SEASONAL PRODUCE GUIDE. One of the best tips I know for cutting the cost of healthy, fresh food is to only buy a fruit or vegetable during its peak season. Items at their peak are far more plentiful, which typically causes the prices to drop. But how can you know for certain if, say, cherries, are at their peak?
The Sustainable Table food ...Read more
Sometimes I wonder how "Everyday Cheapskate" readers discover their handy ideas. I mean, who would have thought something that cleans brake parts would also remove stains from clothes? Go figure!
NOTHING GOES TO WASTE. Our town has two thrift shops that accept worn-out clothes. They remove the buttons and sell them. Then they bag up the clothes...Read more
If the heat of late summer is bringing ants into your home and the surrounding area, don't panic. You may not need toxic pest controls to send those suckers back to where they came from!
Here are 10 ways to get rid of ants using things you already have around the house.
SOAP AND WATER. If you have ants or other bugs around the house, pour a 50...Read more
It doesn't happen often, but now and then I'll get a message from someone who must be having a particularly bad day, like the fellow who wrote this past week accusing me of making up letters, messages and questions on the days I invite you to ask me anything. Oh, my. If only I could show him my inbox!
Dear Mary: Why doesn't anyone make a dish ...Read more
Recently, I inherited a new-to-me iPhone 6. It's lovely. I'm grateful, but I didn't really need a new phone. My venerable iPhone 5c suited me just fine.
My unlocked 32-gigabyte bright green 5c is in excellent condition, with no damage, scratches or problems. I'm on a mission to discover my options for what to do with it.
Trade It In
Both ...Read more
I wish you could see the giant stack of mail I have from readers who have taken me up on my offer to answer anything! Honestly, I couldn't be any happier about that. Enjoy this batch of answered questions, and then keep 'em coming!
Dear Mary: How do you remove the splash guard on your mechanical garbage disposer, where odors hide, for regular ...Read more
The longer I live the more convinced I become that it's not the amount of money a person has but what he or she does with it that makes the difference between a life of joy and one of misery.
Years ago, a friend of mine won the New York Lottery, with guaranteed annual checks of $200,000 for 10 years. $2 million seemed too good to be true. Brett...Read more
If you suffer the heartbreak of flabby celery, asparagus and herbs despite your best efforts to keep them fresh and lovely -- at least for as long as it takes to use them up -- one simple change in the way you store them could make all the difference. You'll read that and so much more in today's post, all courtesy of your fellow EC readers!
The Empty PulpitSandra Arrants
Fourteen year old Sherman Thompson has stumbled upon the body of his pastor. Laid out, dead, on the front lawn of the parsonage, Reverend Archibald Temple had a voice of thunder that has been rendered silent forever. Sherman and his sister Grace are determined to find out who killed him and ...
Got a question? Lots of readers do, and chances are pretty good theirs will be yours.
Dear Mary: The rust in our city water leaves an unsightly brown buildup around the rim of my vitreous china sink. I have tried homemade remedies and store-bought products, and nothing has worked to completely get rid of the unsightly stains. Could you ...Read more
If you have a bathtub with a slip-resistant bottom that still looks dingy, grungy and downright grimy no matter what you use to clean it, I have really good news and at least one surefire solution that will even bring an older tub bottom back to being clean and like new!
Since the Americans with Disabilities Act became law in 1990, all bathroom...Read more