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

Dear Mary

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

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

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

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

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