Featured in October 2010

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Thoughts, p. 10

The Simple List, p. 14

Editor’s Note, p. 29

Your Words

  • This Month’s Question, p. 31
    What is the smartest money advice you were ever given?
  • No-Obligation Book Club, p. 34
    What is the scariest book you’ve ever read?

Trends Worth Trying


  • New Uses for Old Things, p. 57
  • Problem-Solvers of the Month, p. 62
  • Start With, p. 66
    Roasted red peppers
  • Ask Real Simple, p. 68
    Someone is stealing my Wi-Fi. How can I stop it?
  • Fresh Pick, p. 70
  • Speed-Clean, p. 72
    Your laundry room, done in 15 minutes

Life Lessons

  • Good Read, p. 79
    Meghan Daum on her ambivalence toward hiring a housekeeper
  • Modern Manners, p. 85
    Julie Rottenberg on coping with chronic interrupters
  • Expertise, p. 89
    Five everyday things you don’t need to worry about after all

The Guide


  • 7 Pieces, 5 Outfits, p. 95
    Expand your fall wardrobe with smart mixing and matching
  • Quick-Change Artists, p. 103 
    Convertible clothing and accessories with major multi-tasking powers
  • Real Steals, p. 113
    Comfortable—and stylish— weekend wear for under $100
  • Fashion Fit Lab, p. 129
    Classic button-down shirts to flatter every figure





  • Scams Even You Could Fall For, p. 189
    Learn how to avoid these all-too-common cons
  • Moneywise, p. 199
    Shop sample sales smarter; find the best bank for your money; discover cash-saving websites; learn the ideal time to ask for a raise


  • What Makes My Life Real Simple, p. 207
  • The Insider’s Guide to Everyday Deals, p. 208
    103 exclusive offers, surprising discounts, and expert advice
  • One Room 3 Ways, p. 218
    Change your living room to suit your lifestyle: formal, feng shui, or family
  • Living With Adult Anorexia, p. 224
    A chronicle of one woman’s decades-long struggle—and how it has affected her family
  • Wintry Mix, p. 230
    Stay warm and fashionable with one of these gorgeous coats


  • Your Four-Week Dinner Plan, p. 242
    A month of delicious, no-repeat meals—shopping lists included
  • The Power of the Microwave, p. 259
    Unlock the hidden potential of this household appliance
  • The Greatest Things in Sliced Bread, p. 273
    Shake up your next sandwich with one of 12 delicious and unexpected combinations
  • Things Cooks Know, p. 283
    Strategies, techniques, and tips from the Real Simple test kitchen to yours
  • Road Test, p. 285
    Jams and jellies
  • Secretly Simple, p. 289
    Low-maintenance risotto
  • Quick Takes, p. 290 
    10 ideas for Halloween candy
  • Nutritional Index, pg. 293 

Credits, p. 297 
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