Repairs and Maintenance

Preventive Maintenance is Cheap Insurance

It was a Sunday night, the house felt cold. The only way for the Doloski family to keep their Illinois

Home & Family, Money and Finances

What They Don’t Tell You About HEL

Thinking of dipping into your home’s equity? There are a few things you should know. There was a time, and

Mary's Perspective

Get Fiscally Fit in the New Year

Topping the financial resolutions for 2015, according to a recent Fidelity survey: saving more (55 percent), paying off debt (20 percent)

Food & Recipes, Home & Family

Become a Kitchen Magician with Leftovers

Famed chef Julia Child preferred to call them the “remains of the day.” To the rest of us, they’re just

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Holidays and Special Occasions

Merry Christmas from Everyday Cheapskate!

“Light of the world, you stepped down into darkness. Opened my eyes, let me see.” ~Tim Hughes I hope that this

Dear Mary

Stick it Out or Get Out Now?

Dear Mary: Last summer, I refinanced my home and paid off my car so that I could begin a new

Food & Recipes, Home & Family

Making the High Cost of Ground Beef Easier to Swallow

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics says the price of a pound of ground beef climbed to another record high

Guest Post, Health and Beauty

Health Insurance, is There a Cheaper Option Out There?

I hate paying for health insurance and I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels that way. Recently, I

Dear Mary

Credit-Card Payment Options Riddled with Risk

Dear Mary: May I ask your advice?  I have a credit-card balance of $4,500 at 18 percent interest. My FICO score


Quick and Easy Tips to Keep Spending in Check

Sometimes it is the simplest things that bring the most joy. Like knowing how to chill a can of soda,

Mary's Perspective

The Gift of a Crisis

It was the worst day of my life. Not one of the worst days. Not a day where not one

Gift Guides, Gifts

Gifts to Thrill and Delight Coffee Snobs

Even if you aren’t one, chances are pretty good you know someone who is a bona fide coffee snob. That’s

Food & Recipes

Good for the Budget, Better than Botox

A few days ago I read about this guy in New York City, Marco Canora. He’s a chef and says

Dear Mary, Kids and Babies

How to Protect the Kids From Identity Theft

Dear Mary: I have been following your column for years. My husband and I recently signed up for LifeLock based on

Dear Mary

They’re Paid Off and Debt-Free!

Dear Readers: Every day, as you can probably imagine, I get a ton of mail. These days, most arrive via

Gift Guides, Gifts, Holidays and Special Occasions

What Teachers Really Want for Christmas

I’ve never been a school teacher, but I’ve been a parent. I wish I’d known years ago what I know

Holidays and Special Occasions, Mary's Perspective

Traditions, Like Anchors in Our Lives

It seems like I’ve unpacked and hung this decor, these lights and holiday baubles a thousand times. I’m glad the

Food & Recipes

How to Roast a Cheap Cut of Beef

No matter how inexpensive a chuck or round roast, if it turns out so tough and flavorless it’s passed to

Holidays and Special Occasions, Home & Family, Tips

Clever Uses for Fresh Cranberries

The fresh cranberry season, October through December, is now in full swing. Americans consume some 400 million pounds of cranberries

Best Inexpensive, Gift Guides, Holidays and Special Occasions, Kids and Babies, Mary's Life

Best Toys for Kids Ages 3 to 7

I saw the most amazing thing recently. A little girl I’m guessing to be about 2-years-old, reached for her daddy’s iPhone,

Food & Recipes

Of Shame and Fruitcake

I have no pride and, according to many, no taste. I love fruitcake. Sickeningly sweet, loaded with pecans, cherries, pineapple

Kids and Babies, Mary's Perspective

What Kids Need to Know About Thankfulness

If you are committed to teaching your kids how the world operates, teach them about money. You can use financial

Dear Mary

Sometimes the Solution is Worse than the Problem

Dear Mary: You are my last resort. Please help. I bought a lovely cedar-lined wood chest at an auction about

Home & Family, Tips

It’s Getting Chilly in Here

What if I told you there are some really sneaky ways you can cut the cost to heat your home

Mary's Perspective

It Really is the Thought that Counts

Are you worried that the gift your homemade gifts are never good enough?  Certain that your friends and relatives will


Caring is Sharing But Hands Off My French Fries

If you have ever polished off an entire bag of those little tiny crunchy cookies in peace, you do not

Best Inexpensive, Gift Guides, Gifts, Home & Family

16 Gifts College Students Want

Stressed out because you just don’t know what to give that 20-something or college student on your holiday gift list?

Clothing and Accessories

Winter Comfort and Joy Depends on the Right Clothes

I have to admit to being somewhat agnostic when it comes to winter weather. Living in southern California, it’s something

Home & Family, Shopping

Online Shopping Safety Tips

As convenient as Internet shopping can be (stores never close, no parking problems, no cranky salespeople), there are as many


The Secret in the Frosting

I don’t like surprises. I’m sure that says something about my propensity to be a control freak. I prefer to

Home & Family

The Case of the Stinky Coffeemaker

Got a resistant odor in your kitchen that you just can’t identify? Or locate the source? Hmmmm. When did you