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


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

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

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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, 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

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,