Home & Family, Miscellaneous

Three Free Life-Improving Resources

If you are generally wary of free stuff, I’m right there with you. Most of the time, I’ve found, free

Dear Mary

Slipcovers Can Be a Bear to Keep Clean

I have the most prolific mailbox in the universe—I’m sure of it. Just today I was responding to messages I

Dear Mary, Home & Family

Immersion Therapy for Mobile Phone Droppers

A mid-west sewer authority did a study and came up with data suggesting that 19 percent of people admit to

Food & Recipes

Einstein in the Kitchen or Let Them Eat (Carrot) Cake

I have a special treat for you today. It’s a recipe. Normally I sell this recipe for $1,000 but it’s


How to Win the Warehouse Club Game

They’re big, they’re filled with temptation and millions of people shell out fifty bucks a year on average to be

Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

Eight Things to Do With a Tax Refund

It’s easy to see a tax refund as some kind of gift from the universe. It’s not. It is a

Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

Lessons We Can Learn from the Madoff Scandal

In my mind as a fifth-grader, Mr. James M. Migaki was the smartest man to have ever lived. Every day

Food & Recipes, Home & Family

Muffins and “Tulips” to Celebrate Spring

In just a bit I am going to give away all my secrets for how to make muffins that are so great

Food & Recipes, Home & Family

Cook for a Day, Eat for a Month

The title, Once a Month Cooking, made me laugh. Cook once a month? I didn’t need a book to do

Dear Mary, Laundry

Readers Question HE Detergent, Flaxseed Oil and Dental Savings Plans

DEAR MARY: I have been making and using your concentrated laundry detergent for several years now and love saving money

Clothing and Accessories, Home & Family

A Shoemaker Can Save Your Sole—and More

To some people a cobbler is a lovely fruit dessert, best when served warm. To others it is a shoemaker

Mary's Perspective

Beware of this Risk with Gift Cards

Gift cards have become the go-to gift for millions of people. They might seem like the perfect present because it’s

Food & Recipes, Home & Family

Cast Iron Skillets Making a Healthy Comeback

I must have been all of 8-years old the day I decided to surprise my mother by cleaning her old

Best Inexpensive, Health and Beauty, Home & Family

Put a Big Smile on Your Face with a Dental Savings Plan

Last week I got a frantic letter from Lisa who’s facing an emergency dental situation with a $15,000 price tag

Dear Mary

Mix Up Your Own Vinegar, Donate the Hotel Toiletries

DEAR MARY: I’ve noticed that on the gallon jug of white vinegar it says “mixed with water to a 5%

Home & Family

How to Make Brown Bagging Better Than Buying Lunch

I know people who try to convince themselves they can buy lunch every day for less than they’d spend if

Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

Money is Not for Spending

It took me a long time to fully understand this important truth: Money is not for spending. It is for managing

Food & Recipes

Fitness on a Budget

Recently I got a frantic letter from Barbara C., who lives in Florida. It seems that her teenage son has

Best Inexpensive, Dear Mary, Outdoors and Garden

Best Inexpensive Gadgets and Gear for a DIY Garden

There’s nothing like a series of sunny days in late winter to wake up my inner gardener. Apparently, I’m not

Food & Recipes

Incredibly Edible Eggs

They’re packed with nutritional goodness, available almost everywhere and relatively cheap when compared to the soaring cost of other proteins

Dear Mary, Home & Family

Readers Want to Know the Best Inexpensive Appliances

DEAR MARY: What is the best refrigerator brand overall? We are ready to purchase a French-door style refrigerator with water