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Real Simple September 2019

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Real Simple magazine provides smart, practical, beautiful solutions to make life easier—every single day. Each inspiring issue is packed with fast and delicious recipes, organizing and decorating ideas, great fashion and beauty finds, money-saving tips, and more. For annual or monthly subscriptions (on all platforms except iOS), your subscription will automatically renew and be charged to your provided payment method at the end of the term unless you choose to cancel. You may cancel at any time during your subscription in your account settings. If your provided payment method cannot be charged, we may terminate your subscription.

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United States
Meredith Corporation
12 Issues

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2 min.
editor’s note

AT SOME POINT, WE STOPPED buying disposable plastic water bottles. I say “at some point” because the change was so smooth it didn’t register as a big deal at my house. In fact, it made life easier. We kept reusable metal water bottles in a basket by the door, so we ended up spending less money—and drinking more water. That’s almost always the upside to cutting back on waste: You save money, you save time, there’s less clutter, and you’re doing right by our planet. In “How to Waste Less Every Day” (page 114), Real Simple’s deputy editor, Anna Maltby, gives you an ambitious yet realistic guide for reducing the amount of stuff you throw away, from food to clothes to household items. When she first suggested the idea, I thought,…

1 min.
real simple 24/7

Best Books of 2019 (so Far) Introducing our definitive list of the most noteworthy reads of the year, from historical fiction to page-turners you’ll have trouble putting down. See our list at realsimple.com/goodreads. Open and tap for back-to-school tips. 7 SNACKS TO EAT FOR LONG-TERM HEALTH Add these tasty, anti-inflammatory ingredients to your grocery cart to improve your health and happiness. Read more at realsimple.com/healthfood. FLIPBOARD Follow us on Flipboard for decorating tips, recipes, and more. Visit flipboard.com/@realsimple. PINTEREST@REALSIMPLE TWITTER@REALSIMPLE SNAPCHAT @REALSIMPLEMAG FACEBOOK @REALSIMPLE INSTAGRAM @REAL_SIMPLE…

3 min.
your words

Anytime I have a $5 bill, it goes into an envelope.Then I use that money for Christmas gifts. @JNEZELEK #RSLOVE “LOVES THE BEACH UNTIL PAWS TOUCH THE WET SAND, THEN RUNS AWAY!” @SUMIINTHECITY Always pay yourself first. Put money into your savings account just as you would pay another monthly bill. BETTY LATHRAM, LEXINGTON, KENTUCKY Value every clothing or accessory purchase as a long-term purchase. Only buy what you will wear repeatedly and is easy to care for, good quality, and in a color and style you love. Save the impulse money for trips or experiences later in life. LAVONNE FLACH, CABLE, OHIO Pay off the car and then drive it till the wheels fall off. @JENNCOLLINS311 Find a partner who shares the same values as you! @MEGANANNE90 Just because you can afford to buy something doesn’t mean you must buy…

2 min.
the short list

Poetic Portrait In her beautifully written Red at the Bone, Jacqueline Woodson traces the story of two black families who are linked when their teenage children have a baby. The novel opens as the pair’s daughter, Melody, is readying for her coming-of-age ceremony and moves back in time, switching characters, exploring how decisions ripple through generations. A slim novel with tremendous emotional power. Family Saga Ann Patchett examines sibling relationships in her latest novel, The Dutch House. After their father buys a lavish estate, Danny and Maeve find their lives upturned—and their bond solidified—when their mother, appalled by the purchase, runs off. Later, their new stepmother exiles them. Patchett’s rich story follows Danny’s and Maeve’s paths, showing how the past has a hold on their present. Great for Book Club A century in the fu-ture,…

1 min.
upgrade your tailgate

1 ROCK ON It may look like a standard-issue folding chair, but it’s actually a collapsible rocker, complete with a flip-out cup holder and a carry bag. TO BUY: Rok-it Chair, $60; kijaro.com. 2 SIP IN STYLE Wrapped in a protective silicone sleeve, this lidded 15-ounce glass is practically made for tailgating. TO BUY: Porter Glass, $25; wandpdesign.com. 3 GRILL ON THE GO This portable charcoal grill includes a food-grade storage tray and bamboo prep board that stack neatly and lock in for easy transport. TO BUY: Everdure The Cube Grill, $229; williams-sonoma.com. 4 DURABLE DISHES Use these shatterproof BPA-free melamine plates for your burgers and dogs. TO BUY: Newport Plaid Outdoor Melamine Dinner Plates, $60 for 4; williams-sonoma.com. 5 IN THE CLEAR This transparent bag helps you breeze through security, then keeps your hands free for cheering. TO…

1 min.
think like a designer

Sherry & John Petersik Founders of the site Young House Love FIND A BALANCE When planning a space that serves both kids and adults, aim for something inviting, uncluttered, and not too serious. We do this by incorporating a mix of concealed and open storage. Cabinetry and baskets keep items like games and craft supplies out of sight but within easy reach, while shelving displays art and decorative toys. Nothing should feel too precious. HAVE AN OPEN DIALOGUE Talk with your family about what you want to do together in a playroom or other shared space. Offer a starting point to help narrow down the options and determine what will work best for everyone: “We’re thinking of an L-shaped sectional for movie nights and sleepovers. Would you like that, or do you want more room…