Food & Recipes

A Can of Tuna in the Real World

Are the popular “reality” television shows anything close to what you consider reality? Take Survivor, now in its 35th season,

Cleaning, Home & Family

Surprising Trick Removes Stubborn Hard Water Stains from Glass Shower Doors

Tough stains on shower doors may not be soap scum and hard water build-up. Sure, that may have been the

Home & Family, Mary's Perspective

25 Ways to Save $1,000 a Month

Several years ago I met Kathryn and Galen who live in Missouri. At the time, not only were they were

Best Inexpensive, Home & Family

Best Inexpensive™ Dinnerware, Drinkware, Stainless Flatware

Recently, when one of my staff turned 30, I quipped that I have dishes older than he. It’s true. Sometime

Home & Family, Mary's Life

How to Store Raw, Roasted, and Ground Coffee to Keep it Fresh

Having reached the level of coffee snob some years ago, I don’t think I’m quite to the level of coffee

Food & Recipes

The Three-Apples-a-Day Challenge

In the modern day supermarket, an apple is something that never disappears. No matter what time of year it is

Food & Recipes, Home & Family

Mailable Cookies to Make Someone’s Day

Whether it’s a care package for a college student, a goody box for someone in the military or a way

Food & Recipes, Home & Family

Got Five Minutes? Make Beautiful, Fresh Homemade Bread

As the stories continue to unfold for how people survived and continue now to deal with the ravages of hurricane

Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

7 Habits of the Rich

Habit is defined as behavior repeated so often it becomes almost automatic. I am in awe of the power of

Best Inexpensive, Home & Family, Mary's Life

Best Inexpensive™ Heated Mattress Pad

Until a couple of years ago, I didn’t know something called a heated mattress pad even existed. Makes sense since

Food & Recipes

Skip the Dinner, Bring on the Appetizers!

Fall is more than the kickoff to all of our favorite holidays. For me, it’s also the season of dinner

Dear Mary, Mary's Perspective

Credit Cards in the Hands of Financially Immature Students

Our kids are fortunate to be growing up in the most progressive and exciting time in history. Sadly, the very culture that

Laundry, Mary's Perspective

A Couple’s Guide to Common Money Myths

The wedding was complicated and expensive. But it’s over and you are ready to settle back and enjoy your new

Cleaning, Dear Mary, Home & Family

Ask Me Anything: Kitchen Appliances, Counters, Gunk Cleaners

Want to create enough confusion in your head to make it feel like it’s going to explode? Go shopping for

Home & Family

Your Data Has Been Stolen from Equifax and What You Need to Do Today

This past Thursday, we got chilling news: Hackers have stolen personal identifying and sensitive information for 143 million American consumers—including

Home & Family, Tips

Top 10 Student Loan Tips for Recent Graduates—and Not So Recent, Too!

Whether you just graduated, are taking a break from school, or have already started repaying your student loans, these tips

Dear Mary, Money and Finances

How Easy It is to Become Blinded by Easy Credit

It makes me laugh now, but years ago when I watched a particular episode of the television show Little House on

Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

Please Don’t Touch the Retirement Account

I know it’s hard. I know you’re desperate. You’re stressed and losing sleep. Things are tough. You have to do

Mary's Life

How I Spent Forty Bucks to Avoid Surgery

It was a total self-inflicted injury. I did a really stupid thing. Early on a Saturday morning, I heard the doorbell

Mary's Perspective, Miscellaneous

The High Cost of Being Hopeless with Math

“I don’t do math—numbers give me a rash.” That’s a line I’ve used a lot, mostly because it’s true, but

Home & Family, Tips

Tackle Ant Problems with Ordinary Pantry Items

Ants are fascinating creatures. For example, each ant colony has several different kinds of ants. They are all the same