Dear Mary

Choose Wisely When Building Credit

Dear Mary, I am 24 and will be a senior in college next year. I plan to apply for my


Creative Substitutions Save Money

When Swiffer WetJet® hit the market several years ago, consumers went wild for it. I loved my Swiffer, but did

Mary's Perspective, Shopping

Online Shopping and Its Pitfalls

Are you more apt to overspend at the mall or online? Can’t decide? While you’re thinking, I’ll go first. I

Food & Recipes

Slow Cooked with Quick Prep

Slow cooked taste doesn’t always require a lot of prep time. And eMeals’ Quick Crock Pot Three-Bean Chili is a

Dear Mary, 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


Kitchen Tool Fixer Upper

A can opener with a dull blade is pretty useless, but who likes to throw out kitchen tools? If we

Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

Life’s Money Rules – Rule 3: Give Some Away

More than 25 years ago, Gordon Gekko, the main antagonist in the 1987 film “Wall Street,” declared, “Greed is good!”

Food & Recipes

Everyday Starters for Your Mid-Winter Party

We’re smack in the middle of winter, and very likely the weather is miserable where you are. Add to that

Dear Mary

Condensed Soup Recipe Saves Money

Dear Mary, I am trying to find recipe substitutes for the popular creamed soups, like cream of celery, cream of


EC Mailbag Reveals Great Ideas

Each week I rummage through the mail bag at DPL Central and find all kinds of things from my dear

Home & Family

Don’t Rely on Unit Price Alone to Get the Best Deal

As prices continue to climb while incomes continue to lag, there’s one thing we know how to do—it’s comparison shop,

Mary's Perspective

Think of Debt As a Rope

Pop quiz! Is there a difference between borrowing and financing? No need to stress, I’ll tell you. There is, and

Food & Recipes

Salad’s in the Bag

I will tell you straight up that I do not buy bagged double- or triple-wash—or any other variety—of prepared greens

Dear Mary

Credit-Card Holder Knows Her Rights

Dear Mary, My credit card company raised my minimum payment from 2 to 5 percent of my outstanding balance each

Health and Beauty, Tips

Beauty from the Pantry

If I could magically recover all the money I’ve wasted on skin care products in my life, I’d be a

Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

Life’s Money Rules – Rule 2: Save for the Future

While the common term for a savings account is, well, “savings,” I prefer a more elegant title: Contingency Fund. It

Food & Recipes

Easy and Delicious for Valentine’s Day

The pressure is on to come up with a Valentine’s Day meal that’s special, healthy and easy to prepare. Thanks