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Food & Recipes

How to Make Perfect Iced Tea

The only thing more comforting than a big, tall glass of iced tea on a hot summer day is knowing

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Home & Family

How to Fix Scratches on Glass

Our homes are well accessorized with glass from windowpanes to shower doors, tabletops and lovely glassware, too. While glass is

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Gift Guides

Smart Gifts for College-Bound Grads and Young Professionals

Although my grandsons are still quite young, I’m keeping this excellent reader tip handy for when they graduate from high school. What a

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Money and Finances

25 Ways to Save $1,000 on Monthly Expenses

A number of years ago I met Kathryn and Galen. They’d won a contest sponsored by Woman’s Day magazine. The

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Dear Mary, Home & Family

Questions on Online Savings Banks, Opossums, XL Bed Sheets, Stinky Refrigerator, and Lots More!

I love to hear from my readers. I encourage you to write to me, and for that, I get hundreds

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Home & Family

Kitchen Drawer Makeover: Top 10 Essential Kitchen Tools

Whether you’re a newlywed, recent grad moving into your first apartment or perhaps one of the 25% of millennials that

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Home & Family

16 Ways Car Wax Can Make Your Life Easier

Chances are good that there’s an old can of car wax hanging out in your garage or basement. Now would

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Best Inexpensive, Home & Family

Best Inexpensive Cast Iron Skillet and How to Love It

The venerable cast iron skillet is making a big comeback among home cooks. Our grandmothers would be so proud! And

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Home & Family

How to Sell Your House for the Highest Price Possible

So you’re getting ready to sell your house. Just thinking about it can be an overwhelming experience. Should you hire

Home & Family

5 Reasons You’ll Quickly Regret Raiding a Retirement Account

I know it’s hard. I know you’re desperate. You’re stressed and losing sleep. Things are tough. You have to do

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Cleaning

How to Make Your Own Powerful Tub and Shower Cleaners

The only thing better than making things myself is when what I make turns out to be cheaper, better and

Outdoors and Garden

Get Rid of Bugs and Crawling Insects Fast and Easy Without Poisons

Got creepy bugs and crawling insects like ants, centipedes, cockroaches, silverfish or bedbugs trying to take over your home or

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Home & Family

17 Things You Need to Know About How to Use Your Garbage Disposal

I would like to personally thank the late John W. Hammes, an architect working in Racine, Wisc., who in 1927

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Clothing and Accessories, Laundry

7 Simple Secrets for How to Make Jeans Last Longer

Finally, you found the perfect pair of jeans. They fit great and feel fantastic. Basically, you want them to last

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Mary's Perspective

How Materialism Leads to Discontentment

I should not have even picked it up. I knew better. After all, what was I expecting from a magazine

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Home & Family, Outdoors and Garden

How to Make Your Own Non-Toxic Natural Pest Control

Recently, a friend sent me an S.O.S. asking if I knew of any natural pest control to rid an apartment of

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Dear Mary

Questions on Auto Leasing, Homemade Laundry Detergent, Silver in Dishwasher, HE Washers, and 529 Plan Money

You should see my email inbox. Yikes! It’s overflowing with reader questions, tips, stories, feedback, rebuttals, and all kinds of

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Best Inexpensive, Cleaning

Best Inexpensive Cordless Stick Vacuum

According to more than a few messages from you, my dear readers—and in the words of Ricky Ricardo—I’ve got some

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Laundry

How to Make Wool Dryer Balls

Whenever I write about the benefits of using wool dryer balls in place of laundry softeners, I get a few

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Money and Finances

How to Manage Money for College Freshmen and Others, Too

All around the country, newly-minted high school graduates will soon be heading off to college. They’ll be taking a lot

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Laundry

Forget the Dry Cleaner: How to Wash a Down Comforter

If you’ve ever wondered if it’s okay to wash your down comforter instead of taking it to the dry cleaners,

Health and Beauty

Six Secrets for the Perfect Home Manicure

I wish I had all of the money I’ve spent over the years on salon manicures. It would be quite

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Home & Family

Should you Repair or Replace your Broken Appliances?

Deciding whether to repair or replace an appliance—especially when trying to discover which option will save money in the long

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Cleaning

How to Clean Leather Furniture

When it comes to furnishing your home, it’s difficult to find anything more luxurious and elegant than fine leather. With

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Home & Family

3 Ways to Stretch a Can of Tuna to Feed Four Hungry People

Let’s say that 6-ounce can of tuna in your pantry is the only scrap of protein in the house. You’ve

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Home & Family

9 Ways To Guarantee A Fabulous Family Vacation

When I was a kid, vacation meant four kids crammed into the back seat of a sedan, poking and elbowing

Woman with hand to her chin wondering about no-interest no-payments retail offers
Money and Finances, Shopping

The Ugly Truth About No-Interest No-Payments Offers

Have you ever wondered how retailers can possibly afford to offer the no-interest, no-payments kind of deals you see advertised?

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Home & Family

WD-40 to the Rescue for Every Problem Around the House

It’s not new. The blue and yellow can is about as familiar as anything I remember from my childhood. Banished