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By Real Simple
Updated January 06, 2012
Marcus Nilsson

Thoughts, p. 2

The Simple List, p. 4

Editor’s Note, p. 17

Your Words

  • This Month’s Question, p. 19
    What is the most important trait in a spouse?
  • No-Obligation Book Club, p. 23
    Who is your favorite fictional couple?

Trends Worth Trying


Life Lessons

  • Good Read, p. 49
    Jill Bialosky on packing up her childhood home (and saying good-bye)
  • Modern Manners, p. 55
    Michelle Slatalla on when—and how—to correct a close friend or a relative
  • Expertise, p. 59
    Five ways to be a better risk taker

The Guide


  • Real Steals, p. 67
    Romantic date-night pieces for under $100


  • Pretty Smart, p. 79
    The latest beauty products and tips that save time, money, and your sanity
  • Road Test, p. 85
    Foot creams




  • Moneywise, p. 99
    Ways to save on a plumber; how to cash in unused gift cards; travel sites that help you spend less when planning a trip



  • Slow. Simple. Satisfying., p. 138
    Eight savory slower-cooker meals that are easy to make and worth the wait
  • Sweet Spot, p. 148
    A delicious, out-of-the-box recipe for the ultimate comfort food: chocolate pudding
  • Quick Takes, p.150
    10 ideas for ground turkey
  • Things Cooks Know, p. 153
    Simplifying strategies, techniques, and tips from the Real Simple test kitchen to yours
  • Road Test, p. 155
    Canned tomatoes
  • Five Easy Dinners, p. 159
  • Nutritional Index, p. 170

Credits, p. 171
Where to buy the products featured in this issue

Discounts & Deals, p. 176
Exclusive savings on coffee and tea accessories

Clip and Save: Real Simple to Go, p. 177