Home & Family, Mary's Perspective

My Minimalist Life

Faithful readers may recall a series of columns, Mary’s Big Remodel, where I kept you up to date on my husband’s long

Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

The Do-It-Yourself, Consumer-Protected, No-Fee, Hassle-Free, Totally Brilliant “Debit Card”

Debit cards are by far my least favorite type of plastic. The fraud protection is, at best, shaky. But beyond

Home & Family, Money and Finances

Would a Boatload of Money Help?

If you’re holding out for the life you love to magically appear once a boatload of money gets dumped into

Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

Got Debt? Do Something About It!

Doing something about consumer debt is good for your finances—and just about every other area of your life, too.  

Food & Recipes

Muffins: The Perfect Solution

Mom was right. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. You cannot afford to miss it for many

Dear Mary

Grab a Can of This to Get Out Ink Stains

Dear Mary: HELP! I just pulled a load of dried, white clothes out of my dryer and discovered a blue

Tips

Do It Yourself and Keep the Change

One of the best ways to cut the cost of living is to learn how to do things you’re presently

Kids and Babies, Shopping

Bargains on Stuff Kids Need for School

Most people aren’t paying attention in the middle of summer when stores like Office Depot and Staples go crazy nearly

Mary's Perspective

The Hardest Part is Showing Up

Recently, I underwent that procedure no one my age likes to talk about. As much as I dreaded the exam,

Food & Recipes

Chop the High Cost of Outdoor Grilling

In that your humble blogger has recently become the proud owner of a respectable outdoor grill (it’s a honey), you can

Dear Mary

Retailer Discounts Can Have Strings Attached

Dear Mary: Recently we purchased a new stove at Sears. My husband agreed to sign up for what we thought

Tips

Random Household Hacks

You know what makes me smile and feel smart at the same time? When I know how to perform some

Home & Family

What You Must Know if You Insist on Using a Debit Card

How do you pay for stuff? Do you hand over cash? Write a check? Pay with a credit card? Or

Mary's Perspective

Secure Your Future Before Assisting Others

Reading the email message from Joann reminded me of the safety speech flight attendants give before takeoff. If I’ve heard

Food & Recipes

How to Rescue Those Kitchen Disasters

Last night I suffered a kitchen disaster. I hate when that happens. I ruined an entire pot of pasta because

Dear Mary, Money and Finances

Parents: Cover Retirement First then Pay for College

Dear Mary: We recently read a short article you wrote on common money mistakes to avoid. One of the mistakes

Tips

Fun and Clever Ways to Use This for That

Recently as I was half way out the door, car keys in hand and on the way to the home

Automobiles

How to Buy a New Car with All Cash

I wouldn’t walk across hot coals for the fun of it. But if I could be shown how a short,

Mary's Perspective

Tricks Retailers Use to Get Us to Spend More

Who knew that the male brain is hot-wired to believe if a price tag is printed in red, it’s a

Guest Post

Name Your Poison

Relationships are funny. Sometimes, something as simple as a name can jump start them forward, or doom them to failure. 

Dear Mary

Put a Teenager In Charge of the Family Vacation Budget? Seriously?

Dear Mary: I wanted to tell you the secret of sticking to a budget on our family vacation–something we’ve had

Tips

The Truth About Extended Warranties

Recently I stopped into Toys R Us to get a little something for Eli. Yes I am one of those

Best Inexpensive, Home & Family

Six Silly Gadgets That Make Life Easier

I am nothing if not a gadget lover. Ingenious items that make my life easier are great, but when I