Entries by Mary Hunt

Oh, To Be Organized

I have a theory that most of us would be more than willing to let go of the stuff that’s cluttering our homes if we knew these things would serve a worthwhile cause or help someone else. Here are those worthwhile causes for your seven biggest clutter problems:

The Front-Loader Debate Continues

Dear Mary, In a recent column you said you didn’t buy a front-loading washing machine, as you learned from others’ mistakes. What are the pros and cons of a front loader, and what’s your opinion of the top-loader machines without the middle agitator? Pat, email Dear Pat, Front-loading washers suffer from a unique set of […]

Five Clever Ways Readers Stretch a Buck

Sometimes the best way to save a buck is to look in the most unlikely places. I’m a huge fan of the fresh produce at my local 99 Cents Only store. And milk, as compared to the price at my supermarket, is a bargain at the Walgreens across the street. But who knew we could […]

Too Many Lemons Is Still a Good Thing

A couple of years ago, my son, Jeremy, gave me the bounty from two fruit trees that pretty much rule his backyard. My Mother’s Day gift of Meyer lemons weighed in at 124 pounds. I had to quickly figure out ways to use, share and preserve lemons. Surprisingly, it worked out pretty well. I still […]


Plastic: Hazardous to Your Wealth

Today, there is a huge debate about whether exposure to plastic poses health risks. But there exists still an even bigger problem with a different kind of plastic exposure, already proven to be hazardous to our wealth. I’m talking about the kind of plastic we carry in our wallets. Convenience Factor. Most people begin their […]

Finish Off a Great Meal With Cake

There’s nothing like following a great dinner with cake. It’s like the exclamation mark on a meal. I love to bake cakes and today I have three very different recipes to share: one from scratch, one that starts with a cake mix, and the third — it really isn’t cake, but once a year my […]

How to Find a Financial Advisor You Can Trust

Dear Mary, My husband has been handling our finances, but he was recently diagnosed with dementia. I feel so overwhelmed with everything. He has already forgotten to pay some bills, so I have gotten involved with our finances. My husband wants to sell our home, but houses aren’t selling in our area and I really […]

Money in the Bank Is the Reward for Frugality

Living frugally does not mean choosing a life of poverty. Frugality is simply the act of avoiding waste. It means finding the most economical way to accomplish a task or project. Frugality doesn’t mean giving up, it means living better because when you have all that you need plus money in the bank, life becomes […]