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.

Lighten Your Laundry Load

Laundry Savers

laundry basket Scott Little

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.

30+ Smart Laundry Tips

mother and daughter folding laundry Heather Weston

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

    Does Lovey Need a Bath?

    baby with stuffed animal in her mouth Adam Weiss

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

      Get More Sleep

      7 New-Mom Sleep-Saving Tips

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      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

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

      How Much Sleep Does Baby Need?

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

      Best Beauty Bets

      21 Drugstore Beauty Savers

      makeup Michael Kraus

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

      Two-Timing Products

      Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion David Hamsley

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

      Your Bedtime Beauty Plan

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

      DIY Bangs-Trimming

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

      Time-Management Tips for Mommies

      15 Time-Management Tips

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      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

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

      Stop Procrastinating -- Now

      To-Do List

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

      End A.M. Mayhem

      family in kitchen	Wendell Webber

      Halt the daily morning rush with these smart tricks.

      Smart Family Finance Strategies

      New-Baby Budgeting

      Pile of Bills with Pink Baby Bottle on Top

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

      Save Without Sacrificing

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

      Your Financial Fights, Solved

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

      Save Energy -- and Money

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

      Relax -- ASAP

      28 Ways to Unwind, Tonight

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

      How to Be a Happier Parent

      smiling couple outside	Kate Powers

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

      Just Say Om

      Tree Pose Linda Farwell

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

      The Anti-Stress Diet

      almonds and carrots	David Prince

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

      Entertaining Made Easy

      The Busy Mom's Guide to Entertaining

      women socializing at party

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

      Perfect Food and Wine Pairings

      wine and cheese plate

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

      6 Easy Apps

      Mango Salsa Alison Miksch

      Get your party going with these light and tasty bites.

      Don't Forget Dessert

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

      Cooking, Fast + Simple

      Cook Like a Pro

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

      10 Delicious Set-and-Forget Meals

      Spicy Turkey Lasagna Mark Thomas

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

      Get the Kids in the Kitchen

      mother cooking with children James Carrier

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

      3-in-1 Dinners

      Smoky Turkey and Veggie Frittata Charles Schiller

      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?

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      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

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

      What to Do with Kid Art

      red professional fram for kids artwork	Jay Wilde

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

      9 Super Space Savers

      organized kids toys Greg Scheidemann

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

      What You Need to Know About Insurance

      How to Save on Healthcare

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

      New-Baby Insurance, Simplified

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      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

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

      What About Fluffy?

      girls hugging dog Kim Cornelison

      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

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

      De-Clutter the Kitchen

      pic of kitchen	Janet Mesic-Mackie

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

        The Chaos-Free Closet

        Linen closet	Cameron Sadeghpour

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

        Clean Up Your Car

        Carry On Jim Franco

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

        Managing Your Kid's Major Milestones

        From Crib to Big-Kid Bed

        Lilah's bedroom	Lenora Gim

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

        Baby's New Moves

        baby crawling	Alexandra Grablewski

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

        The Ages and Stages of Play

        baby playing with wooden blocks Adam Weiss

        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

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

        Baby Safety 101

        Babyproofing Room-by-Room

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

        The Safe Nursery

        baby lying in crib	Jim Franco

        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?

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

        The Year's Biggest Gear Recalls

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

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