Gift and Retail
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

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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

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Best Inexpensive

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

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Gifts, 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

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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

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Gift Guides, Holidays and Special Occasions

Gift Baskets for the “Tremendous” Cooks on Your Gift List

It is the late humorist and master of salesmanship, Charlie “Tremendous” Jones, who said one of my favorite quotes of

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Home & Family

Let’s Talk Induction Cooking, Shall We?

I have to tell you that receiving the following message put the biggest smile on my face. Induction cooking? Oh

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Best Inexpensive, Home & Family

Best Inexpensive Sewing Machines

Turning 7 years old is a big deal on its own but for me it was even better because I

Home & Family

How to Create the “Dirty Denim” Look

Are your teens hounding you for the hot look known as “dirty denim?” Okay, so you like it too. I won’t

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Best Inexpensive, Home & Family

Best Inexpensive Vacuum Sealer and Best Room Humidifier for DIY Fumigation

What do vacuum sealers and apartments that smell like a stale ashtray have in common? Absolutely nothing other than these two

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Home & Family

The Simple Science of Eliminating Bad Odors

Some of my fondest childhood memories have the name of my sixth-grade teacher written all over them. Mr. Migaki loved

Home & Family

Scary Tricks Just Waiting to Be Played on You

Blood-curdling stories, tricks and treats are all part of Halloween fun. But the last thing we expect are spooky tales

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Best Inexpensive, Home & Family

Best Inexpensive Kitchen Knife Set

If your kitchen is typical, it is likely furnished with a few pots and lids that don’t necessary match; a

Holidays and Special Occasions

This Halloween Go Cheap

I have no one to blame but myself that our boys grew up favoring Halloween over all other holidays—with the

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Food and Recipes

Foods in Which We Find Comfort … Ahhhh!

I was shocked out of my mind when I learned the origin of two of my all-time favorite comfort foods—rice

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Home & Family

For the Love of a Good Steam Iron

While it’s true that life is uncertain, there’s at least one thing of which I am very sure: I will

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Cleaning, Home & Family

Make It Yourself: Copper Cleaner, Aluminum Cleaner and Dishwasher Detergent, Too

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

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Outdoors and Garden

Readers in Search of Help with Ants and Sharks

The best part of my job as your humble columnist is the mail I get from my loyal readers. I had

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Best Inexpensive, Kids and Babies

The Best Inexpensive Double Stroller

There are few joys in life that rival the joy that children bring. But nothing has surprised me more than

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Food and Recipes

The Crockpot Casserole Slow Cooker: A Review

A few weeks ago I told you that I would be testing and then reviewing the 3.5-Quart Crockpot Casserole Slow

Home & Family

Ways to Use a FoodSaver That Have Nothing To Do with Food

My vacuum sealer is one of my favorite kitchen appliances. I vacuum seal fresh fruit to extend the useful by

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Cleaning

Help! Rust Stains on My Fiberglass Bathtub

Dear Mary: Our water is very hard and as a result has created rust-colored stains in the fiberglass bathtub. I’ve

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Home & Family

How Credit Inquiries and Cosigning Can Affect Credit Score

Dear Mary: My son is looking for an apartment near his new job in order to avoid a horrendous daily

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Mary's Perspective

Rebooting My Spirit

To say that I am impressionable would be to put it mildly. And when I say impressionable I mean prone

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Home & Family, Travel and Entertainment

How I Book Really Cheap Travel

Recently, while packing up files and expense records, I came across a file for a  business trip that could have

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Home & Family

Super Inexpensive Chromebook Laptop Gets Another Rave Review Plus More Reader Feedback

Somedays I stare at my email inbox the way a meteorologist stares at a barometer. While the meteorologist counts on

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Home & Family

Humidity—Not too High, Not Too Low, But Just Right

Humidity is a popular topic among friends and neighbors here where I live in northern Colorado. It’s like we have

Mary's Perspective

The One Thing We Need to Keep Going

Encouragement. For me it is a basic need or perhaps a character flaw, I’m not quite sure. All I know

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Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

Give Yourself an Extreme Money Makeover

There’s nothing like a job-layoff notice, getting a call from the bank saying you’ve bounced your account to the moon—or

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Mary's Perspective, Outdoors and Garden

Life Lessons from a Daffodil Garden

I love the story author Jaroldeen Edwards tells (Things I Wish I’d Known Sooner) of the trip she took with her

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Outdoors and Garden

Cheapskate Gardening Tips, Tricks and Recipes

Is there anything more gratifying than a beautiful garden when you just happen to be the gardener? One trip to