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6 Ways to Have Healthy Holidays

The holidays bring their own set of challenges: too much food, too many parties, too much stress, too little time. Stay on the healthy track with these tips.

How to Survive When Life Gets Pricey

Multiple kids in preschool, a new house with rooms to fill, friends all getting married or turning 50—there are whole life stages when your expenses feel insurmountable. Don’t charge them. Instead, follow these money-stretching strategies so you can enjoy what you’ve got going on.

How to Avoid Common Scams

Learn how to avoid the most common swindles—from high-tech password theft to low-tech door-to-door hustles.

What Not to Tell Your Kids About Your Finances

Yes, communication is important, and children deserve the truth. But not the whole truth! Best-selling personal finance expert Beth Kobliner, author of Make Your Kid a Money Genius, outlines healthy boundaries for this touchy topic.

Melinda Gates on Her Inspiring New Year Tradition

It’s not about resolutions, but more about setting a particular mindset.

Everything You Need to Know About Choosing (and Giving to) a Charity

Eileen Heisman, CEO of the National Philanthropic Trust, offers advice on vetting organizations before opening your heart (and your wallet).

Lower Your Monthly Bills Checklist

Some tips will be helpful reminders; other ideas will be new to you. Each tried-and-true strategy could save you $100 or more.    

5 Surprising Strategies for Securing Your Financial Future

Save more, spend less, invest wisely—you know the broad strokes of building a nest egg. But the how-to can be elusive. Financial adviser Manisha Thakor offers fresh strategies you can take to the bank.

4 Meaningful Ways to Give Back

To celebrate our 15th anniversary, Real Simple is partnering with four stellar organizations that transform lives—by educating kids, housing families, feeding the homebound, and saving animals.