Food & Recipes

Dump Chicken Gets Rave Reviews Plus 2 More Recipes!

  About a year ago I was introduced to Dump Chicken and could not wait to share the idea and

Dear Mary

Vacuum Sealer Pays for Itself in Food Savings

  Dear Mary: I have a food vacuum sealer but find that it mashes and mangles delicate items like cookies,


Secrets of a “Cereal” Saver

  Imagine that every time you walk into the supermarket you can be sure that your favorite pricey name-brand products

Home & Family

How to Bag the Cheap Seats this Summer

  Got plans for air travel this summer? Here are some handy tricks to land the cheapest fares possible. But

Food & Recipes

Muffins So Great They’re Insane!

  I love to bake, however baking has not always liked me. We’ve had our moments. It wasn’t until I

Dear Mary

Social Lending Benefits Borrowers and Investors

Dear Mary: My wife and I inherited a small printing business 40 years ago and have run it successfully ever


A Shred of Purpose for Phone Books

  Yesterday I found a surprise on the front porch—a dutifully-delivered telephone book, complete with Yellow Pages and the old

Home & Family

How to Beat the High Cost of Beef

  Just as summer-grilling season approaches, here comes news that the cost of supermarket beef has hit an all-time high,

Mary's Perspective

$25,000-Per-Person Dinner is Hard to Swallow

  I don’t consider myself a complete stranger to high-priced gourmet fare. After all, I did enjoy a lovely $100-per-person

Food & Recipes

Homemade Hash Browns and Tater Tots

  Dear Mary: We grow our own potatoes but I find I still want to spend money at the supermarket

Dear Mary

How to Budget on a Rollercoaster Income

  Dear Mary: My husband has two jobs–he is an artist and a salesman. He earns commissions from both jobs

Home & Family, Laundry

Quick ‘n Easy Homemade Laundry Detergent: Update with Tutorial

I was going to begin today’s column by apologizing for yet another update on how to make homemade laundry detergent.

Mary's Perspective

The Power of Gratitude

  Recently, I challenged my readers to dump their negative thoughts, which can so easily lead to negative and destructive

Food & Recipes

Orange Chicken, Three Ways

  For years, I’ve been searching for the perfect recipe for one of my family’s favorite dishes, Orange Chicken. And

Dear Mary

Finding a Trustworthy Financial Advisor

  Dear Mary: I am a big fan of your column and love the tips and advice that you share


Cool Freezer Tip that Saves Time and Money

I had this great idea, years ago, to buy a ton of ground beef (OK, more like ten pounds) and

Clothing and Accessories, Home & Family, Shopping

The Art of Consignment Shopping

Everything I know about buying and selling clothes on consignment I owe to my friend Kathleen, a remarkably well-dressed woman.

Mary's Perspective

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

Food & Recipes

Another Fabulous Double-Duty Dinner

I love the concept of a “double-duty dinner.” Basically, it’s a dinner that also yields a second meal for later

Dear Mary

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