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The Best Time-Saving Ideas

Simplify your life with these speedy tips and shortcuts for cleaning, cooking, exercising, and more.

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Time-Saving Foods to Keep in Your Kitchen
Real Simple picked 37 of the best-tasting grocery store items that can be prepared in a flash.

The Best Instant Foods
When time is tight, convenience rules. These nine winners give fast food a good name.

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Real Simple’s Best Time-Saving Tips

Real Simple's best ways to save time—chosen by readers.
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11 Time-Saving New Uses for Old Things

Repurposing ideas that save you both time and money.
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14 Shortcuts for Everyday Tasks 

Better, faster, and easier ways to get from point A to point B. 
Photo: John Kernick

Five 15-Minute Workouts

No time to exercise? Here are five fast routines you can do at home or on the road.
Photo: Jonathan Pozniak
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Beauty Pros’ Time-Saving Strategies
Secrets to streamline your beauty routine, straight from the experts.

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Quick Solutions to Common Skin Problems
A guide to faking a flawless complexion. 

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Cleaning Electronics and Tech Accessories Checklist

A little effort goes a long way toward keeping your gear and gadgets at peak performance.

  • Dust the outsides. Use a soft electrostatic dust-mop cloth lightly moistened with dishwashing liquid and water, making sure to wipe all buttons and knobs. Do not use any abrasives or solvents, such as rubbing alcohol, since they can damage the metal finish.
  • “Clean” the insides. Insert a videotape-head cleaner or a DVD-lens cleaner and press Play.
  • Spray the vents of the machines. Use a can of compressed air (available at electronic and office-supply stores) to remove dust, holding the canister a few inches away from the machine at about a 45-degree angle. This angle blows out the greatest amount of dust.

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