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Cleaning, Home & Family

25 Remarkable Ways to Use Blue Dawn Outside the Kitchen

Take a look under the sink where you keep your cleaning products. See a bottle of Blue Dawn Dishwashing Liquid?

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Dear Mary, Home & Family

Ask Me Anything: Mouse in the House | Sheets on the Bed | Interest on Credit-Card Debt

I will admit to having an extreme aversion to mice. They give me the creeps and just knowing one is

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Tips

Another Batch of Fabulous Great Reader Tips

From sharing their super cool tricks and tips to keep fresh produce fresher longer, to making buttermilk last as long

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Home & Family

Ask Me Anything: Vinyl Floor Care | Healthy 5-Min Bread | Stubborn Water Spots

If you’ve ever dealt with vinyl flooring—especially in an older home where the flooring has not been well-cared for, you

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Home & Family

19 Insanely Clever Ways to Use Bread Bags

As you know—and only because I write about it so much—I may as well be president of theArtisan-In-Five fan club for

Gifts, Holidays and Special Occasions

A Homemade Gift You’d Actually Love to Receive … Again!

Today’s post is a repeat of one of the most requested from Holiday Season 2017—both from readers who’ve made and

Health and Beauty

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth Money in the Bank

Today’s topic is not pretty, but unless you have $8,000 earmarked for dental care, it could prevent a lot of

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Dear Mary

Ask Me Anything: Cost of Ice | DIY Whipped Butter | Elderly Turkey | Lost Insurance Policy | EC en Español

I had so much fun responding to today’s great reader questions! Can’t remember the last time I laughed right out

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Home & Family

How to Repair Your Credit and Improve Your Credit Score

Your credit score is a 3-digit number between 300 and 850, generated by a mathematical algorithm (a mostly secret formula)

Holidays and Special Occasions, Money and Finances

The Secret for a Debt-Free Holiday Season in One Word

It’s not exactly a new word to me. But I’m pretty sure I’d never actually used the word predetermine in a sentence until

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Health and Beauty, Home & Family

Ask Me Anything: Cheap Tickets | Bank vs Credit Union | Medical Records and More

Last month, Harold and I took our older grandson to Universal Hollywood, for his 9th Birthday. Imagine, an airplane ride,

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Tips

Even More Great Readers Tips

Planting a backyard vegetable garden is a terrific idea, but it can be a pricey. And time-consuming. Today’s first reader

Best Inexpensive

An Under $20 Discovery that Thrills my Cheap Soul plus GIVEAWAY!

For more than two decades I have been a loyal Apple fan. I’ve had several iPhones, four MacBook Pro laptop

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Home & Family

Six 15-Minute Projects to Get Utility Bills to Rockbottom

Here’s some good news: At least 120 utilities companies have lowered electric, gas, or water rates due to the Tax

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Money and Finances

Getting Organized will Put Money in Your Pocket and a Smile on Your Face

Has this ever happened to you—while searching for the Valentine’s centerpiece you stumble across the Christmas wrap you bought at

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Food & Recipes

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

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

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Money and Finances

First Rule of Borrowing Money: Don’t Be Stupid

It’s true that debt is a four-letter word. I can count the letters in the word to prove that, or

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Cleaning, Home & Family

How to Stop Hating Your Carpet

If you hate your carpet because it’s old, stained and bordering on disgusting, I have great news. There are steps

Gifts, Home & Family, Repairs and Maintenance

These 9 Pocket Tools and Gadgets Make Fabulous Gifts

I’ve been doing some early Christmas shopping and found the perfect gifts—these super cool, unique and useful, pocket-size tools and

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Food & Recipes, Tips

Best Coffee Hacks, Tips and Tricks Plus DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte

Whenever I write about my love of coffee that admittedly has turned me into a coffee snob, reader feedback is