Print Email August 2009 Keep-It-Together Checklist Stay calm and in control with Real Simple's easy-to-follow monthly to-do list. Get it delivered to your inbox every month. Save this checklist! Progress Saved Your progress has been saved **You've changed this checklist.** Remember to save your progress. See Your Saved Checklists | All Checklists done! Seal concrete garage floors. Salt from winter roads can erode concrete. Apply a coat of protective epoxy now, while you can work with the garage door open and temperatures are high enough (at least 60 degrees Fahrenheit) for the epoxy to dry. done! Rent—don’t buy—camping equipment. If you’re planning to spend a night or two under the stars, consider renting tents, bags, and other gear from a website like rei.com or zilok.com. Case in point: Renting a tent will cost you $40 for three days; buying one will cost you more like $170. If you prefer to rent from a brick-and-mortar store, check local mom-and-pop sporting goods stores first, since they may be more likely to rent equipment than national retailers. done! Bake a fresh fruit treat. Get the most out of deliciously ripe seasonal fruits, including plums, peaches, and honeydew, with simple desserts such as Peach Crisp and Plum Upside-Down Cake. done! Get more out of your shower. Stick to your usual 10-minute shower but use these multitasking treatments for a bigger dose of beauty. Slather on sun protection with Freeze 24-7 Ice Shield Face SPF 15 ($48, freeze247.com); soothe your scalp with Bain de Terre Sugar & Fig Scalp Massage Scrub ($18, baindeterre.com for stores), and get skin glowing with Nivea Touch of Sparkle body wash ($7 at drugstores). done! Shop tax-free. Save on clothing (usually $100 per garment or less) and school supplies in eight states, including Missouri and North Carolina, from August 7 to 9. Other states offer tax-free holidays at different times throughout the month. done! Entertain for less. Wine and dine your friends without taking a bite out of your budget: Sip non-European wines from South Africa or Chile, which run around $7 to $15 a bottle. Swap out Champagne for Prosecco and Cava and save around $20 to $30 a bottle. To stretch your dollar even further, mix the bargain bubblies with cranberry or pomegranate juice. done! Brighten stained tile grout. Squeeze small beads of This Old Grout & Stone Stain Sealer ($20, thisoldgrout.com) into all grout lines. Scrub it in evenly with a toothbrush, then immediately wipe off any excess on the tiles with a cloth. Allow the sealer to dry for two hours before walking on the tiles, then keep it as dry as possible for another 10 days. Progress saved Progress SavedYour progress has been saved**You've changed this checklist.**Remember to save your progress.