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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 win big with a warehouse membership EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE: How to win big with a warehouse membership
14 weeks ago - - MARY HUNT
They’re big, they’re filled with temptation and millions of people shell out an average of 50 bucks a year to be card-carrying members of one of America’s three big warehouse clubs: Costco, Sam’s Club or BJ’s. [Read More]
EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE: 8 things to do with a tax refund EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE: 8 things to do with a tax refund
15 weeks ago - - MARY HUNT
It’s easy to see a tax refund as some kind of gift from the universe. It’s not. It is a chunk of your annual income you should have been seeing in your paychecks all along. Plan now for how you’ll manage it, or your refund could easily evaporate into thin air! [Read More]
EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE: Always leave a fragrance, never an odor EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE: Always leave a fragrance, never an odor
15 weeks ago - - MARY HUNT
I have something very cool to share with you today, but first I have a story to share about my friend Herta. It’s been a few years now since she and her husband Al came to visit for a few days. In their graciously kind manner, they brought gifts. [Read More]
EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE: Lessons learned from the Madoff Scandal EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE: Lessons learned from the Madoff Scandal
15 weeks ago - - MARY HUNT
In my fifth-grade mind, my teacher, Mr. James M. Migaki, was the smartest man to ever have lived. Every day was special in Mr. Migaki’s class. [Read More]
EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE: A shoemaker can save your sole (and heels ...) EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE: A shoemaker can save your sole (and heels ...)
15 weeks ago - - MARY HUNT
To some people, a cobbler is a lovely fruit dessert best served warm. To others, it is a shoemaker who repairs shoes — an almost forgotten trade. But that’s changing. Suddenly, shoe repair is coming back. Big- time. [Read More]
EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE: Cooking a month's worth of meals at one time EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE: Cooking a month's worth of meals at one time
15 weeks ago - - MARY HUNT
The book title “Once-a-Month Cooking” made me laugh. Cook once a month? I didn’t need a book to do that. I needed the motivation to cook the other 29 days of the month! [Read More]
EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE: A look at detergent, oil, vision savings EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE: A look at detergent, oil, vision savings
16 weeks ago - - MARY HUNT
DEAR MARY: I have been making and using your concentrated laundry detergent for several years now, and I love saving that money. [Read More]
EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE: Beware of the risk when giving gift cards EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE: Beware of the risk when giving gift cards
16 weeks ago - - MARY HUNT
Gift cards have become the go-to gift for millions of people. They might seem like the perfect present because they’re so easy to purchase. You don’t have to put the tiniest bit of thought into this type of gift, and a gift card is generally well-received, unless, of course, they get stuck with [Read More]
EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE: How to mix your own vinegar EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE: How to mix your own vinegar
17 weeks ago - - MARY HUNT
DEAR MARY: I’ve noticed that the 1-gallon jug of white vinegar at the store says it’s mixed with water to have 5 percent acidity. Is it possible to buy pure vinegar and dilute it to whatever acidity I want? And the jugs are heavy and take up a lot of storage space. [Read More]
EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE: Brown-bag lunches better than bought lunches EVERYDAY CHEAPSKATE: Brown-bag lunches better than bought lunches
17 weeks ago - - MARY HUNT
I know people who try to convince themselves that they can buy lunch every day for less than they’d spend on groceries needed to bring lunch to work. That kind of flawed thinking could very well be the reason those same people complain that they do not have money to put away for savings. [Read More]
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