See what was in this issue of Real Simple.

 Lucas Allen

On the Cover

In This Issue

Thoughts, p. 4

The Simple List, p. 8

Contributors, p. 22

Editor’s Note, p. 25

Your Words
How do you save money on everyday essentials?, p. 27


Life Lessons
Veronica Chambers on how she uses humor to deal with the cultural baggage that comes with her interracial marriage, p. 47

Personal Best
Erin Rooney Doland explains how to purge the clutter from your life, p. 119

Reality Check
My Year in Haiku, p. 180

Real Simple to Go, p. 182

The Guide

Tips to make haircuts, manicures, and more last longer between appointments, p. 55

Fourteen spring wardrobe refreshers―all less than $100, p. 63

Taking the fear and frustration out of a trip to the emergency room, p. 69

When it pays to save―or splurge―on health-care essentials, p. 81

Eight common household hazards and how to get rid of them, p. 89

Saving on car costs and DVDs, plus where to find deals at the grocery store, p. 99

Road Test

  • The Best Natural Peanut Butter, p. 107
    Note: Despite the recent peanut-butter salmonella scare, none of Real Simple’s winning peanut butters have been affected. Each company has issued a notice to assure consumers that its peanut-butter products are not made with peanuts from the Peanut Corporation of America, the manufacturer linked to the salmonella outbreak. For up-to-date news regarding the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s salmonella investigation, refer to
  • Lip balms, p. 111
  • Reusable bags, p. 115