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Home & Family, Tips

Great Ways to Use This for That!

One of the best ways to recycle responsibly, and save a few bucks at the same time, is to find

Home & Family

How to Organize Old Family Photos Without Losing Your Mind

Let’s see by a show of hands how many have at least one box crammed full of old family photographs

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Food & Recipes, Home & Family, Mary's Life

5-Minute Artisan Bread: The Master Recipe, Tools, Resources

The year 2007 was a good one for me for lots of reasons. Here’s one: It’s the year I got

Best Inexpensive, Home & Family

Help! My Apartment Stinks Like a Stale Ashtray

What do vacuum sealers and apartments that smell like a stale ashtray have in common? Absolutely nothing other than these two

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Laundry

Using Hydrogen Peroxide to Remove Stains

Faithful readers will recall a reader tip earlier this week, in which Julie shared her simple homemade carpet shampoo of

Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

Dumb Things To Do with a Tax Refund

Tax time: That interesting time of year when ordinarily smart people begin to make really dumb financial decisions. Isn’t it

Tips

Burnt Cookie Rescue and More Great Reader Tips

Opening my mail to find a clever tip from one of my loyal readers about how to rescue burnt cookies

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Best Inexpensive™ Microfiber, Electronics, Automobiles

There’s nothing like microfiber for cleaning just about any surface around and about the house. If you’ve never used a

Food & Recipes

Favorite Egg Recipes for Instant Pot

I’ve been using Instant Pot for a couple of years now. Somedays I wonder how I ever got along without

Best Inexpensive, Home & Family

Frequently Asked Questions: Groceries Online?! Which AirFryer?

Today I am responding to two very frequently asked questions at “two one fell swoops”—a phrase I’ve always found to

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Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

Could You Go a Year Without Spending?

A few years back, Eric and Donna Reed shopped for groceries and household products only once for an entire year.

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Dear Mary, Home & Family

A New Kitchen is Her Reward for Getting Out of Debt

Imagine for a moment if you were not in debt and didn’t have to send those big payments to credit-card

Tips

A Nappy Solution for a Common Problem

I love to discover a second use for something most of us have around the house or can easily find.

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Best Inexpensive

Best Inexpensive™: Mattress, Bed Pillows, Duvet Cover

The idea to buy a mattress online and have it shipped to your home is still rather mind-boggling. It seems so

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Home & Family, Tips

Keep Kitties Out of the Kids’ Sandbox

Pop Quiz: What looks like water, is certainly inexpensive, has a pungent odor but is not toxic (in fact you

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Home & Family, Tips

Readers Share More Clever Ways to Stretch a Buck

Over the years, I’ve learned from my clever, awesome readers that there are always more ways to stretch a buck.

Dear Mary, Home & Family

Ask Me Anything: Blue Dawn Shampoo, Body Wash

There are days when I open my mailbox and have to sit down because I’m laughing so hard. Some things

Forget the dry cleaner; launder down comforter yourself
Laundry

Forget the Dry Cleaner: How to Wash a Down Comforter

If you’ve ever wondered if it’s okay to wash your down comforter without taking it to the dry cleaners, the

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Food & Recipes

Rules for Leftovers

If a trip to the supermarket doesn’t make you sick, you may not be paying attention to prices. Food costs

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Home & Family, Repairs and Maintenance, Tips

Pocket Some Serious Energy Savings Plus More Great Reader Tips

According to the U.S. Dept. of Energy, the typical U.S. family spends at least $2,200 a year on home utility

Dear Mary, Home & Family

Ask Me Anything: Formica Restore, Silverfish Relief, Party Pressure

Recently, I reached into the pile known as my mail and pulled out a great question, “How can I restore

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Mary's Life, Money and Finances, Tips

Get Financially Confident Starting Now

For a good deal of my life, I lived under a dark cloud of fear that I would end up