Kids and Babies, Travel and Entertainment

Secrets of Stress-Free Vacations with Kids

Family vacations can be either delightful or disastrous—it depends greatly on your attitude and the care you devote to research

Food & Recipes, Home & Family, Tips

Fitness on a Budget

Recently I got a frantic letter from Barbara, who lives in Florida. It seems that her teenage son has taken

Food & Recipes

Venturing Out Into the World of Greens

I must admit to being a wimp when it comes to shopping for salad produce. I glance momentarily at the


Home Improvement Money-Saving Secrets

If you’ve been putting off updating or sprucing up your home because of the high cost of home improvements, today’s

Home & Family, Mary's Perspective

Caught Between Aging Parents and Adult Children

Every day I drive by a beautiful new assisted living complex under construction close to where I live. As beautiful

Home & Family, Tips

Unclog a Drain Yourself Without Chemicals

A plugged up sink, shower or tub drain sends most people running for either a bottle of caustic drain cleaner,

Laundry, Tips

The Joy of Laundry

Start with one of the principles of living beneath your means: Take care of what you have. Next, add one

Dear Mary

Help! I’m Too Tired to Cook

Yesterday I got a letter that took my mind back to the years when our boys were small and I

Dear Mary, Money and Finances

It’s Best Not to Mess with the IRS

Today I thought I’d reach into my bulging mailbag to respond to a few of your questions. I love to


One Big Handy Coaster

I have a can of lacquer thinner that I keep handy for one purpose: To clean up any kind of

Food & Recipes, Home & Family

Think Cost Per Serving, Not Price Per Pound

Pop quiz: Which is the better buy: Pork sirloin roast for $2.89 per pound or boneless pork chops at $3.79

Food & Recipes

Of Meatloaf and “Homade” Chili Sauce

My sweet mother-in-law loved chili sauce. But not any ol’ version. It had to be Homade Chili Sauce,  which for

Dear Mary

A Look Behind No-Interest! No-Payments! Come-Ons

Have you ever wondered how retailers can possibly afford to offer the no-interest, no-payments and no-downpayment kind of deals you

Home & Family

How to Slash the High Cost of Gas

I can sum up my response to the price of gasoline soaring once again in just one word: Aargh! While

Home & Family

New Life for an Old Eyeglass Case

Recently, I dropped off several out-of-prescription glasses at a facility that collects old eyeglasses for medical missions. With the cost


A Compulsive Shoppers Guilt-Free Playground and Other Quick Tips

Today I have a bunch of tips for you. These are short, quick, wonderful ways to save time and money

Food & Recipes, Home & Family

Cooking Under Pressure

I’m a big fan of pressure cooking because I can make an entire meal in just a few minutes. Pressure cooking

Automobiles, Best Inexpensive, Gift Guides

Best Car Trash Can Ever Plus a Few More Favorites

Wouldn’t you think that if car manufacturers can perfect self-driving cars, they could also come up with a way to

Home & Family

It’s Only Too Late if You Don’t Start Now

I love to knit. That is not to say that I am a fast knitter or even that good at

Cleaning, Dear Mary

How to Knock Out Serious Mold and Mildew Problems

Dear Mary: Here’s the short version of a long story: Due to an undetected slowly leaking pipe in our home,

Mary's Perspective, Miscellaneous

How to Stop Making Bad Decisions

I saw the funniest sign recently. But it wasn’t funny for long because I started to think about it. Suddenly