I’ll admit I used to think frugality was a distasteful lifestyle forced upon the poor. I believed it was synonymous with never buying new clot…

Are you feeling jittery about taking a family vacation this summer? You’re not alone. Whether it’s your family’s safety abroad, the high cost …

Is there anything more gratifying than a beautiful garden when you just happen to be the gardener? But one trip to the garden center to pick u…

Saving by Choice, Not by ChanceA question that I answered in a previous column brought a small avalanche of mail, mostly from readers who were…

Dear Mary: About 10 years ago, my daughter co-signed on an automobile loan for a friend. The “friend” skipped out on payments and left town, s…

During the 18 months that we lived in a tiny apartment in anticipation of our move from California to Colorado, I did not have a traditional s…

There are some who consider pizza the perfect food. It has complex carbohydrates, vegetables, dairy and protein. OK, maybe “perfect” is stretc…

It used to be that young people reaching adulthood could not wait to leave home and be on their own. And their parents longed for an empty nes…

Yesterday, I filled up at the gas station, and I was shocked. Shocked! Cost to fill up? $64.12. I really haven’t been hiding under a rock. It’…

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Recently I got a frantic letter from Barbara, who lives in Florida. It seems that her teenage son has taken up bodybuilding and her husband is…

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It’s summer — the best time to get away for some family fun. This weekend, why not load up the car, fill the tank and take the family on a roa…

”Sorry my place is such a mess!” If you have to pull out that one every time you welcome friends or family into your house, it might be time t…

Most of us think of spending money in the least painful terms. I suppose that’s only natural. If we could see clearly how a simple purchase fi…

It was shocking, if not surreal. The email message was from a woman I’d never met and whose name I recognized only because, a few months earli…

Shortly after takeoff, the pilot circled over the Great Salt Lake, tipping the wings ever so slightly so we could witness the unusual reddish-…

If I asked you to deduct your monthly expenses from your monthly income, I have a feeling you’d look pretty good on paper. The mystery for man…

So, this is a first for me. Honestly, Heinz ketchup is about as common a product as any in the Hunt refrigerator. So why on earth would I even…

While we have lots of DIY cleaner recipes in our “Everyday Cheapskate” arsenal, a reliable upholstery cleaner was missing. Now we can check it…

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