Warranty or possible returnable-item receipts are stapled together and put into the month in which they were purchased. Saves a lot of time if there is a problem.
At the end of the fiscal tax year, the folders can be emptied and noted for deduction. -- L.J., via e-mail
Dear Heloise: My car’s remote garage opener died. A new battery did not revive it. I took a little piece of fine sandpaper and rubbed the battery contacts. Problem solved. -- Betty B. in Florida
Good hint, and if you don’t have sandpaper, you can use an emery board. -- Heloise
GUEST TOWEL SUGGESTION
Dear Heloise: Just read about the guest towel suggestion in your column in the Ventura County (Calif.) Star. I purchased three dozen washcloths in colors matching my guest bathroom, rolled them up tightly and stuck them into a pretty wicker basket, just like you would do with flowers.
I put out a small basket for occasional guests and a large one for parties. The used cloths go into a wicker basket on the floor. It’s attractive and very hygienic. -- Marion E. in Simi Valley, Calif.
Dear Heloise: With three teenagers, all involved in different activities, it’s hard to keep communication fluid. My oldest daughter and I dedicated a wall space in the entryway of our house for better communication.
We got a clipboard for each person, decorated them and mounted them on the wall where they couldn’t be missed. Now we use the boards for to-do lists, notes, appointments and shopping lists. It’s been a lifesaver for us! -- Jessica in Ohio
Dear Readers: Many readers like to save time by buying precooked chickens, and while the plastic containers they come in CAN be recycled, why not repurpose them instead?
Make a little greenhouse! The containers are perfect for starting seeds or herbs. Wash and fill with a seed-starting mix, and add water to moisten. Poke holes in the soil and tuck in the little seeds. Make sure to keep the “greenhouse” in a nice sunny spot and sealed tightly! Happy planting! -- Heloise
Dear Heloise: I have an older mailbox, and the red flag sometimes drops down before the mailman comes, especially on windy days. So, I place a rubber band around the flag and then link it to the handle on the door of the mailbox. No more dropped flag. -- Kay Osborne, Mission Viejo, Calif.
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