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Food and Recipes

How to Make Homemade Chinese Brown Sauce

Some of my earliest childhood memories center around Asian food. But not just any Asian food. I’m talking about the

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Money and Finances

The 1-Percent Savings Solution

Want a simple, pain-free plan to increase your savings in 2020? CPA, author, and blogger Mike Piper says to save

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Home & Family

11 Ways to Simplify Your Life in 2020

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! And now our thoughts turn to a brand New Year! A clean, unspoiled

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Mary's Perspective

Tough Times Don’t Last, Tough People Do!

  Discouragement plagues all of us from time to time. If you’re discouraged about your situation—be it financial, family, job,

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Home & Family

Who Stole the Joy?!

It was an unusual interview. The interviewer explained she was writing an article for a national women’s magazine on clever

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Home & Family

7 Festive Holiday Dessert Drinks

It doesn’t have to be a full-blown dinner party to count as holiday entertaining. Why not ask your invited guests

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Food and Recipes

Homemade Soup to Soothe the Soul and Budget—in Minutes!

LOYAL READERS  know by now that I love to cook. And I prefer to make things from scratch. But given

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Travel and Entertainment

How to Survive—and Not Go Broke—When Stranded in an Airport

The busiest travel season on record began and will last through Jan. 5, An estimated 47.5 million passengers will fly

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Mary's Perspective, Shopping

Remember Mr. Diderot and His Red Robe Before You Head out Shopping

The eighteenth-century French philosopher Denis Diderot wrote an essay entitled “Regrets on Parting with My Old Dressing Gown.” It seems

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The Ultimate Guide to Proper Re-gifting

Six days until Christmas. While you let that sink in, allow me to whisper one word in your ear: Re-gifting.

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My Shopping Addiction Rehab Program

Shopping is my thing. I love the thrill of the hunt, that feeling of discovery and the joy of a bargain.

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Extreme Bargain Hunting: The Best Time to Save on Everything

Over the years, I have learned an important lesson about getting the best deals on just about everything. Extreme bargain hunters

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Gifts, Holidays and Special Occasions

Gifts That Don’t Cost a Dime

Short on cash this holiday season? Maybe it’s time to start thinking about gifts that don’t come from a store,

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Home & Family

The Best Way to Cook Bacon (Easiest, Too!)

I must admit to a kind of love-hate relationship with bacon. On the one hand, my family loves bacon, which

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Food and Recipes, Gifts

Incredible Edible Gifts

You do not need a lot of money nor must you have the gift of craftiness to assemble fabulous gifts

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What Teachers Really Want for Christmas

Recently, I contacted teachers I know, asking them how they really feel about gifts from parents and students—at Christmas and

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Holidays and Special Occasions, Home & Family

4 Things We Really Want for Christmas

Sure they want toys, but underneath it all what kids really want for Christmas (adults, too) just might surprise you.

Clothing and Accessories, Repairs and Maintenance

A Shoemaker Can Save Your Sole

To some people, a cobbler is a lovely fruit dessert, best served warm. To others, it is a shoemaker who

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11 Ways to Get the Best Online Deals and Discounts

Just about everyone who shops online knows to look for a discount, promotional code, or coupon of some kind before

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Holidays and Special Occasions

7 Ways to Use Fresh Cranberries to Make the Holidays More Beautiful

The relatively short season for fresh cranberries (October through December) is now in full swing with bags of the ruby

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Gift Guides, Holidays and Special Occasions

A Mishmash of Christmas Ideas and Holiday Tips

Good news! Another Black Friday is in the books. You survived—unscathed I hope. If you bag some amazing bargains without

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Holidays and Special Occasions

Gift-Giving: What’s the Point?

Happy Black Friday!

To be perfectly honest, I’m not completely sure where all the happy is in this day of out-of-control

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Mary's Perspective

Make Every Day Thanksgiving!

Back by popular demand, Mary’s annual Thanksgiving message …  I love Thanksgiving so much it vies for first place in

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Home & Family

11 Things You Should Never Burn in Your Fireplace

If you have a wood-burning fireplace, it’s likely that now and then you toss things like cardboard, junk mail, and

Home & Family

Ask Me Anything: Cosigning Parents, Silent Stylist, Rum Cake Recipe, and More

Happy Sunday, Everybody!

Once again, it’s mailbag day, when I reach in and pull out your questions. While there are

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Food and Recipes

White Fruitcake that Dreams are Made Of

I have no pride and, according to some, no taste. I love fruitcake. Sickeningly sweet, loaded with pecans, cherries, pineapple,

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Kids and Babies

What Every Kid Needs to Know About Greed and Thankfulness

If there is one thing that will ruin your kids’ lives, it’s greed. Teach them while they’re young how to

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Gadgets, Home & Family

7 Cheap Gadgets That Make Life Easy—Fun, Too

I am nothing if not a gadget lover. Ingenious items that make my life easier are great, but when I

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Home & Family

Ask Me Anything: Bed Sheets, Vanilla Extract, Washing Soda, Lestoil, and More!

I just pulled a load of questions from my mailbag, which is really my email inbox, and while I don’t

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Mary's Perspective

Want What You Have, Buy What You Need

Years ago, I read in The New York Times that according to Yankelovich Research, the average American adult is the

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Best Inexpensive

Just in Time for Thanksgiving—Best Inexpensive Kitchen Tools

If today’s topic seems a bit premature because Thanksgiving is still two weeks away, let me remind you of the