Entries by Mary Hunt

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Financially Confident Kids

The topic of kids and money has always been important to me, but these days it’s occupying the top spot in my mind. I am convinced that one of the greatest gifts parents can give their children is confidence―financial confidence. Kids who know how to make good financial decisions from a young age will have the […]

When the Invitation Says Potluck

In case you haven’t looked at your calendar lately, it’s potluck and picnic season. And if you’re anything like me, you want to take something wonderful to share, come home with an empty dish and requests for the recipe. Here are several ideas for potluck-friendly side dishes that are quick, easy and travel well. Even […]

Can Bad Credit Hurt My Career?

Dear Mary, At a recent job interview, I completed the application, which included a form asking for permission to obtain my credit report. I was hesitant to sign because I’ve fallen behind on a number of payments since I was laid off six months ago. Can my bad credit score hamper my chances of getting […]

The Gift of Organization

A recent column about my commitment to organizing my kitchen prompted a huge response from EC readers. I am happy to report “mission accomplished!” After reading an email from K.T., I was really touched. I think I’ll follow her lead and offer my help to a few people I know.

The Art of Negotiating

Everything I know about the art and science of negotiating, I learned as a matter of survival. Driven to save myself and my family from financial ruin, I jumped into the real estate industry. I knew nothing about negotiating. All I knew was that I had to find a way to bring interested parties together, […]

Mary’s Kitchen Remodel – Part 1

Over the years I’ve responded to dozens of letters from DPLers getting ready to remodel their homes. They’re scared and confused. My response? Oh, pish-posh! What’s the big deal? Just stick to your budget, ask a lot of questions and don’t go overboard. You’ll do fine! And be sure to send pics. Now, it’s my […]

On-the-Go Summer Fare

It’s hot, the kids are restless. Don’t set the table. Pack a picnic. It doesn’t have to be fancy. With just a few tips and precautions you can turn an otherwise ho-hum meal into a mini-vacation. Food safety. Transporting food in warm weather deserves particular care. When allowed to sit out unrefrigerated for long periods […]