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After writing about money for half a decade, here's the spreadsheet I built to keep track of my spending

<i>A lot</i>.<p>I don't pretend to be a financial expert or hold any kind of certification, but between writing, editing, and reading hundreds (thousands?) of stories about money, I've picked a few things up.<p>Chief among them is that the best, most critical first step you can take to improve your finances is …

Personal Finance

15-Year vs. 30-Year Mortgages: A Comparison | Investopedia

Buying a home can be an intimidating process. Mortgages are fairly complicated, and there are a variety of different types to choose from. The most …

21 painless tricks to make your home squeaky clean

It's nobody's favourite household task but cleaning is a necessary evil, unless you want a smelly bedroom or a coffee table that's piled up with …

Easy IKEA Upgrades: Big Impact, Small Effort

One of the best things about IKEA pieces is the myriad ways you can tweak, hack, tinker with, and customize them to create beautiful, unique pieces …

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Here's How To Make The World's Greatest Chocolate Chip Cookies

Real talk: These cookies are what dreams are made of.<p>Makes about 24 cookies<p><i>Recipe by Lindsay Hunt</i><p><b>INGREDIENTS</b><p>1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled to room temperature (8 oz/226g)<p>1¼ cups packed light brown sugar (9 oz/250g)<p>¾ cup granulated sugar (6 oz/175g)<p>2½ cups all-purpose flour, …

What A Year Of Trying New Hobbies Taught Me About Depression

In 2011, I hit a tremendous low in my life — one out of which I never expected I’d pull myself. I was 23 at the time and had spent the previous six …

Read This If You’re Constantly Overthinking Your Love Life

By Anonymous,<p>Comment<br>• FlagFlagged<br>• http://tcat.tc/1qH58KF<p><i>“People enter your life for a reason, season, or a lifetime.”</i><p>I do this thing. Tell me if it …

Your Monday Lunch Break Reading List

Busy weekend? Here's what you may have missed on our site.<p><b>Saturday:</b><p>Not only did we find a whole stack of last year's Piglet Champion, <i>Fancy Desserts</i> by Brooks Headley, that we had tucked away, but we also discovered Brooks had sneakily and goofily inscribed each one.<br>• And we introduced you to Danielle …

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12 Pro Techniques Every Serious Home Cook Should Know

<i>BY BON APPÉTIT</i><p>Credit: Michael Graydon + Nikole Herriott<p><i>Welcome to Cook Like a Pro, in which we ask some of our favorite chefs for their essential techniques, along with advice on fearlessly frying, flipping, seasoning, and more.</i><p>What's the difference between us and a professional chef tossing food …

Deep Frying

The Simple Pleasure of Everyday, 5-Ingredient Italian Bread

My grandfather Nonno Corrado's bread is simple: simple to make, simple to eat (with anything really.) It's five ingredients and hardly any work. And he taught it to me, so when I make it, I get to think about him.<p>A mischievous and headstrong kid, he grew up in a small town called Oliveto, in the …

We'd Make These 25 Recipes Just for the Peanuts

Admit it: The peanuts are the best part of any salad, ice cream sundae, and everything in-between.<p>Our salads, roasted veg, and ice cream sundaes just wouldn't be the same without a healthy handful of nutty, crunchy roasted peanuts sprinkled on top. These 25 recipes are for everyone who agrees that …

14 Cleaning Hacks That Will Save You Time (And Money!)

If you’re anything like me, you find cleaning to be a bit of a drag.<p>I mean, sure, sometimes it’s super-satisfying to see the rewards of a clean home …

Cleaning

Before losing his battle with cancer, teen invents IV pole 'lily pads' to help sick children

Before losing his battle with leukemia and a childhood brain tumor, Nick Konkler managed to use his time left on earth to help other children …

You can cook pasta in a small amount of cold water

"I recommend cooking a pound of pasta in a quart-and-a-half of cold water in a frying pan," says Harold McGee, author of <i>Keys to Good Cooking</i>. "It …

I Tried 5 Ikea Hacks To See How Cheap And Easy They Really Are

Would I LACK the skills or would I find the Allen key to success?<p>I've just moved house and had a load of old Ikea furniture on my hands, so I decided to try out some popular hacks I found online, hoping to transform it from cheap and <i>generic</i>, to cheap and <i>chic</i>.<p>The closest I've come to DIY is changing …

12 Makeovers for the IKEA Dresser Everyone Owns

The best-selling MALM is virtually unrecognizable in these impressive DIY ideas.<p>The best-selling MALM is virtually unrecognizable in these impressive DIY ideas. If you already own this discontinued dresser, don't forget to anchor it to the wall after your makeover. The heavy chest poses a dangerous …

The Best Breakfasts for Every Back to School Occasion

Getting back into the school routine doesn’t have to mean returning to a breakfast rut. You’ve got your weeknight meal routine on lockdown and nobody can rival your portable lunches. Now it’s time to up your morning game. We’ve put together a list of our favorite breakfasts for every occasion and …

19 Bra Hacks for Girls With Small Boobs

Help is here.<p>Bras can be a <i>nightmare</i> when you've got small boobs — straps slipping, gaping cups, and all sorts of struggles to find the right size and shape. Three U.K.-based bra experts who specialize in the small boob department are here to help.<p>For beautiful bras at bargain prices, UK faves are …

Are You Emotionally Intelligent? Here's How to Know for Sure

When emotional intelligence (EQ) first appeared to the masses, it served as the missing link in a peculiar finding: people with average IQs outperform those with the highest IQs 70% of the time. This anomaly threw a massive wrench into the broadly held assumption that IQ was the sole source of …

Your Biggest Kitchen Problems — Solved!

No, you don't need a gut reno. These quick solutions make the most of your busiest room.<p>No, you don't need a gut reno. These quick, budget-friendly solutions make the most of your home's busiest room.

How to Improve Your Business Writing

You probably write on the job all the time: proposals to clients, memos to senior executives, a constant flow of emails to colleagues. But how can you ensure that your writing is as clear and effective as possible? How do you make your communications stand out?<p><b>What the Experts Say</b> <br>Overworked …

20 Basic Cooking Techniques That Every Home Chef Should Master

<b>There are an endless amount of cooking techniques one should know</b>, but let's just start with the basics. Master these 20, and we'll definitely be coming over for dinner.

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The Best Things To Buy in May: A Smart Shopping List

It's May - anything on your shopping list? If you're shopping for a mattress, a vacuum, or a refrigerator, just to name a few things - you're in luck …

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34 Cooking Moments When You Know You've Nailed It

It's hard to tell when you've finally achieved the ideal pan-seared fish skin or grill marks on a steak. These photos show us how it's done so you can get it right every time.<p><b>There comes a moment in every cook's life</b> when you know you got it right. The butter's ideally melted, the steak's expertly …

Cooking

Before & After: The $800 Sell-This-House Kitchen Makeover

With Erica and her husband hoping to sell their home, they wanted to differentiate their builder-grade kitchen from their neighbors'— without …