Food & Recipes

Slow Cooker Nailed It!

There’s just something about the bountiful tastes of autumn and slow cookers that go together. Recently, I’ve been doing a

Home & Family

7 Ways to Cut Your Smartphone Data Usage

Unlimited data plans for smartphones are nearly a thing of the past. Even if you’ve managed to hang on to

Pets, Tips

How to Cut the Cost of Owning a Pet

No one was more surprised than I when my first granddog, Sir Boddington, nuzzled a place in my heart. I

Holidays and Special Occasions, Home & Family

Cheap, Cheesy, Fun Halloween Costumes

How much do we enjoy the holiday that comes on the last day of October? Americans spend more on celebrating


How to Buy the Best Washer and Dryer

If experience is the best teacher, surely I have achieved expert status in the field of buying clothes washers and

Dear Mary, Home & Family

An Avalanche of Reader Love

I’ve told you about my email inbox but really you should see it—not that I am complaining. On the contrary,

Home & Family, Repairs and Maintenance, Tips

Simple Tips to Keep Things Beautiful and Working Well Around the House

So you splurged on some really beautiful—dare I say expensive—sink fixtures for your kitchen or bathroom. Here’s a fabulous way to

Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

How to Give Wisely to a Charity

It’s that time of year again—everyone wants your money. Brace yourself for more dinnertime phone calls and mailbox solicitations.  

Food & Recipes

Chicken Labeling: Prepare to be Surprised

If you’ve ever stood in the supermarket wondering if paying more for chicken that is free-range, antibiotic-free, no hormones added,

Kids and Babies, Tips

Whose Kids Know How to Turn Off Lights?

I got a good chuckle when I received today’s first reader tip from “Dad.” For a split second there I

Home & Family

Is It Legit or Is It a Scam?

Every day millions of people get sucked into Internet scams and tricks that end up costing them dearly, something I

Food & Recipes

Impossibly Easy Impossible Pies

If you shy away from making homemade pies—savory or sweet—because of the crust (it can be tricky and there’s all


Reader Discovers Straight Cut at Barber Shop Plus More Great Tips

From barber shops to fine print—and lots between—my EC readers are really smart. I love it when they share their

Holidays and Special Occasions, Home & Family

The Antidote for Holiday Dread: Start Early

As much as I love Christmas, I must confess there are some things about the holiday season I dread. I

Dear Mary, Pets

Of Pet Accidents and Malfunctioning Keurig Machines

Dear Mary: I saw in your column a long while back an article about the carpet scrubber (was it Bissell?)

Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

Like Finding Money You Didn’t Know You Had

You know the feeling when reach into the pocket of a coat or pants you haven’t worn for awhile and pull

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