Dear Heloise: My co-worker and I read your column every day in the Erie (Pa.) Times-News. You wrote an article about TORN MONEY (Heloise here: how to replace it). We work at a bank, and you must have more than half of the bill in order to replace the money. Otherwise, you could rip a bill in half and make some cash. Just a friendly reminder. -- Donna and Jen, via fax

How right you are! And good for y’all for catching a “minor” edit that changed the meaning of the sentence. The U.S. Treasury Department states that money that is still good is “any badly soiled, dirty, defaced, disintegrated, limp, torn, worn out currency note that is CLEARLY MORE than one-half of the original note, and does not require special examination to determine its value. These notes may be exchanged through your local bank.” A good reminder (as a math major) that my words, “at least half a bill,” did not add up this time! -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I have one of those accordion-style wallets, and I could never find the right card without pulling them all out. Then one day I noticed that my one credit card was easy to find because the company made all the edges orange.

I took different-colored permanent markers and made stripe marks on the top and bottom of my main three or four cards. Now, all I have to do is look for the right-color edge. No more fumbling at the checkout. -- Connie H. in Kentucky


Dear Heloise: My mother, Stacey, introduced me to your column, and we are huge fans! We love the quick hints and animal-friendly cleaning ideas.

My hint: When you’re on the go and realize you forgot to shave your legs (or missed a large spot), use a rinse-free makeup-remover wipe up and down the leg prior to shaving. It’s enough to avoid razor burn and provides a hint of moisture. -- Kathryn in Erie, Pa.

Very creative! When I’m on the road, in a pinch, I use either hand lotion or hair conditioner. -- Heloise


Dear Heloise: I recently had to wear a heart monitor for an extended period of time, and I came up with a solution to cover that area when showering. Tear off a piece of plastic wrap that is self-sticking, put it over the area and seal around the edges. It seals to the skin and comes off easily when you’re done. This also would work for large bandages or any area that you do not want to get wet. -- A.A. in Oregon


Dear Heloise: Several years ago, to avoid a potentially embarrassing situation, I quickly turned my shirt around. Now, I occasionally wear the front of my tops in the back because they are a bit low-cut for the scenario, stained or just look better that way. -- Lynne S. in New York

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