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.

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

Food & Recipes

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