Food & Recipes

Whacky Doodle Ground Beef

Years ago I made a terrible mistake. I froze ten pounds ground beef. That big block of frozen hamburger languished in

Best Inexpensive, Home & Family

Best Inexpensive Vacuum Sealer and Best Room Humidifier for DIY Fumigation

What do vacuum sealers and apartments that smell like a stale ashtray have in common? Absolutely nothing other than these two

Home & Family

The Simple Science of Eliminating Bad Odors

Some of my fondest childhood memories have the name of my sixth-grade teacher written all over them. Mr. Migaki loved

Home & Family, Repairs and Maintenance

Finding the Confidence to Make Household Repairs Yourself

Figuring out how to install a new tile floor in her family room paid off big for my friend, Mary

Family eating in restaurant toasting with their water glasses
Food & Recipes, Home & Family

Great Ways to Save at Restaurants

If the high cost of restaurant meals is eating up your cash, here are some great ways to keep your tab

Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

Three Secrets of Successful Budgeting

I wish I could come up with a better word than “budget” for managing money. While I’ve made peace with

Home & Family

Scary Tricks Just Waiting to Be Played on You

Blood-curdling stories, tricks and treats are all part of Halloween fun. But the last thing we expect are spooky tales

Gift Guides, Gifts, Holidays and Special Occasions

Still the Most Perfect Homemade Holiday Gift

To me, homemade Christmas gifts are the best gifts—both to give and receive. In the past I’d begin to scramble about

Best Inexpensive, Home & Family

Best Inexpensive: Luggage

Over the past few weeks I’ve received an unusual number of requests for my take on the best inexpensive luggage. That suggests

Tips

How to Unshrink Wool and Other Highly Useful Tips and Tricks

You know that beautiful sweater you accidentally laundered with the kids play clothes—and now looks as though it was made

Mary's Perspective

Secrets of My Inflight Survival Plan

You may know that I travel a lot. What you probably don’t know (and how would you since I’ve only

Mary's Life

Mary’s Fun Friday: Pumpkin Spice Lattes and More

I was one of the lucky kids at Lowell Elementary School in Boise, Ida. Not only did my 3rd grade class get

Dear Mary

From Student Debt Repayment to Dried Up Mascara

My cyber mailbag is like the proverbial box of chocolates. I never know what I’m about to get. And I

Holidays and Special Occasions, Mary's Perspective

How High the Catalogs

Something is different this year. First, it seems like the holiday season is starting earlier than usual, which is just

Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

It’s Only Too Late to Save for Retirement if You Don’t Start Now!

Does the dreaded question, “How much money will I need in retirement” tie your stomach in knots? Millions of your