General: Money

How to Pick the Best Tax Preparer

Follow this guide to find tax help you can trust.

3 Secrets of Selling Your Clothes Online Like a Pro

In May 2012, Alexandra Marquez sold 10 items from her closet on Poshmark and made $300. Now she’s a full-time power-seller, earning an average of $5,000 per month on the app. For others going the resale route, she shares her best advice for closing an e-deal.

5 Ways to Make the Most of Credit-Card Rewards

With this season’s flurry of purchasing—and the pileup of points on your cards—knowing how to work those rewards programs can make a difference. But who has the time to wade through the details? Real Simple asked Matt Schulz, a senior industry analyst at CreditCards.com, a marketplace and resource center, to short-list the best strategies.

How to Refinance Everything in Your Life

When you hear “refi,” you probably think “mortgage.” But you can also benefit from refinancing car loans, student loans, and credit-card debt. When is it worth the bother? Here’s guidance (plus shortcuts) from the pros.

The Art of Asking for Discounts

It might seem like an exclusive perk of the brazen or the connected, but the truth is, anyone has a shot at a discount. Below, pro strategies on how to go for it—without coming off as a total cheapskate.

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.

5 Surprising Strategies for Securing Your Financial Future

Save more, spend less, invest wisely—you know the broad strokes of building a nest egg. But the how-to can be elusive. Financial adviser Manisha Thakor offers fresh strategies you can take to the bank.

7 Simple Rules for Functional Files

Save more, spend less, invest wisely—you know the broad strokes of building a nest egg. But the how-to can be elusive. Financial adviser Manisha Thakor offers fresh strategies you can take to the bank.

6 Smart Tips for Raising Money-Savvy Kids

Expert strategies to set your children up for financial success. 

How Laughter, Teamwork, and Unplugging Can Enhance Your Career

Anna Maria Chávez was 10 years old when she first signed up for Girls Scouts. After a career in the Clinton administration and working for Arizona's first female governor, Chávez reenlisted—this time as CEO. She took some time to speak with Real Simple about mentors, bringing joy to the workplace, and managing a packed day-to-day.

How to Make Charitable Donations Really Count

If you're not a Rockefeller, a Gates, or a Zuckerberg, what can you do to maximize the impact of your charitable contributions? Follow these expert strategies for giving the most bang with each buck.

What You Must Know About Product Recalls

Yes, you hear about the cars with faulty brakes, but not all product recalls get media coverage—and that can be a safety issue. A couple of preventive steps can guard you.