Home & Family, Laundry

The Story of Soilove

For years I thought I was the only person who knew about  something called Soilove. I first discovered it back in 1982 while

Tips

Keep Produce Fresh Weeks Longer

Fews things are as discouraging as opening that refrigerator drawer only to see the produce you just bought (seems like

Food & Recipes

From Chuck Roast to “Prime Rib” in Three Hours Flat

Shortly after this column posted on the specific steps to roast a cheap cut of beef so that it turns

Home & Family

Garage-Sale Proof the Gifts You Give

Recently, lots of families in my new neighborhood got together to host a colossal Neighborhood Garage Sale. I didn’t participate

Gift Guides, Gifts, Home & Family

14 Mother’s Day Gifts to Fit Every Budget

Since Mother’s Day is only a couple of weeks away, and since I’m a mom and many of you are

Best Inexpensive, Health and Beauty, Home & Family

Six Secrets for the Perfect DIY Manicure

I wish I had all of the money I’ve spent over the years on manicures—both professional and do-it-myself. I’d have

Tips

10 Easy Ways to Save Fuel

To save a gallon of gas, you need to cut about 22 miles of driving from your week. Here are

Best Inexpensive, Home & Family

My Perfect Kitchen Trash Can and Perfectly Cheap Bags, Too!

I know “hate” is a strong word, but that’s how I feel about trash. Can’t stand it. But my loathing

Mary's Perspective

How to Win Over Temptation

If you’ve ever stopped by the store to pick up milk and walked out with a week’s worth of snacks

Home & Family, Outdoors and Garden

Grow Your Own Food One Square Foot at a Time

For years I’ve tried to grow a decent vegetable garden. It was the high cost of fresh basil—$3.50 for a

Dear Mary, Money and Finances

How to Handle a Money Crisis

You know what to do in a medical emergency, but do you know what to do when faced with a

Dear Mary

Give Formica a Bright New Life

Recently, I reached into the pile known as my mail and pulled out a great question, “How can I restore

Home & Family

How to Buy Carpet

It’s not something you buy every day. But when it’s time to buy carpet, you want to know your stuff.

Mary's Perspective, Miscellaneous

Simple Rules to Live By

I have a quirk, a kind of brain glitch that annoys me to no end. I cannot easily distinguish left

Food & Recipes

How to Feed a Crowd and Not Go Broke

Graduation parties, rehearsal dinners, family reunions—it’s the season for large gatherings. If feeding lots of people has you in a

Dear Mary, Laundry

Don’t Rely on Vinegar to Disinfect

Dear Mary: What is a safe disinfectant for colored clothes, such as underwear and bath towels? I can’t use chlorine

Money and Finances, Tips

More Little Ways to Save Time and Money

CLOG-FREE PET WASH. When giving your dog or cat a bath in the sink, cut a circle the size of

Mary's Perspective, Miscellaneous

Satisfaction: Your Basic Consumer Right

Statistically speaking, chances are slim-to-none that you consistently avail yourself of the most fundamental of all financial principles—to get what

Mary's Perspective

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

If it was easy to get out of debt, no one would have credit-card balances, student debt or personal loans.

Food & Recipes, Holidays and Special Occasions

Easter Brunch on a Budget

It seemed like such a great idea several weeks ago when you invited the entire clan to your place for

Dear Mary

Help! My Fridge is Making Icky Ice

Dear Mary: I hope you can help me. My furniture was in storage for six months. Everything was fine before