Home & Family, Mary's Perspective

Your TV May be Watching YOU

I took a little heat the day my son walked in and noticed the tiniest piece of Gorilla Tape I’d strategically

Mary's Perspective

When Frugality is Not Fun

I was not born frugal. Everything in me wants to spend, acquire, achieve and amass. I am drawn to luxury. I live with

Food & Recipes

One Recipe, Endless Uses

Last week, a friend called asking me to send her “That Recipe!” Of course I was puzzled, but it didn’t

Dear Mary

Refinancing Credit-Card Debt Can Get Tricky

Dear Mary: What do you think about the idea of refinancing my credit-card debt with a loan from one of

Outdoors and Garden, Tips

Secrets of a Cheapskate Gardener

I love a beautiful yard, but I hate spending money to get it that way which explains why I am

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

Insurance Coverage You Absolutely Don’t Need

Some kinds of insurance are necessary. The following, however, may not only be unnecessary but downright ridiculous. ACCIDENTAL DEATH INSURANCE.

Dear Mary

Help! My Fine Linens Have Rust Stains

Dear Mary: Please advise how to remove rust spots from white cutwork linen pieces. I have no idea where these

Tips

Backpacks That Wear Well and Look Good, Too

Have a messy outdoor job you need to tackle? How about those crummy, cheap backpacks that don’t even last through

Food & Recipes

Let Us Eat Cake!

What do Pat Benatar, George Foreman and I, your humble columnist, have in common? We share the same birthday. I

Dear Mary

For the Love of Coffee

I used to get so much mail, it would arrive in long plastic trays. Some days I’d get more than

Tips

Hotel Rooms that Make Stuff Disappear

I am embarrassed to admit how many personal items I’ve left behind in hotel rooms over the years. I’m talking