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What are your frugality hacks?

I'm looking for simple changes that I can make to my purchasing habits to save money. [more inside]
posted by escape from the potato planet to Work & Money at 6:59 AM on Jan 7, 2019 - 62 answers [125 favorites]

Questions, asked daily, that have changed your life?

Looking to be more intentional this coming year, and while I've never been one for journaling I'd like to start by doing some very simple reflection. I think having a punch list of questions to reflect on and (optionally) do some simple journaling on would be helpful. Do you have a set of these questions? Or a simple process for reviewing your goals and personal vision/mission and sticking to them?
posted by sciencemandan to Religion & Philosophy at 7:27 AM on Dec 31, 2018 - 23 answers [112 favorites]

What household items from non-US countries should I know about?

I kick off my shoes and put on a pair of Asian-style house slippers the moment I get home; they keep my toes warm and the soles of my feet protected. I learned the art of carrying the shopping home with a "granny cart" from a brief stay in Paris, where no one goes to the store without one. What other near-ubiquitous household items from other countries should more Americans know about?
posted by capricorn to Home & Garden at 1:24 PM on Jan 14, 2019 - 47 answers [107 favorites]

Miss Scarlett in the conservatory with an axe

I need your gripping-est, creepiest, twistiest, most fiendishly puzzling murder mystery novel recommendations please! I have included examples of what I mean below the fold. [more inside]
posted by unicorn chaser to Writing & Language at 10:52 PM on Jan 2, 2019 - 22 answers [89 favorites]

Help me help my abs

Where to start for a person with zero abdominal strength? I can't do a plank. I don't think I can do a sit-up. But I want to have abdominal strength both for general health and to help with lower back issues. Where can I start? [more inside]
posted by BlahLaLa to Health at 3:23 PM on Dec 24, 2018 - 26 answers [81 favorites]

Help me improve my executive function.

I am... not a person who is great at adulting. Chores slip by, I procrastinate, and sometimes my work doesn't get done. 1) Did you go from this state to someone who is more or less organized and stays on task? How did you do that? 2) Do you have a habit/task list Android app you can recommend? Specific criteria inside. [more inside]
posted by Adridne to Work & Money at 1:28 PM on Jan 13, 2019 - 25 answers [77 favorites]

How to get a classical education at 40 years old?

I realize this is broadly framed, but: If I wanted to acquire a classical education as an adult, what would be the best way to do so? What are the key texts, tools, etc.? [more inside]
posted by azzurra to Education at 3:56 AM on Jan 3, 2019 - 22 answers [70 favorites]

What kitchen/household objects SPARK JOY?!?

I'm moving into a new apartment, and I'm bringing very little with me, so I'll be restocking most small household objects, kitchenware, cookware, bathroom, etc. What are the things in these categories that you love having and are a step above the generic version of that object? [more inside]
posted by mercredi to Shopping at 7:18 AM on Jan 17, 2019 - 53 answers [69 favorites]

Meal Prep in two hours?

I've googled this and can't find what I'm looking for. I want the formula for meal prepping breakfast, lunch and dinner for most of the week in about two hours. The Kitchn's Power Hour series comes really close, but I want to know how it works "under the hood" so to speak. Details below the fold. [more inside]
posted by onecircleaday to Food & Drink at 7:37 PM on Dec 29, 2018 - 8 answers [67 favorites]

People who bake A LOT, what are your best tips?

I am a decent home baker, (much better than the contestants on Nailed it! but not nearly as good as those on GBBO) and I’ve decided that my winter project this year is going to be baking more and better. I’d like to get comfortable with projects more complicated than cookies, bars, and layer cakes, and I want to work on my cake/cookie decorating skills using my shiny new frosting tip set (I already have a cake lazy susan and an offset spatula to go with them). [more inside]
posted by tangosnail to Food & Drink at 12:43 PM on Dec 31, 2018 - 43 answers [67 favorites]

Coming down with something.

I can usually feel myself getting sick a day or so before the full-bore symptoms hit. A little scratchiness in the throat and/or sensitivity in the sinuses and/or mild wooziness, and I basically know that in 12-24 hours I can expect whatever cold or flu is invading me to set in with a sore throat, congestion, fever, etc. What do you do when you start feeling the warning signs to try to head off or mitigate the illness that's coming? Have you found anything that actually works?
posted by eugenen to Health at 5:08 PM on Jan 3, 2019 - 52 answers [61 favorites]

Chatty History Recommendations

I'm stuck at home with a broken ankle and need some good book recommendations. I'm looking for history books that aren't stuffy and boring. I like reading books that are engaging and have conversational style of writing. I'm mainly after history (of anything) recommendations but if you have any other non fiction recommendations, please feel free to include them. [more inside]
posted by poxandplague to Media & Arts at 7:41 PM on Jan 16, 2019 - 31 answers [60 favorites]

If you've successfully established new habits, what helped you to do so?

It's almost new year and I'm trying to figure out the best way to help myself to eat better, exercise more, be a better parent, keep the house clean, write the Great American Novel yadda yadda. If you've successfully established new (good!) habits, please tell me what worked for you. [more inside]
posted by rubbish bin night to Grab Bag at 12:22 PM on Dec 29, 2018 - 24 answers [59 favorites]

Eat, Pray, Love (Myself)

I was unceremoniously dumped just before the holidays by the person I thought I'd marry. After a decade of putting the needs of my partners first and my own needs second, I've vowed to spend 2019 getting to know myself better. In particular, I want to get past the mental hurtle that I can't do certain things (like travel, or buy my own house) without a partner. Please give me your best suggestions for group-based travel experiences, or otherwise living your best life while solo. [more inside]
posted by tealcoffeecup to Human Relations at 7:51 AM on Dec 26, 2018 - 22 answers [55 favorites]

Inspire my monthly challenges

I want to do a different challenge for each month of 2019. I have 4 picked and am looking to your lovely minds for inspiration for the other 8 months. [more inside]
posted by roolya_boolya to Grab Bag at 7:00 AM on Jan 2, 2019 - 28 answers [52 favorites]

Books With Stories About Gentle & Kind Male-Identified Kids

We are looking for chapter books or story books that have protagonists or prominent characters who are male-identified (boys or men) who are gentle and kind. We are struggling to find these narratives, and so often read stories with female-identified characters ("feminist girl books.") [more inside]
posted by anya32 to Media & Arts at 7:26 AM on Jan 11, 2019 - 48 answers [52 favorites]

If I like Tana French I will like _______

Looking for more women writers and/or books with women protagonists in the mystery/thriller/crime genres. Of course there's [more inside]
posted by soundguy99 to Media & Arts at 11:59 AM on Jan 17, 2019 - 30 answers [50 favorites]

How can I be the host with the most?

One thing I'm hoping to do in 2019 is to host more get-togethers with friends. I'm looking for tips/tricks/ideas to make hosting events enjoyable for the guests. [more inside]
posted by Twicketface to Home & Garden at 11:16 AM on Dec 26, 2018 - 27 answers [49 favorites]

SF&F books about cities

I'd like to find a specific kind of fantasy and/or SF book. About a person who arrives at and explores a large, complex city, its society, neighborhoods, etc. [more inside]
posted by signal to Writing & Language at 2:21 PM on Dec 30, 2018 - 37 answers [48 favorites]

Resources re: Inattentive ADHD?

I have just this month been diagnosed with the inattentive form of ADHD. Can anyone recommend any resources, online, book/magazine based, or video, on this less well-known type of ADHD, especially regarding adult women? [more inside]
posted by Archipelago to Health at 11:12 AM on Dec 26, 2018 - 11 answers [47 favorites]

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