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Sunday, January 2, 2005: Page updated at 12:00 AM

How to's for life  A monthly guide

HOW TO BUY BARGAINS IN BULK
Do you go to Costco for canned corn and come home with a clarinet and a casket? Or swing by Sam's Club for shredded cheese and end up with a Bose home theater system? Then pull up a couch as we ask experts how to warehouse shop without going broke.
[March 6, 2005]

Photo HOW TO CROSS TRAIN
When done in moderation, mixing up fitness activities such as running, swimming and cycling (and adding a little strength training and stretching), leads to higher overall fitness... [Jan. 2, 2005]

HOW TO PACK FOR DORM LIFE
Illustration Advice on what stuff students should bring — and what they should leave at home ... [Aug. 19, 2004]

HOW TO WRITE A MEMOIR
Illustration The preservation of your memories, or those of your elders, is a wonderful pastime. And, no, not just for the writerly or famous among us ... [July 11, 2004]

HOW TO CAMP
Illustration Are you a rookie with no tent-pitching experience? Here's a primer to help you embrace the Pacific Northwest pastime ... [June 27, 2004]

HOW TO GET A GOOD NIGHT'S SLEEP
Illustration Cranky, irritable, overly sensitive — if that describes both you and your toddler, the problem might be that no one's getting enough sleep ... [May 15, 2004]

HOW TO SHACK UP SMARTLY
Illustration You and your partner have combined your furniture, broken the news to family and friends ... [April 18, 2004]

HOW TO PLAN YOUR OWN FUNERAL
illustration Stop, take a deep breath and consider the costs of leaving those end-of-life details for others to handle ... [March 16, 2004]

HOW TO HOLD ON THROUGH THE TEEN YEARS
illustration Parents should relate to teens by treating them as what they are: adults-to-be ... [Feb. 3, 2004]

HOW TO SURVIVE SANTA SEASON
photo For all the fun and joy of the holidays, there are the stresses. Some tips so you'll spend the season saying "ho, ho, ho" instead of "no, no, no" ... [Dec. 9, 2003]

HOW TO AVOID AND GET RID OF HEAD LICE
photo We show up uninvited on 6 million to 12 million American heads a year, mostly on kids from 3 to 12 ... [Nov. 19, 2003]

HOW TO MAKE MORE TIME
photo Can we learn to slow down and enjoy our families, our lives and even our food? Small changes can help ... [Oct. 12, 2003]

HOW TO GET READY FOR SCHOOL
photo Start the year right by taming the chaos and setting positive routines in place ... [Aug. 31, 2003]

HOW TO DO A REALLY BIG SALE
photo How to have a successful sale and have fun doing in it ... [July 27, 2003]
 HOW TO MAKE THE PAST LAST
Illustration The winter holidays are a great time to begin safely storing documents and photos to ensure the legacy behind them doesn't pass away with people's memories ... [Dec. 12, 2004]

HOW TO BE SUMMER SAFE
photo Summer: We love it, but does it love us back? How to safely navigate "Trauma Season" ... [June 29, 2003]

HOW TO SURVIVE AFTER COLLEGE
Thumbnail You've spent four years in school (more or less) and now you're ready to graduate. But are you ready to enter the workforce? ... [May 25, 2003]

HOW TO ARM YOURSELF AGAINST STRESS
Thumbnail We need stress to get out of bed in the morning and to stay focused. But when the brain thinks we're being threatened, the physical response is... [April 27, 2003]

HOW TO DRESS FOR THE PROM
Thumbnail Prom. It's the major party of your high-school career ... [March 30, 2003]

HOW TO WIN THE SMALL CLAIMS GAME
Thumbnail Someone done you wrong? You've seen it on TV, and now you want to take your malefactors to Small Claims Court ... [Jan. 26, 2003]

HOW TO COPE WITH THE DARK
Thumbnail Learn more about how to cope with the dark days of a Northwest winter. [Dec. 22, 2002]

HOW TO COMPLAIN EFFECTIVELY
Thumbnail Complain? Many of us would rather not. And if you don't do it well, you come off looking like a loony ... [Nov. 10, 2002]

HOW TO CREATE COMMUNITY IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
Thumbnail Is your neighborhood a collection of needs, or a collection of assets? Chances are, it's both ... [Oct. 6, 2002]

Neighbors share ideas on getting together

HOW TO MAKE TIME
Thumbnail Taking a day or two to organize your life will let you clear time for the things you want to be doing ... [Sept. 1, 2002]

HOW TO DESTRESS ON THE RUN
Thumbnail Relax on the run? Setting aside five minutes for quality downtime can work wonders for the stressed-out body and soul ... [Aug. 11, 2002]

HOW TO GET STARTED WITH ELDER CARE
Thumbnail Get involved in elder-care planning while parents are still able to make their own decisions ... [July 14, 2002]

HOW TO BE A BETTER COMMUTER
Thumbnail You know how to drive, but who let those other people behind the wheel? ... [June 9, 2002]

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