Dear Readers: Are you active on a social networking site? Here are some helpful hints to keep in mind when you are online:

* Potential employers, college admissions and loan reps may check out your profile as part of the information-gathering process.

* Don’t post embarrassing photos or personal information of friends or co-workers.

* Do use privacy settings to limit access to your page.

* Untag yourself from a photo, or delete comments that were posted without your permission.

Here are some other things that are okay to do:

* Remove someone from your friends.

* Ignore a friend request, ESPECIALLY if you do not know the person.

Many thanks to my friend Peggy Post (and the Emily Post Institute) for these points that will help you be safe online. Just remember, anything you post (even if you delete it) is out there forever!

Visit my Web site,, for links to my Facebook and Twitter pages -- hints, fun facts and more! Come see photos and check out what’s happening. - Heloise



P.O. Box 795000

San Antonio, TX 78279-5000

Fax: 1-210-HELOISE



Dear Readers: Do you have leftover checks from an old bank account? Most banks will gladly shred them for you, even if they are not from their bank. Check with your branch. Some even have specific days that they will shred personal paperwork that you have for free. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: When traveling, I pack my cellphone charger in my carry-on luggage. If my flight is delayed and I am stuck in the airport, I usually drain my battery using my phone. This way, I have the charger accessible to plug in. Or if my luggage doesn’t make it to my destination, I still have my charger and can use my phone. -- Sheila in Florida


Dear Heloise: In my first few months of pregnancy, my pants started to become tight. I wasn’t ready to buy maternity clothes just yet, so I found a trick to make my pants last a little longer. I took a rubber band and slipped it through the buttonhole. I took the two loops and wrapped them around the button. It gave me the extra room I needed without having to spend a whole bunch on a new wardrobe. -- Rebecca in Kentucky


Dear Heloise: I used to bite my nails. It had become a habit that I could not break. I finally broke it by painting my nails! I didn’t want to mess them up when they were painted, so I wouldn’t bite them. It took a few months, but I finally broke the urge to chew on my nails. -- Lee in Florida


Dear Heloise: I was at work the other day and lost an earring back. I quickly searched the office and came up with a temporary solution. I pulled the eraser off a pencil and stuck in on the back of my earring. -- Kelsey in South Carolina

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.

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