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Melinda Gates on Her Inspiring New Year Tradition

It’s not about resolutions, but more about setting a particular mindset.

Everything You Need to Know About Choosing (and Giving to) a Charity

Eileen Heisman, CEO of the National Philanthropic Trust, offers advice on vetting organizations before opening your heart (and your wallet).

Why College Should Come With a Money-Back Guarantee

Other big purchases do, these experts point out.

The Ice Bucket Challenge Helped Researchers Find a Key ALS Gene

This breakthrough discovery may provide a new target for therapy development.

Lower Your Monthly Bills Checklist

Some tips will be helpful reminders; other ideas will be new to you. Each tried-and-true strategy could save you $100 or more.    

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.

4 Meaningful Ways to Give Back

To celebrate our 15th anniversary, Real Simple is partnering with four stellar organizations that transform lives—by educating kids, housing families, feeding the homebound, and saving animals.