Food & Recipes

The Crockpot Casserole Slow Cooker: A Review

A few weeks ago I told you that I would be testing and then reviewing the 3.5-Quart Crockpot Casserole Slow

Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

Survival Debt

For years I’ve been telling my readers there are two kinds of debt: safe debt and toxic debt. Safe debt is

Home & Family, Mary's Life

With Apologies to Pawn Shops Everywhere

In the wake of America’s big economic wake-up call back in 2008, dollar stores and thrift stores have seen a


No More Sleeping Through the Alarm and Other Favorite Tips

Surprise! Today, instead of sharing tips you’ve sent to me, I’ve decided to hog the entire column to share some

Cleaning, Home & Family

How to Clean Painted Wood Floors

A message in my inbox this week came from Joan who asked, “What is the best way to clean a

Food & Recipes

Make Your Own Mixes to Save Time and Money

I suppose that for many readers, the idea of making your own mixes and pantry items from scratch might seem

Best Inexpensive, Home & Family

Ways to Use a FoodSaver That Have Nothing to do with Food

My vacuum-sealer is one of my favorite kitchen appliances. I vacuum seal fresh fruit to extend the useful by at

Dear Mary, Laundry

Get Pet Hair and Fragrance Build-Up Out of the Laundry

DEAR MARY: I am one of your millions of fans. Your insight, tips, products and recipes are terrific. Thank you

Home & Family, Tips

How to Child-Proof a Forbidden Door Plus More Great Reader Tips

If you’ve ever had the need to prevent children from closing a door and unwittingly closing themselves in a pantry

Home & Family

Make It Yourself—Cheaper, Better and Faster!

Since the day I learned to make my own homemade laundry detergent (it did take a few attempts to reach

Food & Recipes

Fabulous Slow Cooker Summer…Salads! Plus My Salsa Recipe

I have to admit it. Just the idea of a slowly cooked salad makes me queazy. Thankfully, that’s not exactly

Food & Recipes, Home & Family

Stop the Carnage! No More Rotten Produce in the Garbage

I’m having a difficult time wrapping my head around this documented fact: Half of all produce grown in the U.S.

Home & Family, Mary's Perspective

Compulsive Chopper

I just did something I have not done in years. I took the weekend—plus the holiday—off. It was wonderful. Had

Dear Mary, Shopping

Best Time to Buy a Computer, Where to Buy a TracFone and How to De-Smoke a Microwave

There was a time when grabbing the best prices was all about where and when you shopped. Savvy shoppers would wait all

Home & Family, Money and Finances

Easy Ways to Plan for College, Save Money, Read Books and Carpool the Kids, Too!

BIG FUTURE. Planning for college? is a website set up by the College Board to help students navigate the

Food & Recipes

What To Do With Leftover Green Salad

If throwing out perfectly delicious green salad were a crime, I’d be serving a life sentence.  It kills me to

Home & Family

Surprising Ways to Use a Slow Cooker that Have Nothing To Do with Food

They’re bulky and take up precious cabinet space, but we’ll never get rid of our slow cookers. They can be

Home & Family, Travel and Entertainment

Time to Hit the Road for a Family Vacation

Some of the best times we had when our boys were young were those spent on family vacations. Being together

Food & Recipes, Gifts, Holidays and Special Occasions, Home & Family

6 Gifts of Summer to Make for Christmas

Even if you don’t have an abundant garden this year, don’t worry. You can still make these wonderful gifts of

Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

The Cost of Dipping Into a Retirement Account

More people are taking loans from their retirement accounts (401(k), 403(b) or what have you) than ever, simply because they

Food & Recipes

More Super Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Slow cookers, what’s not to love? Up until a few days ago I was smuggly confident I had a very