Cleaning, Home & Family

Florida’s Mold and Mildew No Match for Magic Tub and Shower Potion

The only thing better than figuring out for myself how to do things cheaper, better and faster is when I

Best Inexpensive, Home & Family

Best Inexpensive Kitchen Knife Set

If your kitchen is typical, it is likely furnished with a few pots and lids that don’t necessary match; a

Three shiny red apples a day
Food & Recipes

An Apple a Day Is Not Enough

In the modern day supermarket, an apple is something that never disappears. No matter what time of year it is

Holidays and Special Occasions

This Halloween Go Cheap

I have no one to blame but myself that our boys grew up favoring Halloween over all other holidays—with the

Clothing and Accessories, Home & Family

Should You Re-Sell or Donate Your Used Stuff?

A very strange phenomenon exists in the average American household wherein no longer needed clothes, shoes, boots, coats, pants, shirts,

Home & Family, Shopping

Back-to-School Brings Out Shopping Lists and Fundraisers, Too

I been sleeping in a cave for a 100 years? Sure feels like it. I just read that as a

Food & Recipes, Mary's Life

Foods in Which We Find Comfort … Ahhhh!

I was shocked out of my mind when I learned the origin of two of my all-time favorite comfort foods—rice

Home & Family

For the Love of a Good Steam Iron

While it’s true that life is uncertain, there’s at least one thing of which I am very sure: I will

Mary's Perspective, Miscellaneous

Think Sacrifice, Not Deprivation

I have a dark financial past. I didn’t set out to ruin my life. In fact, I truly believed I was

Cleaning, Dear Mary, Home & Family

Make It Yourself: Copper Cleaner, Aluminum Cleaner and Dishwasher Detergent, Too

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

Food & Recipes, Kids and Babies

Watermelon, Every Kid’s Favorite Vegetable

That’s right. Watermelon is a vegetable, not fruit. But don’t tell the kids. Watermelon contains many important vitamins and minerals

Food & Recipes, Home & Family

Better than Fast Food, Cheaper than Eating Out

On those super busy days when you just don’t have time to cook at home but it’s just too expensive

Food & Recipes

Express-Lane Dinners

If you live such a busy life you and your family end up eating out more than you eat home

Dear Mary, Outdoors and Garden

Readers in Search of Help with Ants and Sharks

The best part of my job as your humble columnist is the mail I get from my loyal readers. I had

Best Inexpensive, Dear Mary, Kids and Babies

The Best Inexpensive Double Stroller

There are few joys in life that rival the joy that children bring. But nothing has surprised me more than