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7 Beauty Products Worth Splurging On (and 5 That Totally Aren't)

Admit it: The exotic list of ingredients and the promise of supermodel shine are tempting. But then you hear a little voice in your head (hey, is that you, Mom?) saying, “It’s hype! You’re paying for a pretty box.” Some products are worth every dime; some not so much. How to tell the difference.

8 Credit Card Myths You Probably Believe

Befuddled by the best plastic practices—and all that fine print? In plain English, here’s what you need to know.

How Often You Really Need to Wash Every Item in Your Closet

Guidelines for everything from pajamas to jeans.

The Only 12 Spices You Really Need

There are 11,452 spices in that aisle of the grocery store. But you need only 12 or so to make your dishes sing.

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How to Cook Delicious Meals for Yourself—on a Budget

It's easy to head to the microwave when dinnertime rolls around, but there are ways to cook for yourself without defaulting to frozen food and cereal.

4 Tricks for Creating the Perfect Dating Profile

Don't make the process more stressful than it needs to be.

How to Create a Budget You'll Actually Stick To

If you've never made a money plan, this step-by-step guide will help you get started.