Indiana, PA - Indiana County

MARY HUNT

Mary invites questions at mary@everydaycheapskate.com, or c/o Everyday Cheapskate, P.O. Box 2099, Cypress, CA 90630. This column will answer questions of general interest, but letters cannot be answered individually. Mary Hunt is the founder of www.DebtProofLiving.com, a personal finance member website and the author of “The Smart Woman’s Guide to Planning for Retirement,” released in 2013. To find out more about Mary and read her past columns, please visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.

Articles by MARY HUNT

EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE: How to save big on your groceries EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE: How to save big on your groceries
13 weeks ago - - MARY HUNT
Is your monthly grocery spending eating up a large portion of your income? You’re not alone. Data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that a family of four, using a moderate-cost plan, spent an average of $1,062 on groceries per month in 2015 — that’s $12,744 annually! [Read More]
EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE: Save money with homemade cleaners EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE: Save money with homemade cleaners
13 weeks ago - - MARY HUNT
If there’s one area that you can cut down in household spending, it’s household cleaners. The cost of most home cleaning products is becoming outrageous. [Read More]
EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE: Finding money you didn't know you had EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE: Finding money you didn't know you had
13 weeks ago - - MARY HUNT
We think we work to pay the bills. But the truth is that most of us spend more than we make on more than we need, which sends us back to work to make more money, which we then spend to buy even more stuff than we need. On and on it goes like one big, fat, expensive vicious cycle. [Read More]
EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE
14 weeks ago - - MARY HUNT
DEAR MARY: I followed your suggestion to track our family spending for 30 days. I am so embarrassed to admit that our family of four spent nearly $385 on fast food in one month. I thought I kept track of all our expenses but hadn’t even thought of tracking fast food spending. [Read More]
EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE
14 weeks ago - - MARY HUNT
Writing a check is not the only way to give to charity. Your pocket change can go a long way to help those in need. These are a few simple, easy ways to help your local community while still being smart about your funds. [Read More]
EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE: There are many benefits to DIY laundry softener EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE: There are many benefits to DIY laundry softener
14 weeks ago - - MARY HUNT
Fabric softeners are designed to reduce the amount of static in synthetic fibers. Liquid softeners are added to the final rinse cycle in the washer; softening sheets are thrown into the dryer with the clothes. [Read More]
EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE
14 weeks ago - - MARY HUNT
DEAR MARY: I’m writing in response to a recent column in which you gave a tip on washing dirty potatoes in the dishwasher. At first thought this sounds like a good idea. But I see two reasons why it’s a bad idea. Firstly, there is still a chemical clearing agent released during the rinse cycle. [Read More]
EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE
15 weeks ago - - MARY HUNT
Last year, readers Mitch and Jenn had a string of bad luck. Mitch broke his leg in a skiing accident. Jenn’s car broke down, requiring major repairs. And their home’s aged roof decided to fail right in the midst of a major storm. [Read More]
EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE
15 weeks ago - - MARY HUNT
Most people are familiar with the term “generic” when it comes to medications. We know that by law, for a medication to be labeled as “generic” for a name-branded prescription, it must be the same thing as its branded cousin. [Read More]
EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE
15 weeks ago - - MARY HUNT
As you know, I travel quite a bit, which means I have the need to rent cars. Most of the time that goes well, and by “well” I mean I land a fantastic daily rate and I get to test drive a nice new car. [Read More]
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