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

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

by Laura Lee


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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. 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 entertain and enlighten readers of all kinds.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621450054
Publisher: Reader's Digest Association, Incorporated, The
Publication date: 03/07/2013
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About 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

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."

Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Don't Screw Up YOUR HOME 7

Don't Screw Up YOUR DIY 33

Don't Screw Up YOUR FOOD 53

Don't Screw Up the (Not Always So) GREAT OUTDOORS 87

Don't Screw Up HOW YOU LOOK 115

Don't Screw Up YOUR HEALTH 145


Don't Screw Up YOUR JOB or YOUR COMPUTER 209

Don't Screw Up with YOUR MOMEY 235

Don't Screw Up YOUR VACATION 255

Don't Screw Up A GOOD TIME 269


Worst-Case Scenario 313

Index 328

Select Bibliography 335

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