Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

Get Back at Your Creditors

Late fees, punitive interest rates, over-limit fees, loading up your credit report with negative information—it’s enough to make you scream!

Tips

How to Trap Wasps and Other Great Reader Tips

Are you aware that your health insurance provider may be willing to cover the cost of your gym membership? Or

Food & Recipes

Entree Salads that Beat the Heat

It’s summer. It’s hot. The last thing you want to do is heat up the kitchen to make dinner. But

Best Inexpensive, Home & Family

Essential Kitchen Tools Everyone Should Own

Whether you’re a newlywed, recent grad moving into your first apartment or perhaps one of the 32% of millennials that

Best Inexpensive, Miscellaneous

You Paid How Much for Your First Computer?!

I just read something that made me laugh out loud—mostly because it’s funny, but also because it is poignantly true. 

Best Inexpensive, Dear Mary, Home & Family

Humidity—Not too High Not Too Low, But Just Right

Humidity is a popular topic among friends and neighbors here where I live in northern Colorado. It’s like we have

Cleaning, Home & Family

Need Cleaning Supplies? Check the Pantry

The next time you need cleaning supplies, take a trip to your pantry, not the store. You already have the

Food & Recipes

Clever Tricks with Leftovers

If your refrigerator is at all like mine, it harbors leftovers and an odd assortment almost empties—bottles and jars of

Laundry, Tips

Wash Clothes Inside Out and Other Laundry Tips and Tricks

I love to do laundry. I’m crazy that way. And I enjoy discovering ways to do it more efficiently—and by

Cleaning, Dear Mary

Help! My Shark Vacuum is Acting Awkward and Stubborn

Did you hear about the shark incident in Florida? A young woman was bitten last Sunday and rushed to the hospital with

Mary's Life

10 Things to Know About Lestoil

Ever had the occasion to wonder where you’ve been all your life? That’s my reaction to a simple heavy-duty cleaning product,

Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

Give Yourself an Extreme Money Makeover

There’s nothing like a job-layoff notice, getting a call from the bank saying you’ve bounced your account to the moon—or

Food & Recipes

How to Use Up Every Last Bit of a Supermarket Rotisserie Chicken

If you’ve ever ducked in the supermarket to pick up a yummy, hot rotisserie chicken for dinner then tossed the

Tips

Smart, Savvy Readers Respond Kindly

My favorite thing about being your humble blogger is getting feedback from my readers. Most of the time your letters

Dear Mary, Outdoors and Garden

Get Pesky Rabbits Out of the Garden

DEAR MARY: Love your column! Now that it is spring, it is time to put out beautiful young plants, hoping

Mary's Perspective, Outdoors and Garden

Life Lessons from a Daffodil Garden

I love the story author Jaroldeen Edwards tells (Things I Wish I’d Known Sooner) of the trip she took with her

Food & Recipes

Cooking in Foil Packets Gets Everyone Out of the Kitchen

No matter what you call them—hobo dinners, meal-in-one packets or fun-with-foil—packet meals are a real kid-pleaser that gets everyone out

Food & Recipes, Home & Family

Secrets of Super Savvy Grocery Shoppers

I flinched at the thought. Buy produce from that store where nothing costs more than a dollar? I probably came

Outdoors and Garden

Cheapskate Gardening Tips, Tricks and Recipes

Is there anything more gratifying than a beautiful garden when you just happen to be the gardener? One trip to

Mary's Perspective, Miscellaneous

Cybercrime Alert for Grandparents

There is a very real and terrible scam going on in the U.S. and abroad, in which grandparents are being

Dear Mary, Home & Family

Extremely Offensive Odors and How to Deal with Them

Many years ago, Nok-Out and I met completely by accident. We found one another in my desperate search for ways