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Mary's Life

Retail Panic for Some Means Job Security for Others

Patience is not one of my finer qualities. I could no more have stood there and waited through 12 servings

Food & Recipes

13 Ways to Save Money Eating Out at Restaurants

The average American household spends most of its money—62% of an average $56,000 in annual expenditures—on just three things: housing,

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Mary's Perspective

Encouragement is One Thing I Need to Keep Going

Encouragement. For me it is a basic need or perhaps a character flaw, I’m not quite sure. All I know

Automobiles

10 Easy Ways to Cut Your Gasoline Cost

Only a few months ago I paid $1.75 a gallon for gas in Thornton, Colo. That’s nearly a dollar cheaper

Health and Beauty

The Costly Mistakes You Make With Your Choice of Shampoo

Come on … ‘fess up. You feel guilty using $1.99 shampoo because it’s really bad for your hair. And anybody

Cleaning, Home & Family

26 Ways to Use Vinegar that Will Surprise You!

It’s cheap. It’s available in every supermarket and home center in the universe and so useful around your home, you

Kids and Babies, Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

5 Reasons to Give Kids an Allowance

For the better part of my life I believed that more money was the answer to every problem in life.

Home & Family, Outdoors and Garden

Grow Your Own Food One Square Foot at a Time

For years I’ve tried to grow decent vegetable gardens. My harvests have ranged from disappointing to mediocre. And certainly not

Cleaning, Home & Family, Most Popular

How to Make Ugly Soap Scum, Mildew, and Water Marks Disappear Like Magic

When all three messages landed in my inbox on the same day, the problem of soap scum, shower mildew, and

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Food & Recipes

How to Make Perfect Iced Coffee

As a coffee lover, there’s one thing I just didn’t get until quite recently: iced coffee. What?! The idea left

Food & Recipes

How to Prevent Cheese From Turning Green and Moldy

Call me picky, but I prefer my greens to be those of the garden variety, not something growing on my

Food & Recipes, Holidays and Special Occasions

Einstein in the Kitchen or Let Them Eat (Carrot) Cake

I have a special treat for you today. It’s a recipe. Normally I sell this recipe for $1,000 but it’s

Cleaning, Home & Family

Help! My Apartment Stinks Like a Stale Ashtray

What do vacuum sealers and apartments that smell like a stale ashtray have in common? Absolutely nothing other than these two

Mary's Life, Money and Finances

Pay Down or Pay Ahead? It Can Be Confusing

Years ago I learned a lesson I won’t have to learn again. It was that poignant. It was during a

Cleaning

Three Generic Cleaners Same as Brand Names but Way Cheaper

Most people are well familiar with the term “generic” when it comes to medications, a term referring to any drug

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Health and Beauty, Laundry

How to Use Wool Dryer Balls and Why You Should

A previous post, Fabric Softener Products are the Problem Not the Solution, struck a chord with thousands of readers. I

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Health and Beauty

7 Ways to Cut the High Cost of Prescription Drugs

These days the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs is enough to give you a heart attack. If medication drug costs have

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Home & Family

Cheat Sheet for 3 Best Ways to Unclog a Toilet—Quick and Easy!

No one likes to talk about it, but truth be told it happens. Toilets malfunction. They get clogged. Sure, it’s

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Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

16 Ways to Stop Worrying and Start Living the Life You Love

If you’ve ever have been in serious debt—or are right now—you know the feeling that your creditors own you lock,

Home & Family, Laundry

Simple Solutions for 3 Common Laundry Problems

What do stinky, yellowed, and crayon-stained laundry items have in common? They’re the reason lots of people write to me.

Cleaning

How to Get Your Windows Sparkling Clean—Cheaper, Better, Faster!

My husband and I moved into our new home in April 2015, just in time to experience our first Rocky Mountain

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Cleaning, Dear Mary, Home & Family

Ask Me Anything: Pet Stains on Hardwood, Cleaning Baseboards, Prepay Mortgage

Quesitons About Pet Stains on Hardwood, Cleaning Baseboards, Prepaying Mortgage   If it’s Friday, it just might be Ask Me Anything

Cleaning, Tips

How to Clean Glass Fireplace Doors Plus 7 More Great Reader Tips

I had a serious déjà vu moment when I pulled today’s first reader tip from my inbox. Roseanne’s tip for

Best Inexpensive, Home & Family

An Important Update on Best Inexpensive Bed Sheets

For some time I’d been toying with whether or not to write this post on bed sheets. For months I’d

Health and Beauty, Mary's Life

19 Surprising Ways Epsom Salts Can Improve Your Life

I can recall vividly—and count on one hand—the migraine headaches I’ve had in my life, all of them before age

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Cleaning, Home & Family

Worst and Best Ways to Clean Your Eyeglasses

You just paid a small fortune for new eyeglasses. On top of the cost for prescription lenses and fashionable frames,