Sage Johnson

How Important Are Expiration Dates on Food and Common Household Items?

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From wiping down cabinets and walls to vacuuming, dusting, and mopping, there’s something therapeutic about spring cleaning. While you’re throwing open the windows, cranking the tunes, and banishing those dust bunnies, you should also take stock of any food or common household products that may be past their prime. Now is the perfect time to check the expiration dates on condiments, pantry staples, cleaning supplies, and beauty products such as makeup.

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20 New Ways to Save Money This Year

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How much money do you have in savings? Most of us would sleep better knowing we had some surplus we could rely on in case of an emergency — like a sick pet or a flat tire.

Most experts recommend having the equivalent of your salary saved by age 30, and 10 times your final salary in savings in order to retire by age 67. But finding extra cash to stash can be a challenge. Here are 20 ways to save money that you probably haven’t tried.

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How to Be a Holiday Hero

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As your family’s holiday hero, it can be easy to get caught up in — and overwhelmed by — your holiday to-do list. Take a few moments to rediscover with the spirit of the season by doing a few simple things to make life easier for others.

Your “kindness list” doesn’t have to cost a penny, and it will spread holiday cheer faster than Santa’s sleigh. Not only will you delight those you help, but you’ll also feel less stressed knowing you’ve brightened someone’s day.

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9 New Ways to Give This Holiday Season

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Following the infamous shopping frenzies of Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes Giving Tuesday, a global day of charity fueled by the power of social media to kick off the season of giving. Many of us focus on end-of-year donations during the holidays, with gifts that support education, healthcare, kids, hunger initiatives, disaster relief, animals, churches, and more.

Here, we’ve compiled some new ideas to inspire your giving based on your passions, during the holidays or any time. Because philanthropy is a year-round endeavor.

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How to Create Holiday Magic — No Wand Required

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What would the holidays be without our traditions, from the tree and the turkey to the football game and parade? Everyone knows apple pie will be served for dessert, your uncle will fall asleep on the couch, and the kids will ask to stay up all night.

While honoring those beloved traditions this year, we invite you to add your own creativity to the season. We asked RAC customers to share their ideas for creating holiday magic, and we offer them here, along with a few of our own suggestions as well.

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5 Essentials for an Inspiring Kids’ Homework Station

The return to school routine also brings perennial challenges: packing lunches, streamlining morning regimens, and — perhaps the most difficult — inspiring kids to do homework. One solution is to create a homework station just for them.

A designated space helps kids focus, and having everything they need on hand keeps them there. A homework station doesn’t have to be elaborate. A kitchen corner, living room nook, guestroom, or even a bedroom closet will work when you include these five essential elements.

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