Home & Family

Solutions for Stains on Shirts and Windows, Too

From time to time I reach into the proverbial EC mailbag and pull out a few of your questions to

Mary's Perspective

The Cost of My Bad Habit

I did something really dumb that cost me $750. It’s so dumb I’m a little embarrassed to even tell you

Gift Guides, Gifts, Holidays and Special Occasions

Holiday Gift Ideas for Grandparents

As gifting seasons go, the biggest one of all is just around the corner. Even so, I wouldn’t be surprised

Food & Recipes

How to Bring Beloved Regional Delicacies to Your Kitchen

I can’t believe that until just recently I’d never heard of a Dutch Baby—a wonderful culinary offering that is a

Mary's Perspective, Miscellaneous

8 Things You Can Do to Beat Tough Times

Recent California wildfires serve as a grim reminder of how quickly ones personal economy can change. If the rain of

Food & Recipes, Holidays and Special Occasions

Know the Shelf Life of Holiday Baking Staples

Look up the word impulsive in the dictionary and prepare to see my face. As I cleaned out the freezer

Home & Family

Avoid These Home Buying Mistakes and You’ll Never Be House Poor

Buying a home is likely the largest purchase you will ever make. This is not the time to make mistakes

Holidays and Special Occasions, Mary's Perspective

How to Not Go Broke on Birthday Parties

Back when I was a kid, birthday parties were mostly ho-hum consisting of a few rounds of Pin the Tail

Food & Recipes

Chips Gone Bad

Does your pantry, like mine, mysteriously accumulate nearly-empty bags of stale chips? I hate when that happens, and it nearly

Dear Mary, Pets

Purrfect Solution for a Stinky Cat Litter Box

Dear Mary: I am a new reader and I’m getting so many good ideas from your column. Thank you!  I

Dear Mary, Laundry

Triple Punch for Laundry Stains Plus DIY Coffee Creamer

Dear Mary: I read in a recent column that I could use Cascade automatic dishwasher powder in my washing machine

Home & Family, Laundry, Tips

Laundry Problems, Mistakes and Mysteries and How to Solve Them

Laundry challenges, it seems, come in every size, shape and intensity. Rather than thinking there is no solution for that

Cleaning, Home & Family, Repairs and Maintenance

How to Clean and Care for Wood and Laminate Floors

Taking care of hardwood or laminate floors can be challenging given the everyday conditions of a family and pets. But

Food & Recipes

Quick and Easy Stir-Fry

I can’t think of a more perfect food than stir-fry. It makes good use of leftovers; it’s healthy and when

Gift Guides, Gifts, Holidays and Special Occasions

Instant Relief for the Pressure of Gift-Giving

Without a doubt, autumn is my favorite season of the year. When the calendar flips to September, I know that

Health and Beauty, Home & Family

Dental Care is Not a Luxury Item

Recently I heard from the McBrides who live in Pennsylvania. “We’re a family of five living on a single income.

Home & Family

Ten Changes to Save $500 Per Month

Ignorance may be bliss in some areas of life, but your money is not one of them. You need to

Cleaning, Dear Mary

How to Remove Years of Kitchen Cabinet Grit and Grime

When did you last look at your kitchen cabinets? Not a passing glance, but an up-close visual study—paying particular attention

Food & Recipes, Home & Family

Eat Together on Family Day

Good food, great conversations and loads of laughs—that’s what family dinners are made of. If busy schedules are making it

Home & Family

Surprising Ways Car Wax Can Make Your Life Easier

I wouldn’t be surprised to learn there’s an old can of car wax hanging out in your garage or basement.

Mary's Perspective

Why I Appreci-Hate My Credit Card

Erma Bombeck, the late humorist, summed up family relationships when she spoke of “the ties that bind … and gag!”