Food & Recipes

Of Fitness Bars and Baby Formula

I want to thank all of you who’ve taken up writing to me. I love to hear from you and

Dear Mary

Car Mats, Wastebaskets, Baseball Caps: Yes … Gold-Trimmed Glassware: No!

Dear Mary: Twenty years ago I was lucky enough to receive a five-piece, service for 12, Spode Christmas Tree China


Sometimes You Just Gotta’ Be Sneaky

They don’t call me the Queen of Costco for nothing. Truth be told, I love the place. And I buy

Clothing and Accessories, Home & Family

Get Paid to Donate Your Stuff

If you itemize your tax return, you probably know that you are allowed to deduct the fair market value of

Mary's Perspective, Miscellaneous

What Do You Need to Be Happy?

When a University of Michigan survey asked people what they believed would improve their quality of life the answer given

Food & Recipes

Survey Says: Eating Out is Our #1 Financial Temptation

What is your greatest financial temptation? That’s one of the questions I asked in a poll at DPL Central. Answer

Food & Recipes, Home & Family

Turns Out it IS Easy Being Green

Have I got a story for you about the Hubs and me. I don’t like to think that we cave

Home & Family

Who Else Wants to Slash Their Phone Bill?

I just read about a woman in Philadelphia who decided to go over her parents’ phone bill only to discover

Mary's Perspective

Enough With the Excuses, Already!

Are flimsy contrivances keeping you stuck in a big-debt, small-savings situation? It’s easy to find excuses that let you off

Food & Recipes

Solving the Breakfast Dilemma

Mom was right. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Medical research says we cannot afford to miss

Automobiles, Dear Mary

Clean Up the Cloudy Headlight Covers

Well, you’ve done it again! You clever readers have come up with another batch of fabulous ways that you save

Gift Guides, Home & Family

Gadgets to Keep You Powered Up

It’s hard to imagine how we’d live our lives without all of the electronic devices we’ve come to depend on.

Home & Family

Like Fourth Grade All Over Again

I’m not sure why I loved fourth grade so much. Maybe it was because my teacher was extra pretty and

Home & Family

Steps to Follow if You’re Out of a Job

These days it’s practically inevitable that you or someone you know will face a period of unemployment. Here are six

Home & Family, Mary's Perspective

Beat the Clutter Improve Your Life

Getting organized is like dieting. Everyone knows how to do it. The problem is getting around to it and then

Dear Mary, Miscellaneous

When Life Happens

Dear Mary: I’m in a quandary. I can’t see the forest for the trees. By some coincidence, my washing machine finally

Health and Beauty

You Really Need a Good Night’s Sleep

What would you pay for a good night’s sleep? I just read about a soccer club in England that spent

Home & Family, Money and Finances

Your Very Own Hedge Fund

Last May when gas prices were at their highest in Los Angeles, I paid $4.26 a gallon—$102 to fill my

Kids and Babies

Get Your Kids on the Road to Financial Independence

Have teens? Are they always hitting you up for money? The next time they come sweetly beseeching you for cash,

Mary's Perspective

The Hot New Trend for 2015

I wouldn’t call it a radical new idea, although a recent issue of a popular women’s magazine did say that

Money and Finances, Tips

The Secret of Financially Mature People

Over the years I’ve noticed something. People who live comfortably do not do so because they are particularly wealthy. It’s