Gift Cards: 5 Reasons Gift Cards Make Perfect Holiday Gifts

Gift cards get a bad rap, but it's mostly unwarranted. Learn why gift cards might be one of the best presents you can give.

The Produce Worker's Guide to Storing 25 Common Fruits and Veggies

Want to make your fresh produce last longer? Follow these tested tips for preparing and storing your fruits and vegetables.

10 Ways to Update Your Winter Wardrobe on the Cheap

This winter, update your closet while saving cash by following these fashionable, frugal suggestions.

15 Theme Ideas for a Memorable Halloween Party

Need some ideas to make this year's Halloween party unique? Here are 15 themes you can choose from to help make your Halloween party memorable.

What NOT to Hand Out on Halloween

Looking for alternatives to the standard Halloween junk food? Before you decide, check out this list of items you should NOT hand out to trick-or-treaters.

12 Natural Remedies for Stomach Pain

Put away the Pepto-Bismol and Alka-Seltzer. From indigestion to constipation, here are 12 natural remedies to help ease stomach pains.

How to Get Rid of a Skunk Without Losing Your Dignity

Got a skunk stinking up your property? Learn from one writer's successful (and failed) attempts at skunk removal before losing your mind over a skunk.

How to Use Portion Control to Lose Weight

Maintaining a healthy weight can be a challenge when plates are piled high. Learn how to cut down on your serving sizes and shed pounds.

25 Alternative Uses for Lemons

From getting rid of pests to replacing beauty products to making innovate eats, when life hands you lemons, you can make a lot more than lemonade.