Home & Family

Spending HOW Much on Groceries?

Is your monthly grocery spending eating up a big portion of your income? You’re not alone. Figures from the U.S.

Cleaning, Home & Family

How to Clean a Shark Vacuum and Filters

You know how much I love my Shark vacuum cleaner. And given my inbox where readers can write to me,


My Top Five Favorite Homemade Cleaning Solutions

If there’s one place in your household spending that you can really cut the cost, it’s household cleaners. The cost

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Home & Family, Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

Finding Money You Didn’t Know You Had

We think we work to pay the bills, but the truth is that most of us spend more than we

Holidays and Special Occasions, Mary's Perspective

Who Stole the Joy?

It was an unusual interview. The woman explained she was writing an article for a national magazine on clever ways

Holidays and Special Occasions, Mary's Perspective

The Goodness of Candlelight

You want to decorate your home to make it warm and welcoming for the holidays. But you’re stuck with a serious

Home & Family

Give from the Bottom of Your Cart

Writing a check is not the only way to give to charity. Your pocket change can go a long way

Dear Mary

Potatoes in Dishwasher, Waterproofing on Boots and Trash Can in Kitchen

DEAR MARY: I’m writing in response to a recent column in which you gave a tip on washing loads of

Home & Family, Laundry

Two Reasons to Make Your Own Laundry Softener

Fabric softeners—liquid added to the final rinse in the clothes washer or softening sheets that go with the clothes into

Gift Guides, Gifts, Holidays and Special Occasions

23 Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Young Professionals, College Students, Moms and Dads, Too

Gift-giving is surely on everyone’s mind as we head into the final weekend before Christmas. It’s a wonderful holiday tradition—one

Mary's Perspective

Worry-Free is the Way to Be

Earlier this month, readers Mitch and Jenn had a string of bad luck. Mitch broke his leg in a skiing


Three Generic Cleaners Same as Brand Names but Way Cheaper

Most people are well familiar with the term “generic” when it comes to drugs, a term referring to any drug

Automobiles, Home & Family

How to Rid a Car of that Stinky Smell of Smoke

As you know, I travel quite a bit, which means I have the need to rent cars. Most of the

Gift Guides, Money and Finances

Nine of the Best Money Books for Kids and Teens

If I had a dollar for every person who has ever asked, “Why didn’t anyone ever teach me how to

Food & Recipes

Fabulous and Fit for the Freezer

Ever had one of those days when you arrive home exhausted only to realize there’s nothing to fix for dinner?


Banana Sandwiches the Right Way

Quick and easy. That’s how I enjoy saving time and money. And every day I learn fun new ways to

Gift Guides, Gifts, Holidays and Special Occasions

A Gift Tradition to Simplify Christmas

Awhile ago, one of my awesome readers sent along an idea that has stuck with me for many years now. Whether you’re a parent,

Holidays and Special Occasions, Tips

Readers Share Creative Holiday Tips and Tricks

I am enjoying the unique holiday tips and tricks readers are sending my way, to be shared with you. Over

Home & Family, Money and Finances

Avoid These Expensive Tax Mistakes

Here we are, nearly to the end of Tax Year 2015. Soon you’ll be rounding up your receipts, figuring out

Dear Mary, Miscellaneous

Two Options When Your Social Security Number is Compromised

I just received a letter from a reader that sent chills up my spine. It brought back vivid memories of

Holidays and Special Occasions, Mary's Perspective

Appearing in a Community Near You: The Best Season of All

Ah, December … the most wonderful time of the year! At least that’s what we are led to believe. Sounds

Best Inexpensive, Home & Family

Would You Spend $70 One Time to Save $120 Every Year?

Faithful readers may recall the story of a woman in Philadelphia who decided to go over her parents’ phone bill

Guest Post, Holidays and Special Occasions

Making Christmas Work For Us

So … here we go again! With Thanksgiving behind us and Black Friday staring us down there are no more

Mary's Perspective

Why 88% of New Year’s Resolutions Fail and How to Make them Work

More than half of Americans, reportedly, make New Year’s resolutions. And 88 percent of those resolutions end in failure, according

Health and Beauty, Tips

Tips to Save Money on Beauty and Grooming

Whether you want to look good or just to feel better, reaching your goal traditionally comes at a significant cost.

Cleaning, Dear Mary

Readers Want to Know About Non-Cable DVRs, Stamp Pads, and Cabinet Cleaning

As you can imagine, every week I get a lot of mail from my readers containing hundreds of questions. While I can’t

Cleaning, Dear Mary

How to Get Rid of Salt Stains on Leather and Suede

Salt. It’s mandatory in a human diet. But salt can be as destructive as it is needful due to its

Holidays and Special Occasions, Mary's Perspective

No Money, No Christmas? No Way!

What would you do this holiday season if you had absolutely no money to spend and no available credit, either?


My Favorite Travel Tricks and Tips

I  love to travel, which is my favorite unintended consequence of founding Debt-Proof Living. And, I’ve learned, travel always involves challenges. That’s

Cleaning, Clothing and Accessories

Would You Clean Out Your Closets for $400?

Are your storage areas overflowing? Do your children outgrow their clothes at the speed of light? Have you “outgrown” (or

Mary's Perspective, Miscellaneous

The One Thing We Need to Keep Going

Encouragement. For me it is a basic need or perhaps a character flaw, I’m not quite sure. All I know