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?

Kids and Babies, Mary's Perspective

5 Reasons to Give Kids an Allowance

At the foundation of your children’s financial intelligence should be this undeniable truth: It is not the amount of money

Best Inexpensive

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

Holidays and Special Occasions, Mary's Perspective

Make Every Day Thanksgiving

I love Thanksgiving so much I would say it vies for first place in my favorite holiday lineup. 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

Best Inexpensive, Gift Guides, Gifts, Home & Family

A Homemade Gift You’d Actually Love to Receive

Gifting friends, family, co-workers teachers and others with a jar of your own signature hand and body lotion will definitely put

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

Food & Recipes, Holidays and Special Occasions

Your Best Thanksgiving Feast Ever—Healthy, Delicious and … Cheap!

If there’s one thing we should be thankful for this Thanksgiving, it’s this: Turkey is cheap! And the rest of

Best Inexpensive, 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


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

Gift Guides, Kids and Babies

20 Best Learning Toys for the Kids

Learning toys do more than sit there and entertain—they stimulate and teach kids important skills like critical thinking, problem solving, logic and

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

Best Inexpensive, 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

Cleaning, Dear Mary

House Rules for Cleaning Silver in the Dishwasher

I grew up being fearful of the oddest things. I wasn’t bold enough to question why, so I just did

Dear Mary

How a Simple Solution Changed Everything for One Family

There are two main types of illness: acute and chronic. An acute illness doesn’t last very long. It goes away

Home & Family, Mary's Life, Travel and Entertainment

I Just Booked Cheap Travel—Again!

I’m on my way out the door, this time headed for California. What could have been a very expensive trip is