Holidays and Special Occasions

Holiday Head Start

During these lazy days of summer I can imagine that Christmas is the farther thing from your mind! And why

Food & Recipes

Frozen Summer Treats are Cool

In these sizzling days of summer it’s tempting to load up the freezer with pricey frozen treats. Or to duck


How to Double the Life of Cut Flowers

Whether the flowers are from your garden, the market or you receive them as a gift, you can persuade cut


Of Samples, Spills and Substitutes

Whether it’s making sure a mailing label remains legible all the way to its destination or packing light for vacation,

Dear Mary

A Startling Red-Hot Alert Made My Day

Some days I sit down to write this column and the words pour from my mind through my fingers and onto

Dear Mary

How to Clean Steam Irons and Granite Countertops—Cheap and Easy!

These days its nearly certain that there’s a pricey product available to clean just about anything. But why spend the


Readers Share Creative Solutions for Chains, Stains, Sprains and More

CREATIVE GIFTING. My teenage grandchildren don’t want “stuff” any more—they want cash! And I understand; being a teenager can be

Home & Family, Money and Finances

Money-Savers That Will Pay for Themselves in a Year

There’s a big difference between simply buying things and investing in things that will actually pay for themselves—provided that you are

Automobiles, Dear Mary

When Driving a Lemon is Easier Than Getting Rid of It

Dear Mary: We have an aging car that is a lemon. We are keeping it going with bailing wire until

Food & Recipes, Home & Family

More Ways to Slash Your Food Bill

Could you use an extra $25 or $50 next week? If you get motivated there’s a big chance you can

Mary's Perspective, Miscellaneous

Tough Times Don’t Last, Tough People Do

Financial discouragement plagues all of us from time to time. If you’re discouraged about your situation today, there are some

Food & Recipes

It’s All About that Sauce

Sometime ago, I posted an impromptu fan poll on our Facebook page asking, “What is your greatest financial temptation?” Answer

Home & Family

Feedback on Tuft & Needle: It’s All Good

Dear Mary: You recently had an interesting discussion on mattresses that mentioned the Tuft & Needle mattress. Did you get

Home & Family

My Five Favorite TV Shows

I used to watch a lot of television. I’d have it on all the time, rarely watching a full show

Food & Recipes, Home & Family

The Scoop on Free Ice Cream

Updated 9-22-19 Is there anything better than ice cream on a hot summer day? Well, yes there is—FREE ice cream!

Dear Mary

Carpeted Stairs Challenge and Old Furniture Rescue

Dear Mary: I am going to have to buy a new vacuum cleaner soon and wanted to know your thoughts