How to Get More Bang for Your Buck

To get the best value on everything from food to furniture, you need smart strategies. Real Simple’s food, fashion, beauty, and home design experts walk you through simple things you can do to save a little dough.

Financial Planning

6 Smart Tips for Raising Money-Savvy Kids

Expert strategies to set your children up for financial success. 

4 Ways to Deal With an Extremely Frugal Friend

What to do when it goes beyond pinching pennies.

The Ultimate Guide to Tipping Etiquette

Here's how much you should be giving everyone from the bellhop to the barista.

How to Clean a Diamond Ring

Diamond rings are made to shine! But daily wearing can result in a less-than-sparkling stone. There’s no need for a professional cleaning: Polish your gem at home using common household products, as shown in this video.

How to Clean Silver Jewelry

It’s easy to clean tarnished silver without taking it to a professional. This video shows how to polish your pretty pieces in a snap.

How to Clean Makeup Brushes

Good makeup brushes make a real difference, but they can be expensive. Protect your investment by keeping them clean, as shown in this video.

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Do It Yourself

5 Ways to Save Money on Your Wardrobe

From keeping up with ever-changing trends to revamping your closet to fit a new career (or size), there are tons of ways your wardrobe can become a major money pit. Take control—and get some cash back in the bank—with savvy suggestions from Nayri Leanna Gregor, a shopping expert at Sointheknow.com, a website that pairs shoppable fashion with money-saving tips and—the best part—coupons.

How to Save on Car Expenses

Want to avoid getting taken for a ride? Follow these expert directions.

3 Easy Ways to Remove the Most Perplexing Stains

Expert solutions for tackling some of the most stubborn spots.