Dear Heloise: Last time I moved, I lost all of my MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTIONS because magazines do not get forwarded by the post office, and I forgot about calling customer service while busy with the move.

I just moved again and didn’t want that to happen this time. Before throwing out my most recent issues, I clipped off the address labels, which contain my account number and subscription information, then taped them to the inside cover of my address book.

After I moved, I went online and was able to easily change my address with each magazine using my subscription information. I lost only one issue for each magazine, as it takes about six weeks for the change to go through. -- A Reader, via e-mail

The U.S. Postal Service sends magazines and periodicals BACK if they don’t have a change-of-address form. You can do a change of address by getting the kit at your post office or filling one out online.

It also is possible to suspend your mail and then have it resumed when you get settled; this way, you won’t miss a magazine. And keep in mind that it usually takes between seven and 10 days to receive mail that has been forwarded. -- Heloise

P.S.: Call the customer-service line listed in the magazine to alert the company about your new address.


Dear Heloise: If you send packages and if you use a shredder, stuff some of the shredded paper into zippered bags (you can use various sizes, whatever the need) and use them in your packages. Rather than using regular popped popcorn (Heloise here: A reader suggested using popcorn in zip bags, then the recipient could eat the popcorn, too!), eat the popcorn and go for the shredded paper. Works great! -- Ingrid Capriotti, Arlington, Va.


Dear Heloise: I grated the peel of an orange to put in my homemade orange-cranberry sauce. I had to go to the store for another ingredient and left the grated orange peel on the counter, uncovered. When I returned, I found that my entire condo smelled like freshly scented orange.

This is a lot less work than boiling orange peel, etc., to scent your home. It’s an easy way to get rid of bad odors or freshen your home. Just grate some orange peel and let it sit out in a bowl! -- Rusti Stover in Houston


Dear Heloise: During the flu season (which can last through late spring -- Heloise), waiting rooms in doctors’ offices and hospitals have posted precautions to minimize further spread of diseases.

One precaution is to avoid reading magazines, newspapers, etc., that you may find there. This will keep you from picking up a virus that has been left by a previous reader, and will eliminate you as a source of contamination. Instead, bring your own reading materials. -- Perry Crabill, Winchester, Va.

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