Home & Family, Kids and Babies

Careful, the Kids Are Watching

– If you speak English in your home, your kids are not likely to come out speaking Italian. Kids learn

Home & Family, Money and Finances, Tips

Start Saving, Just Do It!

– A recent column brought a flood of messages to my inbox, most of them with the same message that

Best Inexpensive, Gift Guides, Gifts, Home & Family

19 Fabulous Gift Ideas for Mom

– Since Mother’s Day is less than two weeks away and since I have a feeling you’re as surprised by

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Mary's Perspective

Not Saving At a Greater Rate than Ever

– We Americans are bent on spending and that is supposed to be a good thing. It drives our economy.

Food & Recipes

Got Five Minutes? Bake Bread!

  It’s been seven years since I became a bread maker. I read a book, gave it a try and

Home & Family

Turn Your Junk to Cash in a Weekend

  The Wall Street Journal has estimated the annual yield from garage sales to be around $2 billion. Isn’t it

Dear Mary

Should We Lease or Purchase a New Car?

  Dear Cheapskate: My wife and I are having a disagreement. I want to lease a new car now because

Home & Family, Money and Finances

Debt Consolidation Can Be Deceiving

  To the person drowning in debt, a debt-consolidation loan looks a lot like a lifesaver. But reaching for it

Mary's Perspective

The 7-Day All Cash Challenge

  This morning while waiting for my car to fill up I put the time to good use. I read

Food & Recipes

How to Prepare Perfect Salad Greens

  I was way off base when I guessed “egg-gathering basket.” Leslie Hindman, host of the TV show,  Appraisal Fair,

Dear Mary

Can Heirs Inherit Frequent Flyer Miles?

  Dear Mary: I traveled for a living for many years and racked up quite a few frequent flyer miles

Best Inexpensive, Tips

Load up on Free eBooks for Your Digital Reader

  If you’re confused by the world of digital books and eReaders, here’s a quick tutorial to get you up

Home & Family

Airfares and Frequent Flyer Programs Changing Rapidly

  I travel a lot—nearly 1.4 million miles on American Airlines alone. I can’t claim to be an expert on

Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

One Powerful Personal Finance Tool

  The most powerful financial tool you have at your disposal is your ability to control and choose your thoughts.

Food & Recipes

7 Fabulous Ways to Use Up Leftover Bread

  Who doesn’t wince at the thought of throwing food in the garbage that is slightly past its prime? Take

Home & Family, Kids and Babies

Protect the Kids from Identity Thieves, Too

  Faithful readers may recall from a recent column that one of my staff members, Max, has been contending with

Tips

A Bridal Bargain Spot to Love and More Great Reader Tips

  WEDDING BARGAINS. When I worked in a bridal shop in Florida, we bought all of our jewelry, gloves, veils

Home & Family

Clothes Wearing Out One Dryer Load at a Time

  You should see the big wad of lint I just plucked from the trap of my clothes dryer. Ack!

Mary's Perspective

College Students: Have I Got a Plan for You

  Recently I spent a few days on the campus of a private university in the mid-west. I was there

Dear Mary, Laundry

Is Homemade Detergent Safe to Use in Today’s Washing Machines?

  Dear Mary: Today a Sears repairman came to put a new part in my washing machine.  He saw soap

Home & Family

How to be Prepared, Not Scared

  We get so many earthquakes in Southern California, we’re on first-name basis with the world-renown seismologist at California Institute

Food & Recipes, Home & Family

Tips to Slash the Food Bill

  Food prices have increased so dramatically in recent years, a trip to the supermarket is enough to ruin your