Tips, Travel and Entertainment

Going on Vacation? Make Your Own Plant Nanny Plus More Great Reader Tips

Every day I get loads of mail including wonderful notes, letters, and email messages from my awesome readers. Tucked into

Food & Recipes

Make It Better Yourself: Mac n’ Cheese, Lemon Loaf

According to a recent Reuters story, one-third of U.S. adults are eating out less frequently than three months ago. The

Dear Mary, Home & Family

Ask Me Anything: Pet Hair, Almond Milk, That Stick Vac

I have a friend who considers himself single, living alone. But nothing could be further from the truth. He has

Home & Family, Tips

Clever Ways to Use This for That

For anyone who has had to deal with a child in pain, it can be a painful experience for everyone

Best Inexpensive, Home & Family

Best Inexpensive Bed Sheets

When it comes to bedding, I am particular. It’s not a matter of decor or brand. It’s the way the

Mary's Life

Put Yourself on an Allowance

It used to be that when I felt broke, I chased away the horrible feeling by turning to my bevy

Food & Recipes, Mary's Life

A Vanilla Bean Hedge Fund

Back in 2013, I bought half a pound of Bourbon-Madagascar Vanilla Beans for $34.95, to make a pure vanilla extract for Christmas

Home & Family

Don’t Let the Bedbugs Bite!

It was a silly bedtime rhyme we said when we were kids—a line that meant nothing to me other than

Dear Mary

Ask Me Anything: Chromebook, Oven Grates, Best Inexpensive Curling Iron, Fluffy Soft Towels

I don’t know where I first heard it, but I sure do believe it: “Teaching teaches the teacher!” I love

Home & Family, Repairs and Maintenance

Appliance Maintenance You Can Do Yourself

It was Christmas Eve. Company would be arriving in a matter of hours. I opened the refrigerator only to discover

Dear Mary

Irregular Income, Erasing Credit-Card Debt and an Overdrafting Fiancé

Every week I get at least a couple of letters from readers whose situations prompt them to start out something

Food & Recipes

A Dozen Ways to Make Dump Chicken

It’s called Dump Chicken and it’s genius. Here’s why: You dump chicken pieces and your choice of sauce ingredients into a

Home & Family

Five Very Useful Websites to Simplify Your Life

As vast and overwhelming as the Internet can be at times, it does offer so many ways to improve our

Tips

Clever Ways to Make Sure Nothing Goes to Waste

Sometimes I wonder how Everyday Cheapskate readers discover their handy ideas. I mean, who would have thought something that cleans

Home & Family, Outdoors and Garden

Quick and Easy Ways to Get Rid of Pesky Ants

If the heat of summer is bringing ants into your home and yard, don’t panic. You may not require toxic

Cleaning, Dear Mary, Home & Family

Ask Me Anything: Kitchen Towels, Home Chef, Stubborn Stickers, Chromebook, Floor Cleaner

It doesn’t happen often, but now and then I’ll get a message from someone who must be having a particularly

Food & Recipes

Quick and Easy Stir-Fry

I can’t think of a more perfect food than stir-fry. It makes good use of leftovers; it’s healthy and when

Home & Family

Take My Mobile Phone, Please!

Recently, I inherited a new-to-me iPhone 6. It’s lovely, I’m grateful but I didn’t really need a new phone. My

Holidays and Special Occasions, Mary's Perspective

Why You Need to Start Planning for Christmas Now

It’s hot, you’re sweaty and longing for some relief from the heat of summer. Kinda’ makes you think about cooler

Dear Mary

Ask Me Anything: Disposal Splash Guard, Oyster Sauce, Computer Toner, New Refrigerator

I wish you could see the giant stack of mail I have from readers who have taken me up on

Mary's Perspective

The Difference Between a Life of Joy or One of Misery

The longer I live, the more convinced I become that it’s not the amount of money a person has, but