Cleaning, Home & Family

Know Thy Dishwasher

I would like to thank Josephine Cochrane of Illinois. I’d like to, but I can’t. She’s been dead for more

Gift Guides

The Secret for Debt-Free Holiday Season

It’s not exactly a new word to me. But I’m pretty sure I’d never actually used the word predetermine in a sentence until

Dear Mary, 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

Gift Guides, Gifts, Holidays and Special Occasions

DIY Holiday Gift Idea: Spa in a Jar

If you are at all familiar with a wonderful yet pricey personal care product, Salt Rub® by Origins, you may

Dear Mary

Updates on Einstein Coat, Household Inventory and That Urge to Quit

There are some people in my life who accuse me of having a short attention span. They don’t get much

Food & Recipes

To Your Stress-Free Holiday

Whether you are invited or doing the inviting this holiday season, throwing a potluck can relieve a lot of stress.

Dear Mary, Money and Finances

Extended Warranties Almost Always a Bad Deal

A couple of weeks ago I took my grandsons to Toys R Us just to look around. This would be


Happy Birthday to My Workhorse, Hoover

I call him Hoover and he’s worked hard for me since the day I hauled his long, lanky self into

Food & Recipes

Widen the Gap with Homemade Bread

If you’ve read my book, 7 Money Rules for Life, you know that Rule #1 is so simple it would be easy

Money and Finances, Tips

Here’s a Foolproof Plan for Saving $10,000

The most important thing you can do to make your personal economy strong is to have an umbrella—a Contingency Fund

Mary's Life

Would You Rather … ?

I’ve been thinking a lot recently about (what else?) debt. It’s not the most joyous thing to have on one’s

woman upset by Christmas credit-card debt
Holidays and Special Occasions

How to Do Christmas Without Debt—Plus a GIVEAWAY!

If you are, or ever have been plagued by consumer debt, I can nearly guarantee expenses related to Christmas have

Dear Mary

Wallpaper Removal—It’s a Messy Job!

A letter in my inbox this week sent me into hyper memory mode. For a few minutes I re-lived that

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

Mary's Life, Mary's Perspective

How I Curb the Urge to Quit

I wouldn’t tell just anyone what I’m about to tell you—and only because we’re like family. At least several times

Home & Family

Now, Let’s Take a Few Questions from the Audience

Have I told you lately about my email inbox? It’s a mess. And today I’m ready to clean it up

Home & Family, Money and Finances

A Dozen Painless Ways to Save $50 or More

Money may not grow on trees, but we can help it grow in our wallets. Recently I asked a group

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