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Holidays and Special Occasions

3 Ways to Find Extra Cash for Christmas

It’s still summer, but not too early to start planning for Christmas. If you’re ready to make this year a

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Home & Family

Ask Me Anything: Home Security | Wireless Charging Pad | Eufy HomeVac

There’s only one thing I love more than readers asking for my opinion on stuff.  It’s when they act on

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Cleaning, Dear Mary

How to Clean Steam Irons and Granite Countertops—Cheap and Easy!

These days its nearly certain that there’s a pricey product available to clean just about anything. But why spend the

Laundry, Tips

How to Recover the Length of Shrunken Jeans Plus More Great Reader Tips

If you’ve ever experienced the heartbreak of shrinking your favorite pair of jeans to a length that would make them

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Best Inexpensive, Dear Mary

Ask Me Anything: Best Vacuum | Best Blow Torch | Best Meat Thermometer

My mail doesn’t arrive one message at a time. It comes in piles. Think: avalanche. While I have recently hired

Food & Recipes, Money and Finances, Shopping

4 Strategies to Cut the Cost of Food for Every Lifestyle

Do you wonder why you never have enough money to save some? Why there’s always so much month left at the

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Home & Family

Lately, Have You Checked the HVAC Filter?

Everyone agrees that we should change the filter in our home heating ventilation air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Actually doing that

Clothing and Accessories, Kids and Babies, Shopping

Back-to-School Clothes Shopping or How I Bought $207 in School Uniforms But Paid Only $87

It’s been a few years since I’ve endured back-to-school shopping, all-school fundraisers, and parent-teacher conferences. Still, for me, the end

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Cleaning, Home & Family

How to Make Even an Elderly Dishwasher Perform Like New

There are many things in my life that I enjoy, but would not be completely devastated if required to give

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Dear Mary, Home & Family

Ask Me Anything: Best Inexpensive Printer | Stain Recipe | Insurance Claims | Hair Products

I have a friend who chides me from time to time that I ask too many questions (you know who you

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Tips

Great Tips From Great Readers

I can’t think of a better day than today to reach into the mailbag and pull out a few great

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Food & Recipes

Worst and Best Ways to Grill Chicken

In a recent post, I asked readers to share their worst barbecue/grilling experiences that could have been spared if they’d

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Holidays and Special Occasions

10 Things You Can Do Now to Get Ready for Christmas

If you are or have ever been, plagued by credit-card debt, I can nearly guarantee that revolving expenses related to

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Home & Family

A Gracious Guide for How to Be a Good House Guest

It was shocking if not surreal. The email message was from a woman I’d never met and whose name I recognized

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Laundry

Help! My White Laundry is Coming Out Dingy Gray PLUS Which Size Instant Pot?

If you’ve ever sent perfectly functional household linens or clothing items to the rag bag simply because they turned a

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Best Inexpensive

Best Inexpensive™ Essential College Dorm Gear

It’s been a number of years since I moved into a college dorm room. My memories of college life are

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Outdoors and Garden

7 Ways to Wage War Against Mosquitoes—and Win!

Mosquitoes are nasty creatures. They bite, they transmit terrible diseases to people and pets and from what I read, have

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Food & Recipes

Favorite Super Short, Super Easy Instant Pot Recipes

I have loved my Instant Pot since the day it arrived back in 2016. I’ll admit to being slightly intimidated in the

Everyday Cheapkskate's Pick: Zip-It
Home & Family

Super Useful Gadgets for Home and Kitchen

There’s just nothing like a clogged drain in a tub, sink, or shower to get the day off to a

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Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

15 Minutes to Financial Freedom

The email message contained a single-word subject: Help! The sender, I’ll call her Emily, had been asked by her community

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Cleaning

Five Fabulous Super Cheap Homemade Cleaner Recipes for Eyeglasses, Windshields, Counters, Floors, and Carpets

I pretty much hate to buy things I know I can make for less money and the time required to

Dear Mary

Ask Me Anything: Toys R Us Gift Cards | Percale Sheets | Best Upright Vacuum

Childhood memories … they can be both comforting and painful. I was reminded of that this past week when we