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By Real Simple
Updated October 12, 2011
Gentl & Hyers

Thoughts, p. 8

The Simple List, p. 12

Editor’s Note, p. 29

Your Words

  • This Month’s Question, p. 31
    What cutback has saved you the most money and changed your life least?
  • No-Obligation Book Club, p. 36
    What fictional family would you like to join?

Trends Worth Trying


Life Lessons

  • Good Read, p. 63
    Karen Russell recalls her wildest (and most wonderful) family Thanksgiving
  • Modern Manners, p. 69
    Michelle Slatalla on how to host a religiously inclusive holiday gathering
  • Expertise, p. 72
    Five ways to be an effective squeaky wheel

The Guide


  • Pretty Smart, p. 81
    A new monthly column featuring the latest beauty products and tips that save time, money, and your sanity
  • Beauty With Brains, p. 89
    How can I cover my stubborn grays?
  • Road Test, p. 93
  • Winter Nail Care, p. 99
    Advice on keeping fingertips strong and healthy despite the cold




  • Doable Decorating, p. 153
    Simple lampshade swaps that will transform a standard base (and your space, too)
  • Make Over My Mudroom, p. 167
    See how Real Simple revamped one family’s entryway—and learn how you can do the same
  • Road Test, p. 179
    Space heaters


  • Moneywise, p. 183
    How to save on your food bills; a buying guide to tablet computers; the truth about extended warranties


  • What Makes My Life Real Simple, p. 191
  • Your Holiday-Spending Survival Guide, p. 192
    A comprehensive plan to help you save big, shop more efficiently, stay on budget, and have more fun this season
  • All the Trimmings, p. 202
    Grace your Thanksgiving table with elegant serving pieces—from platters to tureens to tablecloths
  • Lace Notes, p. 210
    Why this trendy-yet-timeless fabric is just right for dressing up
  • Sometimes an Object Is Just an Object…, p. 216
    Five writers pay tribute to the ordinary items that have become their prized possessions


Credits, p. 290
Where to buy the products featured in this issue

Discounts & Deals, p. 302
Exclusive savings on road-trip essentials

Clip and Save: Real Simple to Go, p. 304