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

Best Inexpensive, 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


How to Make a Better Fruit Fly Trap

  In a recent column I showed you how to make a very effective fruit fly trap. I thought my

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

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.

Dear Mary

Miraculous Solutions for Two of Life’s Little Problems

  Dear Mary: A red rag somehow managed its way into a load of what used to be white clothes.


A Clever Knit Bit and More Great Reader Tips

  Today’s first tip is going to make my fellow hand knitters wonder, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Is

Home & Family, Tips

How to Make a Simple Fruit Fly Trap

  Fruit flies and I go way back to my high school biology class and a unit on genetics. We raised drosophila

Mary's Perspective

How to Make Groceries Last Even Longer

  A recent column on the proper storage for fresh fruits and vegetables generated a lot of great reader feedback—plus

Food & 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

Dear Mary

Check Cashing Fees: Are they Legal?

  Dear Mary: A friend repaid a personal loan of $900 with a personal check, drawn on Bank of America.

Laundry, Tips

Chicken Soup, Leather in the Laundry and Nitrogen, Too

  Have I told you lately how much I love opening my mail to find so many great reader tips?

Home & Family

Begin Retirement Planning Today

  Women are most vulnerable to poverty in retirement because they generally live longer and earn less than men over

Mary's Perspective

How to Win the Balance Transfer Game

  TODAY, through Monday November 4th preorder the Nook edition of “The Smart Woman’s Guide to Planning for Retirement” for