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

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

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

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


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

Glass coffee carafe before and after cleaning with salt and ice
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


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

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