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

Automobiles

Hidden Benefits in Your AAA Membership

When I pulled out my AAA membership card to get a discount for Sea World tickets  this past weekend, I

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.

Food & Recipes

World-Class Gourmet Pasta on a Shoestring

A popular restaurant in West Hollywood, Calif., Hugo’s, has been critically acclaimed for one of its menu items, “Pasta Mama.”

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

Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

Weird Ways to Earn Money on the Side

Recently, while brainstorming with a reader who needed to supplement her regular full-time job, I made a quick list of

Health and Beauty

The Mystery of Hair Conditioners

Considering the huge reader response on a past article on how to know which cheap shampoos are actually good for your

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

Best Inexpensive, 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

Tips to Outsmart Retailers’ Clever Tricks

I blame my suspicious nature on my neighborhood grocery store. The store used to be a logically arranged market with

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

Mary's Perspective

Three Tricks to Resist Emotional Spending

I discovered money was a great antidepressant years ago I spent to change my mood, to reward myself and to