Food & Recipes

Create Your Own Designer Cuisine

  Ever feel like kitchen klutz? Wish you could take that odd assortment of stuff in the pantry, refrigerator and

Mary's Perspective

How to Afford Big Ticket Items

  Finally, you have a couple of months where things are going well. The bills get paid on time and

Tips, Travel and Entertainment

Strategic Packing Prevents Travel Misery

  It’s happened to us more than once. We’ll arrive at our destination, but not so for all of our

Best Inexpensive, Home & Family

Why I’m Crazy about Amazon Prime

  It’s been more than five years now since I first looked into a membership service offered by Amazon.com called

Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

Six Common Money Blunders

  I could be wrong but I’m going to guess you’ve made a money blunder or two in your life.

Food & Recipes

The Perfectly Peeled Peach (Recipes, Too!)

  At this moment I’m finding it difficult to think of anything more luscious than a perfectly ripe peach, dripping

Dear Mary

May I Speak to Mr. Fido, Please?

  Dear Mary: A friend told me that you are charged a fee if you want your phone number to

Tips

Slash the High Cost of Gas

  I can sum up my response to the high cost of gasoline in just one word: Aargh! While waiting

Best Inexpensive, Food & Recipes, Home & Family

The Best Slow Cookers are Amazingly Affordable

  The year after I was married in 1970, the Rival Co. introduced a new kitchen appliance, the Crock Pot.

Mary's Perspective

Lighten Up!

  As flights go, it was ordinary. Still, the trip stands out in my memory as one of my all-time

Dear Mary, Kids and Babies

The Joys of Raising Financially Confident Teens

  Dear Mary: I just read the letter from 13-year-old Abby about teaching kids financial responsibility. I did this with

Shopping, Tips

Shop Twice, Buy Once

  Every week I invite readers of this column to send me their clever tips for how to save time

Best Inexpensive, Home & Family

The Best Thing I Ever Bought – Best Inexpensive Steam Vac

Dear Readers: Of all the columns I’ve written, the one on the care and feeding of the carpet in my

Mary's Perspective

What You Need to Know to Refinance Your Mortgage

  Over the past several months, mortgage interest rates have begun creeping higher. It’s not too late to refinance to

Food & Recipes

Healthy Snacks for Hungry Kids

  My loyal readers may recall a past column in which I offered suggestions for how to sneak healthy foods

Mary's Perspective

Life Above Your Circumstances

  Her letter was long. Page after page she went on about every aspect of her miserable life. In between

Tips

Over-Cooked Vegetables Find a New Purpose

  Choosing to live more frugally does not require that you abandon your personal standards for things like perfectly prepared

Best Inexpensive, Home & Family

Laptop Computer So Inexpensive You’ll Think It’s a Misprint

  You’ve heard it and you may even believe it—that you get what you pay for. While that may be

Home & Family, Travel and Entertainment

Factory Fun on Family Vacations

  Planning a family vacation? Factory tours can make for great vacation fun especially when the company manufactures something kids

Food & Recipes

Mashed Potatoes with a Twist

  What’s fat-free, cholesterol-free, high in vitamin C, vitamin B6 and potassium, a great source of dietary fiber and dirt