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

Best Inexpensive, Gift Guides, Home & Family

“Tremendous” Advice for Holiday Gift-Giving

It is the late humorist and master of salesmanship, Charlie “Tremendous” Jones, who said one of my favorite quotes of

Food & Recipes, Home & Family

BYOB Club Member in Good Standing

For years, I’d endured a love-hate relationship with baking bread. It’s a domestic skill I could never master, and that bothered

Home & Family

Drowning in Scraps of Fabric

Long-time readers of this column may remember the reader who wanted to know where she could donate her fabric scraps.

Mary's Perspective

A New Addition to the Customer Service Hall of Fame

The way a company deals with its customers after the sale is as important as what happens to get that

Food & Recipes

Freezing for the Holidays

Take a look at the calendar. Do you see what I see? Very busy days just ahead. There will be

Cleaning, Dear Mary

Help! My Aluminum Cookware is Pitted and Stained and Other Reader Dilemmas

DEAR MARY: Please tell me why my aluminum pans and cookware have turned dark and become rough to the touch.

Dear Mary

Of Green Smoothies and Grateful Readers

Somedays I can’t believe how lucky I am. Not only do I get to communicate with this growing audience of

Mary's Perspective

Pay-As-You-Go is a Great Way to Go

It’s not easy being a consumer these days. In fact, it can be downright confusing because of all the payment

Best Inexpensive, Cleaning, Dear Mary

Getting Debt-Free Plus the Best Machine to Clean Tile Floors

DEAR MARY: After reading your books and columns for several years, I am ecstatic to report that I am almost