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

Guest Post

Pay with Discounted Gift Cards to Save Even More

Black Friday ads are already starting to leak. Here’s a way to make this season’s hot deals even hotter: Pay

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

Gift Guides, Gifts, Home & Family

Best Homemade Gifts Under $10

If you have more time than money this Holiday Season—or just prefer to give and receive homemade gifts—here are my

Best Inexpensive, Home & Family

Smaller, Thinner, Faster, Cheaper!

The first computer was unveiled in 1946. Weighing in at 27 tons, it took up 1,800 square feet of floor

Automobiles, Home & Family

You Need an Insurance Check-up

From regular oil changes to changing furnace filters and annual trips to the dentist, smart consumers know that preventive maintenance

Food & Recipes, Home & Family

When It Comes to Food Products, What’s In a Date?

Perhaps you have noticed that some food products come with dates printed on them—”sell by Aug 01 14″ for example. Does

Food & Recipes

Rotisserie Chickens to the Rescue

If you are like me—time-starved but too stubborn to give up home-cooked meals just because life can be chaotic—you need

Home & Family, Tips

Reader Mail Both Unpredictable and Enjoyable

For anyone wishing to study human nature, my mailbag would make an interesting research center. I get tons of mail.

Dear Mary

In Search of High-Quality Individual Bed Sheets

Hi Mary: You mentioned in a recent column there are times it is advisable to buy sheets separately rather than

Home & Family, Money and Finances

Reduce your Taxes to Keep More of Your Hard-Earned Money

More than 15 years ago, I met William Lewis, CPA. I’d come across a book he’d written and it piqued my interest.

Home & Family

I Know a Magic Trick and I’m Telling All

Is it just me, or do you too love to discover something inexpensive that does the exact same thing as

Holidays and Special Occasions, Home & Family

Time to Get Ready for Christmas

It’s October. And you’re reading an article about Christmas. When it comes to Christmas prep, there are just two categories

Home & Family, Tips

DIY Nontoxic Ant Spray and More

I don’t know about you, but when I learn some new and amazing household tip that promises to save me

Home & Family, Tips

Six Ways to Get Out of a Supermarket Without Overspending

This is not the first time in this column that we’ve visited the subject of how to get out of

Home & Family

A Plan to Repay Your Credit-Card Debt

Facing your debts can be depressing for several reasons. First, all the stuff that caused the debt is not so

Home & Family, Tips

A “Unitasker” by Any Other Name is Still a Waste of Time and Money

Celebrity chef Alton Brown contends that a kitchen tool that does only one job is mostly useless. He calls anything like

Home & Family

You Asked for It … with Tutorial!

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

Best Inexpensive, Gift Guides, Gifts, Holidays and Special Occasions

The Best $10 Gifts

Check the calendar. We’re moving into “Crunch Time”—those three months before Christmas when some of us have a tendency to panic

Miscellaneous

Clutter’s Last Stand

What would you do if you actually had to use everything you own, including all that stuff in the drawers,