Book Reviews

Start 2017 Smarter Faster Better

I have always disliked partings. I dread having to say goodbye. But most of all I hate being the one left

Home & Family, Mary's Perspective

Everyday Cheapskate Greatest Hits 2016

As we bid a fond farewell to the year 2016, I thought it would be fun to review the posts and

portrait of a worried couple calculating financial budget
Home & Family

A Number as Useful as Your Credit Score

Whether you know your credit score or not, by now you are aware that you have one and that potential

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

Food & Recipes

Full Compliance with Seasonal Law

I am always amazed this time of year to learn how few people are aware of something known as seasonal

Health and Beauty, Home & Family, Laundry

How to Use Wool Dryer Balls and Why You Should

A recent post, Fabric Softener Products are the Problem Not the Solution, struck a chord with thousands of readers. I

Cleaning, Home & Family, Mary's Life

The Clean Hands Effect

Knowing that we’re heading into the cold and flu season, I picked up a recent issue of the University of

Home & Family

Burn Down the House? I’ll P.A.S.S.

It’s been a few years since that day when I turned a stove burner on High, but I didn’t realize

Dear Mary

Credit Cards and Credit Scores: It’s Complicated

Opening a credit-card account these days is ridiculously simple. But not so with closing an account. For sure the bank doesn’t

Gift Guides, Gifts, Mary's Perspective

The Messenger

I’m so excited. Just one week from today, our kids and family will arrive. They’ll be home for Christmas! We’ll be

Cleaning

Five Killer Make-Your-Own Cleaning Products

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

Dear Mary, Home & Family

Why a Pressure Cooker May Be Better Than a Slow Cooker

I’m still slightly stunned by the response to a post from last week, in which I touched briefly on the subject of Instant Pot. Let me

Mary's Perspective

Four Ways to Neutralize the Glamour of Easy Credit with Kids

There is no reasonable way to shield your children from the glitz and glamour of easy credit. It’s everywhere with

Gift Guides, Gifts

31 Last-Minute Gift Ideas for Kids, Young Professionals, College Students, Moms and Dads, Too

Gift-giving is surely on everyone’s mind as we head into these last days before Christmas. It’s a wonderful holiday tradition—one in which

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Dear Mary, Home & Family

Mistakes We Make and the Courage to Fix Them

My fifth-grade teacher, Mr. Migaki, taught us it’s important to learn from history so we don’t have to repeat mistakes

Best Inexpensive, Gift Guides, Shopping

My Shopping Addiction Rehab Program

Shopping is my thing. I love the thrill of the hunt, that feeling of discovery and the joy of a bargain.

Home & Family, Shopping

3 Simple Ways to Beat Retailers at Their Own Games

Retailers work hard to get our money. They offer special promotions and put other tactics into play, even hiring human

Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

Your Best Money Year Ever

For years (and years), I lived under a dark cloud of worry that I would end up financially destitute—a bag

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Best Inexpensive, Gift Guides

Stuff Grandparents Need

As people age, certain activities of normal day-to-day life can become challenging, not that I know anything about this from

Best Inexpensive, Home & Family

To Shred or Not to Shred?

Can someone legally dig through your trash looking for tasty credit card receipts, account numbers, or even your Social Security