Home & Family, Mary's Perspective

Spooky Tales of Extreme Debt

Scary stories and fiendish tales are all part of Halloween fun. But the last thing you expect is for those

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Ask Me Anything: Programmable Thermostats, Column Archives, Retirement Plans, Cottage Businesses

As I write, it is very early in the morning. I just peeked out to see that it’s snowing! As

Food & Recipes, Holidays and Special Occasions

Holiday Baking on the CHEAP!

Look up the word ‘impulsive’ in the dictionary and prepare to see my face. In my basement pantry, I have at

Mary's Perspective, Miscellaneous

A $25,000-Per-Person Dinner That’s Hard to Swallow

I don’t consider myself a complete stranger to high-priced gourmet fare. After all, I did enjoy a lovely $100-per-person meal

Kids and Babies, Mary's Perspective

5 Key Motivators That Influence Teens

They want independence and freedom; you want them to take responsibility for their actions. They want decision-making power; you want

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Food & Recipes

Soups to Soothe the Soul and The Budget

Loyal readers of this column know by now that I love to cook. And I prefer to make things from

Dear Mary

Ask Me Anything: Lost Wallet Found, College Dough, Dubious Credit

Today’s batch of reader questions reminds me how complicated our lives have become since the introduction of something known as

Dear Mary, Home & Family

Letters to the Editor: Coffee Roasting, Beef Jerky, Two-Year-Olds, Gift Guides and More

Today I want to remind you, my dear readers, of just how much joy you bring to my life with

Food & Recipes, Home & Family

How to Get Started Roasting Your Own Coffee Beans

Updated 9-21-19 Clearly, a recent post where I mentioned that my coffee roasting hobby has taken on a new dimension

Food & Recipes

Make It Yourself: Beef Jerky, French Salad Dressing, Steak Sauce 

If your family loves beef jerky, French salad dressing and A-1 Steak Sauce as much as mine, you definitely need

Cleaning, Dear Mary, Laundry, Tips

Ask Me Anything: Concrete Stains, Yellowed Whites, Power Toothbrush

Every day when I open my inbox, I find dozens, if not hundreds, of questions from the audience. Want to

Dear Mary, Mary's Perspective

And Now the Rest of the Take-My-iPhone-Please Story

You may recall that several months ago, after considering my options for what to do with my iPhone 5C (trade

Food & Recipes, Tips

Money-Saving Tricks to Put Your Freezer To Work

Whether you have a stand-alone unit or it’s is part of your refrigerator, your freezer is either costing a lot

Cleaning, Home & Family

Ask Me Anything: Dip-It for Percolators, Laminate Floors, Unscented Dawn

Growing up in Boise, Ida. (shout out to all my Gem State readers) my parents had a percolator. I can

Laundry, Tips

Great Reader Tips: Recycle Home Chef Packaging, Laundry Stains, Remove Stuck-on Stuff

Just when I think I’ve heard every possible tip and trick for how to do things cheaper, better and faster,

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Ask Me Anything: Shrinking Tuna, Wite-Out Stain, Baked-On Greasy Ovenware

Last week, you may recall, I wrote about canned tuna, a post that sent comments and my inbox into a