Don't Screw It Up!: Avoid 434 Goofs to to Save Time, Money, and Face [NOOK Book]

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Do you know how to tie your shoe? Or do you just think you do but you’ve actually been screwing it up for decades like most people have?

This witty, light book takes a fresh spin on all the mistakes we make everyday that end up costing us big in our wallets, our health, our homes, and beyond. Topics covered are Yourself (appearance, skills, all things you), Your Home, Your Cooking, Your Money, Your Relationships & Family, and Your Health....
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Don't Screw It Up!: Avoid 434 Goofs to to Save Time, Money, and Face

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Overview

Do you know how to tie your shoe? Or do you just think you do but you’ve actually been screwing it up for decades like most people have?

This witty, light book takes a fresh spin on all the mistakes we make everyday that end up costing us big in our wallets, our health, our homes, and beyond. Topics covered are Yourself (appearance, skills, all things you), Your Home, Your Cooking, Your Money, Your Relationships & Family, and Your Health. This perfect combination of humor and wisdom entertains readers as they learn how to make their lives better by avoiding and remedying common screw-ups.

Things we all mess up:
  • Using chopsticks as spears because you just can't figure them out (Yourself)
  • Throwing Frisbees behind you, sucking at horseshoes, and other game/sporting fouls (Yourself)
  • Living with streaky paint or air bubbles under the wallpaper you screwed up (Your Home)
  • Killing all the houseplants you’ve ever bought (Your Home)
  • Burning the edges and undercooking the middle (Your Cooking)
  • Breaking the yolk every time you flip an egg (Your Cooking
  • Your taxes. Argh. (Your Money)
  • Overdrawing your account and paying a fee even though you have overdraft protection (Your Money)
  • Cracking someone's ribs in the Heimlich maneuver (Your Health)
  • Inability to make a Band-Aid stick or get a Band-Aid off without tearing out your hair (Your Health)
  • Forgetting your loved ones birthdays year after year (Your Relationships & Family)
  • Ruining Christmas with the untimely truth about Santa (Your Relationships & Family)
  • Embarrassing yourself on a date because you don't understand the French menu or the 90-page wine list (Your Relationships & Family)
The ways in which we flub and flounder are infinite, and this book taps into that boundless fountain of foul ups in a way that will
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781621450207
  • Publisher: Reader's Digest Association, Incorporated, The
  • Publication date: 3/7/2013
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 501,236
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

RDA is a global media and direct marketing company that educates, entertains and connects more than 130 million consumers around the world with products and services from trusted brands. With offices in 43 countries, the company reaches customers in 78 countries, publishes 91 magazines, including 50 editions of Reader’s Digest, the world's largest-circulation magazine, operates 78 branded websites and sells 40 million books, music and video products across the world each year. Further information about the company can be found at www.rda.com.

Laura Lee is the author of fourteen books including fiction, children's literature, and poetry. Her nonfiction work covers a wide range of topics including how weather has changed the course of history (Blame it on the Rain), the science behind annoying things (The Pocket Encyclopedia of Aggravation), avoiding everyday dangers (100 Most Dangerous Things in Everyday Life. The San Francisco Chronicle said, "Lee's dry, humorous tone makes her a charming companion. . . . She has a penchant for wordplay that is irresistible."
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  • Posted April 19, 2013

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    From cooking burgers on the grill to avoiding credit card dept,

    From cooking burgers on the grill to avoiding credit card dept, Don’t Screw It Up! tackles an amazingly wide range of common “screw ups,” and tells the reader just what to do to either avoid or correct said mistake. It’s fun, interesting, and has a surprisingly large amount of useful information within its pages.

    Don’t Screw It Up! is divided into thirteen chapters:

    Don’t Screw Up Your Home/Your DIY
    Your Food
    The Great Outdoors
    How You Look
    Your Health
    Your Transportation
    Your Job or Your Computer
    Your Money
    Your Vacation
    A Good Time
    Your Relationships
    Worst-Case Scenario
    Each chapter is then further divided into numerous sections, each on a different “screw up.” The book is very attractively designed, bright, and easy to read. There are sidebars throughout with “top screwups” for each topic as well as for additional suggestions. One of the best things about this book, beyond the helpful hints, is that the author is funny, very funny. She is candid, tells it like it is, and inserts humor that helps keep the pages turning. You won’t fall asleep reading this book!

    When I first saw this book, I thought, well, what on earth can I learn from a book like this? A few handy tips on how to get stains out of my clothes? But no, there is a LOT of helpful information here. And while there are some basic tips such as locking your doors to keep burglars out of your house (you’re thinking sure, of course, it goes without saying), even with these "obvious" suggestions, the author then takes it a step further (in this case, by pointing out that “…a surprising number of burglaries occur with no forced entry.") Hmmm….maybe it isn’t so obvious?

    Beyond the basics, there are just so many useful ideas within the pages of the book. I now know how to open those incredibly annoying hard plastic packages so many products are wrapped in; what to do (and NOT to do) for frostbite, why so many people tend to use more paper today than before recycling; and how to tell if a compost pile is properly working as well as a myriad of other things that I didn’t even know I didn’t know.

    Quill says: Whether you need to fix your car, a picture frame, or even fix your dating life, Don’t Screw It Up! will likely have the answer you need. And you’ll have a really good laugh while reading it too!

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