6 Clever Items to Simplify Your Life

Real Simple’s mission, through its 16 years, has been to simplify your life with smart finds like these.

1

Cold and Flu K-Cups

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When you’re under the weather, there’s nothing like cozying up with a cup of hot tea—and a dose of cold medicine. And now you can brew the right dosage with your Keurig. The berry, green tea, and menthol daytime flavor helps ward off runny noses and aches through the work day, while the nighttime variety, which is made with honey, lemon, chamomile, and white tea, helps you get a good night sleep. (It's important to note that this medicine—for adults only—should always be taken according to package instructions.)

To buy: $8.50 for eight cups, cvs.com.

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2

Matador Base Layer

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Swaddle your device in this down-padded shell to protect it from bumps and inclement weather on the go. This quilted case carts lenses and cameras of all sizes, from small point-and-shoots to DSLRs.

To buy: $60, matadorup.com.

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3

Rabbit Champagne Set

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The sleek stopper keeps sparkling wine fresh and fizzy for up to one week. The opener grips and frees the cork, and the stopper seals snugly for storage.

To buy: $30 crateandbarrel.com.

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4

FrostGuard Windshield Blanket

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Place this polyester cover over your windshield on a winter night and simply shake snow off in the morning—no scraping. This cover safeguards your wiper blades, too! A security flap (closed in the driver's-side door) prevents theft.

To buy: Starting at $25, frostguard.us.

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5

Beautiscoop

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Now you can reach that last drop of skin-care product without slicing the jar or setting it upside down overnight. Slide the scoop into the bottle using whichever end fits the jar's opening to retrieve the remaining goods.

To buy: $10, livebeautility.com.

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6

SlingShot

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Want to travel more, but not sure how you’ll pay for it? Try SlingShot, a free online service that will help you find a credit card with the best travel rewards. Just plug in your travel dream, budget, and credit score, and you’ll be matched with a program and spending plan that’s within your reach.

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