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Dear Readers: “Recycle, reuse and repurpose” should be the buzzwords on your lips. Here are just a few of the many ideas that came in when I asked you for hints about CAT-LITTER TUBS:

* “I read you in the Tyler (Texas) Morning Telegram. We line one with a trash sack, and when we clean the litter box, we put it in the lined container and then put the lid on. We also use one as a mop bucket.” — Ila, via e-mail

* “When empty, I recycle and use them for storing garden soil and potting soil. Since the tubs have a handle, they are easy to carry and airtight.” -- Charlene in Mississippi

* “I reuse cat-litter containers to store my birdseed in, and I always carry one around the yard when I weed the flower beds. They also are good for storing Christmas-tree lights.” -- Patty in Ohio

* “I make a fishing bucket out of old litter containers by cutting the lid in half and attaching a hinge. Since I made my first one several years ago, we have been asked to make about 10 of them.” -- Bill in Ohio

Thanks for all the wonderful hints for reusing these tubs. Have any others? Please send them in, and I’ll publish more reuse, “green” hints. -- Heloise



P.O. Box 795000

San Antonio, TX 78279-5000

Fax: 1-210-HELOISE



Dear Heloise: I have to travel a lot for work, and I miss my kids terribly when I am gone. I wanted to do something to show them I was thinking of them. I started mailing them postcards from each city I was in. It makes me feel better about being gone, and gives them a souvenir from all the places I visit. -- Tom in Utah

Tom, this is a wonderful “heart” hint that my daddy used to do. I still have all of his postcards! -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: Here is my hint: When you have just a few nuts left in a can or cans, mix them all together, along with sunflower seeds or any other kind of kernels. Put all of it in a food chopper, and use one of the empty cans for storage. You have the perfect topping for a salad. -- Joan in Maryland

What a neat idea, Joan! You also can use this idea to create your own trail mix. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I was out and about the other day and wanted to write myself a note but didn’t have a pen and paper. I realized that there is a “notes” section on my phone and quickly typed in a little note. When I got home, I pulled up my note from earlier and remembered what I had wanted. -- John, via e-mail


Dear Readers: Recently, we had a pizza delivered, and the driver had the address written on a sticky note. What’s different? He had attached it to his shirt sleeve by his bicep so that he could safely look at it while driving. -- Heloise

Send a hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795000, San Antonio, Tex. 78279-5000, fax it to 210-HELOISE or e-mail it to Please include your city and state.

2012, King Features Syndicate



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