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)

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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

Holidays and Special Occasions

6 Fabulous Last-Minute Gift Ideas

Need a list-minute gift for an office party, birthday your trusty mail carrier, a beloved teacher, co-worker or anyone else

Dear Mary

Credit-Card Payment Options Riddled with Risk

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

Tips

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,

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

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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

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

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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, Tips

Oh, Christmas Tree!

As tempting as a pricey, artificial pre-lit Christmas tree may be, few things about the holidays are as satisfying as a

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,

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

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

Dear Mary

Car Dealer Spills the Beans for Treating Leather

Dear Mary: I recently purchased a newer vehicle. The dealer tried to sell me a package where they treat the

Tips

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

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

Tips

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

Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

Would You Rather Stick a Fork in Your Eye or Talk About Budgets?

For lots of people, just thinking the word “budget” is like nails on a chalkboard. I know the feeling. For

Food & Recipes, Holidays and Special Occasions

The Perfect Small Gift: Pie in a Jar

Over the years I’ve written about dozens of ideas and instructions for how to make every kind of “Gift in

Home & Family

Dreaming of an Organized Garage

I really like an organized home. When things get all chaotic and messy, I find that my mind kinda’ gets

Gift Guides, Kids and Babies

16 Totally Awesome Gifts for Teens Under $16

Finding the perfect gift for teen boys and girls is almost impossible. Teenagers like what they like. Funny thing. I’m

Mary's Perspective

Payday Loans, Rent-to-Own and Other Spooky Tales

Scary stories and fiendish tricks are all part of Halloween fun. But the last thing you expect is for those

Cleaning, Tips

Know Your Cleaning Products

Two women, different locations, same accident. Both women using an ordinary commercial toilet bowl cleaner, were not satisfied with the way

Mary's Perspective, Miscellaneous

Gratitude: The Antidote for Greed

Gratitude is more than pausing once a year to offer up thanks. It’s more than a snappy word that rhymes