What’s Up with the Clumps of Crystals in My Laundry Detergent?!

Several times over the past years, I have wished with all my heart I could call Mr. Migaki, my favorite

Dear Mary, Laundry

How to Treat Laundry Stains with Less Toil and Trouble

Now and then I open my mailbox to find a letter than makes me want to jump up and run


Quick and Easy Ways to Do Stuff Cheaper Better Faster

If there’s one thing I love, it’s discovering a quick and easy tip that saves me time and money and

Dear Mary, Tips

Magical Solutions for Challenging Situations

Sometimes it’s the most unusual thing that turns out to be the magical solution for a  household problem. Things like a

Home & Family, Tips

14 Ways to Waste Money Without Even Trying

What would it feel like to check your bank balance and find a pile of money you didn’t know you

Home & Family, Tips

Achieving Your Freezer’s Full Potential

Is your freezer a money-guzzling storage facility for mystery meats? An oversized ice maker? It’s time to learn how to

Health and Beauty, Mary's Perspective

A Very Bad Hair Day

Apparently, my hair is my life. Believe me, I am as surprised by this fact of vanity as anyone. Had

Outdoors and Garden

How to Make Your Own Dirt

There is no doubt that this whole “cheapskate” thing can be taken too far. There are matters of time, if

Home & Family, Mary's Perspective

Life in a Crowded Nest

It used to be that kids reaching adulthood could not wait to leave home and be on their own. That

Dear Mary, Home & Family, Tips

A Lightning Round of Solutions for Annoying Situations

Welcome back to Ask Mary, where I, your humble columnist, respond to your questions. Got a vexing issue? Send it

Outdoors and Garden

Reasons Gardening is Good For Us Plus 6 Favorite Garden Tools

You may have figured out by now that I am obsessed with gardening and it’s a good thing. I’m convinced this summertime

Home & Family

Channel Your Inner Second Grader

So, how is your investing for the future coming along? What, you’re confused? I understand. Most of us are total

Dear Mary

How to Protect Your Medicare Card Plus What’s So Great About Home Chef?

What do a U.S. Social Security card and a Medicare card have in common? Both have the cardholder’s Social Security

Food & Recipes

Stop Throwing Away the Citrus!

I have a confession. For years I would toss the beautiful bright flavor of lemons into the garbage. This sad situation is