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Everyday Cheapskate: A Couple's Guide to Common Money Myths

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The wedding was complicated and expensive. But it's over, and now it's time to settle in and enjoy your new life together.

Lucky for you, I'm here to warn you about some common money myths that newlyweds have been known to bring with them into their marriage.

Myth: Double the income, half the expenses.

This is what I call newlywed fuzzy math:...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Ask Me Anything: Kitchen Appliances, Counters and Cleaners

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Dear Mary: We are remodeling our kitchen, which means all new appliances. Do you have a suggestion for the brand we should consider? And should we get matching appliances or do more of a mix-and-match to get the best prices available? Also, which type of countertop do you feel is better? We have nine grandkids, so we want everything to be very ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Your Data has been Stolen From Equifax. Here's What You Need to Do Today

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Recently, it has been reported that hackers have stolen personal identifying and sensitive information from 143 million American consumers, including Social Security numbers and driver's license numbers, from Equifax, one of the three big consumer credit reporting agencies.

How this could happen is beyond my comprehension. Still, we must assume...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: How Easy It Is to Become Blinded by Easy Credit

Consumer / Everyday Cheapskate /

It makes me laugh now, but years ago, when I watched a particular episode of the television show "Little House on the Prairie," I was so judgmental. Whaaaat?! Are you kidding me? Pleeeeease, not Pa!

Seems the owners of Oleson's Mercantile had some newfangled system where they would trust Pa to take stuff without paying, put it on his bill and ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Please Don't Touch the Retirement Accounts

Consumer / Everyday Cheapskate /

I know it's hard. I know you're desperate. You're stressed and losing sleep. Things are tough. You have to do something, and soon. But whatever you do, don't touch your retirement account. Don't borrow against it. Don't withdraw from it. Leave it alone.

What's so bad about liquidating a retirement account?

Momentum. Even if your retirement ...Read more

How I Spent 40 Bucks to Avoid Surgery

Consumer / Everyday Cheapskate /

It was a total self-inflicted injury. I did a really stupid thing.

Early one Saturday morning, I heard the doorbell chime, which reminded me I'd set up an appointment with a landscape guy. Not wanting a second ring to wake my husband, I flew like a flash from one end of the house to the other in socks ... and down the wooden stairs.

When I hit...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: The High Cost of Being Hopeless With Math

Consumer / Everyday Cheapskate /

"I don't do math. Numbers give me a rash." That's a line I've used a lot, mostly because it's true but also because it gets me a laugh.

Truth be told, most of us stink when it comes to doing math on the fly. That's a problem because being hopeless with math makes us putty in the hands of retailers.

Why is it socially acceptable to say that we'...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Best Inexpensive: Electric Toothbrush, Folding Knife, Smart Speaker and Extreme Hand Lotion

Consumer / Everyday Cheapskate /

One of the best things I've done in a long time is to invite my readers to send in their requests for my Best Inexpensive picks. I'm not sure why I love it so much, but it may have something to do with satisfying my inner shopper without actually shopping.

At any rate, today I'm excited to reveal my Best Inexpensive pick for four completely ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Simple Tool Keeps Garbage Disposer Clean -- Plus More Great Reader Tips

Consumer / Everyday Cheapskate /

Dear Mary: Reading a recent column of yours about cleaning a garbage disposer prompted me to want to tell you about a brush that is made just for this purpose. It's just like the Mr. Scrappy disposer brush, and I've had it for at least 10 years. This brush is designed to clean all the way into the disposer and also under the splash guard. I put ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Ask Me Anything: Fruit Flies, Rusty Garden Tools, Eufy HomeVac HEPA-Style Filters

Consumer / Everyday Cheapskate /

Regardless of what the calendar reads, I know without a doubt when fall has arrived where I live in northern Colorado. It's not evident necessarily by a change of temperature or even trees beginning to turn color, because both are still very summerlike. Around here, it's tiny, annoying, persistent fruit flies that signal that autumn cannot be ...Read more

Lessons From a 2-Year-Old

Consumer / Everyday Cheapskate /

I gave my son and daughter-in-law lots of gifts when their son, Elijah, was born. But none has come back to bless me more than the gift of Friday. Since he was 6 weeks old, I've closed the door to work on Fridays to care for and learn from my grandson, Eli.

In these two years, Eli and I have explored our neighborhood looking for cats, dogs, ...Read more


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