Entries by Mary Hunt

YouTube Demo Videos a Hit with Consumers

It’s hard to remember a time when YouTube wasn’t a part of our lives. It seems like every day I receive a link from a friend or family member sharing something fun, poignant or thrilling on YouTube. My friend Lou at NokOut.com is a YouTube star. She has a series of videos that show her […]

Cranberries: More than Relish

Did you know that there are 440 cranberries in one pound? 4,400 cranberries in one gallon of juice? 440,000 cranberries in a 100-pound barrel? And that Americans consume some 400 million pounds of cranberries each year? For sure they are delicious, but who knew there were so many other ways you can use fresh cranberries. […]

Lighten Up About the Economy

I have long held that a sense of humor is life’s best shock absorber. That’s why I have “55 Jokes About the Recession” pinned to my bulletin board. I rely on humor to blunt the shocking economic headlines du jour, news that could easily render a person powerless. The economy is so bad, Hot Wheels stock […]

Mary’s Big Remodel – Part 15

Well … another week, and a lot more progress. As you may recall when the new floor was installed, all of the baseboards had to come off, including the custom woodwork Harold did in our entryway. The plans was that the installers would remove those pieces of base, and we’d reinstall them later. Apparently not […]


Don’t Let Kids’ Activities Break the Bank

Dear Mary, My biggest budget busters are enrichment activities for my four children. I want to spark their joy for living and have them sample different sports and hobbies. Currently they attend a private school that is academically aggressive, and each takes piano lessons. The boys take karate and the girls, ballet. They are also […]

Get Creative with Recycling

In my area of the country, plastic shopping bags have become scarce. Cities and stores are either banning them altogether or opting for paper instead. For the past 30 years I have dutifully recycled my bags, but now I’m hanging on to my dwindling stash. It may not sound politically or environmentally correct, but those […]