Home & Family, Money and Finances

Conquering Credit Cards

  Credit cards can protect you and your money. But it’s so easy to get burned! Are you feeling more

Mary's Perspective

3 Ways to Cut Your Bills by 10 Percent or More

  Money a little tight? The secret to getting the cash coming in to exceed the cash going out is

Food & Recipes

Really Great Muffins

  I am excited to share this quite unusual recipe with you because, well, it’s just plain awesome. This is

Dear Mary

Tragically, Not Every Day is Pi Day!

  Dear Mary: Thanks so much for including the San Francisco Exploratorium in a recent column! We have changed our


Ingenious Ways to Beat Frustration and Save Money, Too

  Secretly, I feel like a genius when I discover a secondary use for this or that—in case I run


A Simple Solution for Gross, Smelly Towels

  If my inbox is any indicator of what’s going on in the world, and I believe it is, smelly

Mary's Perspective

You Can Have the Things You Love

  Frugality. It’s a word that for many people screams deprivation and even poverty. I get letters from readers who

Food & Recipes

How to Make the Best Muffins Ever

  Panera Bread opened a new bakery-cafe located dangerously close to my home, a situation that gives new meaning to

Dear Mary, Gift Guides, Gifts

Great Cookbooks for Kitchen Newbies

  Dear Mary: My young grandson is getting married soon, and neither he nor his fiance can cook. Could you please


Better than Starbucks, Cheaper Too

  DIY FANCY COFFEE. I make my own great frozen coffee drinks, better than the ones that cost so much

Home & Family

How to Store Non-Perishable Food

  Every household needs to have some amount of food in storage. How much food to store is an individual

Home & Family, Mary's Perspective

Prep Steps for First-Time Home Buyers

Buying a home can be exciting and terrifying, all at once. And for first-time buyers, you can probably multiply those

Food & Recipes

What’s for Dinner? How About Chicken Pot Pie!

  I love chicken pot pie, and so does my family. We like it with a flaky light pastry, not

Dear Mary

How to Safely Get Rid of Expired Medications

Every day my email box loads up with messages—many of which contain questions from you, my dear EC readers. And

Health and Beauty, Tips

Stop Making These Costly Hair Mistakes

  No one knows your hair better than you do. But is it possible that in your efforts to keep

Best Inexpensive, Home & Family

How I Gave My Small Desk a Big Makeover

  If there’s one thing I know about myself, it’s this: I don’t work well in chaos. Recently I came

Health and Beauty, Mary's Perspective

The High Price of Sitting Down

  Healthcare. It’s on everyone’s mind these days, and for good reason. Between the soaring cost of health insurance premiums,

Food & Recipes

How to Cook the Perfectly Boiled Egg

  Eggs. They’re nutritious, delicious and cheap! Cooking them properly is quite simple, provided you know the secrets. A perfectly

Dear Mary

Plastic Not for Kids

  Dear Mary: I would like to know your opinion on the American Express Pass reloadable card for teens. Debbie,

Cleaning, Tips

DIY Cleaning Products Tips and Tricks

  Have you checked the list of ingredients on those bottles of cleaning products under the sink? Can you even

Home & Family

Stop the Flu Virus Dead in Its Tracks

  In the past couple of months, three acquaintances of mine have come down with the H1N1 virus, also known