Friday, March 6, 2009

Real Simple March 09 Issue Review

Full discloser: I received a copy of this magazine from a reader who works for Real Simple. She thought I would enjoy the cover article, and hoped I would write a review, but it was not a requirement and the fact that I received this magazine free didn't taint the review below.

First off, I'm a fan of Real Simple. I'm not a subscriber, but that's not a personal slight--I don't pay for any magazine subscriptions at all, but I do like to pick up RS in the laundromat or while browsing in a bookstore.

Now, to this particular issue--a few things jumped out at me right away. First of all, a lot of the 71 ways to live your life for less really didn't apply to me (spend $20 a week on flowers? Buy a blooming houseplant! Great idea, but I don't buy flowers). However, some of the stuff I can really get behind, like watching TV on Hulu.com instead of cable (that's how I do it!) and getting secondhand books from Paperbackswap.com. My wallet is not happy to find out that World Market has a website.

Peanut was excited about the warehouse buys article--five things you could buy at a warehouse store, prepare, and freeze for later. We didn't use any of those particular recipes, but we did renew his membership and go shopping on Sunday, stocking up on granola bars, baby carrots, peanut butter, paper towels, ziplock baggies, and a few other odds and ends.

The best thing about Real Simple, in my opinion, was that I did not feel like my brain cells were committing suicide from teh stoopid while I was reading it. Seriously, reading Cosmo makes me want to poke my eyes out with a fork, but Real Simple is an entertaining diversion that actually has tips I might use.

And thanks, reader-who-works-there, for sending this on to me! (Keeping your identity private in case you prefer it that way.)

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