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Better Homes and Gardens August 2013

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2 min.
great style for less

That’s the premise of this issue. It’s our annual deep dive into the ideas, the strategies, and the sheer imagination that make decorating on a budget successful and fun. Whenever we talk with readers—and we do love to listen!—you tell us how much you appreciate that Better Homes and Gardens brings you ideas that are relevant to “real people and real budgets.” And, I’ve discovered, your definition of “real people” includes pretty much all of us. Because whether budgets are large or small, Better Homes and Gardens people share something: We like to spend our money well. We love found treasures, as well as considered splurges. We enjoy the personality that comes from a mix of old and new. Color is a favorite ally—and still one of the easiest, cheapest ways…

1 min.
win $25,000 for your home!

Time for an energy-saving makeover? Whether you want to redo a kitchen or a bathroom, enter our Save Money, Save Energy Sweepstakes. See entry details on page 183. Enter at BHG.com/WinHome on a budget HEALTHY DINNERS UNDER $3 These healthy dinner recipes are full of nutrition—and big on taste. Plus, at less than $3 per serving, they’re as easy on your wallet as they are on your waistline. BHG.com/BudgetDinner DECORATING MADE EASY Decorating is simple and affordable when you build on what you already have. See how you can take ordinary items and work them into your decor with a few easy tricks. BHG.com/EasyDecorating REFRESH FOR LESS Giving your home a style boost doesn’t have to cost a fortune. We’ve gathered our best budget-friendly decorating tips to help you get a look you love without breaking the bank.…

1 min.
chill out

NAPKINS TO DYE FOR These ombré dip-dyed flour sack napkins are extra-large (18×18 inches) and extra eye-catching. Blue Ombré Napkins, $39.55 for six; etsy.com/shop/2jacs SUPER STRAWS You need super sturdy straws—like these heavy-duty plastic slurpers—to support frozen cocktails. Sommarfint, $1.49 for 100; ikea.com GLASS ACT Cool drinks call for cool glasses. Help your pops pop even more with these color-rimmed numbers. Color Pop Juice Glass, $10 each; furbishstudio.com POP GOES THE MINI MOLD This nifty mold makes nine golf-ball size pops. The inside-out design releases frozen treats in a snap. Zoku Mini Pop Molds, $16.99; zokuhome.com…

2 min.
august

August ambition Lazy, hazy days can be a good time to get ready for the busy season ahead. Feeling the heat? Cool down while you stock up on cards for birthdays and special occasions. Store them in an accordion file to keep handy. And address the Achilles’ heel of card-sending now: stamps! Order pretty Forever stamps that will never be out of date. store.usps.com Farnoosh Torabi “Nobody cares more about your money than you do. It’s up to you to take charge of your financial life.” Savin’ maven Fresh cred: The Worcester, Massachusetts, native shares the kitchen-table economizing she learned from her immigrant parents on the Yahoo! series Financially Fit. Follow her money-saving “twips” @Farnoosh. Cheap tricks: Using cash. That way I won’t overspend. I’m also a haggler! Never buy anything in a store before asking…

1 min.
see worthy

Soothing blues and greens are like a cool glass of water on a hot summer day. Make some waves with these refreshing sea glass-inspired pieces. 1. OK CORAL Make a splash with this chic clutch. $44; shiraleah.com2. CONTAIN YOURSELF Texture adds charm to these mini cachepots. $10; sprouthome.com3. TINY BAUBLES A round-the-wrist reminder of seaside summers. $39; stelladot.com4. GRAND OPENING A letter opener makes mail even more special. $14; aplusrstore.com5. STAND AND DELIVER Jazz up dessert with a colored-glass cake stand. $68; shopterrain.com6. WORTHY VESSEL Artisanal mini hors d’oeuvres plates come in beachy blue. $60 for 6; babasouk.ca7. SHORE THING Dress up plunging necklines. $48; robertachiarella.com8. COASTAL SERVICE Launch lunch with pretty place mats. $17 each; momastore.org…

1 min.
nice saves!

Meet: Jeanette Pavini COUPONS.COM As a consumer savings blogger, this money expert and California mom knows her way around Internet shopping. Her secret deal tips? “If you’re shopping on a new site, create an account, load up your cart, then wait a few days,” she says. “Many retailers send introductory offers, but not always right away. Other sites send special offers to shoppers who’ve let their cart languish. And negotiate! ‘Live chat’ isn’t just for technical problems. Before checkout, ask about further savings.” Tech it out CARDSTAR This app consolidates loyalty, membership, even library and gym cards. Just snap a picture of a card with your smartphone; show the barcode at checkout. It also uses GPS to alert you to promotions and discounts. Free for iOS and Android; cardstar.com SCRATCH HARD Forget checking in to get discounts.…