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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

Food & Recipes

Picture Perfect Beverages for Bridal and Baby Showers

Through the years, I’ve hosted a number of what I would characterize very ambitious Bridal and Baby Showers. And a

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Why You Should Never Be Late Paying Your Rent

Dear Mary: In one of your columns that I read years ago (Which Bills to Pay When You Cannot Pay


Salad Plates Chilled Out and Ready to Go

You know what I really like, okay pretty much love? A perfectly chilled salad plate and salad fork. That to

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

Mary's Perspective

6 Ways to Jumpstart Your Retirement Savings

If the question, “When can I retire?” ties your stomach in knots, don’t feel like the Lone Ranger. Millions of

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Ridiculous Comfort in a Baking Dish

I don’t know what it is about a hot, bubbly casserole that sends me (and my tastebuds) back to my

Mary's Perspective

In Banking “High-Yield” Means Better than Nothing

There was a time when it was routine for banks and credit unions to pay 6 percent on savings accounts.


Store Lettuce in a Jar, Not a Bag

The saying, “When the student is ready, the teacher will come,” popped into my mind this week when I received

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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Rhubarb Season Means More Than Pie

Given that it’s rhubarb season in most parts of the northern hemisphere, I thought now would be the perfect time

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Is Your Collection Worth Anything?

Dear Mary, I have many complete sets of McDonald’s Happy Meal® toys, all of them in their original sealed packaging.


Tweak a Product to Your Liking

I encourage readers to be diligent about reading product labels and unit pricing. Being a smart consumer means being informed

Home & Family

Identity Theft is Hilarious but It’s No Laughing Matter

Stealing someone else’s personal information to commit theft or fraud—also known as identity theft—has exploded into the national consciousness. Credit card

Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

Life’s Money Rules – Rule 6: Manage Your Credit

I’ll admit it. Rule six in my book, 7 Money Rules for Life: How to Take Control of Your Financial

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Dinner and Dessert Side-by-Side

I am a huge fan of meals that can be cooked together using the same heat source. Slow cookers and

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Online or In-Store Deals? Be Smart

Dear Mary, I do a lot of online shopping. My sister, on the other hand, refuses to buy anything online


Kitchen Workhorse is Multi-Talented

The dishwasher in my house is a workhorse. It does a great job of doing all sorts of things like

Home & Family

No More Sweaty Palms

Statistically, U.S. taxpayers have a very low chance of being audited by the IRS. According to MSN personal finance columnist