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5 Things To Do Right Now to Prepare for Fall

Usher in a new season with this handy to-do list. 

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Reward yourself with a cozy pumpkin spice latte.

An electric anticipation fills the air. Within days it will arrive, deeply satisfying and redolent of cinnamon and clove: the pumpkin spice latte. But first, let's tackle the rest of your to-do list.

  1. Thank your neighbor.

    National Good Neighbor Day is Sept. 28, but you can observe it anytime. Send around freshly baked cookies to lift neighborhood morale—and you'll boost your chances of borrowing a power drill or finding a cat sitter when you need one.

  2. Light your night.

    Help keep the kids in your life safe while trick-or-treating this Halloween by adding strips of retroreflective tape to costumes and candy totes. It's sold at most hardware and office supply stores. Glow necklaces and flashing tags also improve visibility.

  3. Book your trip.

    Now is the time to snag discounted Caribbean cruise tickets. While prices drop during hurricane season, cruise lines pay close attention to weather and safety, so you can relax and enjoy the tropical sunshine.

  4. Change your batteries.

    An easy reminder for twice-annual battery replacement in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors: Change them with the clocks—this fall on Nov. 4. Don't forget that hardwired devices have backup batteries, too.

  5. Get your PSL.

    Starbucks spent three months testing recipes for the original pumpkin spice latte. Save a trip and a few bucks by making your own version at home with this easy recipe.

This article was first published in Fall 2018. Some facts my have aged gracelessly. Please call ahead to verify information.