Dear Mary

Help! Too Much Stuff for Too Little Space

Dear Mary: I have a young daughter who is almost three-years-old. Eventually, my husband and I plan on having more

Money and Finances, Tips

Tips to Save Time and Money at Home

Sometimes Home, Sweet Home can seem more like a money pit. But your house doesn’t have to cost you tons

Home & Family, Money and Finances

Stock the Pantry to Save Money

Have you been paying attention to what’s going on with the cost of food? I just read that the average

Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

In Love, It’s Not Easy to Talk About Money

Money is the most difficult subject to discuss between two people in love. Why? Several reasons: It’s personal. We’re taught

Dear Mary

The Dirty Dishes Dilemma

As you might imagine, I get a lot of mail. And since I could never respond to all your messages,

Home & Family

Readers Report Nok-Out to the Rescue

Faithful readers know I’m crazy for a product, Nok-Out. I travel with it and live it with. Actually, I wouldn’t

Best Inexpensive, Home & Family

It’s Shocking How Much Dirt Some Vacuums Miss

Perhaps this has happened to you: You’ve lived with carpeting, then for one reason or another you live with hardwood

Mary's Perspective

My Secret War with Procrastination

One of the toughest things I battle in my life is procrastination. My natural response is I’ll do it later.

Food & Recipes

Cucumbers Galore? Enjoy Salad and Pickles

Today we celebrate cucumbers which will soon be in the peak of their season and dirt cheap!  Cucumbers are not only delicious

Dear Mary

Chicken: Pumped and Plumped to Look and Taste Better

Dear Mary: Thanks for your most informative recent column on poultry labeling. I have seen chicken in the supermarket that

Cleaning, Tips

A Surprise Cleaning Agent for Fireplace Doors

I had a striking déjà vu moment when I read today’s first reader tip. I don’t think I’d ever thought

Home & Family

Six Winners in the Generic vs. Name-Brand Competition

What do you associate with the word “generic?” Do the words “inferior” or “tastes like cardboard” come to mind? Or

Mary's Perspective, Miscellaneous

A Cheapskate State of Mind

I’m sure I could lecture about frugality and living below your means until my face turned blue, write until my computer

Food & Recipes

Microwave Popcorn May be Trouble in a Bag

When I first read about the possible dangers of microwave popcorn, I assumed I would read about issues having to

Dear Mary, Money and Finances

Credit Scoring is Complicated

Dear Mary: I am a retiree and maintain a good credit rating but it could be better. That being said,

Food & Recipes, Home & Family

More Ways to Slash Your Food Bill

Could you use an extra $50 or $100 next week? If you get motivated there’s a big chance you can

Home & Family

Graduate Debt-Free

There was a time that I didn’t have much of an opinion on paying for college with student loans. That

Mary's Perspective

Anticipate Your Way to Freedom

Try this: Add up your monthly expenses and deduct the total from your monthly income. Hey, not bad! You should

Food & Recipes

Back-to-School Breakfasts Kids Love

I haven’t thought much about “back to school” for quite a few years. But this year will be different.  For