Food & Recipes

Trucs in the Kitchen

Fast food runs, deli detours and a grocery carts loaded with pre-prepared food can drain a food budget faster than

Outdoors and Garden

Plant an Edible Garden No Matter Where You Are or What You Have

Planting an edible garden is now trendy—not that being part of a trend is a good reason to start or

Dear Mary, Money and Finances

How Much is a Second Income Worth, Really?

Most families these days assume it takes two incomes to survive. And many would be shocked if they just took

Home & Family

Suddenly, It’s Spring!

Without a doubt, the best thing about living in Colorado is the change of seasons. The folks here live for

Mary's Life, Mary's Perspective, Miscellaneous

The Frugal Lifestyle

I’ll admit I used to think frugality was a distasteful lifestyle forced upon the poor. I believed “frugal” was synonymous

Best Inexpensive

Thanks for Asking—You’re 1 in a 1000!

Years ago I had an editor who told me that I should value highly every letter I receive because each

Dear Mary

Refinance Credit-Card Debt? Short Sell an Auto? Yes and No!

These days, with so many resources available given the proliferation of the Internet, it’s not always easy to know who

Cleaning, Tips

The No-Scrub Method for Sparkling Clean Coffee Carafes and More Great Reader Tips

There exist all kinds of methods for cleaning glass coffee carafes—most of them brought to us by hard working, super

Dear Mary, Home & Family

Reader Feedback: Instant Pot, Home Chef, Etiquette, Tap Water

I have the most loyal and responsive readers on earth. Every day I can count on my inbox filling up with your opinions,

Clothing and Accessories, Shopping

Second Hand Clothes, First-Class Style

Consignment shopping is an excellent way to purchase kids and baby clothes, often brand new and for less than one-third of

Repairs and Maintenance, Tips

A Quick Fix to Keep the Plumber Away

If you’ve ever called a plumber to unclog a drain, you know it’s not cheap. Certainly there are times when the

Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

How to Move from Overspending to Spending Less

Even the mention of words like frugality and thrift send some people over the edge because, for them, those words conjure

Gifts, Holidays and Special Occasions, Mary's Perspective

Cheapskate Etiquette: Cheap with Yourself Generous with Others

Face it. Living below your means requires a good bit of creativity from time to time. You have to get

Mary's Life, Tips

Salt Stains on Leather Boots? Old Paint on Carpet? No Worries! And Lots More

Salt. It’s mandatory in a human diet. But salt can be as destructive as it is needful due to its

Food & Recipes, Home & Family

Which is Better Fresh or Frozen?

Frozen fruits and vegetables take a lot of heat because most people assume that if it’s frozen it must be

Gift Guides, Gifts

Smart Gifts for College-Bound Grads

Although my grandsons are still quite young, I’m keeping this excellent reader tip handy for when they graduate from high school. What a

Dear Mary, Money and Finances

Invest in Your Debt—It’s a Sure Thing with a Solid Return

Should I invest or pay off debt? That has to be at the top of the most common questions I

Best Inexpensive

Best Inexpensive™ Computer Printers

With so many technologies and capabilities available, choosing a printer isn’t easy. And don’t assume you’ll find the perfect printer

Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances, Tips

Six Simple Ways to Develop a Saver’s Attitude

Cutting expenses is the way to spend less so you have money to save. But unless you are actually putting

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Cleaning

How to Clean Gunk and Grime from Kitchen Cabinets

Depending on just how much grease and grime you’re looking at and the supplies you have available, there are several

Dear Mary

Make Your Own Tub and Shower Cleaners—Cheaper, Better and Faster!

The only thing better than making things myself is when what I make turns out to be cheaper, better and

Food & Recipes, Home & Family

Why I Can’t Bring Myself to Buy Salad Greens in a Bag

I don’t buy bagged double- or triple-wash or any other variety of prepared salad greens that come in a plastic clamshell

Dear Mary, Home & Family

Reader Feedback on Cordless Hand Vac, Instant Pot Single-Serve and Fresh AIR

Did you notice or read about yesterday’s massive Internet outage? As I fumbled and fumed over a variety of websites being down,