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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

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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

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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

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Home & Family

Frequently Asked Questions: Groceries Online?! Which AirFryer?

Today I am responding to two very frequently asked questions in one-fell swoop—a phrase I’ve always found to be quite curious

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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, Home & Family

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

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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