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Know Your Cleaning Products

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

Saving and Money
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

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Food and 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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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

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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

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Food and 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.

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Food and Recipes

Recipes That’ll Make You Look Good

  Not long ago, as I was preparing one of my favorite dishes, I got to thinking about you. No

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Home & Family

An Ingenious Way to Keep Butter Soft and Fresh

  Dear Mary: Several years ago, I visited a friend and was introduced to an item that allows you to

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Mary's Perspective

Saving Coins Can Be a Pain

  I am not one to spend coins. And I don’t like carrying them around in my wallet, either. Every

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Food and Recipes

Make Your Own Groceries: Salad Dressing

  If you read the list of ingredients on the back of prepared food products and wonder what they are

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Home & Family

Help! My White Leather Couch Reeks

Dear Mary: I found a GREAT deal on a gorgeous couch at an estate sale. It is upholstered in white

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Mary's Perspective

The Power of Scarcity

  Years ago I had a frugality wake-up call—something I admit to needing from time to time. It’s so easy

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Best Inexpensive, Home & Family

The Best Inexpensive Overnight Deal in The OC

  I have traveled a lot in the past 22 years. My American Airlines account shows more than 1.3 million

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Food and Recipes

Mashed Potatoes with a Twist

  What’s fat-free, cholesterol-free, high in vitamin C, vitamin B6 and potassium, a great source of dietary fiber and dirt

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Home & Family

You Need to Kick Your Credit-Card Habit

  There are lots of reasons to not carry credit-card debt. The most obvious is that it’s really expensive. And

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Mary's Perspective

When It Comes to Borrowing Don’t Be Ridiculous

  Not all debts are created equal, nor is every type of loan hazardous to your wealth. There is a

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Home & Family

Will Stay-at-Home Mom be Eligible for Social Security?

Dear Mary: I’m a stay-at-home mom and haven’t had a paycheck since I was a teenager. Will I be eligible

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Best Inexpensive, Home & Family

The Best Inexpensive Stroller

One of the best money management tools I know is this Rule of Thumb: Match quality with need. In other words,

Home & Family

Paralyzed by Too Many Choices

  Dear Mary: I am looking to purchase a new dishwasher as my 10-year-old GE model is leaking and will

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Food and Recipes

Hawaiian Sliders: Perfect on the Grill

Have I got a treat for you. I’d have you close your eyes and hold out your hands, but we’ll

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Mary's Perspective

A Letter from 13-Year Old Abby

  Dear Mrs. Mary Hunt: My name is Abby. I am 13-years old. So, my mom got your book, Raising

Mary's Perspective

The Great Mystery of Household Accumulation

Have you ever noticed that no matter the size of your apartment, condominium, house, garage, drawers, closets, hard drive, handbag

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Home & Family

8 Reasons I’m Hooked on Nok-Out

Nok-Out and I met quite by accident. In searching for ways my readers could deal with offensive odors, we found

Home & Family

Co-Sign a Loan? Never, Ever

Dear Mary: About ten years ago my daughter co-signed on an automobile loan for a friend. The “friend” skipped out

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Home & Family

3 Ways to Boost Your Credit Scores

Your 780 credit score might not be as great as you think it is. It all depends on which credit

Home & Family

Three Little Ways to Save Big

Think you’ve cut your expenses all you possibly can? You might be wrong. Check out these simple ways you can

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Health and Beauty, Mary's Perspective

With Generic Drugs, You Gotta’ Speak Up

I want to tell you about a shocking encounter I had recently at my local Rite Aid pharmacy. But first,

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Home & Family

Debit Cards and Motorcycles Just Aren’t Safe

For decades I’ve pleaded with you to not use debit cards because they are not safe. And for years I

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Mary's Perspective

Overspent and Overloaded? You Need Margin

Bill Smith sits down to his most dreaded chore—paying bills. Every month it’s the same story: pay the most urgent

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Home & Family

Secret Insider Savings Info

I enjoy discovering secret information—stuff most people don’t know about. And I love spreading the word. Here’s an example: My

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Kids and Babies

A Kid-Sized Financial Plan

If you’ve been reading this column for long, you know that I am passionate on the subject of kids and