Home & Family, Miscellaneous

The Peaceful Easy Feeling that Comes with Decluttering

A few weeks ago I got a wake-up call that wasn’t exactly intended for me. Our friends Matt and Sharlene

Food & Recipes, Home & Family

How to Use Meal Kits to Cut Your Food Costs

Faithful readers will recall that my husband and I have been testing and enjoying one of the popular meal kit delivery

Best Inexpensive, Food & Recipes

Best Instant Pot Tips, Recipes and Accessories

Last week I turned to use my microwave oven only to have it glare at me with a fatal error message

Home & Family, Money and Finances

Foolproof Plan to Save $1,000

The most important thing you can do to make your personal economy strong is to have an umbrella—an emergency fund

Home & Family

Let the Decluttering Begin

I know it’s time. It’s been time for at least two years, possibly longer. I need to clean my kitchen. Now,

Best Inexpensive

Best Inexpensive Cordless Handheld Vacuum

To say that I have had a love/hate relationship with handheld vacuums for many years would be to put it mildly. I

Home & Family, Laundry, Tips

How to Stop Unwanted Charity Junk Mail Plus Annoying White Lint in Dark Dryer Loads

According to one online organization working to eliminate junk mail, the average adult receives 41 pounds of junk mail each year—44%

Book Reviews, Money and Finances

Secret to Growing Wealth: Automate!

The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach Reviewer: Jeff Tompkins, Jr. Let’s face it, unless you’re a Marine, you’re probably not

Food & Recipes, Home & Family

Dinner-in-a-Box is Not at All What I Thought!

Over the past year or so I’ve been hearing a lot about a new way to get dinner on the table.

Holidays and Special Occasions, Home & Family, Tips

8 Wedding Gift Hacks

Wedding season is in full bloom and while tying the knot is getting more expensive for the bride and groom,

Home & Family, Money and Finances

The True Value of Simple Time- and Money-Saving Tips

For more years than I like to admit, I’ve been collecting and disseminating timesaving and money-saving tips. Readers e-mail them

Home & Family, Mary's Perspective

Prepare Today for What You Might Need Tomorrow

Face it. People are simply living longer than ever before and health care costs are climbing higher every year. Which

Food & Recipes, Gift Guides, Gifts, Holidays and Special Occasions

Super Quick and Easy Valentine Sweets and Treats

Let me break this to you gently: Valentine’s Day is next Tuesday. This is Friday. Get the picture? Thankfully, there’s a big beautiful

Shopping, Tips

Five Ways to Get Out of the Supermarket Without Overspending

Grocery shopping is tricky anytime, but especially challenging when you’re on budget. On one hand, having everything you need in one place

Dear Mary, Home & Family

Let’s Take a Few More Questions from the Audience

I don’t mention it as often as I should, but the truth is that I’d be lost without you, my loyal,

Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

A Short Message for College Students and Those Who Soon Will Be

It was an honor to be invited to spend a few days on the campus of Indiana Wesleyan University to

Dear Mary

Handling an Inheritance Requires a Game Plan

While not always easy to think about, inheritances are a part of the financial picture for many baby boomers—and just

Best Inexpensive, Gift Guides

Best Headphones for Every Budget and Kids, Too

Several readers have asked recently about the best inexpensive headphones and earbuds both for themselves and their kiddos—and today seems

Home & Family

How Long to Keep Important Papers?

Every year about this time my mailbox tells me it’s time to review the general guidelines on how long to

Home & Family

Great Dates for Couples on a Tight Budget

Wallet a little thin this Valentine season? That shouldn’t mean you cancel all dates until things begin to look up