Food & Recipes, Laundry

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

Make Your Own Safe and Effective Ant Spray

If you’ve ever had to deal with an invasion of ants, you may know the meaning of exasperation. While the

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

Best Inexpensive, Home & Family

Best Inexpensive Stick Vacuum—Finally!

Over the past several months, I’ve received more requests for the best inexpensive stick vacuum than all other such requests

Dear Mary

Reader Responses to Recent Posts

Every time I hit the send button on a new post I get that momentary sense of accomplishment that comes

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

Home & Family, Repairs and Maintenance

The Proper Care and Feeding of a Garbage Disposal

It took me a ridiculously long time to recognize the obvious connection between holidays, dinner parties and emergency calls to the

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

Food & Recipes, Tips

Simple Tips to Stretch the Food Budget

My grandmother always used to say, “If we didn’t need food, we’d all be rich!” This may be true. But

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