Dear Mary, Home & Family

Ask Me Anything: Mats for Vinyl, Programmable Thermostats, Work-from-Home

Just this past weekend, while selecting grout for the new ceramic tile in my laundry room, I did a double

Cleaning, Home & Family

Five Fabulous Homemade Products that Use the Power of Rubbing Alcohol

Isopropyl alcohol, commonly known as rubbing alcohol, is extremely useful around the house because it acts as both a solvent

Home & Family, Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

Simplify: It’s the Easiest Way to Save Time and Money

When our lives get chaotic, we pay dearly in terms of time, money, and stress! There are hundreds of things

Home & Family, Mary's Life

My Journey Into the Dark Web

I got up very early on Groundhog Day so I could be among the first to know  Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction

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Home & Family

It’s a Smelly World Out There

Nok-Out and I met quite by accident. In searching for ways my readers could deal with offensive odors, we found

Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

Out of the Red: How to Keep Your Finances and Attitude in the Black

When I am not writing about personal finance and consumer debt, I knit. Something about the gentle rhythm of yarn

Home & Family, Money and Finances

Simple Strategies to Get Top Dollar When Selling Your Home

So you’re getting ready to sell your house. Just thinking about it can be an overwhelming experience. Should you hire


A Simple Solution for Gross, Smelly Towels

If my inbox is any indicator of what’s going on in the world, and I believe it is, smelly towels

Dear Mary, Home & Family

Ask Me Anything: Toilet Paper Pricing, Rust Spots on Linens, Rusty Lettuce

Over the years I’ve received thousands of money-saving tips from readers—many of which I’ve shared in books, newsletters, and this


All You Need to Know to Make Your Own Wool Dryer Balls

Whenever I write about the benefits of using wool dryer balls in place of laundry softeners, I get a few

Home & Family, Mary's Perspective

Clean out Clutter to Improve the Quality of Your Life

What would you do if you actually had to use everything you own, including all that stuff in the drawers,

Gift Guides, Gifts, Holidays and Special Occasions

Every Procrastinator’s Guide to Saving Valentine’s Day

Friends. This is Friday. Valentine’s Day is Wednesday. I know, I can’t believe it either. Before you start to stress,

Mary's Perspective

Ways to Say I Love You That Don’t Cost a Dime

Long ago in my stupid days, I went nuts with credit cards. I ran up a 6-figure debt over a

Money and Finances

Everything You Need to Know About HEL

Thinking of dipping into your home’s equity? There are a few things you should know. There was a time, and

Best Inexpensive, Home & Family

Best Inexpensive™ Flannel Bed Sheets Plus How to Prevent Pilling

There are few things as comforting as slipping between super soft, cozy flannel sheets on a cold, winter night. But not

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Home & Family, Miscellaneous

8 Secrets of a Successful Garage Sale

Whether your goal is to purge your home of stuff you no longer need or you want to raise some

Food & Recipes, Home & Family

Turn Leftovers into Soup

Soup is a great frugal, potentially delicious meal that can successfully be made from leftovers. It’s a great way to

Dear Mary, Home & Family, Laundry

That Bed Sheet Pet Peeve Plus How to Soften Hard Water for Laundry

It may not show up in The Top Tens Biggest Pet Peeves (yes, there is such a thing), but getting