Home & Family, Tips

Know Your Cleaning Products

  Two women, different locations, same accident. Both women using an ordinary commercial toilet bowl cleaner were not satisfied with

Home & Family

What to Do When You’re Too Tired to Cook

  If money is leaking out of your household and you aren’t quite sure where it’s going, I have an

Mary's Perspective

The 1% New Year’s Solution

  Want a simple, pain free plan to increase your savings this year? CPA, author and blogger Mike Piper says

Dear Mary, Food & Recipes

Confused in the Supermarket

  Dear Mary: Can you clarify expiration dates on food products? When it says “Sell By 4/01/13” does that mean

Mary's Perspective

How to Deal with a Holiday Hangover

  Hangover. It’s such a descriptive word of the harsh reality one faces in the morning as a result of


Turning Off the Light Can Save a Bundle

  Just when I think I’ve heard every possible way to save time and money, I open my mail only

Home & Family, Tips

Sneaky Ways to Save!

  Slip in without paying. Museum admissions can be pricey—$20 or more for an adult. But don’t sweat it. Many

Health and Beauty

Ditch the Water Bottle

  The trouble with bottled water, experts say, is not the water. It’s the plastic bottles the water comes in

Food & Recipes

Beyond Spaghetti

  I’m a coupon shopper and I’m picky. I don’t like to use a coupon on an item that is

Dear Mary

Paying Tax Isn’t All Bad

  Dear Mary: I have a big problem and have told my daughters and their daughters that I am going


Tell Your Flossing Excuses Good-Bye Forever

  Your response to yesterday’s column was huge. I’m still sifting through all the messages. And one thing is clear:

Home & Family

Would You Floss for $8,000?

  Today’s topic is not pretty, but unless you have $8,000 earmarked for your friendly neighborhood periodontist, it could prevent

Mary's Perspective

Mr. Diderot and His Red Robe

  In her book, The Overspent American (Perennial), Harvard economist Juliet Schor quotes an essay written by the 18th Century


The Many Faces of Pickle Juice

  I’m guilty of what my friend Amy says is the most egregious of all culinary crimes: I throw out

Dear Mary

Salesman Says Replace, Don’t Repair

  Dear Mary: We will need a new stove soon—a slide-in type with a glass cooktop. On preliminary pricing, it


Where to Find Good Free Stuff

  Everyday perfectly serviceable items find their way to landfills simply because they are no longer wanted or needed by

Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

Simplifying Saves Time and Money

  When our lives get chaotic, we pay dearly in terms of stress and money. There are hundreds of things

Food & Recipes

Make Your Own Mixes

  They’re convenient and tasty, but have you ever considered the high cost of your favorite prepared mixes and spices?

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Pyramid Scam or Great Opportunity?

  Dear Mary: My brother-in-law told me about a plan he is involved with regarding DRIPs (direct reinvestment plans). I


Rules of Thrift: Reduce, Reuse Recycle … Remake!

  Have I told you lately how much I enjoy it when you fill up my inbox with your clever

Home & Family

Use Science to Slash Your Home Heating Bill

  Got big heating bills this winter even though you keep the thermostat set at “Brrrrrr”? Science may be able

Food & Recipes

Caramel Corn, Peanut Brittle and NOTHING About Black Friday

  While I don’t personally know of anyone who has been camping out in a Walmart parking lot for the

Dear Mary

The Most Dreaded Words: “What’s for Dinner?!”

  DEAR MARY: I have been reading your column and implementing your ideas for years, with varying degrees of success

Holidays and Special Occasions, Tips

The Best Stocking Stuffer Ever

  I am so excited. I have the perfect gift to stuff into my husband’s Christmas stocking. Do you recall

Home & Family

A Burst of Steam and a Cup o’ Joe

  If you are a regular reader of this column you know there are two appliances that get a daily

Mary's Perspective

Yes You Can Save

  How’s your health? Not your physical fitness, but your financial well-being. For most of us, how much we earn

Food & Recipes

Perfect Soup for a Snowy Weekend

  I had my first encounter with a can of diced tomatoes when it showed up on my weekly shopping

Dear Mary

Myriad Uses for Prescription Bottles

  Dear Mary, Do you know where I can donate empty plastic prescription bottles? It seems such a waste to

Home & Family

How to Pull the Plug on Cable or Satellite

  Want to put a thousand bucks back into your wallet in the coming year? If you’re paying around $100

Home & Family, Mary's Perspective

Who Else Could Use a Personal Assistant?

Do you have any idea how much money you spend each month to feed your family? Even if you think

Food & Recipes

The Art of the Grilled Cheese Sandwich

  A surefire signal that I’m out of town is the big square burn mark in my best stainless skillet.