Mary's Life

When It Says FREE! Look for the Hidden Price Tag

I couldn’t pass it up, and I mean that literally. Someone had dumped it right in the middle of my

Dear Mary

Ask Me Anything

Last week we kicked off a new feature, Ask Me Anything, in which I invite you do just that. Lots of readers

Mary's Perspective

Don’t Throw in the Towel—Find a Solution!

As the story goes, the owner of a hair salon in a small town enjoyed the serenity of knowing that

Food & Recipes

Make it Better Yourself: Homemade Coffee Creamer

Cream. It’s coffee’s perfect mate. And when that creamer comes flavored in a handy bottle from the dairy case, even more perfect, right? Oh,


Readers Share Their Clever Tricks and Tips

Any time I can eliminate or lower my stress level when traveling, I’m a happy camper. I am always on

Home & Family, Travel and Entertainment

Feel Good Vacation Does You and Others a Lot of Good

So, how are those summer vacation plans coming? If things aren’t looking so good for you to get away from

Home & Family

6 Ways to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

Fruit flies are amazing and by that I mean amazingly annoying! These tiny creatures can detect the smell of ripe fruits and

Best Inexpensive, Home & Family

A Robot Vacuum that Really Works—and It’s Inexpensive!

Vacuuming sucks. Literally. My idea of giving our adult sons robot vacuums for Christmas one year was intended to help them with that

Book Reviews, Money and Finances

Money Making Ideas For Moms

Want to improve your financial situation? There are only two ways to do that:  1) Decrease your expenses or 2) Increase your income. It

Mary's Perspective

You Can Have Your Smashed Avocado and a House, Too

I love a good story, especially one that for some unknown reason goes viral, setting off a media firestorm. Like

Gift Guides, Gifts, Home & Family

8 Frugal Gift Ideas for Grads

As you consider gifts for the grads on your list, think of that person’s “next step.” For a high-school grad, it’s

Best Inexpensive, Dear Mary, Home & Family

Ask Me Anything

As you may know, and only because I mention it so often, I get a lot of mail. And up

Home & Family, Travel and Entertainment

Travel Tips, Tricks and Hacks

I love to travel, which has become one the best unintended consequences of my life as a writer, speaker and

Home & Family

23 Ways to Slash Your Electricity Bill

You’ve noticed over the past few years that your electricity bill has been creeping slowly upward. In fact, over the

Food & Recipes, Tips

How to Store and Reheat Leftover Pizza

There are a few methods to reheat pizza however, hands-down best way to heat up a couple slices is in a skillet with

Food & Recipes, Gifts, Holidays and Special Occasions, Home & Family

Mother’s Day Gift Idea: Spa in a Jar

I don’t mean to throw you into a panic, so let me say this gently in hushed tones: Mother’s Day

Cleaning, Dear Mary, Home & Family

Cheap and Easy Upholstery Cleaner and Stick Vac Feedback

Getting a great deal on used chairs can quickly turn sour when it’s going to cost a lot of money to

Home & Family, Money and Finances

How to Create a Household Budget

If the word budget is like nails on a chalkboard for you, you’ve got a friend in me. I know

Gift Guides, Gifts

Mother’s Day 2017 Gift Guide

Every year about this time, the age-old question comes up to baffle lots of people: Practical or sentimental? The answer of

Food & Recipes, Home & Family

Turn Your Barbecue Grill into a Baking Oven

If you have an outdoor barbecue grill with a cover that closes over the top of the grill, you can


Wow! What a Great Idea: Readers Share Favorite Tips

Of all my resources I rely on for time-and money-saving tips, my readers are the best. For everything from a

Best Inexpensive, Food & Recipes

How the Right Thermometer Makes Me Look Good in the Kitchen

Faithful readers know how much I love to cook. That has not always been the case. It was coming face-to-face

Food & Recipes

Stop! Don’t Throw That Away

Now and then it happens. Bread gets stale, milk turns sour, produce turns ugly and frozen stuff thaws but can’t