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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

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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

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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

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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

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Money and Finances

How Much is a Second Income Worth, Really?

Most families these days assume it takes two incomes to survive. And many would be shocked if they just took

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Mary's Perspective, Miscellaneous

The Frugal Lifestyle

I’ll admit I used to think frugality was a distasteful lifestyle forced upon the poor. I believed “frugal” was synonymous

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Cleaning, Tips

The No-Scrub Method for Sparkling Clean Coffee Carafes and More Great Reader Tips

There exist all kinds of methods for cleaning glass coffee carafes—most of them brought to us by hard working, super

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Best Inexpensive, Home & Family

Best Inexpensive Computer Printers

With so many technologies and capabilities available, choosing a printer isn’t easy. And don’t assume you’ll find the perfect printer

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Food and Recipes

Best Instant Pot Tips, Recipes and Accessories

Last week I turned to use my microwave oven only to have it glare at me with a fatal error message

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Best Inexpensive, Home & Family

Best Inexpensive Cordless Handheld Vacuum

To say that I have had a love/hate relationship with handheld vacuums for many years would be to put it mildly. I

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Food and Recipes, Home & Family

Dinner-in-a-Box is Not at All What I Thought!

Over the past year or so I’ve been hearing a lot about a new way to get dinner on the table.

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Automobiles

Rules for Buying a Car for All Cash

An automobile is a major purchase and the consumer purchase most likely to throw a major kink into your fragile financial

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Food and Recipes, Home & Family

Food Cost-Cutting Strategies for Every Lifestyle

Ever wonder why you never have enough money to save? I’m talking about consistent, regular deposits out of every paycheck