Couple-Jumping with Joy above their circumstances
Mary's Perspective

How to Live Your Life Above Your Circumstances

Her letter was long. Page after page she went on about every aspect of her miserable life.

In between the

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Mary's Perspective

Less Randomly, But Not Quite

If last week’s Saturday blog stats hold any meaning at all, it appears my readers enjoy a numbered, quick hit list

Woman Thrilled by the Results of Lestoil Heavy-Duty Stain
Cleaning, Home & Family, Laundry

10 Things You’ll Be Happy to Know About Lestoil

Ever had the occasion to wonder where you’ve been all your life? That’s my reaction to a simple heavy-duty cleaning product,

Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

You Really Can Recover from Dumb Money Mistakes

When I was young and stupid, I ran up more than $100,000 in unsecured, credit-card debt. (And you think you’ve

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Home & Family

How to Buy Carpet—What You Need to Know to Make the Perfect Decision

It’s not something you buy every day. But when it’s time to buy carpet, you’ll want to know your stuff.

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Automobiles, Home & Family

Look at All the Hidden Benefits in Your AAA Membership

If you are a member of AAA, it’s likely that you depend on it to get you out of an automotive bind

Cleaning, Home & Family

The Wonders of Hydrogen Peroxide

It’s been a few years since I helped Georgia rescue her new duvet cover. I suggested she soak the stain

Food & Recipes

Here is the Secret to Healthy Eating on a Budget

Recently, I got a frantic letter from Barbara, who lives in Florida. It seems that her teenage son has taken

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Mary's Perspective

Randomly on a Saturday

There’s just nothing like a beautiful, lazy Saturday to bring out a few random thoughts and somewhat useless, albeit fun,

Food & Recipes

4 Easy Ways to Make Perfectly Baked Potatoes

Think you have nothing to fix for dinner? As long as you have a few potatoes in the pantry, you
Food & Recipes

Chicken Labeling: Prepare to Be Surprised

If you’ve ever stood in the supermarket wondering if paying more for chicken that is free-range, antibiotic-free, no hormones added,

Food & Recipes

9 Cooking Mistakes We All Make and How to Fix Them

Just the other night I suffered a kitchen disaster. I hate when that happens. I ruined an entire pot of

make your-own-glass-cleaner-for-sparkling-windows

Meet My Spring Clean A-Team

There’s an illness that has been documented by poets for centuries and I’ve got it. It’s spring fever, that wonderfully


The Best Way to Vacuum Carpet is to Memorize this Routine

Perhaps this has happened to you: You’ve lived with carpeting, then for one reason or another you live with hardwood

A plate of gourmet-quality Pasta Mama from Hugo's Restaurant, West Hollywood, Calif.
Food & Recipes

Pasta Mama: World-Class Gourmet Pasta on a Shoestring

A popular restaurant  Hugo’s, in West Hollywood, Calif., has been critically acclaimed for one of its menu items, Pasta Mama.

This car trash can is the perfect size with all the features we need at a super affordable
Automobiles, Best Inexpensive

This is the Best Car Trash Can Ever

I’ve always thought that a car should come outfitted with some kind of incinerator that sucks the accumulation of trash

Home & Family

All You Need to Know to Get Your Prescription Eyeglasses Online

Honestly? When I first heard about ordering prescription eyeglasses online, I scoffed. I rolled my eyes. What next? Mail order surgery?

Mary's Perspective

The Most Critical Six Months in a College Grad’s Life

Graduating from college is one of life’s most thrilling events. And the decisions and choices graduates make in the first

Home & Family, Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

How to Give New Life to an Old Eyeglasses Case

Recently, I dropped off several out-of-prescription eyeglasses at a Walmart Vision Center, just one of many collection centers around the country

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Home & Family, Mary's Perspective

How to Survive an Income Crisis and Come Out Better for It

Last week, as a grateful family and community welcomed home 8-year-old Leia Carrico, and her 5-year-old sister Caroline, who’d been
Food & Recipes

Salad in a Jar—Good for Health and Wealth

If you’ve been hanging with me for any length of time, you know I’m pretty wild about making Gifts in

Food & Recipes

These Brilliant Tips Make Cooking More Fun and Rewarding

I remember my grandmother saying, “If we didn’t need food, we’d all be rich!” This may be true, but then

Closeup portrait of the worst kind of cheapskate who is generous with himself, cheap with others
Mary's Perspective, Money and Finances

Cheap, Yes, But Not at the Expense of Others

Living below your means requires a good bit of creativity from time to time. You have to get pretty clever

Mary Hunt's garden in spring©2014 Everyday Cheapskate
Best Inexpensive, Dear Mary, Outdoors and Garden

Best Inexpensive Gadgets and Gear for the Home Gardener

There’s nothing like a series of sunny days in late winter to wake up my inner gardener. Apparently, I’m not

Cleaning, Home & Family

The Best Way I Know to Slash the True Cost of Dirty HVAC Filters

Do I have a story to tell you—another lesson I’ve learned the hard way so you won’t have to. Truth

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Best Inexpensive, Gift Guides, Kids and Babies

Here are the Best Headphones for Every Budget and Kids, Too

Several readers have asked recently about the best inexpensive headphones and earbuds both for themselves and their kiddos. Today seems

Best Inexpensive, Health and Beauty

The Best Inexpensive Skin Care Products Recommended by My Doctor

How shocked was I to read it in a popular women’s magazine? Speechless, but somehow I gathered enough strength to