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When to Book the Cheapest Summer Flights

This is the third summer of the COVID-19 pandemic, and people are ready to travel. Over the past two years, so many vacation plans have been cancelled, only to be rescheduled and cancelled again. Now more than ever, increasing numbers of people are ready to pretend the pandemic is over and book some flights. So if…Read more...

When You Should Use Sand on Your Lawn (and When You Shouldn't)

Golf courses are known for their greener-than-green, perfectly manicured grass. And if you’ve been to one, you may have noticed a layer of sand on links. But unlike those professionally maintained grounds, most people don’t have their own landscaper or groundskeeper, and, as a result, want to take matters into their…Read more...

How to Get Tough Stains Off Your White Dishes

In addition to providing a blank canvas for your meals, white dishes are also a perennial favorite for their clean look. So when they develop stubborn stains—as a result of aging, wear and tear, or certain foods—they may lose some of their appeal. Here are a few ways to get them back to their original color (or at…Read more...

When to Wash Your Walls Before Painting, and When You Can Skip It

Painting interior walls in your home is one of those tasks that seems pretty quick and simple, but usually ends up being far more work than you anticipated. That’s because it’s not only a matter of brushing or rolling on a coat of fresh paint—there’s also all the prep work and cleanup that goes along with it (and…Read more...

Use This Map to Find Out When Your Sent Mail Should Arrive

When you mail something via the United States Postal Service (USPS), it can be hard to know when it might reach its final destination. And if it seems like it’s been taking longer than usual for a letter to get from one part of the country to another, it’s not your imagination: It’s part of a USPS money-saving…Read more...

How to Harvest Basil All Season Without Killing It

Although fresh basil is now available in supermarkets year-round, it’s not the same as being able to go into your own backyard (or turn to the planter on your windowsill) and picking a few leaves when you need them. But it’s one thing to clear a stem or two for some cocktails: What about picking a majority of the…Read more...

How to Pick Up the Tab Without Things Getting Awkward

When the bill comes at the end of dinner a dinner out with friends or family, things can get awkward, fast. Maybe you’re an adult who isn’t sure if it’s appropriate to keep letting your parents will pick up the tab. Maybe you’re on a first date and don’t want to give the impression you’re a mooch—or deal with the…Read more...

Your Next Seltzer Needs Some Jam

Seltzer, or sparkling water if you’re fancy (“spicy water” if you’re my kid), has been having a moment since at least 2016. At my Target, there is an entire wall dedicated to the many-faceted flavor combinations of LaCroix, Spindrift, Bubly, Waterloo, Aha, Polar, and Sparkling Ice, not to mention Target’s knock-off…Read more...

How to Help Convince Tech Companies to Make a Smaller Smartphone

A long time ago, smartphones were small. Like, really small. It used to be a given that such a device should fit snugly in the hand, so you could do everything you need to with it using only your thumb. They certainly don’t make ‘em like they used to.In 2022, most “smaller” smartphones are still enormous, sporting…Read more...

How to Read a Whiskey Label Without Embarrassing Yourself

I recently had the chance to sample Bushmill’s second Rare Casks expression, a 29-year-old single malt Irish Whiskey finished in Pedro Ximenez Sherry casks. This stuff retails for a whopping $750, and it’s worth it. It was initially (triple) distilled in 1992 and aged in bourbon barrels until 2004, then transferred to…Read more...

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