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Money and Finances

How to Automate Your Finances

I once flew in a chartered jet, not exactly like a rockstar, but I did feel quite pampered. The flight

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Home & Family, Pets

How to Get Sparkle in a Vase, Cheap into Pest Control and Piddle Out of Carpet

The longer I live, the more convinced I am that for every household problem, there are at least two possible

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Home & Family

How to Unclog a Drain Yourself Without Caustic Chemicals

A plugged up sink, shower, or tub drain sends most people running for either a bottle of caustic drain cleaner

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Money and Finances

Zero-Interest Balance Transfer Has Its Reward but Riddled with Risks

Paying off credit-card debt is an uphill battle. If the majority of your minimum monthly payment is going toward interest,


How to Remove Salt Stains from Leather and Suede

Salt. It’s mandatory in a human diet. But in other situations, salt can be as destructive as it is needful

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Food & Recipes

One Pound Ground Beef Makes a Meal

Hey, that was quick! It’s already Friday again.

Is it just me, or does it seem like January has been the

Home & Family

How to Beef Up Home Security on the Cheap

As a kid growing up, I lived in a house with security that rivaled Fort Knox. Every exterior opening was fitted with

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Home & Family

Easiest Way to Remove Burned-On Mess in a Pot, Pan or Casserole

I consider myself an expert on today’s topic. I have the unique talent of creating horrible burned-on messes in casserole

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Home & Family, Mary's Life

Even Small Households Can Save Big at Warehouse Clubs

It’s been a few years now since my husband and I began talking about relocating to another state. At first,

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Mary's Life

When Holiday Debt Hangs On Long After the Gifts are Forgotten

Got debt? I could be wrong, but if you’re revolving a big credit card balance I’m guessing at least some

Food & Recipes

10 Brilliant Food and Cooking Hacks to Make Your Life Easier

Whether you are naturally gifted in the kitchen or had the pleasure of growing up with some talented cooks who

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Food & Recipes, Home & Family

When it Comes to Food Products—What’s in a Date?

No doubt, you’ve noticed that some food products come with dates and codes printed on them. Does that mean it

Cleaning, Clothing and Accessories

How to Remove Yellow Sweat Stains—It Really Works!

Yellow armpit stains on white shirts are a problem if my inbox is any indication, which I believe it is.

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Food & Recipes, Home & Family

7 Ways to Get Out of the Supermarket Without Overspending

Have you noticed? The cost of food is once again soaring. In fact, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported last

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Home & Family, Mary's Life

Help For The Organizationally Challenged

Have you caught an episode of Marie Kondo’s new binge-worthy Netflix series, Tidying Up? It debuted on Jan. 1, and

Food & Recipes

Muffins So Amazing, They’re Insane!

I love to bake, however, baking has not always been fond of me. We’ve had our moments. It wasn’t until

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Home & Family

11 Everyday Uses for Nok-Out—the World’s Best Odor Eliminator

Nok-Out and I met quite by accident. While searching for ways to deal with offensive odors—that musty smell of an

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Best Inexpensive, Home & Family

A New Name for Our Best Inexpensive Cordless Stick Vacuum

I’ve got good news … and bad news! But first a little story.

Faithful readers know that in my spare

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Automobiles, Cleaning, Dear Mary

Ask Me Anything: Upside Down in a Car Loan, Plastic in the Oven and More

I love my overflowing inbox filled with questions from my dear readers. What I don’t love is not being able to

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Mary's Life, Money and Finances

Your Best Money Year Ever

For years (and years), I lived under a dark cloud of worry that I would end up financially destitute—a bag

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Money and Finances

8 Easy Ways to Grow a Cash Stash in 2019

Saving money is a curious term with two meanings: 1) To spend less, as in “I buy things on sale

Home & Family

4 Ways to Get More Books for Your Bucks (and Vice Versa)

Got books? If you are an avid reader, I’m going to go out on a limb here and suggest that

Apple Cider Vinegar to Make Your Life Easier
Health and Beauty

8 Surprisingly Effective Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar

It makes a terrific vinaigrette for salad, but apple cider vinegar (ACV) is good in many other ways, too. Not

January is the Best Time to Buy Linens

January is the Best Time to Buy These 9 Things

Worried you missed out on all the After Christmas sales? Well, dry your tears because some of the best sales