Food & Recipes

Cheapskate Gourmet: Salad Dressings

If you think eating well means eating out, you may be feeling the effects of restaurant dining in your pocketbook

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Scared and Learning the Hard Way

Recently, I received a heartbreaking letter from one of my readers, which resulted in back and forth messages. She’s given


How to Clean and Maintain Fine Leather Furniture

When it comes to furniture, it’s difficult to find anything more luxurious and elegant than fine leather. With that elegance

Cleaning, Dear Mary

Who Else Doesn’t Want to Scrub Floors on Your Hands and Knees?

DEAR MARY: I live in Florida and LOVE your blog. I look forward getting it in my email inbox every

Dear Mary, Laundry

How to Put the Clean Fresh Scent in Homemade Detergent

DEAR MARY: My friend, (anyone who has helped me so much I consider a friend ), I was wondering, as

Food & Recipes

Taco Seasoning Mix and What to Do With It

Seasoning packets from the supermarket may be convenient, but they have drawbacks—not the least of which is they’re expensive! I


How to Clean and Care for a Smoothtop Electric Cooktop

When it comes to kitchen appliances, nothing says modern and sleek like a beautiful new electric smoothtop ceramic or glass

Dear Mary, Laundry

A Big Serving of Homemade Laundry Detergent with a Side of Humble Pie

DEAR MARY: For years I made fun of one of my best friends because she made her own laundry detergent. She raved

Home & Family

Prescription Eyeglasses at Bargain Prices

Call me old, call me socially rigid. I’m not sure why but I freaked out the first time I heard that

Home & Family, Mary's Perspective

Easy Ways To Boost Your Income

Of all the people I know and love, I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t welcome a small income boost

Food & Recipes

When 58 Days of Pumpkin Spice Lattes are Not Enough

It was 2003 when Starbucks first tested its now famous autumnal beverage, Pumpkin Spice Latte. Sales of the drink exceeded all

Home & Family

How to Comparison Shop for Toilet Paper

Over the years I’ve received thousands of money-saving tips from readers—many of which I’ve shared in books, newsletters and this

Dear Mary, Repairs and Maintenance

Readers Invited to Reveal Favorite DIY Tools and Products

Just this week, I received a great letter with very helpful information plus a suggestion for how all of you,

Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

Nothing Down Can Mean Big Trouble

The signs are everywhere … “Same As Cash!”, “No Down, No Interest, No Payments Until Next Summer!” or a very

Food & Recipes

When You Need a Quick Fix: “Homemade” Soup!

It’s cold outside, you’re running late and it’s time for dinner. Sounds to me like you could use a quick

Home & Family

Five Highly Useful FREE Websites (with Senior List)

The Internet is a wonderful thing. In what seems like a few short years, this phenomenon has changed the world—our

Dear Mary

How Does $500 Sound in Exchange for a Scratch or Dent?

DEAR MARY: I love your columns that I read in our local newspaper. We need to purchase a new washing

Cleaning, Dear Mary

Soap Scum Remover So Effective It’s Magical

I could sit for hours reading the lovely letters, notes and questions you send to me. I could, but I can’t. What

Clothing and Accessories, Home & Family

From Clutter to Chaos … to Calm

Recently I read about a couple who live in Oklahoma City. They don’t have a lot of clutter in their

Mary's Perspective

Why 88% of New Year’s Resolutions Fail and How to Make them Work

More than half of Americans, reportedly, make New Year’s resolutions. And 88 percent of those resolutions end in failure, according