Home & Family, Mary's Perspective

Everyday Cheapskate Greatest Hits 2016

As we bid a fond farewell to the year 2016, I thought it would be fun to review the posts and

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Home & Family

A Number as Useful as Your Credit Score

Whether you know your credit score or not, by now you are aware that you have one and that potential

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Gifts, Home & Family

Many Happy Returns

What to do with three extra coffee grinders and charming needlepoint “Puppies in a Basket” throw pillow—gifts received and much

Food & Recipes

Full Compliance with Seasonal Law

I am always amazed this time of year to learn how few people are aware of something known as seasonal

Cleaning, Home & Family, Mary's Life

The Clean Hands Effect

Knowing that we’re heading into the cold and flu season, I picked up a recent issue of the University of

Home & Family

Burn Down the House? I’ll P.A.S.S.

It’s been a few years since that day when I turned a stove burner on High, but I didn’t realize

Dear Mary

Credit Cards and Credit Scores: It’s Complicated

Opening a credit-card account these days is ridiculously simple. But not so with closing an account. For sure the bank doesn’t

Gift Guides, Gifts, Mary's Perspective

The Messenger

I’m so excited. Just one week from today, our kids and family will arrive. They’ll be home for Christmas! We’ll be

Cleaning

Five Killer Make-Your-Own Cleaning Products

There are so many good reasons to make your own household cleaners. It’s cheaper, healthier and greener, too. These five homemade

Dear Mary, Home & Family

Why a Pressure Cooker May Be Better Than a Slow Cooker

I’m still slightly stunned by the response to a post from last week, in which I touched briefly on the subject of Instant Pot. Let me

Mary's Perspective

Four Ways to Neutralize the Glamour of Easy Credit with Kids

There is no reasonable way to shield your children from the glitz and glamour of easy credit. It’s everywhere with

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Gift Guides, Gifts

31 Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Kids, Young Professionals, College Students, Moms and Dads, Too

Gift-giving is surely on everyone’s mind as we head into these last days before Christmas. It’s a wonderful holiday tradition—one in which

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Dear Mary, Home & Family

Mistakes We Make and the Courage to Fix Them

My fifth-grade teacher, Mr. Migaki, taught us it’s important to learn from history so we don’t have to repeat mistakes

Gift Guides, Shopping

My Shopping Addiction Rehab Program

Shopping is my thing. I love the thrill of the hunt, that feeling of discovery and the joy of a bargain.

Home & Family, Shopping

3 Simple Ways to Beat Retailers at Their Own Games

Retailers work hard to get our money. They offer special promotions and put other tactics into play, even hiring human

Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

Your Best Money Year Ever

For years (and years), I lived under a dark cloud of worry that I would end up financially destitute—a bag

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Gift Guides

Stuff Grandparents Need

As people age, certain activities of normal day-to-day life can become challenging, not that I know anything about this from

Home & Family

To Shred or Not to Shred?

Can someone legally dig through your trash looking for tasty credit card receipts, account numbers, or even your Social Security

Home & Family, Money and Finances, Tips

7 Places to Look for Free Money

Recently, I read about a guy who has a hobby of looking for money in gutters, parking lots and other

Home & Family, Tips

Get the Maximum Burning Hours from Candles Plus Other Great Tips

Am I the only one who didn’t know that there’s a definite protocol for how to burn  jar and pillar candles?

Best Inexpensive, Home & Family

Our Best Inexpensive: A Review

Before I bring up the subject of my email inbox, I need to tell you again how much I love

Best Inexpensive, Dear Mary

Best Inexpensive Instant Pot, Smart TV and Recipe for Vinyl Siding Cleaner, Too

Dear Mary: I have always valued your comments about various products and can honestly say that I have never been

Food & Recipes, Home & Family, Shopping

Frugal Food Shopping 101

As food costs continue to soar, it’s a good time to revisit the basics of frugal food shopping. Follow these

Gift Guides, Home & Family

Chromebook Laptops Better Than Ever—Cheaper, Too!

Only a few months ago, I told you about what was happening in the world of Chromebook—a laptop computer that

Home & Family

6 Free Websites Help You Save Time and Money


Take a little time from your busy day to check out these six websites—all of them fun, free and designed to help you

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Cleaning

Homemade Tub Tile n’ Shower Cleaner Makes Soap Scum Disappear Like Magic

Quite possibly one of the best tips to ever land my mailbox came from a guy who is a professional property

Mary's Perspective, Miscellaneous

The Blessing of Self-Government

You’d have to be living under a rock to not be aware of the turmoil and economic agitations going on

Home & Family

Dirty, Stained, Grimy, Dried Out, Sticky Leather—Help Me, Mary!

To me there’s nothing quite so lovely as soft, supple, beautiful leather. I’ll take it in a handbag, shoes, car

Dear Mary

Here’s How to Turn a 15-Minute Phone Call Into $555 Cash

Generally speaking, I pretty much detest talking on the phone. But if a 15-minute phone call could net the kind of financial

Clothing and Accessories, Home & Family

6 Stores with the Best Layaway Programs

Layaway, for those not old enough to remember, is the way lots of people shopped for Christmas back before credit-card

Dear Mary, Home & Family

Upgrade that Wobbly, Hard-to-Read Oven Thermometer Plus More

I’d had the same oven thermometer for at least a hundred years. The thing had been splattered on and dropped