Smart Saves for Families

There are a million things moms can run short on -- time, money, space, patience, the know-how to make important decisions in a snap. Here's how to save on all of the above, in the areas of your life where you need it the most.
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Lighten Your Laundry Load

Laundry Savers

Find out how a few smart, eco-friendly tips can simplify your laundry sessions -- and save you money.

Make Laundry Fun!

These 7 creative ideas will help you and your kid get the wash done in no time.

Heather Weston

30+ Smart Laundry Tips

This laundry list of advice has everything you need to know about cleaning your clothes.

Adam Weiss

Does Lovey Need a Bath?

Here's how to clean your kid's favorite stuffed animal -- safely.

Get More Sleep

7 New-Mom Sleep-Saving Tips

Baby keeping you up all night? These real-mom and expert tips will have you sneaking in zzzs in no time.

3 Smart Baby Sleep Strategies

Find out which of these real-life sleep solutions might work best for baby -- and you.

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How Much Sleep Does Baby Need?

Our age-by-age sleep chart can help you figure out how many hours of sleep your baby should get each day.

Michael Kraus

Best Beauty Bets

21 Drugstore Beauty Savers

You can pick up these amazing products everywhere, and they'll cost you just a fraction of the big-name brands.

David Hamsley

Two-Timing Products

Baby's skin and bath products work great for you, too.

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Your Bedtime Beauty Plan

A few before-bedtime steps will get you smoother skin, healthier hair, and much more -- all while you sleep.

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DIY Bangs-Trimming

Skip the salon and cut your own bangs by following these foolproof tips.

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Time-Management Tips for Mommies

15 Time-Management Tips

A few smart strategies can help you get organized, cut stress, and make the most of every minute in your day.

Save Time, All Day

Get mornings off to a stress-free start, and keep the rest of the day running smoothly, too.

Stop Procrastinating -- Now

These seven smart tips will help you tackle your to-do list -- including the tasks you dread the most.

Wendell Webber

End A.M. Mayhem

Halt the daily morning rush with these smart tricks.

Smart Family Finance Strategies

New-Baby Budgeting

Diapers, clothing, and baby gear can cost a bundle, but there are tons of easy ways to save.

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Save Without Sacrificing

Budgeting doesn't mean giving up everything you love. Here are easy ways to save on gift giving, traveling, eating out, shopping, and more.

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Your Financial Fights, Solved

Don't let money issues come between you and your partner.

Save Energy -- and Money

Going green helps the environment -- and can put some extra cash in your pocket.

Relax -- ASAP

28 Ways to Unwind, Tonight

A few small daily routine changes can have you -- and your kids -- feeling more relaxed right away.

Kate Powers

How to Be a Happier Parent

Six easy ways to balance "you" time with family time.

Linda Farwell

Just Say Om

These simple, do-together yoga poses will have you and your kids mellowed out in minutes.

David Prince

The Anti-Stress Diet

Find the best foods to satisfy those "I'm so stressed" cravings.

Entertaining Made Easy

The Busy Mom's Guide to Entertaining

Throw a fabulous fete without spending the day in the kitchen.

Perfect Food and Wine Pairings

Impress your guests -- without the stress -- by following this delicious party menu.

Alison Miksch

6 Easy Apps

Get your party going with these light and tasty bites.

Don't Forget Dessert

These sweet sensations look and taste delicious -- but are so simple to make.

Cooking, Fast + Simple

Cook Like a Pro

A few tweaks to your kitchen routine can save time and make meals tastier.

Mark Thomas

10 Delicious Set-and-Forget Meals

Just put the ingredients in, set your slow-cooker, and return for a yummy, nutritious meal.

James Carrier

Get the Kids in the Kitchen

Meals are more fun when the whole family's involved. Here are seven great ways to start cooking with your kids.

Charles Schiller

3-in-1 Dinners

Make leftovers work harder -- see how to turn one night's meal into two more yummy dinners.

Clear Out the Clutter

What's Your Clutter Tolerance?

Find out what your clutter style is -- clutter queen or can't stand the chaos? -- and learn simple ways to get organized.

7-Minute Clutter Solutions

These 32 tips will help you chop chore time, organize your home, and clear the clutter -- guaranteed.

Jay Wilde

What to Do with Kid Art

Here are 14 creative ways to show off your child's most impressive masterpieces -- without using the fridge.

Greg Scheidemann

9 Super Space Savers

These amazing organizers will clear up your home's problem spots in a flash.

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What You Need to Know About Insurance

How to Save on Healthcare

You can cut your family's medical bills without sacrificing good coverage.

New-Baby Insurance, Simplified

You need to reevaluate your policies once baby arrives. These guidelines will help ensure that the whole family's covered.

Checklist: New-Mom Insurance, Taxes, and Wills

A point-by-point, print-and-save list of everything you need to consider when deciding on coverage.

Kim Cornelison

What About Fluffy?

Learn the basics about pet insurance and decide if it's essential for your furry family member.

Organizing Your Home Top to Bottom

Bathroom Cabinet Cleanup

Tired of bathroom drawers looking like drugstore bargain bins? Learn how to organize them once and for all.

Janet Mesic-Mackie

De-Clutter the Kitchen

These tips and products will have your kitchen looking great -- and make mealtime prep a breeze.

Cameron Sadeghpour

The Chaos-Free Closet

Make linen closet shelves neat and tidy with these simple storage solutions.

Jim Franco

Clean Up Your Car

Spruce up your ride with these portable organizers and cleaning products.

Lenora Gim

Managing Your Kid's Major Milestones

From Crib to Big-Kid Bed

Learn how to make this important transition as easy as possible.

Alexandra Grablewski

Baby's New Moves

Your baby becomes more mobile every day. See the stages that'll take her from happily squirming to standing.

Adam Weiss

The Ages and Stages of Play

Find out how your kid will play with blocks, stuffed animals, crayons, and more as he moves from baby to toddler.

Real-Parent Potty Training Tips

Moms and dads swear by these 20 tips that got their kids out of diapers -- for good.

Baby Safety 101

Babyproofing Room-by-Room

Make every room in your house baby-safe with these basic guidelines.

Jim Franco

The Safe Nursery

Your baby's room may have some hidden danger spots. Find out what they are and how to keep baby safe.

Are Your Baby Safety Products Really Safe?

Even devices designed to protect kids can be hazardous. See which items pose risks and how to prevent them from harming baby.

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The Year's Biggest Gear Recalls

Look out for the baby products you need to toss -- now.

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