Dear Mary

Fly for Free? Maybe

  Dear Mary: My husband and I own a small business, and we are looking for a credit card that


Easy Trick Freshens Stale Bread

  SOFTEN BREAD. If you have a baguette or a loaf of uncut bread that has gone stale, sprinkle the

Home & Family

You Need to Kick Your Credit-Card Habit

  There are lots of reasons to not carry credit-card debt. The most obvious is that it’s really expensive. And

Mary's Perspective

When It Comes to Borrowing Don’t Be Ridiculous

  Not all debts are created equal, nor is every type of loan hazardous to your wealth. There is a

Food & Recipes

No More Boring Burgers

  Grilling, barbecue: Two of my favorite summertime words. Of course whenever my thoughts go to outdoor grilling, immediately I

Dear Mary

Credit Reporting Error or a Red Flag?

  Dear Mary: I contacted TransUnion because there was a blatant error on my credit report. It stated I owed

Money and Finances, Tips

Duplicate Car Insurance is Money Down the Drain

  CHECK FIRST. Before renting a car, make a quick call to your insurance agent to find out if your

Cleaning, Home & Family

Shopping for a Vacuum Cleaner Can Be a Mind-Numbing Experience

Shopping for a vacuum cleaner can be a mind-numbing experience because there are so many makes and models to choose

Outdoors and Garden

Grow Tomatoes at Home Even if You Don’t Have a Garden

  For me, about the only thing better than vine-ripened tomatoes is knowing that I grew them myself. Look at

Food & Recipes

Really Cool Summer Beverages

  As much as I love a plain, tall glass of iced coffee on a hot summer day, I have

Dear Mary

Will Stay-at-Home Mom be Eligible for Social Security?

Dear Mary: I’m a stay-at-home mom and haven’t had a paycheck since I was a teenager. Will I be eligible


How to Get Antique Silverware Out of the Dark

Am I the only one with a drawerful of odd, yet beautiful, antique silver pieces? I have to admit that

Home & Family

Time to Get the Kids Back to School

  Just when you’re getting used to these lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer—here come the compelling ads informing us

Mary's Perspective

How Opting for the Minimum Payment Changed My Life

  At the time I it seemed like good idea. But going for the minimum-payment option “just this one time,”

Food & Recipes

Ground Beef Entrees Cheap, Fast … Good!

  As food prices continue to soar, I am more convinced now than ever that given the right recipes, I

Dear Mary

The Pay-as-You-Go Route to Higher Education

  Dear Mary: How do you finance your education without taking out loans? I need to get a master’s degree


Hands Off the Cheese!

  I’ll admit it. Back in my carefree spendthrift days, I’d toss the cheese in the garbage when it turned

Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

Your Money Temperament

To loosely assess your money temperament, consider the following premise then choose the response closest to what you would do:

Dear Mary

Talk to My Spouse? Forget It!

  Dear Mary: I try to save some money out of every paycheck but life happens and I spend whatever


Cut Cost without Sacrificing Quality

  For most people it’s not big thousand-dollar purchases that bust the budget. It’s the small seemingly insignificant money leaks,