Best Inexpensive, Gift Guides, Home & Family

The $150 Starter Kitchen

Know anyone getting ready to move into their first apartment? Whether it’s a  recent college grad, newlyweds or maybe it’s you

Tips

5 Moves to Simplify Your Spending

I know what you’re thinking: “simplify” and “spending” in the same sentence? Ha! Like that’s even possible when we have

Food & Recipes

Of Culinary Lore and Exceptional Marketing

Quite possibly my favorite thing about writing this column is the mountain of reader feedback it produces. I have the best

Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

6 Ways Money CAN Buy Happiness

I believe it’s true that money cannot buy happiness. Think about all the miserable people you’ve read about—celebrities, professional athletes, perhaps friends or

Mary's Perspective

The Most Critical Six Months in a College Grad’s Life

Graduating from college is one of life’s most thrilling events. Finishing my degree, walking the aisle and receiving a fancy

Food & Recipes

Salad in a Jar—Good for Health and Wealth

If you’ve been hanging with me for any length of time, you know I’m pretty wild about making Gifts in

Home & Family

How to Keep a Keurig Coffee Maker Making Coffee (Even if You Think It’s Broken)

If you own a Keurig coffee maker and if it started out brewing a full cup of coffee then turned

Dear Mary

Store Fresh Produce in Glass Jars and Other Cheapskate Solutions

Dear Mary: I enjoy your column every day and love the tips and tricks to save and spend less. I

Automobiles

10 Lashes With a Tire Pressure Gauge

Recently, I wrote about simple things you can do to slash the high cost of gas. One of those tips

Mary's Life, Money and Finances

4 Big Money Mistakes to Avoid

I’m going to guess you’ve made a financial mistake or two in your life. Who hasn’t? For some of us,

Dear Mary

Getting Soaked: Good for Bedspread, Bad for Retirement Account

Dear Mary: I have an heirloom bedspread that is about 60 years old, embroidered with wool yarn by my grandmother. There

Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

The Pain and Pleasure Principle

I don’t care much for pain. In fact I’ll do almost anything to avoid it. I also know that pain

Automobiles

The Cheapest Way to Own a Car

There is nothing quite so expensive as a brand-new car. There are times, rare though they be, when financing a new

Mary's Life

How to Splurge on a Budget

I got the biggest shock of my life the day I realized that living on a budget wasn’t the straitjacket

Food & Recipes

Family-Friendly Finger Foods

Are trips through the closest fast-food joint driving a hole through your food budget? It’s no wonder. Prices on all

Cleaning, Dear Mary, Home & Family

Try This Old Restaurant Cleaning Trick

Ever leave the coffee pot on overnight only to wake to a blackened, burnt on mess? Can’t get rid of the

Tips

Cucumbers in Plastic Wrap, and More Great Reader Tips!

I think it’s universally understood that a red flag means stop or some variation of caution. A green flag, on

Mary's Perspective

So You Think You Can’t Save?

According to Moody Analytics, young Americans have stopped saving money and by young we are talking about adults under age

Mary's Life, Money and Finances

How to Live on a Budget and Love It

For many years I wouldn’t have anything to do with a budget because I couldn’t stand the idea of anyone—or

Gift Guides, Gifts, Holidays and Special Occasions, Home & Family

The Other Gift-Giving Season

Most of us think of December as the big gift-giving season of the year. But there is another and it