BY MARY HUNT Dear Mary: We have a large family, and we plan to take a road trip this summer because it’s significantly cheaper than flying. We often are tempted to spend a lot on eating out when we take road trips, as we cannot bring the kitchen with... Read more
By Mary Hunt Dear Mary: I recently refused to give my Social Security number to a cable company when I simply was inquiring about the cost of services. The clerk stated that without the number, she would be unable to give me a quote. Some companies ask for it... Read more
By Mary Hunt Feeling down in the dumps because you don’t have an iPad or a pretty new sofa? Wish you could take your hubby to a nice restaurant for his birthday, but alas, you are broke? Turn around your attitude and cancel your pity party with a simple... Read more
By Mary Hunt Dear Mary: I’m trying to find a reliable website to help me book cheap flights. Do you have any suggestions? — Peggy C., e-mail Dear Peggy: I would not rely on any one site to get the price right every time. Every day, there are thousands... Read more
By Mary Hunt Got teens? Then you already know that what they want most is for you to trust them. And though you may not be ready to hand over all decisions to them, there is a way that you can begin to develop trust in a way that... Read more
By Mary Hunt There used to be no doubt that buying a home was considered better than renting. Everyone, it seemed, from your wise parents to your friendly neighborhood banker advised that renting a home was tantamount to throwing your money away. Owning provided a way to “put your... Read more
BY MARY HUNT Dear Mary: My husband and I paid off our home mortgage and bought a lake cabin. We have no outstanding debt. We share one major credit card and a store credit card. We never carry balances on those accounts. However, when we completed the paperwork to... Read more
By Mary Hunt Apparently, I am not the only one who hesitates when it comes to frying bacon. It can make such a mess! Then there’s all that fat to get rid of. But I think those days are gone for me. After you read these clever bacon tricks... Read more
By Mary Hunt I can’t say that I read every label before I put things in my grocery cart, but I do read plenty of them. I like to know what I’m paying for and how much I’m paying per ounce or pound. It’s enlightening. Many times, I put... Read more
By Mary Hunt Dear Mary: Recently, we were invited to celebrate my sister-in-law’s 50th birthday at an expensive restaurant. My brother informed us that he cannot afford to buy us dinner, so we will have to pay for our own meals. My husband and I would like to get... Read more